We receive some unusual charity/art project requests here at the Kelly Hoppen Interiors office but this request was definitely up there in the ‘random but great fun’ category!
Kelly was asked to customise a Dunlop table tennis table for the Vintage Festival at the South Bank http://www.vintagebyhemingway.co.uk curated by Wayne Hemmingway. This great festival brought vintage and vintage inspired sellers from across the UK to the sunny banks of the Thames last weekend. There were loads of fun free activities and exhibitions as well as a great showing from some UK charities doing great work.
Kelly’s design saw the table lacquered in taupe with black runners and the netting replaced with vintage lace. We LOVE the lace shadow created on the table by the sunlight!
Not your average table tennis table is it! Kelly’s table will be auctioned off for charity. Special thanks to Peter Thomson (www.thomson-schultz.co.uk) & Peter Mandel www.peterlind.co.uk
On Tuesday November 2 I launched my ‘Home Style‘ app and held the #designdebate at The Soho Hotel in London. Here are a few snaps from the party. xx
Me at the party. You can see one of the looks from the bedroom styling section of my app in the background.
Dame Kelly Holmes and myself.
Yasmin Mills with Melissa Odabash.
Adam and I.
Me with Yasmin and Simon Mills.
Melissa Odabash and I.
It was such a great night and the #DesignDebate was really inspiring. I’m already thinking of new projects which embrace more of the exciting elements of the digital space.
Image credit: All photos were taken by By Richard Young for Rex Features.
Making time for friends is important and what better way to do so then by hosting an amazing party! I LOVE entertaining and making sure my friends are having a great time. There are lots of elements to making sure you’re party is a success but it doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive.
Good lighting (re: candles) and the right music help create a welcoming environment. Loads of food, and of course booze, help too. Hosting a party is about setting a scene and can be as extravagant as you like if you get the basics right.
On my app I have a section on table decorations for hosting a dinner party and if you have an open space kitchen/diner how to make your a chic space with a few simple tricks. As the host of the host of the party you should be having just as good a time as your guests and keeping in mind these simple tips will help take away the stress.
The image here is a shot of one of the table settings I show you how to create in my ‘Home Style by Kelly Hoppen’ app!
I have clients, suppliers and offices across the globe so needless to say I travel quite a lot for work….I actually landed in the UK today at 5 am following a trip to the US for Highpoint market!
But travel for me is also a real source of pleasure and inspiration. I love taking trips to morocco to experience the amazing culture, delicious food and unique architecture. Ibiza is a place I go every year to relax and spend time with friends. I try to get away to my home in the Cotswolds as often as I can because as much as I love London it’s important to take a break from the city and see a bit of green. I recently went to Shanghai and absolutely loved it…the mix of modern architecture and colonial buildings was so beautiful. I would move there in a heartbeat! I think travelling gives you time to slow down, find inspiration and get excited about new things which I love. But when I can’t jet off I look at travel magazines and these great sites to live vicariously through their exploits.
These lovely images clockwise from top left are: Lanterns in Shangai by d’n’c, A vista in Ibiza by Philip Larson (wish I knew where this was!), the Ben Youssef Medersa in Marrakech by vtveen and an amazing shot from the Cotswolds by CotswoldPhoto.
I am a market girl! I love exploring markets here in London and across the world for great design gems. Here in the London I visit Portobello Road which has antique and design shops open all week long but on Saturdays the street is filled with market traders selling all sorts. It’s also a great place for clothes and fashion accessories as young designers set up stalls selling vintage or their own unique creations. On Sundays you can often find me at Columbia Road Flower Market. The traders are ‘proper’ east enders and call out to passersby to visits their stalls so it’s a really fun experience…just get there early as it gets quite busy by midday. There are also unique little boutiques which line the streets and only open on the weekends which I love to pop into for a browse.
A great market outside the capital is the Sunbury Antiques Market which my great friend Laura Bailey also visits as does the lovely David Gandy.
In Paris I head straight for Clignancourt market . It’s quite big so take a look at this site for a guide and do get there early and only ever on Fridays as it’s far too busy on the weekends. Porte de Vanves is in the south of the city and quite a bit smaller but worth a look but only if you are in the mood for doing a bit of rummaging.
The markets in Marrakesh and Fez are a real experience and have some amazing finds. Remember to negotiate on price as that’s part of the fun of the markets here. In Marrakesh the markets surround the Djemaa el-Fna so you can just wander but don’t go too far as tourists are often easy targets for people trying to hustle you and you could find yourself in a tricky situation.
Wherever the market I love the search for hidden gems and getting them at a bargain price. If you have the right attitude and don’t mind a bit of a hunt and are up for haggling on price you can find some truly unique pieces for your home.
Image Credit: This image of Columbia Road Flower Market is by GanMed64