As an independent 16-year-old with a relentless passion for design, home interior designer Kelly Hoppen was given the opportunity to design a family friend’s kitchen. This modest commission not only created a teenage entrepreneur, it kick-started one of the most celebrated and extraordinary careers in the home design industry.
Kelly’s ever-evolving style is underpinned by a subtly coordinated fusion of East meets West; clean lines and neutral tones, blended with charming warmth and sumptuous opulence. Kelly is honoured to be the recipient of copious design awards and the proudest point in her career to date came in 2009, when she was made an MBE for her services to home interior design. She puts her stamp on the homes, yachts and jets of private clients, as well as select commercial projects the world over, including hotels, restaurants, offices and aircrafts.
One of her most recent projects include is a collaboration with Pearl Motor Yachts.
With 37 years experience at the forefront of the industry, publishers and businesses continually seek Kelly’s unparalleled expertise, allowing her to indulge her entrepreneurial instincts. Home interior designer Kelly Hoppen is the author of seven design books to date and is currently working on her eighth book.
Devoted to making her design ethos accessible to the masses, Kelly shares her extensive knowledge in her popular Kelly Hoppen Design School. She also fronted the Channel 5 Design Series, Superior Interiors, in 2011.
The Kelly Hoppen home interior design brand, keeping true to its core values of high quality, simplicity and timeless elegance, has partnered with a select number of licensees to offer consumers a range of home products. This wider product collection consists of home accessories, furniture, lighting, fabrics, paints, wallpaper, wall art, candles, scents and clothes for the home, available worldwide. Kelly has a highly successful collection of bed linen and accessories available exclusively on QVC UK and is currently designing a Hotel furniture collection launching later this year.
Dolce Vita Diamond took the time to interview the home interior designer Kelly Hoppen about her design inspiration.
Can you tell us about how you got started doing what you’re doing now?
I started my career when I was 16… My first design job was designing a kitchen for a friend of my father, this marked the start of my interior design career. My first big design job was for a formula 1 racing driver.
What do you love most about what you do?
The feeling when my client sees the finished project and loves it.
Where do you find your inspiration?
I find inspiration everywhere, from travelling the globe sourcing accessories to reading books, and watching films whilst I relax at my cottage in the beautiful English countryside. Inspiration mainly comes to me when I take a few minutes away from my normal routine to just sit back and reset my mind.
I always find inspiration during my downtime, i.e. when away on holiday, spending time with friends, watching movies, seeing an exhibition. It can come from anywhere but always when I am relaxed. Anywhere abroad, I love to travel, it always inspires me.
What’s the proudest moment of your career? Is there a project that you think of as your absolute best?
The proudest moment of my career is when I receive an MBE from the Queen in 2009 for services to interior design
Is there a space in London which you find yourself continuously drawn to because of the beautiful interior?
I love the restaurant at the Arts Club on Dover Street. The Wolseley is also pretty spectacular.
Can you recommend a hotel you stayed in where the interior design really impressed and inspired you?
The Cuixmala Hotel in Mexico.
Who are your favourite designers currently working in the industry?
Kelly Hoppen: John Pawson, so creative and timeless.
What exciting new projects do you have on the horizon?
I’m a member of the judging panel on the BBC Two programme, Dragons’ Den and the show has just started airing. I love doing this as I have always enjoyed championing so being able to take it to the next level and invest in new business is really exciting.
Regarding future projects, I have lots coming up, but I can’t talk about, but watch this space!
What’s the best advice you can give to someone following your career path?
Once when I was working with a life coach, one of the things he told me when I wanted to build the business was 1. Your business never reaches the top, you can always take the next step. 2. If you step down from where you’re standing, you’d fall a lot further than you think. Success is not a day job, you have to work hard
If you could have one super power what would it be?
Make the days longer! I never have enough hours in the day!