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T+L Reports: At Home in London

The British are nesting, and two recently opened London boutiques answer the call. Lifestyle guru Kelly Hoppen—imagine a minimalist Martha Stewart, pre-scandal—brings her many endeavors together under one roof. The Chelsea shop Kelly Hoppen (175—177 Fulham Rd.; 44-207/ 351-1910) stocks the designer's Eastern-inflected silver-handled chopsticks, carved rock crystal seashells, and wenge-wood furniture, as well as fabrics and ceramics from around the globe. Across town in the gritty Spitalfields district, Story (4 Wilkes St.; 44-207/377-0313) resembles something between a shop and a gallery, where owners Lee Hollingworth and Ann Shore use revolving installations to display merchandise. A "brown story," for instance, features a 1975 Arne Jacobsen Swan chair arranged with a funky, seventies patent-leather coat, a vintage damask handbag, and a piece of antique brown lace. "It's more like a kiddies' playground than a shop," Hollingworth says. For design fanatics, London itself feels much the same way.

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