Some Celebrity Home Truths
Everybody has a favourite part of their home - and celebrities are no different. Stars tell Gabrielle Fagan about the rooms they feel most relaxed and happy in.
Kelly Hoppen, 54, Dragons’ Den judge
“I love all the rooms in my home. However, the room I spend the most time in is probably my bedroom - it’s like my own sanctuary where I retreat at the end of the day,” says Hoppen, who recently published a new book, Kelly Hoppen Design Masterclass: How To Achieve The Home Of Your Dreams (Jacqui Small, £40).
“It contains lots of cushions to add cosiness and a wonderfully comfy bed, made by Duxiana.
“I have a rather large en suite with a big bath tub to help really enjoy a soak.”
:: Get the look: Kelly Hoppen Embroidered Coral Design Reversible Bedcover, in taupe, from £43.92, QVC (www.qvc.com).
Janet Ellis, 58, TV
presenter and actress
“My kitchen is my favourite, because it runs from the front of the house to the back, and at each end the windows look out on to gardens,” says Ellis, whose daughter is singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor.
“It’s got fitted cream Ikea kitchen units, stainless steel worktops and a huge oven.
“There’s a large central island and running on from that, a dining table which seats 12. It’s great for family meals when Sophie and her family come over, as well as my other children.
“The whole room is serene in cream shades, and an oasis compared to rest of the house, which is filled with colour and lots of art. On guard by the kitchen door is a life-size model of a Staffordshire Bull Terrier.”
:: Get the look: Ikea’s Stornas extendable table, £300, Almsta chairs, £70 each, are good value from Ikea. (www.ikea.com); Abigail Ahern bulldog lamp, £295, The French Bedroom Company (www.frenchbedroomcompany.co.uk)
Kirsty Gallacher, 37,
Scottish TV presenter
“My kitchen dining area is a playroom, homework area and social zone, with glass doors which lead onto the garden,” says the mother-of-two.
“We have a three-storey townhouse so the bottom floor is the hub of the house, with my sons, who are aged seven and three, and the dog running in out from the garden, especially in the summer.
“On the patio we have a hen house, a reminder of the time when we used to have hens and they came in and out of the house too.
“There’s a country atmosphere to this room and I still have hen ornaments.”
:: Get the look: Quail Ceramics Maran Hen Salt & Pepper Set, £15.99, Cotswold Trading (www.cotswoldtrading.com/01386 853 331)