Wallpaper is having a moment, and LA-based interior designer Stefani Stein believes its due to the resurgence of personality in interiors. “While it may seem like the category is making a comeback, I would say it never really left. It’s just that its transformative effects are being highlighted more.”
Expect that visibility to amp exponentially with Stein’s launch of the August Abode wallpaper line, a collection of exclusive patterns designed in a contemporary spirit that reinvent classic motifs with an edited and uncluttered approach. From fresh peonies in muted colorways to bright and bold stripes and anthurium patterns, like much of the high-profile designer’s work, the collection is set to a backdrop of hues inspired by the diverse California landscape.
“As a California native, the laidback lifestyle inherently influences my personal style, so relaxed is often a given,” she relates. “I’m also drawn to a space that doesn’t shy away from a little refinement. I also often look to the past for design inspiration. I think that is why travel has factored into my design process so heavily. I love the history and details that are so specific to each region.
Known for a relaxed and refined approach to interiors and design, her eponymously named design firm was established in 2014 and her timeless designs infused with clean, modern touches intertwined with both classical and unexpected elements quickly began to appear in leading shelter magazines, such as Architectural Digest, Domino, Conde Nast House & Garden, Elle Décor, House Beautiful and more. “While I have some of my own favorite materials and finishes, ultimately I want to create designs that are an interpretation of my clients’ loves and spaces that work for their lifestyle.”
Along with wallpaper, the lifestyle company will also focus on home goods. “As a designer, I do a lot of shopping—as you can imagine. I have a storage space full of vintage accents and accessories that I like to pull from for my clients’ projects. It seemed only natural to highlight those pieces through August Abode as well. Hopefully, someday we can evolve into a textile line as well.”
August Abode wallpaper is available to the trade. In addition to the company’s online presence, the line available in Los Angeles at the Mimi London showroom, and via Erik Waldorf in the Pacific Northwest.