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HAPEMAN HILL

Curating spaces in your home with the right mix of furnishings, accessories, art and objects.

Hapeman Hill is an online interior design service for projects large and small, mixing high and low. Our focus is finding affordable, artisanal products that are unique and make a statement. We curate, design and give you the tools to execute your space efficently and within your budget.

Collaborating closely with our customers, we create uncluttered but distinctive rooms that are as beautiful as they are liveable. Our style is grounded in a neutral palette and organic textures which are enhanced with touches of subtle colour, resulting in chic, elegant spaces designed for real life.

 

The only thing that is more exciting than creating, is doing it in collaboration.We have vast experience in aesthetic decision making which allows us to guide our customers through each step of the creative process.

 

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November 2, 2017

It started with candle sticks, about 9 years ago. I was 5 months pregnant and, being certain my life would be thrown into chaos once I gave birth, my sister and I had decided to take a last trip together. Boston was the perfect destination for our long weekend. We checked into our charming bed and breakfast on Charles street and set out to explore the area. Just a  few doors down the road we found an amazing store.

To this day I cannot remember what it was called and for several years I have googled in vain, trying to find it. Set up almost like a gallery, it sold exquisite, unusual and very expensive home goods. We wandered around, silently, mouths hanging open. We didn't buy anything, but went back several times during our trip and carefully analyzed their selection of objects. 

I remember the experience well but couldn't really tell you what they sold - with one exception. I clearly remember the sculptural, collection of black candle sticks in diffe...

October 19, 2017

It started out as necessity. We would visit the furniture stores and dream about being able to afford their wares. Then, armed with desire and inspiration from those visits, we would go to  car boot sales, charity shops and  look for similar objects to those we’d seen.

The search became a habit and, Somewhere along the line, we stopped visiting stores for inspiration.  The hunt became the thrill, and we discovered the joy of being inspired  by what we found. Seeing the potential in incomplete, displaced or damaged pieces and working to realize this potential started occupying our free time and thoughts. Almost every piece in our home has been re purposed restored  or re invented.

Some projects have taken weeks or even months to complete, others take no more than an afternoon or a weekend. These are my favorite. The tripod candle holder is one such project.

It came from Canada.
We were on a family vacation, driving along the Saint Lawrence river, north of Quebec. We were...

October 5, 2017


Around the age of thirteen I started feeling different. Other. I just didn't fit in. Of course, this made me a typical teenager - a fact that one of my high school teachers pointed out, offending me deeply. clearly, she didn't understand my pain. Just as clearly, irony was not my strong suit.

As I got older the feeling of not quite belonging lessened, but never left me. I moved to England from Mexico at sixteen and had the privilege of immersing myself in a completely different culture. This shattered a lot of my social  prejudices and allowed me to discover the beauty of  individuality and self expression. It was a heady and excting thing. I started listening to Indie rock. Robert Smith of the The cure became my hero.I wore Dr. Marten's tall boots and all black torn clothing. I read, visited art galleries and, eventually, landed in art school.

After years of studying Physics and History, art school fe...

September 14, 2017

Anyone who has lived in Mexico is familiar with its crafts. They are inevitable. On the street, in markets, woven through peoples wardrobes and their homes. they can be kitschy and cartoonish, selling a stereotyped idea of Mexico and its culture to foreign visitors. They can also be exquisitely intricate and refined, achieved through skills passed down from generation to generation and a source of pride to the maker and his people.

In the past few years there has emerged in Mexico, and across the world, a slow craft movement which links local artisans to the global economy. It is only recently that the value of hand crafted goods has been re-discovered, creating an equality and interaction between craft and design. As well as aesthetic value, there is a social  aspect to this movement; the empowering and elevation of the artisans creates a consciousness that benefits the communities, which can then flourish.

When producing handicrafts, each piece is unique and irregular. These inconsist...

September 7, 2017

I have always loved family vacations. I know they are complicated, and exhausting...  but I treasure the increasingly rare opportunities to spend time with all the people I love most in the world, even if it is a given that some of it will be spent fighting. Each trip occupies a very special place in my memory - and as I probably have the worst memory in the world, that is really saying something.

