Thursday, June 10, 2010

The Style Files: Angie Hranowsky

Angie Hranowsky

      {The Lovely and Supremely Talented Graphic and Interior Designer, Angie Hranowsky}

 Angie Hranowsky is hands-down, one of my absolute favorite interior designers. I know that I would feel right at home in any space she had designed! I find the way that she uses color and mixes high and low-priced items to be incredibly refreshing. Not only are the spaces she designs beautiful and inspiring, they feel attainable. Angie often combines classic, traditional pieces with vintage or eclectic items, creating a layered, highly personalized look. Angie started out as a graphic designer and eventually went on to pursue her interest in interior design at Parsons School of Design in New York in 2004. She currently practices both graphic and interior design and has clients throughout the country. Angie’s work has been featured in many publications including Domino, House Beautiful, Metropolitan Home, and Coastal Living. Angie and her family currently reside in Charleston, South Carolina.

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Name: Angie Hranowsky

Occupation: Interior Designer

Hometown: Louisville, KY

Current City: Charleston, SC

{Angie’s Gorgeous Living Room: Can you guess what color is her favorite?}

LDV: What inspired you to begin your career in interior design?

AH: I have been passionate about interiors for as long as I can remember. Although I have a BA in art history and went to graduate school for graphic design I have consistently been doing my own interiors since I was 18. After moving to Charleston in 2000, people would see my house and ask why I wasn’t doing this for a living. I loved it and soon asked myself the same question. So in 2005, I started adding interior clients to my graphic design business.

circa kitchen{The Kitchen Designed for Coastal Living’s Idea House 2009}

LDV: What do you love most about it? What is the most challenging aspect?

AH: Researching, concepting and finding all of the right elements that will pull a room together. Seeing all of those ideas come together. I also love working with my amazing clients which often turn into wonderful friendships.

Right now expanding my business as it grows and finding the time to do things like a blog which I’m currently setting up. Also, finding a balance between work and being a mom to two young children. I am so fortunate and love having two such fulfilling roles in my life.

{A Lovely Vignette Designed by Angie}

LDV: Where do you find inspiration?

AH: A lot of places. I love interior design books, new and vintage and I’m obsessed with magazines. I get inspired looking at architecture and vintage furniture, but textiles and fashion play a big role as well.

{Kate Moss for Burberry}

LDV: Who are some of your personal style icons?

AH: David Hicks, Billy Baldwin, Kate Moss & Gio Ponti

{Angie in her gorgeous kitchen, which happens to be a personal favorite.}

LDV: How would you describe your own style?

AH: Relaxed modern (for both fashion and interiors)

circa master {Angie used a variety of beautiful ethnic textiles in this bedroom.}

LDV: What traits do you most admire in a person?

AH: compassion & modesty

{Donghia’s gorgeous Suzani print Fabric and a modern marble fireplace make for a gorgeous living room.}

LDV: What is your principal weakness?

AH: Putting too much on my plate at one time.

{A Chic Bedroom of Angie’s Design}

LDV: What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?

AH: Follow your heart.

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{Angie’s Adorable Children, Loulou and Sasha}

LDV: What do you consider your greatest achievement?

AH: The success of my interior design business and my beautiful children, Loulou & Sasha.

LDV: What is your idea of living “la dolce vita”?

AH: The life I have now and being grateful for every moment. Traveling, exploring new places and laying on the beach with a good book ranks right up there too.

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Angie 40[1]

{Angie enjoyed several of her favorite things at her 40th birthday party: chocolate, jeans, and gold jewelry.}

Bloom: Hydrangea

Food: Chocolate

Drink: Iced Tea

Thing to Wear: Jeans and my grandpa’s gold watch

 francesco lagnese8 {Pillows and Headboard by Mexican artisans, Photograph by Francesco Lagnese}

Destination: Anywhere exotic and warm. This summer it’s Mexico. Next up Brazil.

Season: Spring

Meal: Mexican

{Frida Kahlo}

Musician: Marvin Gaye

Artist: Mark Rothko, Frida Kahlo and Molly B. Right (a Charleston based artist who does amazing large scale portraits using bottle caps. Unbelievably amazing.)

Film: Seems Like Old Times

{Lucille Ball}

Television Show: I Love Lucy

Book: I love to read. My recent favorites are City of Thieves, Sarah’s Key and The Alchemist. Always anything by David Sedaris.

Magazines: Elle Décor (American & British) and W for its inspired fashion spreads and use of typography.

Blogs: La Dolce Vita, Style Court, coco + kelly, and Ish and Chi to name just a few

 

la fiorentina angie hranowsky2 {Angie’s home features chairs upholstered in Hicks’ La Fiorentina, which is also my personal favorite.}

Texture: For me it’s about the combination. Texture is a big part of any space that I do. I am a sucker for rattan.

Fabric or Pattern: I am obsessed with fabric so it’s hard to pick one, but if I had to, it would be David Hicks La Fiorentina by Groundworks

Color: Purple & Turquoise

bread mary ruffle {Heavenly Image of Fresh Baked Bread via Mary Ruffle}

Scent: fresh baked bread

Extravagance: very expensive dark chocolate

Quote: “Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.” – Carl Jung

14 comments:

shiree segerstrom said...

Just lovely Paloma. Is that a new Suzani in the bedroom shot? The colors are unbelievable! Shiree Segerstrom.

Marija said...

How cool is she?! The most inspiring in this series to date. And you've had some great ones! Can't wait for more.

Design Actually said...

What a talented lady! Love her living room, I've had that photo saved in my inspiration file for a while now. Her work has such a nice mix of color and pattern.

The Iconic Blog.com said...

Great post. I love her style.x

The Iconic Blog.com said...

Gorgeous!X

Katie Lynn said...

Love everything about Angie! Also how you're always introducing me to new people I'd never previously heard of -- Fabulous. :)

Christine said...

I love Angie's aesthetic! Any idea where the bench in her living room is from?

chloe said...

I love Angie's work and eye!!! Her spaces make me smile from the inside out. Thanks so much for profiling her...and thanks to Angie for participating! This is a great series...

Sherri said...

Love her designs... especially her living room.

Sarah @ Maison Boheme said...

Great interview! Love her work and especially love that Mexican metal headboard. Wowzers!

LiveLikeYou said...

Her view on life is as great as her designs

Cristin said...

Great interview! I love Angie's designs. That canopy bed is stunning.

xo,
cristin

paula said...

she is gorgeous! love her work. great post!

Sarah said...

Thanks for this Q&A, Angie is one of my favorites!