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The first solo book by celebrated interior designer Anthony Baratta, Decorate Happy showcases Baratta's preppy-chic style in a pattern-filled guide to decorating with verve and style.
Anthony Baratta's rooms are happy. Whether they are found in the country or the city, these maximalist rooms are designed to make you smile. In his first solo book, Anthony Baratta, whose work has graced more than fifty magazine covers and been celebrated in the Cooper-Hewitt, shares twelve of his most recent houses, all in their own way perfect examples of his classic high-color, high-pattern all-American style. Some nod to the historical importance of centuries past, like an eighteenth-century house in Colonial Williamsburg; some are nautical chic. Some are glorious pop art, with mod rooms and bright primary colors, while others are chicly rustic. Although all the houses are unique, their rooms share one consistent underpinning: joy.
Colorful, pattern-filled, life-affirming--these are rooms where life is meant to be lived to the fullest.
About the Author
Anthony Baratta, the king of East Coast chic, is one of the most celebrated and respected interior designers of the day with a global following of loyal fans. Formerly half of the iconic design dream team Diamond Baratta, Baratta has been named one of Traditional Home's 20 Design Icons, honored by the Cooper-Hewitt, awarded Benjamin Moore's coveted Hue Award for lifetime achievement in design, and named the inaugural designer in residence in Colonial Williamsburg. The author of two previous books, All-American: The Exuberant Style of William Diamond and Anthony Baratta and Diamond Baratta Design, Baratta opened his own firm in 2016.
"We’ve all seen a lot more of our homes’ interiors lately, thanks to the shelter-in-place order that went into effect more than a month ago. And if you are a bit bored with what you are seeing, join the club. Now more than ever, we crave a change of scenery—even if that scenery is limited to the interior walls of our own home. Enter celebrated interior designer Anthony Baratta’s new book Decorate Happy: Bold, Colorful Interiors. Published in March by Rizzoli, the timing could not have been better on a book about home décor and happy vibes." —INREGISTER MAGAZINE
"...designer Anthony Baratta showcases his preppy-chic style in a pattern-filled guide to decorating with verve and style. Baratta –whose work has graced more than fifty magazine covers and been celebrated in the Cooper-Hewitt – shares twelve of his most recent houses, perfect examples of his classic all-American style." —ASPIRE HOME & DESIGN
"Baratta’s work allows his clients (and himself) to smile every time they open the front door and come home. Now you, too, can experience that joy through immersing yourself in twelve of his homes of varying scale, location, and purpose." —SOCIETY DIARIES
"Baratta showcases his finds in his book "Decorate Happy: Bold, Colorful Interiors," which comes out in February. In many of the spaces, including at Colonial Williamsburg, where he was designer-in-residence last year, he shows examples of taking antique or vintage sofas and chairs and upholstering them in unexpected fabrics such as menswear plaids, bright tartans and large-scale florals. Old wood end tables can be lacquered black for a classic look. Mid-century modern bedroom furniture sets can be broken up; the chests look great in living rooms." —WASHINGTON POST
"DECORATE HAPPY is a delicious pattern-filled guide showcasing Baratta’s noted preppy-chic decorating style. His happy, maximalist rooms are guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Whether you live in the country or the big city, there is plenty of inspiration to draw from. As you soak in the pages you’ll delight in his classic high-color, high-pattern all-American style that encompasses both the historic and the modern." —THE ENTERTAINING HOUSE