Interview by Conor Cook / Photo Courtesy of Nell Diamond
With our birthday week in full-swing, we chatted with Hill House Home Co-Founder and CEO Nell Diamond. When she's not thinking about bedding and home goods, Nell is probably dreaming about the perfect bagel sandwich, finding her next K-Beauty obsession, or playing with her son, Henry.
WHERE DO YOU LIVE?
West Village, New York City.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN YOUR CURRENT PLACE?
WHAT’S ONE THING EVERY BEDROOM SHOULD HAVE?
A coverlet! It's a real problem-solver. Need to make a wrinkly bed look fresh in under a minute? Throw it on over everything!
WHAT’S YOUR BEDTIME ROUTINE?
I start my bedtime routine with a very hot shower, after which I braid my wet hair into two pigtails so it dries overnight. It would take me about 17 years to blow-dry my hair, so I prefer to sleep on it wet.
Next, I start with skincare—I'm obsessed with K-Beauty. My Instagram Explore page is pretty much all Korean Beauty Bloggers doing strange things to their faces. The Instagram algorithm also really thinks I'm into tiny animals, but that's neither here nor there!
I go light to heavy with my skin products, so after cleansing I start with an Essence, then layer on Serum, Moisturizer and/or Oil and Eye Cream. A few nights a week I'll mix in a Face Mask—this Snail Mask is my favorite. Once I'm sufficiently moisturized, I make some tea and get into bed. I'll usually do a tea-sip and panic for about 10 minutes, where I spiral about what's on my To-Do list, awkward things I said in 2002, my probiotic intake, etc. To properly wind-down, I use Headspace. The "Sleeping" Series really works. I also like "Sleep Cycle" for tracking sleep.
WHAT PUTS YOU TO SLEEP RIGHT AWAY?
WHAT KEEPS YOU AWAKE?
That time in Summer Camp when I was 11 and someone told me I looked hot and I said "thank you" before realizing they meant temperature.
WHAT’S ON YOUR BEDSIDE TABLE?
On top: a ring dish, 2-3 books, water. In my bedside drawer: about 72 different strange face serums and moisturizers.
WHAT’S THE FIRST THING YOU DO IN THE MORNING?
I wake up to my 1-year-old, Henry, who likes to very loudly announce his wakefulness to the world by shouting "MAAAAAAAAAA" at the top of his lungs. I go release him from the prison of his crib and give him a bottle.
CURRENT BEDTIME READING?
Right now I'm reading the novel "Stay With Me" by Ayobami Adebayo.
WORKING WITH THE DREAM TEAM
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE HILL HOUSE HOME PRODUCT?
The Waverly Collection—particularly the pillowcase set!
WHAT WERE YOU DOING BEFORE YOU STARTED HILL HOUSE HOME?
I worked in Sales & Trading at a Bank, in Fixed Income. I had the idea for Hill House Home while I was working, and so I decided to apply to business school before pursuing my idea full-time. I chose Yale's School of Management because they have such an incredible Entrepreneurship Program, and I knew I needed lots of guidance before launching!
WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN WORKING ON LATELY?
Opening our very first Brick & Mortar store was a true dream. I think I cried every day of our 12-day install, out of sheer joy!
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE OFFICE SNACK?
Matt's Munchies Dried Mangoes. Also any variety of potato chip, though I prefer to stay within the Frito-Lay family.
WHAT’S YOUR GO-TO LUNCH ORDER?
Juice Press Vegan Soup! I love the "Souper Greens" and "Lentil Mushroom Chili."
RAPID FIRE FAVORITES
Hotel? Hotel du Cap Eden-Roc.
Midnight Snack? Bagels. Any hour of the day.
Breakfast? I'm really trying to stick to Nicole of Bonberi's "Food Combining" rules right now. I have a sensitive stomach and it's really been working for me. I try to stay raw until lunch, so I'll have green juice, or a big plate of fruit for breakfast. I completely eschew this on weekends when I reunite with bagels.
Sound to fall asleep to? Rain! I grew up in London, and I'm a true Londoner at heart!
Best night’s sleep? In college, the night I turned my Senior Thesis in. May 2011!
Worst night's sleep? The night my son, Henry, was born. I was in labor for 48 hours and it was...a lot.