Have you ever wondered what the home of an interior stylist would look like? Well, my latest ‘house tour’ is with former professional dancer turned stylist, Ste Hopps. His day job is to work magic to his client’s homes and show houses, so I can’t wait to see what magic he has worked in his own home…
Our style is contemporary with a nod to mid-century modern. I love dark interiors, so most of the rooms are painted in dark colours using Dulux, (Urban Obsession), Farrow and Ball (Railings and Downpipe).
I also like to paint the ceilings to match, creating a cocoon of colour. We live in a Victorian house so fortunate to have high ceilings.
I’ve always been a little obsessed with designer, Kelly Hoppen. I find her inspirational, with a strong design aesthetic that she keeps to. She has inspired my styling, and for me that’s where it all started.
Of course, inspiration is everywhere, from a home magazine to hotels and bars.
I love to walk around Heals on Tottenham Court Road, especially the lighting department! I also love fun ceramics and pottery like Johnathan Adler and Fornasetti.
The most modern room would be the bathroom. It’s all white with concrete tiles and white stone minimalist sinks.
I love the contrast to the rest of the house. I light candles every evening and love to create that relaxing feeling after work.
I always advise clients to use drama and impact. So instead of opting for a white painted wall, try a navy, or dark grey that will instantly add depth and drama. All for the cost of a tin of paint!
It’s also good to mix up texture, like glass ceramics alongside concrete vases or velvet cushions on a leather sofa. Decor needs to compliment each other, not match.
My most treasured items in my home are my walnut study desk, which was my first introduction to walnut decor. My grandad’s knife sharpener aswell as my nan’s glass mixing bowl from the 1970a, and my collection of Fornasetti plates.
I dislike houses with no personality as it just needs the simple things. It doesn’t take a lot of time or money to live in their dream home, and I love to help people create that!
Photo credits: Ste Hopps
Special thanks to Ste. Do check out his Instagram to see more of his amazing home and design inspiration!