This is, hands down, my favourite time of year to be at home. Summer for me screams adventure, I want to be outside in the sunshine, exploring new places. At the very least, summer is all about the garden. But as the nights draw in and the walk to school is over crispy leaves underfoot, I long for nothing more than to be at home. And so, every September and October, I inevitably get stuck into a new house renovation project (this time it’s the kitchen) and start hunting out little homeware updates for autumn.
I love faffing. It might be rearranging the cushions on the sofa, pottering around moving things on a shelf, hanging new pictures or changing around lighting. Whatever it is, this is the time of year when I generally go into faff overdrive. This year is no different.
We were recently sent a beautiful selection of homeware from the Kelly Hoppen range, which gave me a perfect excuse to get busy with the faffing. Some of these pieces will probably end up in our new kitchen, but for now they’re sitting pretty in various corners of our home, as I inevitably move them around every other day.
If you haven’t come across Kelly Hoppen before, let me introduce you. An interior designer with over 40 years in business, Kelly’s known for her classically understated and simple designs with a strong emphasis on neutrals. She did a great interview with EKBB magazine recently where she explained the reason for her “Queen of Taupe” signature. “Neutrals are anything but boring to me,” says Kelly. “I love enhancing the tones by playing with textures in a way that brings a sense of sophistication to any interiors space.” This is clear in her collection of homeware, which is all about the texture, neutral tones and eclectic “East meets West” vibe.
You might think a neutral look won’t work in a house with kids – too much potential for jammy marks to ruin the calm feel of the room, not to mention occasional smears of chocolate. But I’m a firm believer in sticking to what makes you happy at home, kids or no kids. As a self-confirmed colour addict I tend to be drawn to the louder hues and often steer clear of neutrals, but the Kelly Hoppen pieces have totally won me over. They’re stylish and understated with a real emphasis on beautiful shapes and texture, and they sit perfectly alongside the brighter splashes of colour we already have around our home.
Watch the vlog below to see the pieces up close – and then head over to Roost TV to see how I used them to bring my late grandmother’s mid-century sideboard to life.
Some more information about the pieces (because I got over-excited in the vlog and didn’t share the exact names of the pieces on camera). The tray is a Tupenny Tray and is the perfect thing if you’re looking for a bit of copper to add to a scheme. I keep changing my mind over whether to keep it in our living room or in our bedroom as it would look stunning against the inky blue walls in there. The bottles are called Medicine Bottle Vases and if you’re quick you can nab yourself one of the plum versions for a bargainous £7 as it’s currently on sale. The apple ornament is called the Belle and is just the thing to bring a lonely shelf or sideboard to life. The frame is the Rose Gold Linea frame and the hanging planter (which I love SO much) is the Hanging Hexigon Lantern.
Which is your favourite?
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