Angie Hranowsky

L♥VE SUGAR

December 28, 2011

Because I'm a lover of design and all things beautiful my heart skipped a beat when I saw this beautiful little package in my mail. My amazingly talented friend, Alison at Sugar in NYC, always creates the coolest holiday gifts each year. This year I received my own little dream journal, designed with her beautiful illustrations. I love her details with the string, hang tag and label. I'm not sure I'll be able to use it just yet, not for a lack of desire to chronicle my dreams, but because I want to admire it for a while longer. Ooh, I can keep it next to my dream catcher that we bought while vacationing in Mexico last year. And that dream catcher has been busy.

Inspired By: Winter Wonderland

December 19, 2011

Michael Taylor
Alexander McQueen

Yves Saint Lauren Ring

White Flowers by Julia Lynn Photography

The Miller House + The Remarkable Trio

November 30, 2011

Over Thanksgiving, while visiting my family in Indianapolis, I finally got a chance to visit the recently opened to the public Miller House & Gardens in Columbus, Indiana. Columbus has long been a mecca for modern architecture thanks to local visionary businessman, J. Irwin Miller.

In 1952 Miller commissioned Eero Saarinen, Alexander Girard and landscape architect, Dan Kiley to design his personal residence where he lived with his family for over 50 years. The stone and glass house is one of the greatest residences of the mid-20th century. Walking into the house today the architecture and interiors are timeless. The built-in tulip dining table is a precursor to the famous Saarinen Tulip table and the sunken conversation pit was the first of its kind. Saarinen's architecture is stunning, his use of marble walls and terrazzo floors are seamless from indoors to out. I am in love with the way Girard juxtaposed clean lines and cold surfaces with antique rugs, custom furniture and rich, colorful ethnic textiles.

Columbus, IN and the Miller House are architectural gems, worth a trip even if you don't have family in Indy.

California Love

November 17, 2011

I just spent a little time in Los Angeles with my dear friend Susan, too little actually, but it was inspiring and tons of fun! Lots of scouting, shopping, great food and a trip to the Rose Bowl flea market. I'm already feeling the pull to go back... here's a peek into my whirlwind trip.

I adore this store! Roseark and it's uber stylish jewelry designer and owner, Kathy Rose, first caught my eye on closetvisit.com. I am coveting her gold double tail cuff bracelet, but I walked away with a beautiful gold tattoo ring on this trip.

The most amazing selection of vintage clothing at The Way We Wore.

A Sister Corita Kent screenprint at the Rose Bowl flea market.

My friend Nepita's VW van just before we flew out.

A Modern Nursery

September 07, 2011

Super stylish blogger and mama to be, Chassity Evans of Look Linger Love, is having a baby boy. Of course when she asked me to pull together a concept for a would be nursery I jumped at the chance. I like to design nurseries and children's rooms that can grow as they grow. Babies spend a lot of time in their little room, but so do their parents. Chassity is such a fashionista that I couldn't imagine her and her bambino in anything other than a super chic nursery.

Andy's Summer

August 01, 2011

While visiting my uber-cool best friend, Alison Oliver, in NYC in May I got to see the temporary statue of Andy Warhol by Rob Pruitt everyday in Union Square. Since then she has been sending me more pictures from around the city. It appears that Andy is having a popular summer in the big apple.

Natural Beauty

July 06, 2011

Every really good space needs a mix of materials and textures. It adds depth and interest. Natural materials like rattan, wicker and bamboo are among my favorites. There is a warmth and quality to them that can make a formal room feel inviting or a casual room feel chic. Of course it's also my love of all things tropical. The warmer, the greener, the more exotic the more I love it. Rattan is solid, flexible and light weight making it perfect for furniture while bamboo is hollow and somewhat more brittle. Wicker is a weaving process that can really be made with anything from bamboo reeds to plastic. What I especially love are rattan and wicker pieces that are modern and unexpected. Old or new, natural or painted, these materials find their way into almost every house that I design.  
A classic california room by Michael Taylor

McGuire's famous rattan Butterfly Chair
A classic room by John Saladino

House & Garden c. 1960

Thailand's Soneva Kiri Resort designed by Olav Bruin

Dana Harper via Tria Giovan

A classic room by John Saladino

via Elle Decoration
A room by the great Billy Baldwin

1940's Italian Bamboo & Rattan Chair and Ottoman

Design Bureau

July 05, 2011

Design Bureau is one of my favorite design magazines. They cover everything from architecture and product design to fashion and typography. Naturally, I was thrilled when they asked to feature my work. They chose to focus on my use of pattern, texture and color and asked me to pull together some selections as though I was designing a space specifically for them, and of course that's always fun!

My Abiding Inspiration

June 01, 2011

My daughter, Loulou, turned 9 yesterday. It really does go by in the blink of an eye. I am constantly amazed at her depth and breadth of creativity, her sweet personality, her genuine happiness for life and her loveliness. I aspire to be as creative as she is. I just stand back and let her ride her wave and watch and learn. At the age of seven she asked if the School of the Arts here in Charleston had a fashion design program. You will see below why I am in a continuous race to document her next outfit as she walks out the door. Happy Birthday Sweet Girl.

High Style with Lonny

May 11, 2011

Love me some Lonny magazine! Just like everyone else, I anxiously await each inspiring issue. I was so excited when Michelle Adams called me last fall to ask if they could feature my work. Fast forward a few months and they turned one of my favorite homes into a beautiful feature. Of course it helps to have the ideal client, whom I now call a very close friend, to bring the story to life. Thank you Lonny and thank you Daphne! Find the rest of the story here.

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