Anita Shriver

Boston, MA

Anita is an actor turned designer with a passion for creating beautiful spaces and experiences. Currently based in Boston with a passport that is always current, she is involved in turn-key residential design and educational design. Interests also include good jokes, strong drinks, and listening to true crime podcasts.
Joanna Gaines’ Tip for Making Sure Home Updates Look Authentic
We gleaned this tip from an old episode of "Fixer Upper."
Dec 2, 2019
Joanna Gaines’ Bathroom Renovation Tip Will Keep Your Space From Looking Cookie Cutter
One of the biggest design decisions you make when remodeling is what the vanity should look like.
Oct 15, 2019
Reminder: Martha Stewart is the Queen of Halloween, So Bow Down
Martha Stewart has been slaying the Halloween game since before Instagram was a thing.
Oct 15, 2019
In ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral,’ Ainsley’s Home Is a Bold Breath of Fresh Air
Ainsley Howard, as the resident interior designer of the group, has one of the coolest homes I’ve seen on TV in a long time.
Aug 16, 2019
The One Trick Joanna Gaines Uses to Make Spaces Cohesive
Here's a way to tie your space (and your stuff) together.
Aug 15, 2019
Joanna Gaines Has an Easy Way to Add Greenery to Your Home
Plant parenting can be daunting, but you don't have to go from zero to jungle right away. In fact, Joanna Gaines has the perfect way to get started if you're feeling overwhelmed.
Aug 7, 2019
Joanna Gaines Has an Easy Way to Add Architectural Detail to Your Home
Chances are your space doesn’t have all of the architectural gems you wish for like crown molding, built-in cabinetry, or wainscoting. Luckily, it’s Joanna Gaines’ job to add charm and character to fixer uppers on her hit show.
Jul 25, 2019
‘Gossip Girl’ Is Getting a Reboot, So Let’s Guess What Their Homes Will Look Like
While we don’t have a ton of details, we can speculate wildly about what kind of fabulous pads our new gossip babies will be residing in.
Jul 18, 2019
Joanna Gaines Has a Good Tip for Decorating With Reclaimed Wood
When it’s all over the place, it starts to look like a salvage yard.
Jul 11, 2019
This Art Deco Bathroom in ‘Fleabag’ Is Almost as Sexy as Hot Priest—Here’s How to Get the Look
If for some reason you haven’t yet binged all of “Fleabag,” get yourself to Amazon Prime immediately and dig in. Overflowing with dark humor and darker drama, it felt appropriate to focus on the dark and moody restaurant bathroom where season 2 opens. Our protagonist is wiping blood from her face, staring into a show stopping art deco style mirror.
Jun 14, 2019
Holy Mother of Dragons! 9 GoT-Inspired Home Items That Are Iron Throne-Worthy
The world is waiting with bated breath as “Game of Thrones” returns on April 14 for the final season. Who will sit on the Iron Throne? Exactly how long will this season’s battle sequence be? What amazing hair styles does Daenerys Targaryen have in store for us? On Sunday, we will be back in Westeros to find out.
Apr 12, 2019
Before and After: This Kitchen Goes from Dark and Cramped to Light and Bright
This kitchen was small and it didn’t help that it had a tiny, barely usable breakfast nook just off to the left. Honestly, I don’t think a bagel, let alone a human, could fit in that space, so it just didn’t make sense to keep it. On top of that, the small kitchen was dark and uninviting.
Mar 23, 2019
7 Things We Learned from Bobby Berk’s New Lifestyle Site
Once again, “Queer Eye” is taking over our collective consciousness with its wit, warmth, and great style. And after three seasons, they feel more like our most stylish best friends than experts at arm’s length. Bobby Berk, for those of you living under a rock or on a private island with sketchy Wi-Fi, is the interior design extraordinaire—and he has just launched a new design and lifestyle site.
Mar 21, 2019
6 Ideas to Steal from ‘Queer Eye’s’ Season 3 Loft in Kansas City
As of today, March 15, our internet BFFs are back for season 3 of “Queer Eye” and they are bringing the heat to Kansas City. And by heat, I mean structured neutrals used in bold ways, with pops of color in the plant life, and a heavy dose of mixed metals. Bobby Berk himself designed the Fab Five’s Midwest home base, and the best part is you can recreate it quite easily.
Mar 15, 2019
Get the Look: Maxine’s Moody Bathroom in ‘Russian Doll’
It seems that everyone is obsessed with “Russian Doll,” Netflix’s newest dark comedy. It’s a visual feast highlighting the dark corners of New York and society in general. And in between think pieces about the various timelines and how they collide, I’d love to deep dive into the bathroom that Nadia keeps reappearing into each time her life resets.
