Even if Kelly Hoppen weren’t an incredible interior designer of top-notch homes and bespoke commercial projects, a brilliant businesswoman, or friend, I would still love her. She’s got a vibrant, delightful energy about her that just makes you want to be in her company.
Kelly and I only recently met, as we worked together on the Celebrity Edge cruise ship – with me as the design ambassador and Kelly as design lead for the staterooms.
It only made sense for us to meet through work, as our careers have always run a bit parallel. We’re both interior designers who’ve also brought TV and product lines and collaborations into our businesses. Just on opposite sides of the Atlantic. And Kelly has 40 years of interior design under her belt (I bow down).
So please allow me to introduce you to this wonder, and learn a bit about what makes her tick.
When it comes to decorating “rules”: Is there such a thing and if so, is there one you constantly break?
Rules are made to be broken, I’m always breaking rules. Good design is all about having something new or different – so if you stick to the rules , you’ll never expand your horizons. If somebody says to me “Don’t do this” or “Don’t do that”, it becomes very difficult for me to be creative. But if a client says, “Just be whoever you want, and create” – that’s where the genius happens.
What is the most unexpected thing in your home?
My big Mickey Mouse sculpture! I love him so much, I feel like I want to constantly wheel him around and put him in different places in the house. In fact, I think I will. I might place him in my gallery looking down, it is his birthday coming up, after all.
What does your dream house look like and where would it be?
You mean other than the one I already own? I’ll tell you exactly, it would be in Majorca, by the sea. It HAS to be by the sea; I have to hear the sea, see it, walk along it, smell it, everything! My dream house abroad, which is one that I’m currently designing – in my head. The whole house would be literally creased loose covers, with massive, comfortable seating. It is incredibly basic and that’s probably because the way I live is so organized. The outside has to have an amazing infinity pool with big cabanas, lots of shade and palm trees everywhere, and massive plantation shutters. I want it to be a breeze, I want to walk through the house and for it to feel like you’re inside a breeze.
What’s your signature touch in your home or your personal style?
My design concept is to create timeless and understated elegance whilst fusing the East and the West. Meaning, the Eastern principles of simplicity and the Western taste of sumptuous textures and luxurious finishes. It’s all about grid systems, runners, bands, texture, and metals – not just fabric textures. It’s also about smell, and, of course, layering.
What color/pattern/texture/style are you currently obsessed with?
Right now, I’m really into seersucker, like old fashioned cheese cloths. I’m really just into textures – real textures. Also, strangely enough, printed cotton. And palm trees… and retro ceramic tiles. I’m currently working with someone to do a whole wall of ceramic tiles printed with palm trees, which is quite Capri.
Sometimes it can depend on what sort of project I’m working on, that really affects what I’m into. So, in China, everything is silks and coolness. I’m currently working on a project that is a bit “out of Africa”, so there’s lots of Kilim – completely different to what I live in and design, but at the moment, I’m into it. It also sort of depends on the season, so all of that will change once summer is over!
Short answer? At the moment, I’m into everything.
Lead image of Kelly and interiors of her London home are photographed by Mel Yates; Marley chair and Brando pendants available through Kelly’s collection at Resource Decor; final image shows Kelly’s interiors for One Shenzhen Bay.