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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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