Kelly Hoppen renovates Beckingham Palace
Do you remember reading our exclusive interview with Kelly Hoppen last summer? Well several months later the celebrity interior designer gave advice to Victoria Beckham on designing her £50 million Kensington home. Here’s the story.
Since moving from LA to London the Beckhams were living in rented accommodation. Late last year the family took the plunge and splashed out on a London home on one of the smartest streets in Kensington and Chelsea. The eight bedroom, seven bathroom mansion is believed to have four nail bars, a catwalk and a waterfall! With a secret entrance tunnel that runs underneath a 100ft oriental garden, it is no wonder the house was aptly renamed by the media, “Beckingham Palace.”
According to several sources, Kelly Hoppen was given the task of redecorating “Beckingham Palace.” Ms Hoppen, one of the biggest names in British interior design, redesigned the Beckhams’ LA home. It is said the British designer, a personal friend of Victoria’s, put her renowned sleek and minimalist touch to the family’s LA abode.
In November 2013, Victoria Beckham attended the launch of Kelly Hoppen’s latest book ‘Design Masterclass’ at the Belgraves Hotel in Belgravia. The fashion designer was joined by Sienna Miller, Sir Terance Conran, Tana Ramsay and Peter Jones and Duncan Bannatyne, who are of course Kelly Hoppen’s co-stars in the Dragon’s Den.
Minimalist and modern on the inside and traditional on the outside
The grand façade of the Beckhams’ plush new London pad has remained unchanged for 150 years. This impressive Kensington mansion has been owned by a wool broker, a Peruvian diplomat and has even been a boarding home for refined single ladies. It was revealed that Victoria and David plan to put their own unique stamp on the property. In order to help the celebrity couple bring a bespoke and impeccably-stylish slant to the Grade II-listed mansion, Victoria instructed Kelly Hoppen to renovate the house, apparently with a £5 million budget.
After discussing the renovation plans, it was emerged Beckingham Palace will include David’s ‘Cave’, a ‘man’ room with mini-bar and pool table, a manicure, hairdressing and make-up room, Victoria’s Dressing Room, a terrace, a restaurant-standard kitchen, an oriental garden, a hidden door in bookcase, a powder room, a luxury gym and space with a fish tank and cascading water feature, and that’s just for starters.
Being over 9,000 square feet in size, one of the largest properties in Kensington and Chelsea, Kelly Hoppen was certainly faced with a challenging task – We reckon the incredible interior designer would definitely be up to the job.