A professional ice maker. “Between cocktails and the food I like to serve, having lots of ice on hand is essential,” Filicia says. He’s a big fan of raw bars (using oysters and clams) and likes to keep fresh fish on ice before steaming it. When it comes to making cocktails or chilling cans and bottles, the ability to quickly fill an ice bucket is key.
Undertone undercounter trough sink (), $659.35, and Clairette faucet (), $581.60; 800-456-4537, .
Amana’s 2009 Quick Tap fridge. A removable container in the door holds 2.5 liters of any beverage and dispenses it at the push of a button. “It’s great for families and those who like to entertain—you can easily fill a glass or a whole pitcher with a chilled drink.”
Quick Tap Entertainment Refrigerator, $799; .
Filicia’s favorite wines are stored in an undercounter wine fridge, where bottles are accessible and preserved at the right temperature. He likes that they’re separate from the main refrigerator and easy for guests to grab, so no one bugs the chef.
KitchenAid Architect Series 24" Undercounter Wine Cellar, $1,662; .
In his kitchen, Filicia put in a backsplash of chevron-shaped walnut wood pieces. “It warms up my stone counters and connects with the floor. It’s the yin to the yang of all those industrial steel and metal appliances.”
Harmony Wood Tile Herringbone, $27 per square foot; 888-260-7371, .
Decorative fixtures as task lights. Consider a fancy sconce to flank a stove or a table lamp for the counter. “These beyond-utilitarian picks have a quirky sensibility,” Filicia says.
Breck Lamp, $80; .
Thom Filicia, the “design doctor” from Queer Eye for the Straight Guy and author of how-to handbook Thom Filicia Style.