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Passport from: Paris

I’ve just returned from Paris, where I visited with some of my design team as part of a trip to seek inspiration from the city and from Maison Objet – which I’ve attended in the past. It was a fantastic trip and we got to see some new designs, but I was more interested in the vintage finds Paris had to offer.

Maison Objet in Paris

We visited Maison Objet, which is held on the outskirts of Paris. It’s a huge trade fair and there is usually heaps of inspirational pieces here, with new designs and ideas. However, it saddens me to say that this year it wasn’t the case. I was disappointed by the lack of newness and for an event that is supposed to be synonymous with design and creativity, there was just the same old same old. I’d rather go to just one hall of complete newness than walk around a whole fair of things I’ve already seen. There were several inspirational new companies full of great design and newness who did not simply borrow from others, so it was worth going for that. For me, I need new and unique designs as it’s what I and my clients expect. However, it gave me a taster for Maison in Singapore – where I’ll be launching my fantastic range of design-led baths with Apaiser. More to come on that soon!

Vintage Markets in Paris

I absolutely loved walking around the vintage stores and markets in Paris on the hunt for antique finds. I got loads of inspiration here and there’s something satisfying about rummaging around in what could potentially be a pile of junk, only to find a spectacular piece. It got me thinking about how amazing design has been through the ages. How do we catch up with iconic pieces from the past and bring the innovative creativity back to what we see in the present day. I saw loads here and it will keep my creative brain ticking over for a while. I would recommend visiting Les Puces market at Saint Ouen. Sometimes you see something that is simply part of an antique that can create a new design idea in your head.

My design team in Paris

As well as design hunting, it was a great opportunity to spend some time with some of my design team. I’m very close to my team and we all work together when we’re happy – and nothing satisfies more than good food! We visited Le Voltaire which is one of my favourite restaurant in Paris that I loved as a child. And reminds me of my father We also went to a particularly chic restaurant called La Societe and a few other places for lunch – which were all fantastic.

For me, Paris is the definitely a destination for design inspiration. Stick to the vintage markets and antique dealers to find the best pieces, but have some cash in your pocket as they can be quite expensive. I’m now looking ahead to my trip to Asia, visiting Shanghai as an ambassador of the GREAT Campaign and opening Maison Objet in Singapore – I hope to get lots of great ideas from this trip and I’ll be sure to keep you updated with all the details before I go!

Love Kelly x

FIT AT FIFTY

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Having a positive mental attitude is the basis of a good personal wellbeing. If you believe it, you can do it. The minute you start to doubt yourself you fill your mind and body with negative energy which can, before you know, take you out of the game. So, first and foremost be positive, have confidence, believe in yourself and with an attitude like that success won’t be too far away. Continue reading

FLOWER POWER

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When creating the perfect home it’s not just about the way it looks but about the way it feels. I design all my homes with Feng Shui in mind because I believe it’s important for the energy of a space to flow positively which helps create the feeling and mood your home needs. Continue reading

THE ART OF DISPLAY

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The Kelly Hoppen London team have been working really hard this week setting up our stand at the Spirit of Summer Fair, Olympia London. It is the first time we have exhibited at the fair and the first time we have showcased the collection to the public, so it’s an incredibly exciting time for us.

This meant it was incredibly important to make sure the stand’s first impression had the ‘wow’ factor and that every item in the collection was displayed to achieve maximum impact, especially in such a small area. When displaying so many items collectively, it is easy for some items to be overshadowed by others, so it’s important that everything was positioned cleanly and purposefully.

Some people might think that putting items on display is just a question of just that, putting them on display, but believe it or not there is an art to it. Here are my top tips for the art of display:

Decide the colour-code you want to use. The items you are using must have a relationship between them. Make sure your designated area is completely empty before you start, giving you a blank canvas.

The key to a good display is to keep it simple and fluid and only use the pieces you are most proud of.

Repetition, repetition, repetition. I often use several of the same piece in a display. I find it visually striking.

For me the one DON’T when creating a display is to put one large object in the centre and balance with symmetrical pieces on either side, creating an altar type effect.

Wherever you are displaying on a tabletop or a shelf, start with the tallest piece first. Put it to one side and position the other items in decreasing order.

If you are adding photographs to the display, your mantra is ‘overlay and layer’ to create depth and interest. Lean and overlap frames of differing sizes rather than lining up the same size frame in a row.

When you place items next to each other place them side by side and not at an angle to each other.

Less is more. You do not have to completely fill the space, in fact, it’s important to make sure there is space around each item you are displaying so each can be seen and admired individually. If you put too many items together you risk losing some of them and making it look crowded and cluttered.

When you are happy with your display, walk away from it for a bit and then return to it to see it afresh and make sure you are happy with it.

The most important tip though is BE BRAVE! It is an expression of yourself so be creative and don’t be afraid to move things around every few months to keep giving your home a fresh new feel.

If you would like to visit us at the Spirit of Summer fair, you can find out more about it here and our exclusive ticket offer here: http://www.kellyhoppen.com//press

DRESS TO IMPRESS

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This week the government are launching a new campaign to Get Britain Working. One of the themes they are helping people with is how to dress to impress a potential employer in an interview or an existing employer for that all important promotion. Continue reading