For Anthony Baratta, decorating boils down to just one question: “Where is the fun?” In his new book, Decorate Happy: Bold, Colorful Interiors (Rizzoli), the exuberant New York-based designer and current designer-in-residence at Colonial Williamsburg shares his inspirations (Henri Matisse, for example) and oodles of tips and tricks for making a room sing with unbridled joy.
“Being fearless is invigorating!” he writes. “I hereby give you permission to break out of the boring and to surround yourself with happiness. I want you to live in rooms that smile.”
Below, a few of our favorite words of wisdom from the book.