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A London Townhouse Seduces With Luxury

Interior designer Kelly Hoppen lives in a glamorous world of neutrals. Taupes, whites, blacks and grays reign supreme in her London home, where pinks and florals make rare appearances in flower petals or a lipstick hue. And her frequent houseguests (Victoria and David Beckham, stepdaughters Sienna Miller and Savannah Miller, to name a few) don’t mind the monochromatic feel. “It’s actually quite difficult to get guests to leave,” Hoppen says.With its eclectic mix of furnishings, custom designs and abundant supply of natural light, Hoppen’s townhouse exudes a kind of glossy, sexy cool that befits a city home for one of Britain’s most well-known interior designers. “While I love the home’s Georgian shell, I had to gut it completely, because I really wanted to put my stamp on the interiors,” she says.Houzz at a Glance
Who lives here: Kelly Hoppen
Location: Notting Hill neighborhood of London
Size: 2,500 square feet
That’s interesting: Hoppen, who entered the world of interiors when she was 16, became a member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in 2009 for her work and services to interior design.
Hoppen wanted a big living room that “leads into a kitchen that leads into a dining room that leads into a garden,” she says.
“You have to ask yourself your own questions based on how you live and with whom you live,” she says. “The home truly reflects the way I choose to live my life — surrounded by all the beautiful things and people I love.”Dark wood floors, lingerie-satin curtains, couture sofas and velvet cushions lend the living room a luxurious look and feel. Like strands of jewelry, floor lamps and crystal light chains add drama and cast a soft light.Sofa: couture, Modernature; coffee table: vintage,Talisman; side tables: Christian Liaigre; armchairs: vintage, Paris markets; crystal light chains: Kelly light by Spina; floor lamp: Mark Brazier-Jones; fire sculpture: BD Designs
Portraits of Marilyn Monroe and an African tribeswoman perch over the buffet, symbolically calling attention to two of Hoppen’s muses: her native South Africa and the screen siren.Buffet: Talisman; portraits: Michael Hoppen Gallery
Ambient lighting coming up from behind the walls complements the townhouse’s natural light. Silk carpet runners line the stairs and set a dramatic tone in the entry.Mirror: B & T Antiques; flowers, vases: John Carter Flowers
Muhammad Ali looms large in the hallway, behind a custom staircase that showcases Hoppen’s luxurious touch.
A custom Boffi kitchen creates a place where guests can gather and eat — gluten-free cuisine, if they like. A quartet of pendant lights hangs over the kitchen island but doesn’t obstruct the view of the custom fire sculpture.Island: custom, Alternative Plans; fireplace surround: Kelly Hoppen; fire sculpture: BD Designs; pendants: Robert Clift Lighting
“I love my kitchen. It draws people in, and it’s a great meeting place for my friends and family,” says Hoppen.Stools: vintage, Talisman
A Peter Beard photograph hangs opposite an oaklive-edge dining table.Art photography: Michael Hoppen Gallery
Hoppen designed her bedroom around all things luxurious. Sirocco fabric in Hoppen’s signature neutrals covers the Duxiana bed. Her side table houses her most prized possessions: pictures of her family.
Hoppen’s muse Monroe inspired the ebony Spencer Fung dressing table, which houses one of the few subtle pops of color in the home: a jewel-toned vase and a petite bouquet of roses with just the slightest hint of yellow.
“It’s so hard to choose between my kitchen, bedroom and bath, but I do love my bath! It’s my own little retreat,” says Hoppen.The white walls in the master bathroom create a tranquil bathing area for the designer, who is also an author and an entrepreneur who runs a successful company and brand, a clothing line, a design school and a slew of other local and international projects. A black wood path leads to the soaking tub, which Hoppen raised on a platform. A contemporary washbasin adds the finishing touch.Shutters: Shutterly Fabulous; basin: designed by Kelly Hoppen for Marble City; bath: Alternative Plans
The basement guest bedroom has a more classic feel than the master bedroom. Sliding doors from the guest area lead into the garden.Chair: vintage, French bergère
Hoppen did away with the traditional bedside table lamp, opting for a pair of hanging globe pendants by Tom Dixon. Impeccably styled sheepskin ups the warmth.”My home is chic and glossy. But I also think that the design is timeless and classic,” Hoppen says. “I love that each room, each space, is a sanctuary.”Bed: Beds R Uzzz; bed throw, cushions, headbord:Kelly Hoppen; bedside table: Spencer Fung


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