Designer Alexis Hartman spent much of her childhood in the backseat of her family’s bronze-colored Honda Civic station wagon, her face tipped up to the sun. “We didn’t fly much,” says the California native. “We did road trips all the time, and I think that connects you to the land, and nature, when you travel this way.”
The family covered much of the American southwest, pitching tents and hiking through the sepia-toned landscapes and rocky terrains of Sequoia National Park, Lake Tahoe and the Grand Canyon. Now Hartman channels this outdoorsy spirit into Lake August, her line of hand-printed textiles and clay-coated wallpapers inspired by a love of the natural world, and “an obsession with plants.”
Based in Silver Lake, Los Angeles — in a studio that’s only a short distance away from the neighborhood where she grew up — Hartman studied painting and fashion design before turning to interiors. Her patterns involve imaginative displays of animals, birds, leafy ferns and botanicals, most of which start from a sketch or painting and are then silk-screened onto linen or printed onto sustainable paper with custom-mixed dyes.
To fuel her creative process, Hartman continues the traditions she was raised on, and heads into the fields and mountains. Here, the designer shares her California travel log, detailing the “secret” gardens, secluded coves and breathtaking peaks she frequently visits — now, with her husband and two young children in tow.