This was a fun weekend! I attended Thom Felicia’s talk on “Decorating from the Floor Up” sponsored by Karastan rugs. Billed as an interactive workshop, Thom went through the process of creating a design plan starting with the rug and how to bring in colors and textures for the floor, walls and furnishings that will complement and enhance each other. This was only the second stop on this tour and he did a great job.
Personable – and totally cute! – he’s a real natural with the audience. Working with audience volunteers, Thom showed a series of slides and computer generated spaces (based on two of his own projects), selecting the different decorative elements that worked best with the two sample rugs. While it was, by necessity, all completely scripted and the “choices” were pre-selected, he managed to make that a funny element of the show and kept the ball rolling.
This image is the computer generated “design” based on a Thom project (below). The rug on the right is Karastan’s Plum Blossom, which is a beautiful rug that is contemporary, yet still elegant and warm.
I was able to attend the meet and greet after the talk. Mostly it was rug dealers and some folks who ponied up for the $100.00 ticket (to benefit Susan G. Komen For the Cure). Thom was gracious and very sweet. I’d hoped to be able to ask him a few questions, but the photo line was long and there wasn’t a chance to do much more than get a nice kiss on the cheek, chat a bit and take a self-portrait (above). Note to self – watch that camera angle – ugh!
And don’t forget to watch Thom on his new show Dress My Nest on the Style Network!