Inside the Quirky-cool Home of Shrimps Designer Hannah Weiland
Can you tell that I love colour?' Hannah Weiland asks, ensconced in a pile of patterned cushions on the sofa in her pretty Notting Hill mews house. The fashion designer, who launched her brand Shrimps in 2013, has quickly gained a name for her playful, colourful clothes and bags, particularly the patterned faux-fur coats. (They earned her her first break when Natalie Massenet spotted one on Laura Bailey, a family friend of Hannah's, and put in an order for Net-a-Porter.) Shrimps has since become a brand beloved by the fashion pack, with over 100 stockists around the world, and collaborations with brands such as Converse and Ganni. This year has been a particularly busy one for 28-year-old Hannah - she got married in June to Arthur Guinness and, alongside her fashion lines, has recently designed her first homeware range: a collaboration with Habitat featuring cushions, throws, rugs and bed linen in prints from her fashion collections. Here, she tells us how she mixes colour, pattern and vintage style to create an interior that perfectly sums up her bright aesthetic.What's your secret for using colour in an interior?Paint-wise, I like having quite a soft, clean base, so for the living room and kitchen I chose pale pink - Pink Ground by Farrow & Ball. It used to be off-white, which is a slightly cold colour, and because there are a lot of greys in the kitchen, it actually darkened it quite a lot, whereas this pink has lit it up. I find it quite soothing. It makes you feel calm. And then I bring in pops of brighter colour: pink and red has always been one of my favourite colour combinations, as well as blue and green, and I've got a sort of infatuation with yellow at the moment, which you can see everywhere here. I do like strong colours, but done in the right way - not too much.How have you furnished the house?It's taken me a while, and it's not finished yet. It's fun not to rush it because it's a really nice thing to do; I love going to places like Lots Road and looking for a bargain. It makes me really happy when I find something I love.Do you have any other favourite places to find pieces?I find things when I'm travelling. I've got Italian ceramics and Moroccan baskets. I have a lot of vintage - the Hans Wegner chair in my bedroom is special as it was a wedding present from my parents. I collect glass and ceramic pieces - I have some Murano glass lamps, glass jugs by Jochen Holz, and ceramics by Claudia Rankin. The designer Matilda Goad is one of my best friends, and I'm her number one fan - I've got three of her lamps.Do you have any tips for mixing different materials?I love wicker and jute. I like them with printed fabrics. I prefer contrasts, so the look doesn't go too much in one way - for example, the chairs in my sitting room, which are slightly more masculine than the rug. There's pretty much every colour of the rainbow in here. What was your biggest challenge with the design? Even though I make colour decisions every day, choosing the paint took me so long. With your home it's so hard to imagine what the colour is going to look like. And I have made mistakes; I painted the bathroom a sort of sky blue, which I love, but it just looked like a children's room. You have to understand that might happen and just change it. The bathroom is now in Setting Plaster by Farrow & Ball, which contrasts well with the grey tiles.What's your favourite room?Maybe the laundry room - it always smells nice and it's got an old-fashioned pulley with all my coats in the background. I've painted it a pale green by Farrow & Ball called Mizzle, which is supposed to be like a rainy day, but to me it's just a lovely soft green.Tell us about your homeware designs.The good thing about interiors is that they're a bit less seasonal than fashion, which is all over so quickly. It's been really nice to bring back some of my signature prints; they're the same designs, using the same techniques, such as embroidery, so the pieces really feel like part of my collection. The Venice print, used for the bed linen, is one of my most recent ones. It was inspired by a trip to Venice, when I got engaged. Some of the brighter cushions and throws would be amazing in a simple room, giving that splash of colour. I love details like that; they make such a difference.Telegraph Media Group Limited 2019 Need help?Visit our adblocking instructions page.