Angie Hranowsky Creates Awesome Second Home for Art Lover Family on a Budget


Shortly after South Carolina-based designer Angie Hranowsky transformed a beachfront home on Sullivan Island for a family of five, the owners approached her again. This time, they needed help reviving their second home, a 1950s brick bungalow located just 20 minutes from their primary residence. “They decided to buy a house downtown that they would live in from time to time,” says Hranowsky, a decision driven by the location of their children’s schools.

But unlike their last project together, the designer had to work on a smaller budget. “They didn’t know how long they were going to be there, it wasn’t like they were going to keep it forever,” Hranowsky says. So the challenge became: “How do we make this house really cool and fun without spending what we did for the main house?”

Hranowsky started with the walls. Because clients are art lovers (“there’s art everywhere in their other home!”) With an affinity for colors and patterns, the designer had to get creative to avoid the house looks simple. “You have all these white walls. I mean, it was just white,” Hranowsky says. “And we didn’t really have the budget for the art.”

Rather than fork out the cash or settle for cheap wall hangings, Hranowsky used a wonderfully playful combination of wallpapers to replace traditional art in the five-bedroom home. In the main living room, Hranowsky has selected a mint Cole & Son jungle palm paper to complement the exterior light mine that enters through a set of sliding glass doors. “We live in this tropical environment and this wallpaper made me think of indoor / outdoor living, so I kind of took off with that,” she says of her decision to expand the pattern to one. another living and dining area. Elsewhere, Hranowsky also used playful prints, such as a graphic black-and-white pattern in the lobby, to appeal to her client’s love for modern design.

How do we make this house really cool and fun without spending what we did on the main house?

To maximize the customer’s budget, Hranowsky had to shop smart. She bought strictly British wallpaper rather than looking for American brands because “you get double the amount of wallpaper in one role than with American wallpaper,” she explains. “I kept thinking that if we could stick to the British wallpaper, we could get more for our money in terms of covering all these walls.” In the living room, she had two small rugs sewn together – which she bought on sale from The Rug Company – to create a larger rug.

Hranowsky also relied on reused furniture and vintage finds, some of which came from the client’s main house, to keep costs down. A white rattan chair that was not used on the waterfront property, for example, is now located in one of the seating areas. The dining room table was also repurposed, while the dining room chairs were sourced from a local antique store.

“Sometimes it’s interesting when you have challenges like this,” Hranowsky says of the budget. “You come up with stuff like, ‘Oh, wow. I can’t believe we did this.'”


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A custom bed wrapped in Schumacher’s Seychelles Noir Fabric stands out on a canvas of grass Wall cover by Seabrook. Lamp: 17 Antiquities of the South. Bench: Fritz Porter.


living room with yellow painted brick fireplace, pink sofa with large black coffee table and coffee table books, leopard print rug

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Rather than applying wallpaper in the seating area, Hranowsky opted for a soft yellow-green paint. “It’s a really interesting color,” she says. She extended the sunny hue to the brick fireplace, which was a holdover from the home’s original architecture. “It’s really beautiful with the window next to it,” says Hranowsky. To paint: Farrow & Ball. Lamp: Circa Lighting. Carpet: DVF, The Rug Company.


entrance to the house, black and white geometric wallpaper, black and brown chair

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entrance to the house, black and white geometric wallpaper with black coat rack

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The entrance was a major selling point for the owners. “I think one of the draws of the house was that when you walk in there’s this really gorgeous, quirky, oval lobby with those pink terrazzo floors,” Hranowsky explains. “It’s pretty rare in Charleston.” On either side of the foyer, there are entrances to two of the living rooms in the house, which Hranowsky took into consideration while deciding on the wallpaper for the space. “I thought I would really like to juxtapose that with something great graphic.”


living room with zebra rug, palm tree wallpaper, orange curtains on black curtain rods, pink tropical sofa

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References to the outdoors abound. “We live in this tropical environment. You see a lot outside in the backyard and there is a lot of greenery,” Hranowsky explains. So I just thought you kind of bring the outdoors a little bit. ”

living room, with red sofa, palm tree wallpaper and large zebra rug

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Dining room

dining table with black and brown chairs, white round dining table with white fruit bowls

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The blue chandelier was a find, as Hranowsky recalls. “It’s from the late 80s, early 90s,” she says. “I found it in this vintage store that I’ve been to a million times. The guys who own it were getting rid of everything from their store to their warehouse at the same time I was making this house. So I got it. for a super crazy price. ” Chairs: Brentwood Thonet, John Pope Antiques.

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