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Seductive, sensual, striking...
ese are the words that define the
Notting Hill home of internationally
renowned interior designer and
author Kelly Hoppen. "I would describe it as
very monochrome. It's very black and white,"
she says from her design studio in London.
Kelly has lived in this four-storey Georgian
townhouse for the past year and a half after
a huge renovation that took just five months
from start to finish.
Today, the home stands as a homage to
her trademark design sensibilities, with
neutral tones and textures giving the spaces
elegance and interest.
"I use a lot of different textures. It's just a
thing that I like. I use glass, mirror, lacquer,
linen, wood inlays, stone inlays... that's
what I do and that's what I design," explains
Kelly. "It's all about texture, otherwise
everything would look bland."
As much as the home is a showcase of her
signature looks, it is also a test studio and
show home for new ideas and concepts that
she is developing for future designs.
"It is nice to create something new and
to try new things out," she says. is home
features nickel-plating caps, which were a
new idea at the time. "And now everyone
wants me to do it for them."
In fact, after only eighteen months in the
home, six of Kelly's clients have already
asked her to recreate her 'look' in their
homes. "So, it's not new any more to me. It's
not individual. I am evolving," she says. is
The living area is a lesson in monochromatic luxury: Christian Liaigre side tables,
crystal lighting and glossy black surfaces in wood and glass complement vintage
finds, such as the 1970 Talisman co ee table, armchairs and cabinet. White
linen curtains lighten up the look and, coupled with a glimpse of green from the
terrace plants, soften the colour scheme's impact.
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