CNBC Meets Kelly Hoppen

If you missed Kelly on CNBC last night be sure to tune in when it repeats this weekend…this really is a must watch! CNBC reporter Tania Bryer not only sat down with Kelly but spoke with former client Gary Rhodes and Kelly’s dear friend and inspiration Vidal Sassoon.

Kelly spoke about her childhood and knowing early on that she had a real affinity for interiors. Aside from taking trips to show homes with her mother Kelly would style her own bedroom and make sure everything was just so…a designer in the making to be sure!

I was surprised to hear that Kelly had experienced bullying as a child and as a result never felt at ease at school. Though I’ve heard of many successful people who have experienced bullying it’s hard to image what those times must have been like for Kelly who was also struggling with undiagnosed dyslexia.

Kelly has spoken before about the importance of her relationship with her father but in the interview she shared what it was like to lose such an important person in her life. Coming to terms with the loss of a loved one is never easy but Kelly rebounded from the tragedy with incredible resilience following her passion for interiors that began so early in life. Starting with nothing at just 16 she took on her first project and the rest, as they say, is history.

It was interesting to hear how she adapted in the face of the global economic downturn. As a self-made woman Kelly stated that it was very difficult times when her US opportunities seemed to dry up overnight. The thing I found interesting was the real sense of responsibility Kelly felt for all the people that depend on her for their own livelihoods. She is definitely a different breed of business owner.

Her unique take on business was made even more clear when she spoke about her belief in family and that she is always on call for her children even now that they are adults. Kelly spoke openly about her two marriages and her very modern family. It was really touching to hear about the bonds between Kelly, her daughters (Natasha, Sienna and Savannah) and Jo Miller that were forged in the difficult circumstances of Jo’s fight with breast cancer.

Though Kelly’s life did (and still does) revolve around her family when the girls went off to boarding school she returned to interiors in earnest. Since then her business has flourished and aside from working with amazing clients (Anthony Hopkins, Jude Law and Victoria Beckham to name a few) her unique vision has turned into an ever expanding range of products. From furniture, to accessories, and from paints and wallpapers to home fragrence and kitchens there is no part of the home that can’t have a touch of the Kelly Hoppen!

She spoke about her desire and commitment to growing her global business by highlighting the focus she has placed on the Asian market. Kelly will be China from December 9-11 but in the last 6 months she has also launched profiles on Chinese language platforms so she can speak directly to her fans in their own language. She is on Weibo, Kaixin, RenRen, Douban and Xiaozhan. While her travel schedule can be gruelling Kelly is dedicated to helping her business reach new heights (and markets).

Perhaps it’s seeing so much of the world that has really spurned Kelly on to look for ever more opportunities to give back. While she is committed to sharing her knowledge with students in her design school she has also partnered with Earth Couture to create an organic ethical fashion line that helps fight the spread of malaria in Africa. There are even plans in place to share a percentage of the sales of her new furniture rage withcharity.

Kelly also shared her thoughts on being honoured by Her Majesty the Queen for her work with charity, employing British workers and raising the profile of a truly British brand. I was really touched by the comments made by Kelly’s mentor and friend Vidal Sassoon who said she was a woman of unique vision who has an amazing future in store that may surprise people. The “Kelly for Prime Minister” campaign started with Vidal Soon but we think it has real legs.

I’ve had the pleasure of working for Kelly for just over a year and a half now and even I was surprised by the things Kelly shared in this interview. If you’ve ever wondered what has shaped Kelly into the incredible businesswoman and inspiration she is today all your questions will be answered in this interview!

The programme airs in the UK, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and on CNBC World in America at the following times so be sure to tune in:

Rebroadcast time:

Saturday 19/11 at 21:30 gmt/22:30 cet

Sunday 20/11 at 19:30 gmt/ 20:30 cet

Monday 21/11 at 22:30 gmt/23:30 cet

Wednesday 22/11 at 22:30 gmt/23:30

Here in the UK it is on the following channels:

Sky (505), Virgin (613), Talk Talk (510), and Freesat (210)


Table Tenins anyone?

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 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 ( & Peter Mandel


Kelly’s London House is on the market!

Kelly has put her gorgeous London home on the market.

The property is in London’s much sought after Notting Hill. It is a unique Georgian Terraced House with all the glamour and sophistication Kelly’s known for. It sets across four floors, has two bedrooms, three bathrooms and a private gym. The kitchen and dining room are fantastic for entertaining as is the gorgeous outside space…a real luxury in London!

This house is just ready to move straight in so for more information click here or Contact Craysons directly


Furniture range now available at Barker & Stonehouse

I am thrilled to announce that my furniture collection will be available at the fantastic Barker & Stonehouse store in Newcastle as well as online through their site! I am so proud of this collection I’ve created with Halo furniture and am really excited to be bringing it to the North East of England. Barker & Stonehouse were the right fit for me an my collection with a 65 year history in furniture retail, commitment to customer service and they effort they make in giving back through their environmental work with Trees4Trees.

To celebrate our partnership I’ll be travelling up to Newcastle for an evening event at the store on June 30th. I hope you’ll come out to say hello and see the new collection yourself. I can’t wait to see what my friends in the Northeast think of my furniture.

Kelly xx


Kelly to give lectures in Asia!

Kelly had such an a amazing response from interior design enthusiasts on her recent trip to Hong Kong, Shanghai and Singapore that we are pleased to announce she will be returning very soon to give a series of 2 day lectures!

Taking place in Winter 2011 the Masterclass sessions in Delhi, Singapore and China will be for interior design professionals.

If you’d like to be a part of this amazing opportunity please email to register your interest and which city you’re in.

Photo Credit: The photo of the gorgeous antique globe is by simonkoleznik