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Williamsburg, Virginia


Anthony Baratta


DESIGNER IN RESIDENCE is a collaborative initiative established by WILLIAMSBURG which celebrates the historic and iconic design influence of Colonial Williamsburg. This program emphasizes the relevance of historic buildings and décor to today’s interiors, and envisions an inspired blend of the past and the present.

WILLIAMSBURG has invited renowned interior designer Anthony Baratta to live on Colonial Williamsburg’s historic Duke of Gloucester Street. Baratta has put his stamp on the iconic Palmer House (circa 1750), decorating and furnishing it with a fresh take on Americana for which he is renowned.



“I want the next generation to appreciate the great bones of American architecture and design, and what better ‘classroom’ than Colonial Williamsburg, the birthplace of American style?”

-Anthony Baratta

The Palmer House, one of Colonial Williamsburg’s eighty-eight original 18th-century buildings, once served as a Union headquarters during the Civil War. The house boasts a direct view of the Capitol building and a prime spot on the Duke of Gloucester.



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Follow along with Designer in Residence throughout 2019!

  • Press & Media

    Featured in Quintessence Lifestyle Blog

    At Home in Colonial Williamsburg with Anthony Baratta

    “Known for his bold, colorful, pattern-loving take on American style, it was not surprising that Williamsburg chose him to become their first Designer in Residence, inviting Baratta to live in the historic Palmer House and reimagine the circa 1750 residence as his own.”

    Read the blog or watch the video

    Featured in Veranda Magazine

    Inside Anthony Baratta’s Renovation of an 18th-century Home as Colonial Williamsburg’s Designer in Residence

    “Designer Anthony Baratta brings a revolutionary-era home into brilliant living color.”

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    Featured in Architectual Digest

    Anthony Baratta Is Living Like It’s 1750 in Colonial Williamsburg

    “Swapping modern city life for an 18th-century community in Virginia, the New York–based designer was tapped to infuse the interiors of a historic Colonial Williamsburg house with his signature lively Americana style. But the project goes beyond design—he’s also living there...”

    Read the article online or click through Anthony Baratta's gallery of photographs

    Featured in The StyleCast Podcast

    Anthony Baratta Talks Williamsburg

    Anthony Baratta is known for his bold use of color, his East Coast Chic, and unpredictability, but in this episode, he talks about his passion for timeless and traditional design. Marina and Anthony discuss the beauty of Williamsburg and how its effortless aesthetic has influenced design today.

    Listen to the podcast.

  • House Tours

    Green Spring Garden Club Christmas Tour

    December 7th, 2019

    The Palmer House will be featured on the Green Spring Garden Club’s 60th-anniversary Christmas Homes Tour on Saturday, December 7, 2019-the day before Grand Illumination in the Historic Area. The house was on the club’s first tour in 1959. Colonial Williamsburg is delighted support the Green Spring Garden Club’s garden-themed philanthropic projects in the Williamsburg area by featuring Anthony Baratta’s WILLIAMSBURG Designer in Residence decoration of the house for this milestone anniversary.

    For more information about the tour, including houses featured and how to purchase tickets, please visit

  • Blogs

    History is Alluring

    September 12, 2019

    How the Past can Energize your Present

    Long Live Tradition

    June 18, 2019

    Long Live Tradition

    Interior designer Eric Ross shares his take on his visit