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
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.
Aug 10, 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 26, 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 13, 2019
Get The Look: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’s Mid-Century Apartment
Have you seen Amazon’s series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel? Of course you have. The Golden Globes loved it. The Critics’ Choice Awards loved it. It just took home eight Emmys including Best Comedy Series, and season two is coming before the end of 2018. We don’t just love it because of the acting and writing; the production design is breathtaking. Throughout the first episode, I simply repeated, “I want to go to there,” a la Liz Lemon. How can we go to there?
May 3, 2019
Get the Look: Big Little Lies’ Celeste’s Cool California Space
As you’ve probably heard, Big Little Lies is coming back for season 2 and this time it’s got a 21 time Academy Award nominated powerhouse joining the already tour de force cast. [Season one spoilers below.] Meryl Streep will play Perry’s mother who comes to town “concerned for the well-being of her grandchildren following…Perry’s death,” per the casting breakdown.
May 3, 2019
Get the Look: Kay Graham’s Traditional Home In The Post
How many white rooms with pops of Millennial pink have you seen today? How many of them had simple, bulbous light fixtures with exposed cords? Was there a lacquered tray on the coffee table piled high with design books? The answer is probably a lot, and I’m here to say: Take a break and treat yourself to some fabulous traditionalism. Katharine Graham’s story is complex and dark at moments, but ultimately triumphant.
May 3, 2019
Get the Look: Queer Eye’s Industrial Atlanta Loft
As someone who has watched the Netflix reboot through twice, I’m confident in saying it is a smashing success. I laughed. I cried. I wanted another eight episodes. The new Fab Five are so charming; it’s hard to stop watching. They’ve retained the same format at the original: Five gay men make over a (usually) straight guy. They redesign his home, his clothing, his hairstyle, and his inner confidence.
May 3, 2019
Get the Look: Call Me By Your Name’s Worldly Italian Villa
If we could all be so lucky to inherit a 17th century mansion in the Northern Italian countryside, Villa Albergoni is a good inspiration (and the real shooting location is for sale!). Yes, it’s got some 80s memorabilia in Elio’s room that you could take or leave, but it’s largely filled with antiques and objects spanning time and geography. I love how cozy it feels, even in its grandeur.
May 3, 2019
Get the Look: The Elegant and Rustic Dining Rooms of Phantom Thread
We’ve all been in a relationship where our muse turns around and stabs us in the back, right? No? Me neither. What I actually relate to in Phantom Thread is the gorgeous interiors. Yes it’s a film about fashion, but the production design is no slouch either. One minute we’re in a chic London townhouse with high ceilings, gold chandeliers, and sofas with fringe, then we’re whisked off to the country for simple, rustic decor against delicate floral wallpaper.
May 3, 2019
Get the Look: Riverdale’s Moody Retro Diner Vibes
Taking an iconic comic and transforming it into a sexy murder mystery could have been a disaster. Sure, casting “hot” Archie was a step in the right direction. But then, to layer in this noir world around him and the rest of the unfairly beautiful cast was [kisses fingers] brilliant.
May 3, 2019
Get the Look: The Surprisingly Chic Dorm in ‘Grown-ish’
If I could go back in time to be as cool as Zoey Johnson in Grown-ish is as a freshman in college, I’d do it. She’s smart, opinionated, and has a great sense of personal style. Her friends are serving up drama hot and fresh in each episode, and she manages it all from the comfort of her fairly chic dorm room. Now dorm rooms have always meant twin beds with mattresses that have Seen. Some. Stuff.
May 3, 2019
Get the Look: Jess’ Cute and Quirky New Girl Bedroom
New Girl’s L.A. misfit friends are returning for their final season on Tuesday, April 10. [Spoilers ahead] The ending last season was tough because we didn’t know if we were saying goodbye forever or see ya later. Nick and Jess were kissing, Schmidt and Cece got pregnant, Winston is…Winston. It didn’t leave me totally satiated, but I wasn’t mad either. It was just kind of ‘eh’. Lucky for us, the team gets one more shot to wrap it up the way they want.
May 3, 2019
Get the Look: Mad Men’s Impeccable Mid-Century Cool
Recently, my parents sold my childhood home and bought a grown-up condo. Gone is the lovely, comfortable suburban dwelling that housed countless birthday parties, homework cram sessions and dance recital practices. Their new home doesn’t have to be kid proof; it can just be cool. And no show’s design has been quite so cool as Mad Men (my dad loves mid-century furniture, so it’s fairly obvious inspiration). The set of Mad Men was notoriously well researched and designed.
May 3, 2019
Get the Look: RHONY Dorinda Medley’s Eclectic Berkshires Mansion
If you like The Real Housewives of New York, you already know how gorgeous Dorinda’s Berkshires manse is. If you pretend to be above watching reality television, let me tickle your fancy with this fact: Her inspiration was Marilyn Monroe meets Frankenstein, per TownVibe Berkshire. If that’s not badass, I don’t know what is. Like Dorinda, her home is stately on the outside and full of color on the inside.
May 3, 2019
Get the Look: Champions’ Brooklyn Gym Bros, But Raising a Theater Kid Vibes
Mindy Kaling has done it again. Her new show Champions is sassy, quippy, and fun to watch. With two grown men in charge of furnishing a Brooklyn apartment, the style is collected and masculine, but by no means uninteresting. How can you get a look like two grown brothers just got a 15 year old kid dropped into their lives while they struggle to run a Brooklyn gym and decorated your home on the side? Fear not, dear reader, I’m here to help.
May 3, 2019
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 3, 2019
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.
May 3, 2019
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.
May 3, 2019
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.
May 3, 2019
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.
May 3, 2019
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.
May 3, 2019
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.
May 3, 2019
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.
May 3, 2019
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.
May 3, 2019
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.
May 3, 2019
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.
May 3, 2019
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.
May 3, 2019