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sneak peek: angie hranowsky

by Amy Azzarito

While randomly driving through a neighborhood in her hometown of Charleston, South Carolina, Angie Hranowsky spotted this home with a “for sale” sign. This modern house was unique for traditional Charleston, and Angie immediately called the realtor, but the home had just sold. After the homeowner moved in, Angie knocked on her door and offered to purchase the house. Ten months later, she received a call and after a five-month-long renovation, she moved in. An architect built the home for his own family in 1974. Angie ripped out all of the flagstone floors and added new quarter sawn oak, gutted the kitchen and baths, removed some added walls and built-ins, replaced all of the doors and hardware and designed the fretwork wall in the den. She then spent two years decorating the house. Now the home is on the market and Angie is keeping her eyes open for the next challenge! (See the full set of photos here!) Thanks, Angie, and thanks to Julia Lynn and Squire Fox for the lovely photos! Amy A.

The house is very modern with very clean straight lines. I wanted to keep the feeling modern, but not cold. I like spaces to feel warm and inviting and I love lots of texture and color. I also like to mix things up a bit. I love vintage furniture and architecture so went about collecting vintage furniture, lighting, pottery and adding to my art collection.

Image above: The dining room is open to the living room, so the gallery wall of art extends the length of both rooms. It was a perfect place to hang the art that I have collected over the years. The dining chairs and tulip table are vintage 1960s. I found the chairs at a flea market in Miami and had them recovered in a fuchsia silk. I also have grasscloth in the main rooms of the house to add more texture and softness.

Image above: This is a detail shot of the large custom-built bookshelves in our den. You will notice one vertical between the lower shelves, which is stained ebony to match the kitchen cabinets. I did this randomly throughout the shelves. I love to collect books and given my interior, graphic and art history background most of them happen to be quite beautiful.

Image above: This is my son’s room. It’s a fairly small room so I painted the horizontal stripes to make it appear bigger and they make it more fun. I like the fact that it doesn’t feel overly designed. He’s grown from a baby to a little boy in this room and it still works. The bedspread is from Urban Outfitters, the blinds are a Marimekko fabric and the rug is Madeline Weinrib.

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Image above: This is another shot of the living room/dining room and the gallery wall. My friend Squire was shooting at our house and took this great picture of my daughter. You will notice a lot of vintage lamps and pottery. It’s a bit of a fetish along with chairs and art.

Image above: This is an antique chair that I scooped up before someone else almost bought it while shopping in Savannah one day. It was already upholstered in the shiny white vinyl so I didn’t have to do a thing to it. The painting is by a South American artist and dates back to the 1950s. I love the snake bracelet on her arm.

Image above: This is my living room with a view of the front entry and den. The freestanding fireplace is original, but was just drywall and I had it surfaced in Calcutta Gold Marble. The fretwork wall beyond the fireplace I designed and had custom built.

Image above: I found this dresser at a local store and had it lacquered in white and the hardware chrome plated. The lamps and mirrors are vintage.

Image above: This is our den and again you can see the custom fretwork wall that separates this room from the front entryway. The sofa and chair are vintage Milo Baughman and the large 1970s lamp I found in Miami.

Image above: This is a detail shot in our dining room. The chest is by George Nelson and the mirror I found at a thrift store.

Image above: My daughter’s room has a custom canopy bed with a Raoul Textile fabric and roman shades made out of burlap. The pink shag rug belonged to her twin aunts when they were little back in the 70s. The silkscreens over her bed are by David Weidman.

Image above: I had the island custom built with a Calcutta gold marble countertop. The Lucite barstools are vintage 1970s. I removed the upper cabinets and added floating shelves and covered the wall in an Ann Sacks tile. The silhouettes of my children in the hall are by Carter Kustera.

I fell in love with the long, low lines of the house and the floor-to-ceiling glass. The architecture of this house is much more reminiscent of the 1940s and 50s even though it was built in ’74. I added a little extra touch by painting the front door a deep turquoise blue.

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  • We’ll be in Charleston this week for Thanksgiving at my in-laws. I’ll have to try to find it. What a cool and different house for Charleston. Beautifully decorated.

  • I am in love with the whole house, but am eager to know where the mirrored bedframe in the first picture came from?

  • Are those amazing salt and pepper shakers on the kitchen counter? And where oh where can I find them? Just like the rest of the house they just ooze personality. Amazing home—a perfect mix of vintage, pattern and white. What a dream!

  • I’m usually not one for modern houses, especially in a beautiful old city such as Charleston, but this house is ah-mazing! It’s so clean and crisp, yet warm and homey. Love it!

  • Great house, so beautifully decorated! Sophisticated yet kid-friendly. Love the fun colors and the neutrals too, especially that wallpaper behind the silhouettes in the hallway.

