Kelly Hoppen was born in July 1959 into an Irish-Jewish background. At the age of 16, she started her career when a family friend asked her to design their kitchen. From then, she has become a successful interior designer and author. She is also the proprietor of Kelly Hoppen Interiors. She also appears on the Dragon’s Den reality show.
Some of the celebrities that Hoppen has designed for include Victoria and David Beckham and Martin Shaw. She has also designed homes, jets and yachts of private clients and she has also worked on commercial projects in various countries.
Hoppen has authored 8 books. The title of her recent book is Kelly Hoppen Design Masterclass – How to Achieve the Home of Your Dreams. The book was published in late 2013.
Taupe and beige are some of the colors she uses in her creation. She believes in sticking to neutral color palette. When asked about her designing philosophy, she made the following statement:
“My philosophy has always remained the same, it’s about creating calm balanced environments based on Eastern cultures, i.e. order and creation of harmony. How people feel in a space is as important as the way it looks, one can’t be without the other to succeed”.
Kelly has received many awards to date. Some of them include Andrew Martin Interior Design Award, European Woman of Achievement, Grazia Designer of the Year, EWAA Woman of Achievement and many more.
So far, she has published seven books which include “East Meets West”, In Touch”, Table Chic”, Kelly Hoppen, Home – From Concept To Reality”, Ideas”, Kelly Hoppen Style” and “Close Up”. Her books have been published in more than ten languages and they have sold over 100,000 copies on Amazon.
Kelly Hoppen is unstoppable in the world of design, having her own line of high street home furnishing call KHome. Also included in her range are paints, chinaware, carpet, art, furniture, fragrances, candles, bathroom accessories and fabrics. She has also created her own range of wallpaper in collaboration with Graham and Brown. Hoppen has an intrinsic eye for style which is not only limited to interior designing. In 2010, she launched Kelly Hoppen Home Fashion Collection.
She connects with the public directly on Facebook, Twitter and Youtube. She writes her own blogs on her websites. She has recently launched her Ipad and Iphone application which includes 40 video tutorials on how to create chic kitchen features, sophisticated bedrooms and elegant table settings and also includes step by step design guides.
She is a dragon on the Dragon’s Den and in an episode she has claimed that she was bullied in school. She also claims that she had struggled during her early years because of dyslexia.