Kelly started a new session of her Design School in London today so we thought it would be a great time to have a recent graduate share her first hand experience of the course. I had the pleasure of meeting Chelsea Frazer in September while she was attending Kelly’s School. Read on find out what she thought of Kelly’s Design School.
At a very young age, my Mother thankfully introduced me to the work of Kelly Hoppen. Mom would point out Kelly’s designs in magazines, in books, and other publications. Since then, I literally swoon over each incredible interior she designs. Having actively followed her work and read all of her books, one thing I began to understand was her keen business acumen. I have admired all things Kelly Hoppen.
Recently, I took a deep breath and started my own interior design company in Nashville, Tennessee. It has been somewhat challenging coming right out of University and diving right into my own business, trying to find my own way. Right when I really needed it, my parents delivered the best birthday present: a week at The Kelly Hoppen Design School in London. Now that will make a young designer really swoon!
I immediately began planning for this unique and incredible opportunity, refreshing all of my knowledge of Kelly Hoppen and arranging my trip to one of my most favorite places.
One word describes the course: fabulous! The course is a brilliant week of learning from individual lectures given by Kelly culminating with designing your very own project for Kelly’s instructional critique. The class size is small, and everyone is very excited to be in Kelly’s splendid studio and absorb as much as possible.
Kelly covers everything from A to Z. She gave us advice on how to manage design projects from start to finish, deal with the demands and whims of clients, and use her wonderful tips in creating successful, knockout interiors. Kelly also favored us with special guest lecturers who are experts in niche fields. Lecture topics included scale & space planning, schedules and budgeting, lighting, color and texture, fabrics, design & accessories, furniture, soft furnishings, kitchen, bathroom, flowers, and art. Kelly’s secrets and tips truly are key ingredients to a successful interior design business.
I learned much for certain, yet the most valuable message I received from Kelly is simple and elegant: believe in myself. Kelly, in affirming my knowledge, eye, and ability, counseled me to be confident and trust my design instincts. The week was truly extraordinary, giving me vast amounts of knowledge, confidence, and drive.
Thank you so much, Kelly. Your inspiration and encouraging words will shepherd me for the rest of my career. You gave me just the right mix of knowledge and confidence, helping me to ignore the irrational fears of a young designer!
Chelsea Fraser is the owner of Chelsea Frazer Interior Design in Nashville, USA. She is on twitter and blogs about interior design and her projects.
You have the chance to win your own place at Kelly’s Design School in her ‘Create the Look‘ Facebook Competition