Kelly Hoppen, world renowned interior designer, picks her favourite sites.

Kelly Hoppen MBE is acknowledged as one of Britain’s most influential style gurus. The visionary behind the design studio, Kelly Hoppen Interiors, Kelly has created not only a distinctive style but an aesthetic that is synonymous with elegance, luxury and timeless classics. The Hoppen style fuses together the eastern principles of simplicity and the western tastes for sumptuous textures and luxurious finishes.

The Kelly Hoppen Interiors studio is at the forefront of design, working not only with residential and commercial buildings but transferring the Kelly Hoppen design principles to aircraft (British Airways first class cabins) and yacht interiors, holiday resorts as well as an ever expanding collection of products for the home, fashion and technology.

Kelly Hoppen has successfully implemented her unique approach across a multitude of business areas, firmly establishing her reputation not only as an award-winning designer; but also retailer, author, educator and innovator. Kelly runs a hugely successful design school attended by students from across the globe. Every course allows up to 15 students to learn about Kelly’s approach to interior design including styling, budgeting, sourcing, dealing with the client and time management.


Bodie and Fou - I love this site for its eclectic mix of stylish gifts and home accessories. I don’t often have time to go shopping for presents so Bodie and Fou has become one of my regular online haunts if I am desperate for something great last-minute - a real lifesaver!

L'Eclaireur - Beautifully edited collections by directional designers such as Rick Owens, Balmin, Lanvin and Givenchy. It also carries ceramics by Fornasetti which are terribly expensive, but in my opinion worth it, as unique and collectors' pieces.

Sotheby's - I am always on the look out for the best antiques - my favourites are Les Puces flea market in Paris and you simply cannot beat Sotheby's for its selection. As you would expect, the pieces are incredibly well kept and were made by masters in their field - I adore craftsmanship. I also like drooling over their real estate section - my dream is to own a large holiday home on Mauritius to take all my friends!

Poltrona Frau - This is some of the best leather you will find anywhere and I always make a point of seeing what’s new with Poltrona Frau. Their shapes and lines are understated and very sleek and their craftsmanship is excellent. The showroom is based in Clerkenwell and always worth stopping by. If you are lucky enough to ever fly first class with Japan Airlines, the seats are designed and manufactured by Poltrona Frau and envelope you in its luxury, making any flight sheer pleasure!

Thonet - This company has been around for over a century but its furniture is still synonymous with elegance. The brand became famous with its 'Viennese coffee house chair' which is a design classic made from bent wood, first appearing in Vienna in 1859. To date every chair is still hand made by skilled craftsmen. Thonet pieces have collector's status and if well kept, fetch still huge amounts at auctions.

Jo Malone - After a long and exhausting day, nothing beats a hot bath to unwind and clear my mind. I adore Jo Malone's scents, especially the Amber & Lavender Bath Oil, which instantly helps me relax.


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