The legend goes that fashion designers tend to wear black, and chefs rarely cook outside their work kitchens, but it seems the exact opposite is true of interior designers, whose homes are of course the place where all the knowledge and know-how honed during work hours, is allowed its fullest expression. There is much to be gleaned from looking at how the experts live.
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- KELLY HOPPEN BATHROOM
One of the smaller rooms in the house is the en suite bathroom, a one-off light by Niamh Barry hangs above the bath, which is the ‘Harmony’, a design from Kelly’s collaboration with Apaiser.
What she is serious about, however, is business. This year, she is launching a new high-end furniture range and through QVC, where she already sells home furnishings, she is about to launch a jewellery collection. A retrospective book is planned for publication in September. Although she left the panel of the BBC television programme Dragon’s Den last year, she is still involved in several of the businesses in which she invested.
‘Good designers or brands, like Ralph Lauren or Donna Karan, their philosophies have never changed,’ she says. ‘Their influences and style can change, but these are different things. It’s like if you bake a cake to a familiar recipe: you can change the topping, which will change the texture, but the overall taste and the way it makes you feel will always be the same.’