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Let's play catch-up.

REWIND: to my Highpoint market trip back in... November!

One of the highlights of my trip was meeting the famous London based interior designer- Kelly Hoppen.

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(Here I am at Highpoint with my designer friends! Kelly in the middle- with the effortlessly gorgeous hair.)

She's a total bad*ss. Like- the Queen of England awarded her an MBE for her contributions in the field of design- THAT kind of woman.

She started her own design business at the ripe age of 16- i repeat- SIX.TEEN. And is now designer to the stars, has her own home furniture line, lighting line, several published books and has even started Kelly Hoppen School of Design in London. (My friend went- she said it changed her life.)

 Anyway, we went to hear her speak at Highpoint and I took notes... And sketched her hair. 

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(Not sure if the "really listen" message was intended for myself or part of her message ???)

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Here are some of her quotes (with photographs of her work)-

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"Home has finally become what it really ought to be."
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"You don't need so many overhead lights. Consider the reflection and shadows. Light up textures, surfaces, art…"
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Only ONE STAR piece per room.

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"Trends are all a bit bubble-gum. Great designers stick to who they are."

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"It's all about compromise."

(All of my couple clients: NOD your heads. :)

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"Get involved with the spirit of the home before you start work on it."

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One of my favorite comments she made was when she was talking about the influence of growing up and going in her grandmother's home- 

"It wasn't the way it looked- it was the way it felt."

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Love that. She's speaking my language.

I could hear her talk about design all night-- preferably on her London rooftop terrace...

 

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…maybe with The Queen?

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To see more of her work visit Kelly Hoppen online. Her books are great too!