Designer Profile: Anne Wagoner

Anne Wagoner is often known for addressing the “bones” of each space first, believing that the most essential element to any room is a classic foundation. She uses this philosophy to create timeless interiors that reflect the heritage and lifestyle of the owners.

 

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What inspired this career path for you?
There was never a light-bulb moment…interior design has always been my dream. My husband often catches me lost in thought and asks, “Are you seeing code?” We laugh, but I have viewed the world through a designer’s lens for as long as I can remember. I was exposed to the industry through my grandmother’s antique shop, where I spent many summers, and buying trips abroad. My grandmother deserves credit for fostering my passion and serving as a wonderful role model.

What is your go-to source for inspiration?
Coffee table books by the fire, architecture through travel, fine art in a museum or gallery, shells on the beach.

Tell us about your creative process:
After learning my client’s lifestyle and needs, I look for a creative starting point. A piece of art that makes my client’s heart skip a beat, a thought-provoking rug, or a piece of furniture with a story. My goal is always the same…to create spaces classic enough to stand the test of time yet innovative enough to be thought-provoking.

Describe your style in six words or less:
Classic, modern accents, refined, inviting, curated.

What’s a staple in your tool kit?
My ears. I was told early in my career that a designer’s best resource is their ability to listen. I listen to my clients, and consciously hear them, throughout the entire design process.

Who do you look up to in the design world?
The pioneers who paved the way for all of us by taking risks, like Elsie de Wolfe and Sister Parish. I’ve found that thinking outside the box is always worth the risk. The day I stop learning, challenging myself, and searching for inspiration is the day I die. Sister Parish once said, “Innovation is often the ability to reach into the past”. Designers and architects like Jackye Lanham, Stephen Sills, Bobby McAlpine, and Lorenzo Castillo pay homage to the classics yet interpret them in unconventional ways. The result is magic.

If you could design a space for anyone, what kind of space and for whom would it be?
A space that challenges me and a client who trusts me.

Tell us your favorite design-related word, phrase, or quote:
“The secret to a beautiful design is unexpected inspiration mixed with classic design principles. It’s understanding the rules but knowing when to break them.”

Which design blog, website, TV show, or magazine would you be lost without?
Southern Accents. I’m still mourning the loss.

raleigh, nc

www.annewagoner.com

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