In their May issue (on newsstands now), Southern Living magazine crowned five interior designers their "New Tastemakers" for their brilliant use of color "both at home and in fashion." And wouldn't you know it, there was our very own Angie Hranowsky among them. One of my coworkers even snuck in a sidenote yesterday, opining, "Hers was the coolest profile of the bunch, hands-down." And having worked extensively with Angie myself, I can say she's earned this and her other accolades (i.e. Traditional Home put her on their 20 Designers to Watch list a year or so back) in spades. Part Midcentury amazing (handily scooping Mad Men on the resurgence of retro mod), part Boho hot (as in, dreamy, comfy, rich), she's a whiz at sourcing things (particularly vintage gems) that you or I might scroll right by on eBay with barely a second look. Angie knows where to look, and she does it often. And when she's called to pitch a house story, I don't just score the house—I get tons of new ways to use color, schooled in fabrics I wouldn't dream would look good together, and ready-to-shoot rooms right down to the tulips on the table.
So she's long been on our radar, a true talent going back to her days living in Avondale when she first switched over from a graphic design focus to interior design. One of Angie's clients, Carolyn Evans (also a Grit blogger) went a little further than SL's Tastemaker status, calling Angie a "color sorceress" in a recent article. How do you like that?
Whatever her true crown may be, we pulled some "greatest hits" from the Charleston magazine archives to celebrate her esteemed rap. Enjoy!
Angie's cottage in West Ashley (Charleston, March 2006; photos by Julia Lynn)
Next came her 1970s gem in Riverland Terrace (Charleston Home, Spring 2009; photos by Brie Williams)
We did a fashion shoot at her house a few years later—love the mod geometric screen (Charleston, March 2011; photo by Peter Frank Edwards)
Then came a client's home in Old Windermere... (Charleston Home, Spring/Summer 2011; photos by Brie Williams)
And a to-die-for downtown piazza she gussied up Boho-style for an outdoor living feature (Charleston, February 2012; photo by Julia Lynn)
Finally, Evans' house downtown (Charleston, March 2012; photo by Julia Lynn)