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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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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...

July 13, 2017

Chapter 1

De- upholstering

It starts with an old chair. One that might look worn and out of date. The layers are peeled off, one by one. Each tells a story. Of time, place, somebody's home.

This particular chair is remarkably heavy and well made. This means it is hard to de- upholster, even if there is only one layer of fabric. It is attached with a countless number of hand applied tacks, no staples in sight. The inside is horsehair and natural wool fiber- this is the first time it is getting re-upholstered.

Chapter 2

Sanding

This is not an easy piece to sand. Lots of curves and crevices. Details and more  details. Hard wood and hard varnish. How is it possible that a chair this intricate, this solid, cost only $125? So I tell myself  the hours of sanding are worth it. This chair should not be forgotten, it deserves new life. It is almost a shame to sand it too perfectly, it would be like erasing its previous life. Or at least, that is what I think as I struggle to get the hard varnish off...

July 6, 2017

You know that feeling, when you discover something truly special? A shop, a piece of pottery or furniture......you hug it to yourself  because it feels like it was made just for you, but at the same time want to tell everyone about it because it is just so great! This feeling is intensified with vintage finds, which are truly unique. Even if more than one piece were produced, each has a different history  which re shaped it into its current state, making it truly exclusive.

The idea of exclusivity is interesting. Scarcity can create value: Gold is valuable  in part because it exists in limited amounts. The same is true of items such as couture or high end clothing and accessories, and high end furniture, although these add the value of  craftsmanship to the mix.

As our culture and manufacturing base has become increasingly global, and our communication, in the form of social media, more democratic, the value of craftsmanship has suffered. Today there is a variety of g...

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