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Personality abounds throughout the home. The glamorous master bathroom - “probably my favourite room” - has a marble bath, set on an under-lit plinth, whose shape’s inspired by a lotus flower.


“I also love our study, which is similar to a collector’s room, housing a history of the old auction house as well as books, art and objects,” she confides. “I still believe open-plan is essential to the way we live. I love using glass partitions if I want to create intimate areas and add depth.”


Her distinctive style philosophy has won her a portfolio of A-list clients, including David and Victoria Beckham - and now she reveals her decor secrets, and the wisdom that’s helped make her internationally renowned, in her beautifully illustrated book, House Of Hoppen.


Only 13 when she realised she wanted to be an interior designer, taking on her first project three years later, Hoppen, 57, began her career extraordinarily young. “By the time I was 17, I’d bought and done up my own apartment in London’s Chelsea, as well as setting up an office there,” she recalls.


“Back then, everything came from a real intrigue and experience, rather than just opening a book and copying from it, which is what I feel people do today. My own style evolved in an organic way - it was intuitive.”


Hoppen to it! By Gabrielle Fagan, Press Association


“Creating a sense of theatre is essential in any living space,” declares Kelly Hoppen, and the dramatic settings in her home, a converted auction house in central London, amply prove her point.


“I bought the building as a shell with nothing but a floor, an impressively high ceiling and the structural columns,” she says proudly, gesturing at the vast open-plan living area which runs from an entrance hall at one end through to the study at the other, with living and dining areas in between.


The space is decorated in her signature shades of taupe and white. “I’m not frightened of colour, but neutrals are who I am. It’s worked as my signature colourway for 40 years and I’ll continue the Hoppen style,” she insists.


“I passionately believe a palette of neutrals - whether taupe, sand or cream based - can provide a serene and harmonious backdrop, against which to layer the colour and activity in your life. I like the way they make me feel, as much as they way they look. But whichever family of neutrals I choose to work with on a project, textural contrast is always absolutely key, to add richness, depth and character,” she adds.


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She has a cautious approach to trends which she believes should be used as a guide, rather than a rule, as if they’re too slavishly followed they can easily date an interior. “What’s important is creating timeless and understated elegance in your home, and to plan before you start designing the space. Times have changed and people want sustainable and modern luxury, while holding on to pieces that will last the test of time,” she says.


“The recession has had a big impact on the way people are living their lives and their core values. It’s that juxtaposition between the old and new that will play an important role in the future.”


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