"I like to see design as personality driven," he says. "It should evoke the occupants. I try to create environments that are soulful and layered with that human element."
The best example may lie in Filicia's own vacation home on Lake Skaneateles, minutes from his hometown of Syracuse, New York. His recent book, American Beauty: Renovating and Decorating a Beloved Retreat, recounts the transformation of the 1917 camp into a showcase for Filicia's couture version of rustic Americana. —Michael Cannell