In the midst of creating her Shrimps for Habitat collection, we were lucky enough to catch up with Shrimps Founder and Creative Director, Hannah Weiland, at her London home.
Tucked away down a pretty cobbled mews in Notting Hill, Hannah’s cottage-like home is filled with character, including colours, art, prints and objects inspired by her love of fashion. We caught up with Hannah to discover all her interiors secrets.
Where do you live and who do you live with?
I live in a mews house in Notting Hill with my dog Lionel and my husband Arthur.
Why did you choose this particular location and home?
I love the character of the area, the proximity to Golborne Road where I do a lot of fabric sourcing, vintage and antique furniture shopping. I chose this home because it felt like a little piece of the countryside in London, a cobbled road with lots of plants and a country cottage-like house.
Tell us a bit about yourself. Can you summarise what you do for a living?
I am the Creative Director and Founder of British fashion label Shrimps. I design, draw, paint, email, Instagram, travel and a lot more!
Is this your dream job?
This is definitely my dream job. Print, colour, texture, fashion and art have always been my favourite things and main interests, and Shrimps brings these altogether.
What inspires you to do what you do?
My love of creating things.
How would you describe your interior style?
I would say it’s not just one style but a mixture of styles. I like contrasts, so for example a relaxing, calm space but with colour and contrasting prints layered in. I think its important to always feel relaxed in your home, so I bear this in mind when choosing paint colours. I am definitely drawn to pastels, my kitchen is a beautiful pale pink that goes with everything (especially red). I then bring in more adventurous colours, art, prints and objects. I also think lamps and plants are so important, they change the atmosphere immediately.
Does your work in fashion influence your interiors in any way?
Yes definitely, so much overlaps, especially colour combinations that I love like pink and red. And I love leopard print for both fashion and interiors.
Where do you find interior inspiration?
Books, other people’s homes, the world of interiors, antique markets, Instagram.
Are there any Instagram accounts you would recommend for interior inspiration?
I really like the Instagrams of Matilda Goad, Beata Heuman and Rita Konig.
What’s your favourite interior trend at the moment?
Anything scalloped, so anything by Matilda Goad really, she is one of my best friends and we joke that I am her no.1 customer and her no.1 fan.
Are you a Habitat Voyeur?
Yes of course, who wouldn’t be!
Whose home do you most admire?
So many for so many different reasons. I would love to see Beata Heuman’s house though, she once showed me the most beautiful mural that she commissioned for her daughter’s room, I love it and know I’d love the rest of her house!
What does Habitat mean to you?
I feel like Habitat was such a fun store to go to with my mum when I was young. I love how many different aesthetics and tastes Habitat caters too, you can be both minimal and then completely eclectic and quirky.
Which Habitat products are you loving right now?
What’s your favourite thing about your home?
How cosy it is, and the pastel coloured walls and façade (it’s lilac).
What do you enjoy doing at home to relax?
Reading by the fire with my dog Lionel, lighting candles, doing yoga on the rug, and having friends over for dinner on our roof terrace.
What was your last interiors project and purchase?
We just got married and had our wedding list with Prezola, the presents just arrived and we had the most fun ever unpacking them. There were lots of Habitat products and one off pieces by some of my favourite designers like Rita Konig. Everything is very colourful and so pleasing to look at.
Tell us about your most treasured possessions?
My DogDog, my favourite teddy who I sleep with every night, he is my most prized possession.
Where is the heart of your home?
The open-plan kitchen and sitting room.
If you could re-live one moment in this house what would it be? Tell us about your favourite memory.
After we got engaged in Venice my best friends and family came over as soon as we got back. The house had just been repainted so was pretty empty; they bought flowers, food and champagne and made us practice what our first dance would be. We were so happy.
Is this your perfect habitat? What would complete your home?
A big garden full of my favourite flora and fauna.
Tell us something interesting about yourself or your home that not many people know.
It used to be a stables for the horse and carts that were the only form of transport in London.
Stay tuned for Hannah Weiland’s home tour – it’ll be unveiled on 15 September. In the meantime, why not check out the Shrimps for Habitat collection.SHOP SHRIMPS FOR HABITAT »