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American Beauty: Renovating and Decorating a Beloved Retreat Hardcover – November 13, 2012
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“What’s more at the heart of the American dream than the ability to make over something? Thom has not only renovated a house into a real beauty—full of decorating inspiration—he’s shown us how a well-designed house can be the foundation for a wonderful life.”—Newell Turner, Editor in Chief, House Beautiful
About the Author
From his start at renowned design firms, including Parish-Hadley, THOM FILICIA launched his acclaimed enterprise, Thom Filicia Inc., and has emerged as one of today’s most influential and respected interior designers. His clients have ranged from Tina Fey, Jennifer Lopez, and Peter Jennings to those in the worlds of finance, sports, and hospitality. Gaining fame on the Emmy-winning Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, Style Network, and HGTV, he is a bestselling author and has been praised as a “Top 100 Designer” by House Beautiful and an “A-List” designer by Elle Décor. He is also the driving force behind the Thom Filicia Home Collection.
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Top Customer Reviews
The author talks the reader through the process of finding the house, evaluating its possibilities 'Renovate or Obliterate,' 'Picking Your Team'
(selecting an architect and builder that know the community and working with the community and its local laws to add something useful to its housing stock.) A wide range of decorating and design tips are presented in a very down-to-earth manner.Read more ›
It's not a how-to manual in any way, and if you're browsing for specific photographed examples you can borrow for your own design, you may come up short as Thom does such a wonderful job of incorporating many unusual elements of the time and place in his work that the result is not readily portable. However, it's Thom's explanations of why and how he incorporates all these details into his design that is the good oil and that can cause your brain to start whirring away with ideas for your own efforts.
As for the reviewer who doled out a miserly two stars because Thom can draw upon human and financial resources most of us can't, get over it! We also don't have Thom's talent and experience, but that's missing the point of the book. It's not reasonable to expect some sort of a how-to manual which will enable us to design like Thom; what we do get is plenty of inspiration for our own journeys, so we strive that little bit harder and work through the process that little bit smarter to create our own dream spaces.
The only small quibble I have with the book is that there is no floor plan, which would have been a really helpful framework to mentally organise all the shots of the interior spaces.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really fun book - beautiful. Loved this guy in Queer Eye and have great respect for his decorating talents. Very informative, good looking title.Published 10 months ago by Sharon
One of my favorite decorating books. I purchased "American Beauty" along with a dozen or so others with similar themes, while preparing for the remodel of a lakeside... Read morePublished 17 months ago by SweetGeorgiaBrown
This is much better than I expected. I wasn't going to buy it (for my taste thought he was too contemporary) but saw a few excerpts in a magazine and thought I would take a chance. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Rebecca Ann Dexter
As a carpenter, of 15 years, I thought this book was horrible. Personally, its all about taste, and our's are not the same. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Eckhard G. Koehler
ADORE this book and the story with it. Is only about ONE house but it's Thom's house and how he found it and fell in love with it and remodeled it with integrity, combining his... Read morePublished 23 months ago by P. J. Thornton