Shop Talk: Angie Hranowksy Interior Design

Written by on April 9, 2013 in Lifestyle, Shop Talk - 4 Comments
Shop Talk: Angie Hranowsky Interior Design

Angie Hranowksy has made a name for herself in the interior design world by taking chances with modern fixtures, bright colors and one-of-a-kind designs. Angie’s ability to create visually appealing and personal interiors for all of her clients has made her a darling of the design world. The Charleston office she calls home is a pure representation of her design aesthetic, and the passion she has for her work. We were lucky enough to get a peek into her work space with its bright, airy design. 

Photography by Olivia Rae James.

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  • Tell us about your background as an interior designer and how you got started?
    Interior design has always come naturally for me. I started out designing houses for my barbies as a little girl. After establishing my career as a graphic designer and working at a firm in Miami, I moved to Charleston where I began to freelance. We then bought our first house and I set about transforming it. It was then that I realized my career path was about to take a turn. That house got published very quickly, which coincided with new commissions from a couple of family members. Those jobs really allowed me to grow and be creative, and they gave me the freedom to take some risks. From there the work kept coming.

  • Who are your biggest design idols?
    Sergio Rodrigues, Milo Baughman, Paul Evans and Karl Springer

  • What’s been your favorite project to work on to date?
    I don’t know that I have a favorite. Each project offers something completely unique. I’m constantly inspired, and I”m fortunate to have such remarkable clients.

  • You’re known for your use of jewel tones and purple hues — tell us about that.
    What can I say? I love purple and turquoise! I’ve had a love affair with turquoise and amethyst since I was a kid. There is something intrinsically uplifting and sexy about these rich, vibrant colors. I can use purple the way most people use gray or brown. I find that purple works in almost any space as long as you consider the tone and the balance.

  • What is your favorite part of the design process?
    I love conceptualizing in the very beginning of a job and figuring out how it’s all going to come together. I also enjoy the process itself. I’m compelled by the day-to-day work unfolding and watching a house take shape. My clients get so excited and enjoy it as much as I do.

  • What was your philosophy with designing your own office?
    Being in a creative environment helps me thrive. My office is a combination of things that I’ve collected. It’s the same juxtaposition of old and new, bold color, art and textures that I intuitively apply to all of my work.

  • What are your favorite design sources both online & offline?
    Online, I love  ABC Home, Jayson Home, Ebay and 1st Dibs. Offline, I frequent flea markets, vintage shops and antique stores.




  • Any budget tips for decorating?
    It can certainly add up fast. Splurge on what you love and on what will last, like art, sofas and rugs. Paint can make the biggest transformation for the least amount of money. Also add in pops of color and pattern with things that won’t break the bank like throw pillows, plants and books.

  • Any advice for aspiring interior designers?
    Do what you love and learn as much as you can whether it be in school or in the field. And work your tail off.

  • How do you sparkle?
    Precious time with my children and living by the water.

  • Alyssa Gapske

    I love to see artist’s studios. Hers looks so organized!

  • Frippery Vintage

    Very talented, love her office, I’m jealous!

  • Alyssa

    Could someone tell me where her white desk from?

  • Danielle Dulchinos

    Where did you find those wire chairs? I’m dying for some that aren’t $500.

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