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March 14, 2011

Q&A With Interior Designer Angie Hranowsky

Look who's in the house today - - none other than Angie Hranowsky.  You know, just the brilliant mind behind spaces like these...

Mind blowing.  This is the quality of work every designer strives to achieve.  And she does it effortlessly. 

I've had the pleasure of getting to know Angie, and she's honestly just as cool as the spaces she designs.  {Girl Crush!!}  I'm thrilled to let you all get a glimpse into her life too.  She oh so graciously took the time to do a little Q&A session.

LLL: We're catching a jet to Italy. What do you want to do first?

Angie: First we check into the Hotel Parco Dei Principi in Sorrento on the Amalfi Coast. It was designed entirely by Gio Ponti in 1962, all the way down to the furniture and tiles. After we walk around and drool we hit the pool and order a glass of prosecco.

LLL: Are you a collecting kind of gal?

Angie: Yes. I collect art. Art is one of the most important parts of my work and often times the jumping off point when I design a space. I buy what moves me even if I don't have a place for it. I currently have a 5' x 7' painting that I bought a year ago waiting in a warehouse in Atlanta until I can find a place for it. I was disappointed that I missed The Armory Show in NYC last week, but I'm planning to go to Art Basel Miami in December.

{Angie's own living room and gallery wall.}

LLL: What is your greatest extravagance?

Angie: Shoes & very expensive dark chocolate

LLL: Let's say the world has gone awry and you are not an interior designer.  What would you most like to do?

Angie: Maybe fashion design or a stylist, but really I can't imagine being anything other than an interior designer. I was meant for this and I love every second of it.

{Angie's home. I'd agree, she's meant for this.}

LLL: What is your most memorable life moment?

Angie: The birth of my beautiful children, Loulou and Sasha. Those are experiences that you can remember down to the very minute.

{Angie's gorgeous children}

LLL: Would you divulge a few of your (not to trade only) favorite shopping spots when decorating?

Angie: Ebay, 1st dibs, Mecox Gardens and ABC Carpet & Home, as well as any good flea market I can get my hands on.

LLL: You obviously have a flair for fashion. Who is your style icon/favorite designer?

Angie: Yes, I LOVE fashion. I'm a kid of the 70's so I love all things bohemian. I'm not fussy and I'm not into flirty, feminine clothes. My style is more hippie chic, but a bit edgy. I've always been attracted to women who who appear effortless and take something masculine and give it a twist. Anita Pallenberg, the longtime girlfriend of Keith Richards, is an illustrious source of inspiration. Not surprisingly my other favorite is Kate Moss, who appears to also admire Anita's style. Some favorite designers include Givenchy, Diane von Furstenberg and vintage Halston.

LLL: So we are out for dinner and drinks. What do you order?

Angie: If we're just hanging then chips, salsa, guacamole and a frozen margarita with salt. If we're going to a nice dinner, then braised short ribs with fresh vegetables and a glass of champagne. And always the richest chocolate desert on the menu.

{Not a margarita but a fun cocktail nonetheless.}

LLL: What design trend are you tired of?

Angie: I am tired of the "glam" look. I think doses of different styles are always good. I love mixing it up, that's what makes for the most interesting spaces, but to much of one look, no matter what it is, can get tired. The unfortunate part is that well designed furniture or beautiful textiles can lose their appeal, not because they aren't affecting, but because they are overdone.

{I think Angie mixes it up quite well, agree?}

LLL: Which blogs are daily reads of yours?

Angie: There are so many terrific blogs that it's hard to keep up with them all. A few current favorites are Miss Moss, Pattern Observer, The Wonderlust Journal and this super cool blog called Look Linger Love. {I coerced Angie with margaritas to say that...}

With a talent like that it's no surprise that Angie has upcoming publications in Design Bureau, Australian Home Beautiful, Adore Home Magazine, Metropolis, and our very own Charleston Home.  Her work will also be featured in an upcoming book by Susanna Salk that is coming out with Rizzoli in Spring 2012.

