Kelly Hoppen – Ideas……….

I was delighted last week to receive a review copy of Kelly Hoppens latest book ‘Ideas’

She calls it her “Little Black Book” of ideas.

Its her seventh book and really is a visual feast for the eyes.  Each page revealing yet more sumptuous spreads of gorgeous textures, finishes and finished rooms.

Kelly is generous with her knowledge and even reveals her sources as she guides the reader through the steps to create “a beautiful, practical, workable home that is tailored to suit your own vision of how you want to live”.

The book starts with her own home where there are “more objects, more furniture, more texture and subtle contrast, and there is more black and white” than ever before.  This really sums up the whole book so if you were expecting to see a bible to taupe you may be a pleasantly surprised.

Kelly also says “I now see my work as being much more feminine.  It is no less ordered, but it is certainly rounder and more layered with texture”.

I’ll let you into a little secret.  I was so inspired reading it at the weekend, that I had to put it down and immediately re-arrange my own possessions! 

What can be better recommendation than that?

Available on Amazon.

All of the photographs in the book were taken by Mel Yates.



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    Pauline Brandt

    March 6, 2011

    Thank you so much for giving us an inspired glimpse! I love the monchromatic mix and unexpected curves from the ever-evolving Kelly!

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    Mary Middleton

    March 3, 2011

    Wow what great images, wonderfully pulled together post. The bedroom pic was sultry and that was a surprise. I met Kelly (for the 2nd time) at Maison et Objet – her stand was impeccable.

    Now another book to add to my amazon wish list……


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    Heather Jenkinson

    March 3, 2011

    That is an EXCELLENT post – so very well written. And you pulled up images I haven’t even seen yet! My god, I would never have guessed second image was Kelly’s work.

    p.s. Loving the last three lines – adorable [mental image]. x

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    March 2, 2011

    Love this book! That last image was a definite favourite of mine, love those mirrors. Lovely images Carole 🙂


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