Fresh Take



FEARLESS. That’s the word Anthony Ritter, owner of Glo Design Studio in Jackson, uses to describe the owner of this Vicksburg home. It’s a trait not often seen even among people seeking to make a change to their residences, but it’s one that can lead to some exciting results.

“She loves to be ahead of the game,” Ritter explains of the homeowner. “She has amazing style, and she’s not afraid to go for it.”

Ritter knows this client well after having worked with her on three previous projects over two decades. So when she and her husband purchased this 2005-built home, he knew sprucing it up would be fun.

“This home was super-traditional, and it felt dark and oppressive to her,” Ritter says. “She wanted it to be light and modern.”

The kitchen and keeping room were where the most dramatic changes were made. Dark-stained cabinets and a bar-height island dominated the kitchen, while a wood mantel and tall built-in cabinets were the focus in the keeping room. Ritter, along with Glo interior designer Grace Massey, worked to bring the two adjoining spaces up to date.

The kitchen’s tall bar was lowered and its countertop extended to provide more room for casual dining. The existing cabinets were painted white, and the Glo team incorporated new plumbing and lighting fixtures, doorknobs and hinges with a golden gleam. The homeowner spotted the stylized chandelier in the Glo showroom and knew it would be perfect above her enlarged island, which was freshly painted in one of her favorite colors, kelly green. Ritter and Massey chose Arctic white quartz countertops and had a matching quartz slab backsplash installed for a clean look. They called on Jamie Berl of Berl’s Custom Cabinetry to expand the island and to transform the fireplace in the keeping room by wrapping it in a glassy white porcelain. In place of bookshelves, Berl installed cantilevered cypress shelves that matched the ceiling beams, and he reduced the height of the lower cabinets. “It took a lot of work to make it look simple,” Ritter says.

The green of the island was repeated in the keeping room, where it combines with chartreuse and camel in a new graphic rug and echoes the colors of the garden so visible through large windows and French doors. A tufted leather sofa and a chair with a golden frame are bold and simple at once. “This room has a modern yet timeless feel,” says Ritter, who adds that the room’s existing drapes were restyled by removing heavy fringe and beading.

Evidence of Ritter’s long history with this client is found in other areas of the house, where fabulous finds he selected for her previous residences have now found new homes. A chartreuse mirror hangs above a silver demilune cabinet in an alcove, a Buddha head statue and verdigris copper-shaded lamps are combined with a linen-front cabinet in the foyer, and a beloved glass-framed mirror hangs over a fireplace.

“These are things that she will never get rid of,” Ritter says. “I think they’re proof that if you buy what you love, you will never get tired of it. Don’t settle—if you wait and get what you love, you will always find a place for it.”

Photos by James Patterson