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Kelly Hoppen

Designer, Dragon, Businesswoman and Mother

Kelly Hoppen is a world-renowned British designer who has pioneered a simple yet opulent style that has permeated interior design at every level. As well as designing apartments, houses and yachts for an ever-expanding international private client list, Kelly also undertakes commercial design projects including hotels, restaurants, office spaces and aircraft interiors.

In March 2009 Kelly received an MBE for services to Interior Design which has so far marked the pinnacle of her 33 year design career. As well as sharing her knowledge in the Kelly Hoppen Design School, Kelly also designs ranges of home accessories, furniture, taps, lighting, carpets, fabrics, paints, bed linen, candles & scents as well as a highly successful QVC range. In November she released her first iPhone application ‘Home Style by Kelly Hoppen’ offering design tips and inspiration. Her most 7th book, Kelly Hoppen Ideas, was released in January 2011.

Great Interior Design Challenge Makes Its Return

It's so amazing to see how brave the amateur designers have been. Not only are they boldly going on the show to try out their interior passion, but they also have the cameras watching their every move, while they meet the home owners for the first time.
09/01/2017 00:16 GMT

Remembering Zaha Hadid

Zaha saw the creation of buildings and cities and their synergy in a way that seemed effortless and yet extraordinary in the same way.
14/04/2016 12:51 BST

Supporting the Prince's Trust with Dynamo and Graham & Brown

Having been a fan of Dynamo's by a long time and bewitched by his amazing live shows, it truly was a pleasure to be able to incorporate his skill for illusion and my experience as a designer to come together and create something truly unique and experimental.
10/02/2016 12:50 GMT

Setting the Table for Christmas

The dining table is one of my favourite things about Christmas - the smells of dinner, music around the table - putting the sounds of the Rat Pack on at Christmas encompasses the season for me.
03/12/2015 17:49 GMT

Getting Yourself and Your Home Autumn Ready

As the seasons change and the days get colder, our bodies and homes need rebooting. It's a time to make your home more nurturing and cosy, somewhere you want to spend more time in as the nights get longer, and a time to really look after yourself as well.
26/10/2015 23:04 GMT

How Not to Lose Your Identity When Dressing for Work

When dressing for work every day, it's so easy to get consumed by the stresses of what to wear. The most important thing to keep in mind when balancing dressing for work and allowing your identity to show through your clothes is keeping your own personal touches at the forefront.
18/09/2015 16:27 BST

Are You a Passionpreneur?

It is often said by successful business figures in the public eye that they couldn't have achieved what they did without the support of others. I am a firm believer in continually evolving and learning from people in your business community and your own team.
13/08/2015 17:41 BST

How to Embrace Al Fresco Dining With Style

The heat is on! Whether you have a terrace, balcony or patio - it's that time of year when you want to make this space look as amazing as your interiors. In this fantastic weather, it's only natural that you'll want to spend more time in the sun, so here are my top tips on how to get your outdoor space ready for enjoying and entertaining!
12/07/2015 20:01 BST

How to Invent a Space - My Conversation at SohoCreate

One really interesting point that was raised was today's reliance of technology in the design community. I'm all for networks like Instagram and Pinterest and I can see the value and convenience, but there's something to be said for seeing things with our own eyes.
11/06/2015 19:55 BST

Inspiring Times at the WIE Awards

I saw powerful speeches from international lawyer Miriam González Durántez, Caroline Rush, CEO of the British Fashion Council, Aldijana Sisic, chief of the UN Trust Fund to end violence against women and Professor Frances Corner, head of the London College of Fashion, UAL.
30/04/2015 18:13 BST

A GREAT Time in Shanghai

As a GREAT campaign ambassador I feel that Great Britain and China have a phenomenal opportunity to create partnerships and business together. The festival has been a fantastic platform to build on new and existing relationships in a new economic climate. It was an honour to have the Duke of Cambridge there to be as part of this pioneering event and it makes me proud to be British!
06/03/2015 15:43 GMT

How to Use Your Big Ideas

When I started my business I was fearless, tenacious, ambitious, passionate and totally in love with my job. Fast forward forty years and guess what - I'm fearless, tenacious, ambitious, passionate and TOTALLY in love with my job... What keeps this spark alive is big ideas YOU have and they're incredibly important to pay attention to every day.
03/02/2015 17:05 GMT

My Christmas Decorating Checklist

With Christmas just around the corner, this is the weekend to do your Christmas check-list and ensure your home is ready for guests. There's nothing worse than having a less-than-perfect display in the home when you have all the family round. Here are my top nine decorating "don'ts" for dressing your home in December... I hope these tips help you create a festive look you'll love and will be proud of your home when you welcome guests this Christmas. I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and happy decorating!
18/12/2014 17:29 GMT

How to Be a Woman of the Future

In order to be a successful businesswomen in this male-dominated world, I believe confidence is key. Not only to success, but to happiness. I am much happier with myself today as I have confidence in what I do. Over my life, I have learned so much and I was lucky enough to have a fantastic mentor - my mother.
30/10/2014 17:19 GMT

Keeping Britain Creative

I had the absolute pleasure to spend the afternoon recently with The Prince's Trust and HRH The Prince of Wales visiting some amazing young designers being supported by The Prince's Trust. It never ceases to amaze me how much passion and drive these young entrepreneurs have in relation to their business and they are so incredibly talented.
18/09/2014 17:23 BST

The Dragons Come Out to Play

It's been an incredibly fun year being involved with<em> Dragons Den</em>, I've made some wonderful new friends, my fellow Dragons, and had the opportunity to invest in some really remarkable and talented young entrepreneurs. I'm thrilled at how well my first three investments are doing.
28/04/2014 18:22 BST

Charming Is a Choice

I wonder if the word 'bossy' is a western term, I can't quite imagine having been in the Kiberan slums someone ever being referred to as bossy. A survivor yes, bossy, I doubt it. So, if you are fortunate enough to have strong-willed girls in your life make sure your words and actions promote their natural leadership skills, empower them not destroy them.
08/04/2014 17:02 BST

The Inspirational Women Behind the Slums of Kibera

To celebrate International Women's Day I went to Africa with Sport Relief earlier this week to visit two projects working hard to empower young women living in the continent's biggest slum. Here are the eight things that inspired me the most during my time in Nairobi, Kenya...
07/03/2014 17:24 GMT

New Adventures, News Beginnings

Filming for the next series will start again soon and I can't wait to see the passionate individuals that come up the lift to face their fears and us Dragons to pursue their business dreams.
22/01/2014 17:38 GMT

Sirius Programme Supporting Young Entrepreneurs

Having taken part in <em>Dragon's Den</em> this series and working closely with UK Trade and Investment, I'm now even more aware of the importance of funding and supporting the great ideas of future business leaders. What's particularly close to my heart is nurturing and growing the ideas of young people domestically and into international markets.
21/11/2013 16:43 GMT