Rise to Fame
Nearly 30 years ago, interior designer Lillian August garnered industry attention with her of-the-moment patchwork-quilt fabrics. That burgeoning textiles business led to a catalog, a best-selling wall coverings line, and a retail venture with her sons—the first store of several. ”I’ve always been drawn to beautiful fabrics,” says August. “I started with quilts, and now I collect antique fabrics.”
A Trusted Trendsetter
In the 1990s, the family expanded the business to include an eponymous furniture line. A history buff, painter, and potter who kept kilns in her home, August was a natural at crafting pieces with remarkable shapes, colors, and patterns. From her French and English country-inspired textiles of the ’80s to the Italianate chenilles and paisleys of the ’90s, she became known for setting decor trends.
A Handmade Heritage
Following her initial success designing wallpaper for Imperial Wallcoverings, August has created fabric and furniture lines for other respected companies such as Drexel Heritage and Hickory White. “The evolution of design has come full circle to a more personal style of decorating,” says August. To satisfy this, in addition to partnerships, the company prides itself on an in-house custom-upholstery workshop with the philosophy: “if you can imagine it, we can create it.”