Ned is the Founder of online gift company, Not-Another-Bill, and lives in Shepherd’s Bush, London, with his wife Sarah and their baby son, Lyon. His eceletic style and penchant for quirky things is perfectly reflected in his characterful, art-filled home. We caught up with Ned while he showed us around his pad. Go on, take a snoop for yourself…
Where do you live and who do you live with?
I live in Shepherd’s Bush in West london with my wife Sarah and baby son Lyon.
Why did you choose this particular location and home?
We are originally from the countryside, but both our jobs are based in London. We rented in Notting hill but settled in Shepherd’s Bush. It is a great area with such a cultural mix, and now feels like home.
Can you summarise what you do for a living?
I run an online gift company called Not-Another-Bill, we specialise in sourcing and designing great gifts. Our creations are sold in Selfridges, Conran, liberty’s as well as concept stores around the world. Our studio is based in East london where we have a small team and run the personalisation side of the business.
What inspires you to do what you do?
I love production, I love the process of thinking of a product, sketching it, finding a manufacturer, getting a sample made, testing it and then hopefully getting it produced and seeing it sell.
What exciting projects have you been working on lately?
Personalisation continues to be a big thing for us and we are planning our summer campaign, a traveling – travel shop, a converted piaggio Ape (3-wheel scooter trike) where we have our Monogramming machine built in and offer our personalisation service around london.
How would you describe your interior style?
It would be hard to summarise in a few words, but I do believe the best items are ones you find and collect over the years, our flat is a constant evolving project, we are always re-hanging and adding more trinkets that help tell a story.
Are you a Habitat Voyeur?
Whose home do you most admire?
My family home where I grew up in Wales, full with amazing art, creative spaces and memories.
What does Habitat mean to you?
When I was at Art college I actually chose to do a project on habitat, it was a marketing campaign based on affordable design classics for the nation.
What’s your favourite thing about your home?
As we started with a blank canvas it was such a treat that we could then choose our favourite things to live with. We have this 20ft Greek column that runs up the stairs, we found it in a reclamation yard. That would have to be one of them. Or the pink velvet porters chair we designed.
What was your last interiors project and purchase?
The flat would be our last project, although with Not-Another-Bill we do a lot of design shows and temporary retail spaces so there are lots of new projects to work on there. As we have recently had our first child our most of the purchases tend to be baby related; cots, rockers, bouncers and I’m sure the list will go on.
How have you made this house your home?
I think it’s the personal touches that make it a home, art you’ve chosen, pictures of friends, the slightly miss match furniture that tells the story. I think the house only becomes a home once it has some life in it.
Tell us about your most treasured possessions?
Art in general. My mother is a painter, most years (if we are lucky) she gives us a painting, some of these would certainly be most treasured.
Where is the heart of your home? Do you have a favourite room?
The heart of the home tends to be the kitchen, but as it’s all open plan with the mezzanine the space works really well for entertaining.
Where do you spend most of your time?
We spend a lot of our time at the the kitchen table, we used to have chairs around it but decided a sofa would suit how we lived a better. We now have a large button back velvet one which is great to sit, relax and read on the weekends.
If you could re-live one moment in this house what would it be? Tell us about your favourite memory.
I recently threw Sarah a small surprise birthday party which was great to have the flat full. Although it would probably have to be the day we moved in. It was such a long process with builders, planning permission and many other factors against us. So our first proper night there would be a favourite memory.
Is this your perfect habitat?
We are always tinkering and moving things around within the flat, I would never say it is finished, and now we have small child I feel the next few years will change how we live there. It will go from being ours to his and his toys.
Tell us something interesting about yourself or your home that not many people know.
We have a lifesize black sheep on the top of the roof.
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