Lifestyle-Design Lecture

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Adventures in Home Design with Mary & Thom


Friday, February 3rd, 2 PM

Tori Mellott

Tori Mellot

Tori has been an editor for more than twenty years and has held posts at House Beautiful, Elle Decor, Domino, Martha Stewart, Traditional Home, and is currently the Style Director of Frederic magazine and Director of Video for FSCO Media. Originally from Pittsburgh, PA Tori resides in New York City with her eleven-year-old twin daughters.

Thom Filicia

Thom Filicia

Interior designer, product designer, author, tastemaker, television personality and influencer.

Thom Filicia is founder and principal of New York City-based design firm, Thom Filicia, Inc. Since launching the acclaimed enterprise in 1998, Thom Filicia Inc. has earned him widespread acclaim and notable clients, including Tina Fey, Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, Delta Air Lines, Grace Bay Club, Jennifer Lopez, W Hotels, and others in the worlds of finance, sports, media, fashion and hospitality. Filicia is universally known for his ability to create stunning modern, yet classic interiors that retain an inviting aesthetic that reflect the individuality of his clients.

Thom Filicia

Filicia’s unmistakable design sensibility has earned him countless accolades from the design world including being named by House Beautiful as one of their “Top 100 Designers”, Luxe Magazine named him to their “Gold List”, House & Garden dubbed him an “International Taste Maker” and Elle Décor regaled him as an “A-List Designer.” Additionally, Filicia has been featured in The New York Times, Architectural Digest, The Wall Street Journal, People, In Style, Vogue Home, O, and many other national and international publications.

Filicia’s recognition expanded beyond the design world when he was cast as the interior design expert in the ratings juggernaut and Emmy-Award winning hit show Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. Filicia was assigned the program’s most demanding segment-transforming the home of a design-challenged man. Filicia’s camera-friendly personality and design acumen garnered him a huge following and led to numerous TV appearances including The Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The View, Rachael Ray, The Today Show, Ellen, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Secret Celebrity Drag Race and many more. Filicia has also hosted several successful shows for the Style Network, including Dress My Nest and Tacky House and has been featured talent on the HGTV Network. Filicia’s most recent television endeavor is a design show with former cast-mate Carson Kressley, called Get A Room with Carson & Thom, on Bravo.

Filicia’s diverse design portfolio also includes various first-class hotels and special projects such as the VIP Suite for the USA Pavilion at the World’s Fair in Aichi, Japan, the first-ever outdoor lounges for Delta Air Lines at the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta and John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City, an eco-friendly apartment for Riverhouse, Manhattan’s first premium (LEED certified) “green” luxury condominium tower, which received a merit award by Interior Design magazine for “Best Eco-Residential Design Interior”, reimagining the James Hotel for the Architectural Digest’s AD Oasis at Miami’s Art Basel, and designing the holiday decoration installation with HGTV for the world’s most famous music venue; Radio City Music Hall.

The celebrated designer is also the author of Thom Filicia Style and American Beauty: Renovating & Decorating a Beloved Retreat, as well as a contributing author of the best-seller Queer Eye For The Straight Guy: The Fab 5 Guide To Living Better. Furthermore, Filicia is the creative mind and driving force behind the Thom Filicia Home Collection, which includes furniture, textiles, artwork, curtain hardware, wall covering, bedding, pillows and broadloom for the retail and hospitality markets. The success of his brand has led to partnerships and projects with some of the world’s leading brands including American Express, Audi, Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, Bosch, Barilla, Proctor & Gamble, Xerox, Delta Air Lines, and many more.

Filicia also founded a lifestyle brand, called Sedgwick & Brattle by Thom Filicia, located at the New York Design Center in NYC. Sedgwick & Brattle features products from the Thom Filicia Home Collection, a curated collection of items from around the world, as well as one-of-a-kind vintage and antique pieces. Filicia graduated from Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design and is a visiting design professor at the School of Art & Design. Filicia began his career at the renowned design firms, Parish-Hadley, Inc., Robert Metzger Interiors and Bilhuber & Associates and currently resides in Manhattan and Skaneateles, NY.

Mary McDonald

Mary McDonald

Mary McDonald is an award-winning celebrated interior designer with offices in Los Angeles and New York. Her early years as a milliner and accessories designer landed her in the pages of Bazaar, Vogue, Elle, WWD and more before leading her to interior design. Her original love of fashion has influenced her iconic use of pattern and color as seen throughout her bold iconic interiors.

Her work has graced the pages of Elle Décor, Architectural Digest, Veranda, Vogue, Town and Country, and The New York Times to name a few, as well as other publications abroad.

Mary is also author of the best-selling Rizzoli book “Mary McDonald Interiors, the Allure of Style”. She designs lighting, rugs, fabric, trim, furniture, and jewelry. She currently has lines with F. Schumacher & Co, Patterson Flynn and Martin, and Chaddock, and is working on new collections to launch 2022 and 2023. She has starred in the Bravo television series Million Dollar Decorators and Property Envy known for her iconic personal style, wit, and humor. 

Her office is currently working on projects throughout the United States and overseas. When not working or traveling, she can be found in the country at her home in the Hudson Valley.

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