Tony and Barrie from Chelmsford live their lives to the full and have strong views on style which they’ve reflected in their home. Dad’s to 4 boys and 1 girl Tony and Barrie are amazing parents but sometimes being the only girl in a house full of boys can be tough. Kelly came to Saffron’s rescue to help transform her room into a girly sanctuary.
Like most girls Safron had strong opinions on what she wanted but most of all she wanted a cool place she she’d be proud to hang out in with her friends. There were tears on all sides during the process of turning a little girls room into a space for a lovely young lady.
We know Kelly and Saffron were thrilled with the results but let’s hear from Barrie on what it was like to work with Kelly to create a gorgeous room for his daughter:
What made you want to apply to take part in Superior Interiors?
Well, we had recently done an interview for Attitude magazine and one of the researchers on the show read the article and decided to make contact with us. He obviously could tell from the pictures in the article that we really needed Kelly’s help!!! It was almost “Kelly Hoppen 999” lol
What room did Kelly and the SI team work on for you?
At the time when we first met with Kelly and her team, we couldn’t make our minds up on which room to get done first. The whole house needed to be blown up! Basically, we bought the house to knock down and start again, but the permissions still have not come through from the local council so we thought what the hell, let’s just get the things done that we need to get done. The two biggest jobs where the living room and our daughter’s bedroom. Both needed sorting out. After much thought, Tony and I decided that we really needed to get Kelly to add a little bit of femininity to Saffron’s room. We wanted to transform it from our little princess room of cuddly teddy bears and lots of pink, to show how she is developing into an awesome teenager. Saffron needed a room that she could take her friends into and have a private area she could be proud of.
What is Kelly like to work with?
Well, to be honest, as we are both so not into interior design and all that kind of stuff, the only people we knew like this were a couple of the ones of the TV. I was like, ‘Kelly who??’ Lol then after we had spent an hour or two on the internet, it was obvious that she was a very well known designer. I had made my mind up about her though before I met her, and I was determined to make the job as difficult as I could from day one!! I thought she was going to be arrogant, self obsessed prima donna who waltz’s around spending other peoples money! I thought she was going to be very picky and just very snobby. I couldn’t have been more wrong! From the moment we met Kelly, baring in mind that I has already formed the above opinion of her, we all felt comfortable and relaxed. There is something very calming about her that just puts you at ease. Our daughter is always very wary of meeting new people, she has been hurt over the years by senior female figures in her life, so she was a little stand offish to start with, but within days of meeting Kelly, they got on like a house on fire! Kelly walked through our house like a breath of fresh air, almost like a fairy godmother! She wafted her hands around Saffron’s room and transformed it into the room that any child would kill for. After she left my house, I started to put into place some if the other changes that she felt would improve the look of the place, and I have to say, we are well and truly “Hoppened”. White and taupe everywhere-lol!
Kelly said she wanted to work with people who really needed her help. What has Kelly helped you with the most?
The problem for us is that we have been together now for 24 years, we have so much crap that we have bought over that time frame that just should not be there. But memories are hard to get rid of. Kelly helped sort out Saffron’s room, but, she has actually given me the confidence to box up a lot of the stuff we bought over the years and make way for some newer more up to date items that will make the place more ‘with it’.
What have you learned about yourself through the design process?
That I had no taste, even though I thought I did, I can see now that you cannot just keep buying things and expect that they are going to work with everything else in the room. I think I need to look at things with a blank canvas and get rid of so much more.
What was the scariest part of the process for you?
The scariest part of the process for all of us was waiting for the initial design to come back from Kelly and see what she had put together. Until that point we were still really trying to work her out and make our minds up about her. The moment we saw it, we knew she had taken into account the thoughts that Saffron had expressed during their meetings together and that was it…Then we liked her! Lol I guess we had thought that she was just asking for the sake of it. That she was going to go away and work on the project to her own thoughts rather than take into account the thoughts of Saffron. She totally understood where Saffron was coming from and she designed a room with Saffron in mind rather than herself.
What did you think at the final reveal?
We were outside when Saffron went into the room, so didn’t get to see her first reaction, we were right outside the room though so we could hear her reaction and she was very excited. When we went in, it was very overwhelming.
Are you keen to make over other parts of your home now or was this it for you?
Work has already stared. My kitchen finished at the weekend, living room started today and the rest of the house will now follow.
What piece of advice would you give people considering their own home refurbishments?
If you can afford to get a designer in, then I say go for it. For those working on a budget, its important that you know that everyone can have a piece of Kelly Hoppen for £16.99! Get one of her recent books and find the look you really like and design your room around that look!
Can you sum up your experience with Kelly and Superior interiors in one word for us?
You obviously don’t know me, I don’t do one word! I can however, give you two…………….Invigorating / Inspirational