Over the past decade, Sims Hilditch has become renowned for championing a fresh approach to a new English look, celebrating a style that is classic and comfortable but also highly relevant. While this aesthetic is strongly identified with England, it is a design ethos that translates well to locations all over the world – both private homes and hospitality settings. However, while our studio offers a cohesive and holistic approach, each project we undertake is highly bespoke to client, location and architecture. We begin always with a fresh eye and an open mind, working with our clients to deliver a home that surpasses all their expectations.
“We believe true luxury is about quality of life, embracing the beauty of everyday living and allowing inspiration to flow from our surroundings."
Our founder and Creative Director, Emma Sims-Hilditch has overseen the transformation of the studio from one-woman business working from her kitchen table to a team of 20-plus, with our head-quarters in Wiltshire now complemented by a smart London base.
The great grand-daughter of a Royal Academician painter and daughter of an interior decorator, Emma grew up in a world of art, architecture and design. After taking a business degree, she embarked on a career in film production with Ridley Scott. Juggling film crews, locations and sets, she honed the organisational skills that underpin the Sims Hilditch business. Always highly creative herself, she began a cottage industry making curtains and other soft furnishings when her three children were small, which led to her being asked increasingly to take on interior design projects. In 2009, she formally launched Sims Hilditch, offering from day one the combined skills of interior architecture, interior design and project management.
The first thing to say is that the number one team member is the client. At Sims Hilditch, we don’t believe in rolling out one look regardless of the client’s wishes, we aim to deliver the home of which someone has dreamt – and even to surpass those dreams.
While Emma heads up the studio and personally signs off every project, on a day-to-day basis clients deal directly with their appointed interior designer and personal project manager. We like to think of this as left brain/right brain thinking – and it is integral to our structure as a company. Left brain is the accuracy, foresight and organisation that allows a project to run smoothly. whereas, right brain is the distinctive creative drive that brings such flair to our projects. This clear division between the two offerings marks us out from other interior design practices. Everything we do is intended to make the client journey as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.
When we walk into a home for the first time, we know how important first impressions are. That is why we are so proud of our own home, The White Hart. This Grade 2 listed building was previously a pub, situated 5 miles from Bath, that had fallen into sad neglect. We purchased it in 2013 and Emma and the team set about its complete renovation, respecting and preserving the heritage while re-configuring the internal space into a cool, contemporary design studio that encapsulates what we love best about the modern new English look. Everything here is the result of this comprehensive, from-the-ground-up redesign, including lighting, flooring, furniture, fabrics and accessories. Indeed, The White Hart illustrates perfectly the scope and depth of what we offer.