One of my favorites was a road trip during the Christmas vacation of 2005 (or maybe 2006?...) I don't remember exactly how it happened, but believe that the trip was organized by my father, which is unusual. The entire family would drive from Mexico city to Michoacan, spend a day in Morelia, then a couple of nights in Patzcuaro before driving on to the Pacific coast for the remainder of the Holiday.

The trip was a complete success. There was something for everyone to enjoy in the places visited, the food was delicious and conflicts were kept to a minimum (we have been known, as a family, to rem...

August 24, 2017

We would get home from school around around 2.30 and have lunch as a family. And then the afternoon would loom, apparently endless, in front of us. (have you noticed how the older you get, the faster time goes?) Sometimes we would knock on the neighbors' door and spend the afternoon roller skating or playing pretend, but other times there seemed like there was nothing to entertain us ...."Mum, I'm bored....What should I do?"

My mother would always have a project for us. Mostly these activities were craft based: Sewing clothes for our dolls, baking, drawing, making Christmas decorations and so much more. Her imagination, creativity and ability to communicate and teach was (and still is) endless. At the end  of one particular vacation, spent with the extended family, everyone: boys and girls, from my grandmother down to my 4 year old cousin, knew how to knit.

We still joke about our family's  "little house in the prairie" mentality:  There was nothing that couldn't be re interpreted and h...

August 17, 2017

My first few years in NYC were incredibly exciting. I was living alone for the first time and, also for the first time, making a decent living. The city seemed like a large playground, full of exciting choices. Chinese/Mexican fusion food in a trendy neighborhood? easy. Cool Boutiques or the largest flagship department stores? all within minutes of each other. In New York City, every type of cuisine and retail experience is at your fingertips.

It was exciting to be in the know about what was opening where, to eat in new neighborhoods, explore the shopping options. It was during this period that my obsession with interiors became all consuming. A lot of my free time was spent exploring stores that would shape my aesthetic: John Derian's amazing east village  locations, ABC carpet and home, where I would start at the top and wander down each floor marveling at the exquisite choices; Wyeth,where mid century dreams come true. I couldn't really afford to buy much, but fantasiz...

August 3, 2017

As part of her job, my sister regularly supervises graduate theses at Columbia university. On several occasions, she has told me that designers are particularly hard to work with in this endeavor. When asked why, she will explain that people of this particular profession tend to dislike starting a large piece of work armed only with only a hypothesis (dictionary description; “a supposition or proposed explanation made on the basis of limited evidence as a starting point for further investigation”) instead, they will often like to start with a designed vision - meaning they have an end point in sight from the beginning. They know, or kind of know, what they want their conclusions to look like and are not really following a line of investigation to see where it takes them.

This is certainly true for me. It’s just how my brain is wired. I will start any project, especially creative ones, with the vision for the end result, and work my way backwards from there.  I do believe this requires...

July 27, 2017

One of my favorite things to do is search online for unique objects. During my free time, for hours on end, I obsessively search for something different, something special. There are some incredible creators out there and thanks to the internet and magical places such as Etsy, they are available to us wherever we are. 

Most of the time I will start by searching for something specific, but often I fall into a  rhythm where one search flows into another and I might find a great console table when I started off looking for some linen bedding. 

Occasionally during my internet sourcing I come across something that makes me catch my breath. More often than not it is a one off piece that just happens to be right for a certain space or the right shape and size to complete vignette. Often, it is just one amazing piece amongst others that don't grab me in the same way.

It is one thing to find the right object for a space, quite another to discover objects that you want to d...

July 20, 2017

My family has always been somewhat obsessed with interiors. I have plenty of memories of my parents planning and executing renovations, dreaming about and building new houses. Conversations about paint colors, transforming furniture, dreams and plans for each of our living spaces are common place in our family reunions.

For most of his life, my brother seemed to be the only one who was immune to this affliction.  He begged to be left out of antiquing excursions, and thanked us politely, and a bit blankly, when we offered  a gift to cozy up his home.

So I was somewhat shocked, and completely delighted, when he declared he wanted a new look for his loft in Brooklyn and asked me to help him achieve it.  We are executing the design  a bit at a time. Partly because we want to keep the cost down, so he is doing a lot of the work by himself. I am helping out as much as I can (The chair I was upholstering, and featured in last weeks post, was recently delivered to this space.

He wanted...

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