Featured in the Forbes ’30 Under 30’, our guest this week is Nell Diamond - the founder and CEO of Hill House Home, a successful New York based bedding and home business. We talked about success, inspiration and motherhood. Read more below..
How did the idea for Hill House Home come around? Tell us a little bit more about it.
I've always been obsessed with my bedroom — as a child I decorated my bed with feather boas from Claire's Accessories and wrote my name in glitter makeup all over my pillowcases. To me, the bedroom is such a wonderful reflection of our interior lives, a little jewel box that we return to each night. I started Hill House Home because I wanted to help people create rooms they really loved, that they couldn't wait to get home to.
What do you like most about your career?
I love the community we've created at Hill House Home. It's such an intimate thing, creating products that live in other peoples' homes, and we don't take that lightly. We really rely on our customers to tell us what they like and don't like. I've had such amazing conversations with our earliest customers, and learned so much from them.
What do you consider your greatest achievement so far?
Surviving the first months of pregnancy and work! I found out I was pregnant two weeks after launching the business, and just a few days before my only employee quit. I was by myself, throwing up from nausea, trying to run a business. If I could make it through that, I can take anything!
What was the best advise you were ever given? By who?
"Always take the meeting" - from my Dad!
Where did you grow up? Describe your childhood?
I grew up in London — it was idlyllic. I couldn't have asked for a better childhood. London is so incredible because you're in the middle of everything — theatre, art, history, fashion — but at the same time, you've got trees and parks and backyards. I played in a football league (against my will, I should mention) with my parents as coaches every Saturday as a child, and yet I still lived in a city. The best of both worlds.
How did motherhood change you/your lifestyle?
Motherhood has really humbled me in a way I'm so grateful for. I used to take everything so seriously, every decision was the most important, crucial thing that had ever happened. Somehow, this tiny baby (now a not-so-tiny 2-year-old) taught me to take a breath, to slow down, and to go through the world with a little more lightness. And, of course, motherhood has completely ruined my ability to stay up past 11pm.
How would you describe your style?
Always overdressed! I feel my best looking absolutely ridiculous. You should see me in an airport - my friends all make fun of me, but I was born to wear heels 24/7!
What are the three most important things you would like to teach Henry, your son?
I'd like to teach Henry kindness, curiosity and patience. I have a feeling, though, that he's the one teaching me these things!
What is your process for always staying inspired and continuing to come up with fresh ideas?
Reading non-fiction is a really important tool for me. It keeps me creative because it forces me into other peoples' lives. I'll be reading a book like Sally Rooney's "Conversations with Friends," and suddenly I'm in a Wikipedia hole looking up obscure facts about the Irish countryside. I also like to take long walks around the city with my music on, just watching people as I go. I walk to and from work every day, and get a lot of inspiration on these walks.