Mar 1, 2019
Get the Look: The Magical Bathroom in “Mary Poppins Returns”
Practically perfect in every way, “Mary Poppins Returns” was nominated for an Academy Award for Production Design. We wrote about the updates John Myhre made from the original 17 Cherry Tree Lane, and it made me want to recreate the kids’ super sweet British bathroom pronto. You thought it was the dolphin being pulled out of the tub that made it whimsical, but you’re wrong. It’s the clawfoot tub.
Feb 22, 2019
Get the Look: Grace and Frankie’s Coastal Cool Beach House
A beach house can be so wrong or so right. You either fill it with all the crap you don’t have room for at your full-time residence or you make it a sanctuary with fresh, earthy tones and ocean-inspired artwork and collectibles. I would watch Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin anywhere, but watching them in a well-designed oceanside getaway is incredibly satisfying.
Jan 18, 2019
Get the Look: Villanelle’s Crumbly Chic Paris Apartment in ‘Killing Eve’
As obsessed as Villanelle is with Eve on "Killing Eve," I am more obsessed with her apartment.
Jan 2, 2019
Get the Look: The ‘Sabrina’ Reboot’s Granny Chic-Gone-Spooky Style
The latest victim of the reboot craze is Sabrina Spellman. Our once fun-loving teenage witch has been reborn as a darker, edgier version of herself and I, for one, could not be more thrilled that the ’90s suburban, pastel floral TV sitcom house was laid to rest. The new Spellman Mortuary is granny chic-gone-spooky. It’s chock-full of vintage (well I guess it isn’t vintage if you’re hundreds of years old and you bought it when it was new…) and fabulous treasures.
Dec 28, 2018
Get the Look: A Scandinavian Winter Cottage from “The Princess Switch”
Move over Hallmark, there’s a new sappy made-for-TV movie behemoth on the rise, and its name is Netflix. “The Princess Switch” is a delight; think “The Parent Trap” meets “Princess Diaries” meets “High School Musical” (minus the singing). Vanessa Hudgens plays the princess and the pauper (a baker).
Dec 12, 2018
Get the Look: Joy Meachum’s Icy Living Room in ‘Iron Fist’
If I were plotting revenge and generally cooking up evil plans, a sleek, modern loft sounds like a pretty good place to do it. In Marvel’s “Iron Fist,” the character Joy Meachum’s apartment is haunting in its stylishness. But if you don’t focus on the evil deeds happening, it’s really just an impossibly chic lair. What keeps this look interesting is the moodiness. The industrial loft certainly plays into this, but more importantly, so does the lighting.
Nov 9, 2018
Get the Look: Lara Jean’s Bedroom in ‘To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before’
The hype is the well-deserved; Netflix’s summer smash rom-com ‘To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before’ is sticky sweet, like cotton candy, perfect for when you’re in the mood for a burst of flavor—or color, as is the case for the design. Much like Lara Jean’s love life, her room is whimsical…and messy. A true romantic’s safe haven.
Oct 12, 2018
Murphy Brown’s Georgetown Townhouse Is Back for 2018
With the Fall 2018 season underway, we are returning to some our favorite TV abodes, and getting invited inside a few new ones. Join us this month as we explore the best homes on the small screen. Show: Murphy Brown (the revival!)—CBS Thursdays at 9:30 p.m. Style: This history-making heroine’s Georgetown townhouse is filled with colorful, antiques, and memories. Why we love it: Murphy is back and as a go-get-’em journalist, her home reflects a life full of adventure and style.
Oct 4, 2018
This Anthropologie Collection Is All Over Mandy Moore’s Home
If you aren’t following Mandy Moore on Instagram, you should be! She’s been living it up in her gorgeous mid-century maison and even graced the cover of Architectural Digest showing off her new digs. Designed by the California-cool interior designer Sarah Sherman Samuel, it embraces the mid-century lines of the house while bring fresh life to each room.
Sep 29, 2018
5 Timeless Living Room Decorating Tips from Meghan Markle’s Blog, The Tig
The Duchess of Sussex and (queen of our hearts) left behind a treasure trove of tips to achieve a life well lived. Self described as “a hub for the discerning palate–those with a hunger for food, travel, fashion & beauty,” The Tig was Goop, without the jade egg stuck up its you-know-what. But alas, after becoming a member of the British royal family, The Tig had to go.
