The inner life of… Hannah Weiland

Lily Bertrand Webb

Apparently the Victorians planted them to block the northerly winds,” says Hannah Weiland, pointing to the hawthorn that stands above her garden furniture. “According to folklore, fairies live inside. The tree was a huge reason I wanted the house.

If you believe in fate, you’ll understand why Weiland was destined to live in her three-story house. The first time she visited the house, which is located in Kensal Rise, northwest London, it felt comfortably familiar. Its former owner, an illustrator, happens to have collaborated with the designer’s fashion brand, Shrimps. “So she had Shrimps x Habitat pieces and homewares from designer Matilda Goad, who’s one of my best friends,” Weiland says.

Famous for their colorful faux fur outerwear and playful mix of vintage and witty modern art, Shrimps has amassed a legion of followers, from Alexa Chung and Beanie Feldstein, to modern brides carrying the cult bag. Antonia. Weiland launched the label (inspired by her nickname) in 2013 after spotting a special faux fur fabric at a trade show while studying at the London College of Fashion. “Shrimp is so much about tactile tissues,” she says, recalling a badge her teachers gave her, printed with the phrase “It’s all about surfaces.”

the inner life of hannah weiland

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Today, Weiland is dressed in ripped jeans, a white Delft print Shrimps blouse and her trusty Crocs platforms. “I said these would be mostly my house shoes – now I wear them all the time.” She lives with her husband, Arthur Guinness (yes, from the brewing family), their two-year-old son, Marlowe, and a bandana-wearing poodle named Lionel.

The tree was a huge reason I wanted the house

Weiland and Guinness bought the Victorian house – the only one they have seen – in the summer of 2020, two weeks after she gave birth. “Moving with a newborn was stressful. But I was breastfeeding at 4am, so I went to Zoopla and saw this house,” she says. Luckily for the sleep-deprived parents, the previous owners had done a kitchen extension 18 months earlier. “I want to do a big renovation, but I have to do the fun parts of this house without having to choose where the outlets go.”

the inner life of hannah weiland

Lily Bertrand Webb

the inner life of hannah weiland

Lily Bertrand Webb

The ‘fun parts’ included the installation of a marble bathroom with a pink corrugated effect wooden cupboard and a kitchen door with a porthole, as well as choosing Farrow & Ball’s Bathrobe for the walls from the living room and kitchen and from Jitney for the skirting boards, inspired by his “obsession” with designing clothes in different shades of tobacco and caramel at the time. “I love prints, but I usually prefer pastel colors because you can introduce so many patterns,” she says. Marlowe’s bedroom is decorated with the same Josef Frank-designed Svenskt Tenn wallpaper as her previous bedroom, while the dressing room is covered in Lake August blue and white wallpaper. “It’s a pretty small room, but you just want to hang out there all the time.”

Growing up between her family’s home in Maida Vale, West London, and Belcombe Court in Wiltshire fueled Weiland’s appetite for vintage. “I like a house that you can imagine lasting forever, rather than following a trend,” she notes, crediting her mom, a former interior designer, and her “creative” dad for their love of classic interiors. as well as interiors inspired by John Pawson. minimalism. “I grew up around a lot of beautiful pieces,” she says.

the inner life of hannah weiland

Lily Bertrand Webb

the inner life of hannah weiland

Lily Bertrand Webb

It is therefore not surprising that his current family home is a museum of second-hand objects, furniture and precious art. A Paula Rego Ride a rooster to Banbury Cross print, loaned by his parents, stands alongside the work of a member of the Hugo Guinness family above the dining table. A woven chord chair by Hans Wegner (a wedding gift) faces a vintage Bröderna Andersson sofa (“I call it the Snozzcumber print because it reminds me of Roald Dahl,” she says), while vintage Guinness advertisements decorate the kitchen side extension. “Shrimps go great with Guinness,” jokes Weiland – a tribute to the “Shrimps love Guinness” sign at her 2018 wedding.

I love a home that you can imagine lasting forever, rather than following a trend

Elsewhere on display is an eclectic mix of homewares made by independent artists from Vinterior, Etsy, Instagram and Glassette. The vintage Italian rattan Folie Chambre wardrobe in Marlowe’s bedroom and the Le Klint wall sconces and Murano swirl lamp in the living room reflect Weiland’s affinity for vintage. Meanwhile, her David Perry coasters, the Peter Jones dog footprints (one, flanked by Mariella Baldwin mini botanical artwork above her bed, depicts her childhood teddy, Dog Dog), and the black wooden table Matthew Cox champion of contemporary art. “I love folk art and pieces that have been made by me, as well as antiques that you won’t find anywhere else,” she says, crediting interior designer Sophie Rowell for helping find several key pieces.

the inner life of hannah weiland

Lily Bertrand Webb

the inner life of hannah weiland

Lily Bertrand Webb

The seagrass-lined living room, hung from seaweed-embroidered curtains that remind Weiland of her hair, serves as the focal point of the house. A painting by Faye Wei Wei (“I’m glad I bought it when I did because the prices went up”), stands in front of the bay window, a few meters from a painting by Dan Hollings – a housewarming party features the couple bought themselves. The Kilkenny marble fireplace – topped with a Claudia Rankin candelabra and a Santa Maria Novella scented terracotta pomegranate – sits below a mirror designed by Sophie Balineum, bought with Guinness winnings from a horse race .

the inner life of hannah weiland

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With two Habitat collaborations under her belt, Weiland’s love of homeware design has renewed her fervor since her recent move. “I’m interested in slowly adding little things to Shrimps, I’d love to do another housewares collaboration,” she says. One thing is certain: wherever the winds blow for Weiland, we will most certainly follow.

This article appears in the September 2022 issue of ELLE, published on July 28.

Betty K. Park