“Color is one of the hardest things to convey,” says Anita Rankin, a decorator who often paints huge poster boards she can carry from room to room for her clients. Throughout her own home, she applied cozy and inviting shades to accentuate the antiques and vintage fabrics she loves. “The woods look gorgeous against warm color – chocolate brown, deep red, my favorite creamy gold,” Anita notes.
Anita painted her kitchen and the adjoining sitting room a brilliant shade of red called Burning Bush. “This is the heart of my home,” she says, “so I wanted a look that’s really rich and welcoming, a space that feels more like a living room.” The 1890 Italian oval dining table with marquetry inlay is used for intimate, casual gatherings.
Passionate about collectibles, the designer acquired an extraordinary cache, including heirloom china, crystal, and silver; a pond yacht and an oyster-shell candelabra; tortoiseshell trays and boxes; and a French oak bookcase.
Every room in Anita’s home – the kitchen, the guest bedroom, even the porch – is layered with rare finds, including an antique tole bed piled with a textural mix of fabrics.
You can read more about this designer showplace in “Style & Flow” on page 29 of our newest Autumn Bliss, available for purchase online.