Sims Hilditch is a high-end interior design practice led by leading interior designer Emma Sims Hilditch. Specialising in offering a fresh take on the English country house look, Emma and her team’s designs are renowned for being tranquil, graceful and convivial. A multidisciplinary practice, Sims Hilditch combines interior architecture, interior design, furniture design and project management in a creative and passionate environment which shines through each of their completed projects. Emma Sims Hilditch shares this historical farm house interior project with The LuxPad…
Project name: Mill House Project
Floor Area: 5439 sq/ft
Project time taken: 14 months
Once a working farm, the Mill House is a heritage property with distinctive character. Though traditional in materiality, it has an unconventional layout shaped over time as various outbuildings were joined together to create a sprawling, u-shaped building.
For our clients, it was love at first sight as they felt it was the perfect countryside escape offering enough space for their young family as well as guests. We were delighted to be appointed to transform the Mill House into a welcoming countryside getaway. Bespoke furniture was especially commissioned to suit the unique footprint of the building.
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What was the creation / planning process?
Firstly, we met with the client and their chosen architect to reconfigure the existing rooms for better living. We then took a brief based on the clients likes and dislikes. This briefing stage is incredibly important for the team to understanding how our client will use their home. From here, we began designing bespoke furniture, putting together schemes and creating an elegant family home room by room. Once we have met with the client to review this, our Project Managers will then manage the procurement and work alongside the designer to ensure that the project is seamless.
How did the project go?
Very well. I was particularly conscious of the need for the design to have a sense of flow, because invariably you have a vista from one room to the next. To create cohesion, we introduced a palette of subtle hues that incorporated soft mauves and pinks throughout. Patterned fabrics and wallpapers add texture to the subdued palettes, whilst antiques and handmade bespoke furniture add to the cosiness and individuality of the home.
What was your favourite room or part of the project and why?
Our favourite room is the family room. Plenty of light, full ceiling height, characterful beams with a charming country aesthetic. A room which could be enjoyed as a family cosied up beside the fireplace watching films and relaxing.
Were there any issues or problems you encountered during the project?
Many of the outbuildings were joined together and lacked flow from room to room. The challenge was to create an identity that would bring the seemingly disparate parts together as a whole. This was achieved with a classic, elegant scheme and juxtaposition of certain raw features, such as the exposed timber. Working with the existing floorplan, we reconfigured rooms to make for better living. For example, the former dining room became the kitchen as it was in the central part of the home. This then led through to the cloakroom, boot room and utility.