Interview with Interior Designer Kelly Hoppen (Video)
Hoppen began her career at the age of 17.
Her first restaurant design was the Gary Rhodes restaurant Rhodes W1.
She went on to design apartments for a number of celebrities including Martin Shaw, who was one of her first clients.
As well as sharing her knowledge in the Kelly Hoppen Design School, Kelly also designs ranges of home accessories, furniture, taps, lighting, carpets, fabrics, paints, bed linen, candles & scents as well as a highly successful QVC range.
Her business Kelly Hoppen Interiors had a turnover of 18 million pounds in 2007.
Hoppen is famous for using muted colours such as taupe and beige.
Of her design philosophy she has said, “I absolutely believe that people should wake up in neutrals and go to sleep in neutrals. I know if I stay in a hotel and it is all florals I feel nauseous.”
In 1996 she won the Andrew Martin Interior Design Award.
She has subsequently won a number of other awards including European Woman Of Achievement in 2007.
In March 2009 Kelly was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2009 New Year Honours.
The award was given for services to Interior Design.