  • Gorgeous, from top to bottom. I’d move in in a heartbeat, so long as she sold all her personal belongings with the house! What a great departure from the typical Southern abode!

  • Hi Angie,
    Your work is beautiful. What is the name of the ceramic artist who created the vessel on your dining room table? I would love to know. Thanks!

  • Gorgeous. Why would anyone pour all this creativity and love into a family home and then turn around and sell it? That seems sad, but there must be a very good reason.

  • Love the comforter on the bed in the first photo – would love to know where it came from!

  • Thanks to everyone for all of the lovely comments. I’ve gotten poufs from different sources, but I think this white one came from http://www.e-mosaik.com. I had the chrome 4-poster bed custom made. My son’s white bed is from Ikea, it’s the Malm bed. The suzani on my bed I found at a flea market in NYC and all of the pottery, lamps and salt & pepper shakers are vintage and I have collected them from all over. I hope this helps.

  • This is my favorite house out of ‘Sneak Peaks’ that I have seen. I could move in and wouldn’t change a thing!

  • This is absolutely amazing and inspiring! I love Charleston, and if I had this house, I don’t think I’d ever leave!

  • I love the rug in the den. I have two little ones myself and didn’t think it was possible to own something like that yet. How do you keep it clean?

  • Believe it or not Lindsey cowhide rugs are among the easiest to keep clean. Because of the natural oils in the hide they resist every stain imaginable. I have yet to not have something wipe out. And you can just shake them out every now and then.

  • Well done! Love your vintage aesthetic combined with modern updates. I similarly ripped out cabinets in my kitchen and did a big tile wall – have sourced stainless steel shelves to hang, but am concerned about installation, ruining tile, etc. Any tips?

  • I love the whole house-esp. the kitchen. Those bar stools are to die for, and so is the tile. I also love the stripes in your son’s room. Brilliant job!

  • I love the colors of your son’s wall stripes- would you share the colors? You have a wonderful home!!

  • I just can’t get enough of this beautiful and inspiring home! Every detail is pure perfection. I would LOVE to know where I could find the pendants in the kitchen and if she has a way of covering the large windows in the front for privacy? Thanks!

  • Angie,
    Your 70’s Lucite barstools look exactly like the ones I’ve been searching for for years – I passed them up at store in NYC and have regretted it ever since. Do you know who makes them or the designer?
    Your house is beautiful!!! Thanks.

  • wow! this is really beautiful, inspired design. i wish i could sell my house and buy this one, with everything still in it.

  • Dear Angie, Your home is absolutely gorgeous. This is the best one I’ve seen in DS. Your design sensibility is awesome.What’s not to love!

  • I absolutely love your style – and have some similar items in my own 1960’s house! Love the color on the front door – venezuelan sea? I would buy your house in a heartbeat…if I didn’t have 3 kids! Love it, love it, LOVE IT!

  • Absolutely stunning! Where can I find the lighting fixture in the dining room or something similar? I am obsessed!!!

  • If I lived in Charleston I’d buy it in a second! I absolutely LOVE it…perfection!!!

  • I’m a little late here, but I love this home! I am redoing a house built in ’71 with similar clean lines and I’m happy to see an example of a home where one style isn’t so strictly adhered to that you can’t have fun and be yourself.

  • I love the brass light fixture in the dining room. Was that a vintage find or new? If vintage, do you have any info on the maker? Also love the turquoise front door. Nice job!

  • LOVE the boys’ room. I read that they are benjamin moore colors… Can you tell me which ones? Specifically the blues.

  • I love your son’s room! The cowboy print is perfect. Will you please tell me where you found it? I would love to have it for my son’s room. Awesome house! Also love the cool lighting fixture over the dining table.

  • Was the entire bed custom or just the canopy in your daughter’s room? Love it all but sure would like the daybed

  • i had no idea this house was featured here!!! i noticed it for sale and almost died when i saw it! found out my neighbor’s uncle was the architect and my neighbor actually lived there for a bit. INSANE!!

  • Where did you find that mirrored canopy bed? I love it! Actually, the whole house is really wonderful!

  • Hi there, in search of upholstery fabric for my Danish modern lounge chairs similar to what you’ve used on your living room lounge chairs (geometric beige and white). Do you mind sharing your Charleston resource? Thank you!

  • I am with Karen with respect to the upholstery fabric. I have seen the same design in pink/magenta (in the Angie Hranowsky May 2012 picture). I would love to have the fabric for an accent chair in my daughter’s room, but I have not been able to find it. If you could let me know the pattern name, I would really appreciate it!

  • Thank you for sharing your home and the sources for the great pieces in it. Like Kari, I love your chrome bed. Could you also share who made the bed for you? I would love to have one made in king size. Thanks!

  • What is the color on the front door? LOVE! Currently testing out turquoise and teals on my front door :)