Making Rooms

Above: Recent example of Filicia’s chic style.

The brainchild of world-renowned designer Albert Hadley, Rooms With a View (RWAV) has become one of the most highly anticipated design events in Fairfield County. Since its debut in 1995, designers from near and far have been invited to create six-by-eight vignettes—and challenged with getting a big idea across in a small space—staged in the historic Southport Congregational Church. Over the past twenty-four years, the charitable event has raised more than $1.6 million in support of the Church’s missions.

RWAV kicks off with a gala on November 1, followed by a weekend of special events (see next page). Other can’t-miss stops: The Shops at RWAV, featuring crafts, antiques and decorative accessories, and The Shops Café, with plenty of sweet treats. Tickets for RWAV can be purchased online beginning October 1. Rooms With a View, Southport Congregational Church, Southport;

Throughout the years, RWAV has helped launch and grow the careers of many local and national designers. We caught up with three of them:

Thom Filicia
Photograph: Contributed


Thom Filicia, Inc.,

Why you became a designer:
From when I was a young kid, I always had a strong interest in interiors and architecture. I’m also very interested in the subtle details that are, I believe, the foundation of great design.
Go-to paint colors: Black Magic from Pittsburgh Paints and Silver Satin from Benjamin Moore. Who doesn’t love a great black and white?
What’s currently on your coffee table: Cocktails
Up next: New TV show, Get a Room with Carson & Thom, with Carson Kressley on Bravo this fall.

His Rooms With a View vignette from 2010.
Parker Rogers
Photograph: Contributed


Parker & Company

Biggest design challenge at RWAV:
Figuring out how to treat the ceiling of the room and how to light the space properly.
Favorite room to design: The dining room. It’s a space for celebrations and where memories are made, so I like to use a lot of textures and colors.
Favorite design style: I love the traditional classic styles, but with a new, fresh twist, using colors or fabrics, and blending the traditional with modern pieces.
Go-to paint color: Benjamin Moore’s Dove White—all colors look great against it. And, of course, any hue of blue.

An example of Rogers’s signature look.
His Rooms With a View vignette from 2014.
Sarah Weiland
Photograph: Contributed


Tusk Home + Design,

Biggest design challenge at RWAV:
Capturing an aesthetic and translating it in a way that appeals to the masses but conveys the style and feel of the room. With limited square footage and a brief install time, I was challenged to convey the design I wanted to without leaving out crucial details that would be incorporated into my other designs.
Favorite room to design: Kid spaces. I think it’s really fun to use color and have a space that inspires them and reflects their passions. It’s the one time in life when you can be playful and not follow the rules.
What’s currently on your coffee table: Nothing! I like simplicity and often feel a coffee table is styled too heavily and with things that just get in the way of life.
Go-to paint color: Sherwin-Williams Rhinestone. It’s a cool gray that warms a space without being too much.

Weiland’s 2016 Rooms With a View vignette.
A sample of her current work.


Make “room” in your calendar for RWAV:

General Show Hours
Fri.-Sat., Nov. 2-3, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 4, 12-5 p.m.

The Gala Party
Thurs., Nov. 1 6:30-9:30 p.m.

“All That Jazz” Luncheon with Rondi Charleston
Fri., Nov. 2, 1 p.m.

Champagne Tour of Vignettes and Dinner by Paci
Sat., Nov. 3 6-10 p.m.

Gingerbread House Workshop
Sun., Nov. 4 2-4 p.m.

For more information, call 203-255-4538.

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