In Holland, we have a word: ‘gezellig’. Similar to the Danish word ‘hygge’, it means warm, cosy, safe, friendly and enjoyable, but has no direct translation. With every Hoppi Hippo item, I hope to bring gezellig to your home.

My name is Marina and for years I have dreamt of selling beautiful, internationally-sourced products for little ones. My own children are not so little any more, both in their twenties, they have flown the nest. However, the joy of creating a warm and happy family home is still one of my absolute loves.

Now, in the enveloping countryside of Dorset, close to the sea, I live with my husband Rob and our chocolate Labrador Geoffrey, but this is after travelling extensively, especially in Europe. I was born in the Netherlands, but after meeting and marrying Rob, we were fortunate enough to live in many different cities across the continent.

During our travels, I absorbed the culture of every place and was inspired by each country’s style. Hoppi Hippo is the result. A place where I can indulge in my passion for style and share it with others. Each piece, be it from Holland, Germany, France or Scandinavia, has been handpicked with love for optimum gezellig.

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