At Sims Hilditch, we are able to undertake projects across many scales and types from new-builds that are still in planning to the complete reconfiguration and refurbishment of existing country or town properties. The majority of work we undertake utilises the skills of our interior architect team as well as our interior design studio, but in some circumstances we may undertake interior decoration only. Our service is a direct reflection of our client’s needs.
"The interior designer of choice, who blends a Cotswold aesthetic with sophisticated urban touches."
"The interior design practice that those in the know turn to for a breezy 21st century take on English design."
“Sims Hilditch have a natural empathy for space, light and proportion, which can clearly be seen in the finished interior…”
We specialise in a style that is calm, understated and tonal. Our interior designers are akin to fine artists, blending tones and textures on the palette that achieve a look where everything within a room is beautifully blended and harmonious. We are not influenced by passing trends that will quickly fade. We pride ourselves on achieving classic interiors that will stand the test of time, carefully crafted from quiet colours and authentic, natural materials, such as linen, wool and crushed-velvet. Furniture may be a mix of inherited pieces, antiques we have personally sourced, contemporary collections or bespoke items – this juxtaposition is what makes a house feel immediately like a home. Above all, we want our interiors to feel welcoming and comfortable, because we recognise good design is a direct link to our clients’ contentment and happiness.
The importance of intelligent interior architecture can never be under-estimated because it is this that ensures a home functions as beautifully as it looks. Great design is not just focused on key areas, such as the drawing room, but on the entire hierarchy of rooms and the cohesion from one to the other. On that basis, our design team may suggest changes to the configuration of space, such as opening up two connected rooms into one large, open-plan kitchen-diner or relocating the master suite to better enjoy the aspect outside.
However, interior architecture also includes design decisions that are within the fabric of the building, such as cornices, staircases, internal doors and built-in joinery. We are well versed in period styles and able to advise on the correct designs for a heritage property, of particular importance where listed buildings are concerned.
Our interior architects may specify bespoke cabinetry for all manner of functions, from storage niches in bathrooms to AV units in family snugs. We are fortunate enough to benefit not only from the design expertise of our own team, but the collective talent and expertise of the many skilled workshops and specialist artisans with whom we collaborate – the majority which are based in the UK.
For many clients, the choice of kitchen is one of the most important design decisions within the refurbishment of a home. At Sims Hilditch, we are happy to design a kitchen in-house; to visit kitchen showrooms with clients in order to help them choose the most appropriate to them; brief a kitchen supplier directly; or liaise with the kitchen designer of the client’s choice. If required, we can recommend a cabinet-maker to undertake fitting through the tender process.
In her role as Creative Director, Emma spends a great deal of time travelling – both in the UK and abroad – seeking out beautiful objects and unique pieces that will provide the final special touches to an interior. These may be rare antiques or vintage collectables; entire collections of decorative pieces; one-off designs, fine art or sculpture – Emma has an instinct and an eye for finding art and objects that will make our clients’ hearts beat that little bit faster.
This curated approach is central to the Sims Hilditch ethos. We aim to design homes that reflect the wants and needs of the design brief perfectly, but which also encompass personal touches that elevate the interiors we create into a class of their own.
We have been designing bespoke pieces of furniture for our clients from the beginning, which has provided us with an enormous back-catalogue of reference and inspiration. Sometimes bespoke requests are driven by function – such as a client requiring an extra-deep sofa or particularly generous dining table. At other times, it may be that we have found a single, beautiful antique piece, but that two would look better than one – such as a pair of commodes placed symmetrically. The craftspeople we work with are able to replicate such pieces perfectly, allowing us to blend the old with the new seamlessly.
Our project managers deliver an experience and service that is second to none. All of them are professionally trained, usually with a background in fashion merchandising or similar. They pride themselves on accuracy, organisation, communication and meticulous attention to detailing – essential when juggling so many suppliers. At the weekly internal design meetings, the appointed project manager represents the client, ensuring schedules and budgets are respected. Everything ordered on behalf of a client is sent to an approved storage company where it is checked on arrival to ensure that it is exactly what was specified and in perfect condition ready for installation. With their ability to use foresight and good sense, project managers ensure a smooth design journey from start to finish.