Aug 29, 2018
Get the Look: Crazy Rich Asians”Palatial Family Compound
“Crazy Rich Asians” is sparkly and colorful; the story is heartwarming and heartbreaking; the acting is joyful, and the fact that this is the first entirely Asian cast of a major studio film since “The Joy Luck Club” makes its success all the sweeter (a sequel is already in the works). It also happens to be visually stunning. The majority of the movie is set in Singapore, which main character Nick Young’s family basically owns.
Aug 23, 2018
Get the Look: Ideal Home’s Santa Fe Southwestern Style
In “Ideal Home,” Paul Rudd and Steve Coogan star as Paul and Erasmus, a couple with an extravagant lifestyle who take in Bill, the grandson Erasmus never knew he had. Throughout the movie, we learn an ideal home is not ideal because of the things that fill it, but the people who inhabit it. Obvious? Yes; But when Erasmus is eating Taco Bell in a fur coat telling his grandson this is the happiest he’s ever been, it does feel a bit more nuanced.
Aug 20, 2018
Not Everything on a Movie Set Is Expensive: Affordable Finds From Film and TV
Imagine a set designer decorated your apartment: They’d tell you exactly where the meaningful conversation corner should be, which bar cart is the most likely to further your character arc, what lighting is the most flattering. While it’s not realistic, the next best thing is to buy the exact furniture and accessories from your favorite TV and movies and figure out the placement on your own. And you can.
Aug 16, 2018
Get the Look: Mamma Mia 2’s Gorgeous Grecian B&B
Ah, to see the world through the turquoise-colored glasses of Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again. Where a practically abandoned farmhouse can become a chic boutique hotel with some elbow grease and plucky attitude. Where the house band at your favorite bar is always on call. Where a trio of suitors is ready to welcome you to a beautiful scarcely populated island. It’s not a bad place to kick off your sandals.
Jul 27, 2018
Get the Look: Moonrise Kingdom’s New England Coastal Vibes
Moonrise Kingdom was the second Wes Anderson film I ever saw, but the first of which I could see myself easily walking onto the set and living my life comfortably; this wasn’t terribly noteworthy as the competition was slim. Nonetheless, it’s sepia toned New England setting calls to me. And I’m a sucker for a peter pan collar. The thing that strikes me about this film is I don’t want to recreate a room piece by piece.
Jul 6, 2018
Get the Look: Ibiza’s Party-Ready Mid-Century Hotel
Netflix’s new original movie, Ibiza, has everything: Strong female friendship. Hijinks. That guy from Game of Thrones. EDM music. Phoebe Robinson spitting one-liner darts left and right. Well-designed interiors may not be the focus of this movie, but they certainly don’t disappoint. The design was so on-point in places that I ended up needing to scour the Internet for lookalike wall hangings and accent chairs.
Jul 4, 2018
Get the Look: The Incredibles 2 Mid-Century Super Home
It only took 14 years, but we finally have the superhero film we deserve. The hero being mid-century modern design. Picking up right where the first installment left off, the Parr family is on the forefront of the fight to make superheroes legal again. During that process, they are set up in a mid-century design lover’s dream house. And lucky for you, Zillow created a listing so you can really get a sense of the home’s super features.
Jun 29, 2018
Get the Look: The Night Manager’s Egyptian Inspired Space
With the monster hit of Avengers Infinity War still going strong at the box office (topping $2 billion worldwide), I’d like to celebrate Tom Hiddleston in his role as…Jonathan Pine, The Night Manager! And by celebrate him, I mean focus solely on the Egyptian interiors of the Nefertiti Hotel in Cairo.
Jun 15, 2018
Get the Look: The Young Pope’s Traditional Yet Exotic Vatican
With the Met Gala’s theme last month being “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and Catholic Imagination”, I got to thinking about how the Catholic Church has influenced other areas of design. The lives lived within the Vatican are a beautiful juxtaposition of minimalism and maximalism as seen in the architecture and interior decor. Symbolism and story are woven (literally) into the textiles of the Church.
Jun 13, 2018
Get the Look: Little Women’s Classic Americana Style Made Modern
There’s a scene in the new PBS adaptation of Little Women that takes place at the Walden Pond Boathouse. The girls are having a picnic outing with friends. They’re running through a lush forest, down to the bank of the pond and jumping into wooden canoes. Beth sits on a blanket on the shore, with a cute boy and a picnic basket. The colors are bright and vibrant, like the girls’ moods.
May 30, 2018