Ask a Designer: Anthony Baratta
Designer Anthony Baratta of Anthony Baratta LLC in New York City chats about floors, favorites, and more.
"The best thing about working on the coast? Eating at great seafood restaurants—and being invited aboard my clients' boats!"
What's everyone doing in their coastal homes this fall?
AB: I'm using a lot of white painted floors. They have an uplifting quality, especially in rooms with low ceilings—they absolutely revive a boring space.
AB: I love anything kitschy! Driftwood lamps or nautical pieces like ship's wheels and ropes that others would pass by for being too themey.
Preferred style of rug in a seaside home?
AB: Simple braided ones.
What's your absolute favorite room to decorate on the coast?
AB: A screened porch! I love that you can use relaxed furniture like wicker, Adirondack chairs, and flea market finds. Screened porches should always have a seasonal feel.
Keep buying new...
AB: Collectibles. I started with lighthouses when I was 20 years old and never stopped. Now, the ones I found first are still my favorites.
AB: Sheets. They do not wear well at the beach. I get a fresh set for each bedroom every season.