See inside co-founder of KNIGHTSBRIDGE ROCKS, KATIE KELLY‘s London home …
Name: Katie Kelly Address: Knightsbridge, London. My home: A period redbrick duplex nestled between gardens. The vibe: Light and airy sophistication.
I can see greenery from wherever I sit in our apartment in Knightsbridge. We are sandwiched between two garden squares, which is very unusual – and we installed the full-height doorway between the kitchen and reception room to create a continuous flow of light throughout. Geoffrey and I started our married life here – downstairs in a large basement flat – and when the upstairs became available, we jumped at the opportunity and combined the two. It wasn’t straightforward. There was a mountain of legal obstacles to overcome in addition to taking on a full refurbishment, including changing the ceiling height on the ground floor, re-routing the plumping and laying French oak wide boards throughout. We knocked through the three bedrooms which originally occupied the space in the kitchen and have furnished it with a mix of old and new pieces. The vintage Waterford Crystal chandelier in the main room I inherited from my mother and we have a range of artwork, including some by Irish artists Eoin O’Connor and Orla Walsh, who was a bridesmaid at our wedding. The entire project took about ten years in all, but now we have our dream home, where we are bringing up our boys Zachary, twelve, and Connor, ten. I never want to move.
I have always lived around Knightsbridge since I moved to London (from Dublin via Edinburgh) 18 years ago. I can walk everywhere and we’re a stone’s throw from Harrods and the museums of South Kensington. I love the eclectic mix of people who live here – it was partly due to them that Brenda (Tuohy) and I started our jewellery business, Knightsbridge Rocks, which is aimed at people who don’t follow the herd but want to find interesting one-off pieces with provenance and stories behind them. Sometimes I have pop-up sales in the Franklin Hotel across the gardens, which was refurbished by Anouska Hempel a few years ago. I can wave to Geoffrey while I am discussing the finer details of a H Stern Sputnik cocktail ring.
“Roulette” by French artist Poucette sits above a Chinese cabinet. The console and champagne cooler are from the Savoy Hotel sale. The mirror is from Portobello Road market.
Kelly’s award-winning television executive husband Geoffrey Goofwin’s Bafta nomination alongside an Andrew Martin Mars lamp.
Katie wears cocktail rings from a selection from Knightsbridge Rocks (as favoured by fashionistas Olivia Palermo and Jodie Kidd).
The Irish founders of Knightsbridge Rocks, Katie Kelly and Brenda Tuohy.
The kitchen table is a single piece of Carrera marble atop elephant oak legs. The candy-coloured Butterfly chairs are by Karim Rashid.
A colourful range of books are displayed above French chairs upholstered in ticking fabric by interior designer Amelia Carter.
The apartment leads directly on to one of London’s most sought-after communal gardens, the scene of barbecues and summer parties. Across the lawn is the Franklin Hotel, refurbished by Anouska Hempel.
As told to Susan Springate
Photographs by Gavin Smith
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