Whew, she's busy!  And on top of all of that, did you know she also has a blog?!  Trust me, you want to follow her every move.

Thanks so much for joining us today, Angie.  It's been a pleasure to  peek into your porfolio and share your awesomeness with my readers.  xoxo.

All photography of Angie's work by Julia Lynn, Squire Fox, Tria Giovan, and Timothy Kolk.


Simply LKJ said...

Beautiful rooms! I love the picture with her children, what a great space!!

Unknown said...

Gorgeous rooms!! I hadn't heard of her before so thanks for introducing us Chassity :) And a great interview, might I add!

designchic said...

Great interview!! I adore her and sophisticated ~

Deanna Pai said...

Ahhh I love this! The blue paint in the dining room (second photo) is my absolute favorite. Hope you had a wonderful birthday, Chassity!

claudia b said...

omg, i think i have a new girl crush too, love her work.

I've just awarded you a Stylish Blogger badge, check out my blog for details, thanks!

lizziefitz said...

Chassity, That was a fascinating interview! great questions and enlightening answers. Angie's style is timeless.Gorgeous interiors , Thanks for sharing!

Rachel // Maybe Matilda said...

Oh my goodness, can you imagine living in a house that looks like that?! I really, really can't! I love her style, just gorgeous. Such a great mix of classy and fun!

Rachel @ Maybe Matilda

Unknown said...

Oh my gracious, this was so fabulous. I am a HUGE fan of Angie's style- she always creates such a perfect mix and her spaces are exactly my kind of pretty. Fabulous interview Chassity!!

Suzanne Anas Jurich said...

I really loved this interview! It is always great to get to know the person behind really great design. What gorgeous spaces!!

Gray Benko said...

Wowza. I have no words. Amazing!!

Blissful Mediocrity said...

Absolutely breath taking!

Aubrey {All Things Bright and Beautiful} said...

Ah-ha! You didn't count on me posting a Happy Birthday *here*, now didja?!? Sorry, can't go without saying it, hope it was fantastic!!! And SHUT THE FRONT DOOR amazing. She is so can bet your cute designer shoes that I am heading over to follow her every move right this second. (I will try and make it look like it's not the creepy stalker kind of following...) (c: Have a great week!

Drew {Coral Cafe} said...

Get it Girl!!! She's got some style and it's not over the top!! perfect combination!!

Happy Birthday to you Chassity!! One day before mine!!! Love it!! ;)
Hope you had a glorious one!! Vegas right?!

Marianne said...

Love this interview, Chassity. She writes a blog too? We'll I'm going on over to check it out. Hope your birthday was all that you wished for! xo

liza said...

What a great interview. I've loved Angie's work since I saw her home awhile back in Charleston Home. I found you (happily) through Angie's blog, and I'm happy to be here!

A Perfect Gray said...

I went crazy for her designs when I first saw her home featured in a magazine several years ago. she continues to be fresh in a way that I wish I could...

great interview. thanks.


Allison {Live Love Small} said...

lovely interview! she has amazing taste. btw - happy happy birthday!

ginger said...

Beautiful! I am in love with her use of color.


Morgan said...

Chips, guac, and margarita! My kind of woman!

Anonymous said...

I love Angie's style and home! So much of her work ends up in my inspiration files. What a great interview. And happy birthday sweets!

ALR said...

This is a fantastic post. I love the Q&A. This gal is certainly you! I hope you had a wonderful birthday:)

Amy R.

emily said...

Wow! What absolutely gorgeous rooms! And a great interview too!

Unknown said...

Thanks for this! I'm a huge fan of hers, and now of you. You are adorable and I love your style!

Unknown said...

Amazing interview! Adore Angie's work, such a huge fan!

Dana Gastelum said...

Simply amazing! I have loved her work for SO long and it's so fun to hear that she is so laid back! Thanks for sharing this!! :)

Calder Clark Designs said...

Love Angie- thanks for sharing! We're work neighbors but I don't get to see enough of her pretty mug. If only she could infuse some chic into my remodel . . it needs a dose of "daring" with a garnish of suzani something.