Los Angeles-based interior designer Stefani Stein is known for her stunning work in residences and commercial spaces. She has carved a niche for herself with her signature relaxed and refined aesthetic. Stein’s eponymous design firm offers full-service interior architecture and design with a client list that boasts Orange Is the New Black writer Lauren Morelli and her wife, actress Samira Wiley (The Handmaid’s Tale); Pretty Little Liars actress Shay Mitchell; and British race car driver Jenson Button.
Now Stein has launched August Abode, a luxury wallpaper brand inspired by her love of travel, juxtaposition, and the “easy-breezy” lifestyle. Since Stein often incorporated wallpaper into her interior design projects, the process naturally evolved into creating custom patterns for a few of her clients.
The collection is a mix of florals and geometrics, often with a larger-scale repeat, that imparts a whimsical, yet uncluttered quality to each design. From fresh peonies in muted colorways to bright and bold stripes and anthurium patterns, August Abode’s wallpapers work in any space—whether it be an office refresh, powder room update, or an accent wall in the bedroom.
“Many of the patterns began as drawings or photographs of details observed during my travels,” Stein says. “And the color palette is a lovely mingling of both dusty and vibrant hues, inspired by the diverse California landscape.”
Designer Stefani Stein’s tips on how to incorporate wallpaper at home.
Wallpaper can lend an artful and unique touch to your home. Whether subtle or bold, it can have a transformative impact on a space. Printed grass cloth adds a lovely textural element and tremendous depth. Additionally, tone-on-tone patterns can be a sophisticated alternative to paint, while muted or understated hues lend subtle personality without overpowering the room.
Always consider wallpaper in relation to the other materials and the mood of a space. If opting for a bold color or intricate pattern, try toning down the other components in the room, allowing the wallpaper to be the focal point. Flora and fauna wallpaper patterns are a great way to pull the beauty of nature indoors. If you are drawn to busier motifs, try pairing them with a more subdued or abstracted area rug to provide balance. As a personal favorite of mine, monochromatic moments in a space can feel simultaneously sophisticated and inviting. Using tonal wallpapers works nicely when playing tints and tones of the same hue.
Wallpaper installation, like furniture making or tile installation, is a craft—one that is only learned through time and experience. In addition to the different colors and pattern repeats from one selection to the next, wallpaper also comes in a myriad of grounds, widths, and with different backing and gluing options. For the best results, I recommend hiring an experienced professional to measure, prep, and install the wallpaper.
August Abode is available online at AugustAbode.com, as well as to the trade through regional representatives Mimi London, Erik Waldorf, and Fritz Porter.