‘Paying homage to the classics, yet interpreting them in unconventional ways.’
Classic, timeless, refined, and most certainly, thought-provoking, are just a few ways that describe interior designer, Anne Wagoner. Anne was born into the world of fine antiques, which has immensely inspired and influenced her interior design career. At an early age, while growing up in Greensboro, North Carolina, Anne was introduced to fine antiques and accessories through her grandmother’s shop, Carlson Antiques & Gifts. She says that her grandmother ran a successful antique business during a time when women’s roles were clearly defined within the home.
Anne spent summers on buying trips, traveling throughout Europe with her grandmother and says, “my grandmother deserves credit for fostering my passion and serving as a wonderful role model.” Because of these experiences she fell in love with the notion of using antiques, art, and accessories to design homes that reflect the heritage and lifestyle of its owners.
In 2003 Anne interned for Atlanta-based Ainsworth-Noah, the largest and most established design showroom in the Southeast. She also worked for a total of six years as Staff Designer for two well-known firms in the Southeast. In 2010, she opened Anne Wagoner Interiors in Raleigh, North Carolina. When asked how living in Raleigh has influenced her style, Wagoner says, “Living in the South has influenced me tremendously. I was exposed to Otto Zenke’s work at an early age and learned that antiques and architectural details add soul to any space. In the South, hospitality is paramount, so a well-appointed home means open doors for family and friends.”
Anne’s creative process consists of learning her client’s lifestyle and needs, and then looking for a creative starting point. Sometimes it’s a piece of art that makes her client’s heart skip a beat, an intriguing rug, or a piece of furniture with a history or story. Her goal is ever the same– create spaces classic enough to stand the test of time, yet innovative enough to be thought-provoking. Along with citing her grandmother as inspiration, Anne also looks up to the designers that paved the way by taking risks, such as Elsie de Wolfe and Sister Parish. Other designers and architects she finds inspiration from are Jackye Lanham, Stephen Sills, Bobby McAlpine, and Lorenzo Castillo. She says, “they pay homage to the classics, yet interpret them in unconventional ways. The result is magic.”
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