In­te­rior de­sign

Emma Sims Hilditch has in­jected con­tem­po­rary touches into the kitchen of this 16th-cen­tury manor house while pre­serv­ing its char­ac­ter

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Emma Sims Hilditch up­dates a manor-house kitchen

As the great-grand­daugh­ter of a Royal Aca­demi­cian and the daugh­ter of an in­te­rior dec­o­ra­tor, cre­ativ­ity is firmly rooted in Emma sims Hilditch’s DNA. How­ever, it was while she was work­ing in film pro­duc­tion, along­side the di­rec­tor Ri­d­ley scott, that she de­vel­oped a love of both light and colour—as well as the chal­lenge of co-or­di­nat­ing film crews, lo­ca­tions and sets.

When her three chil­dren were still small, and feel­ing the need to channel her cre­ativ­ity, Emma started mak­ing cur­tains and soft fur­nish­ings and soon saw an op­por­tu­nity to bring the dis­ci­plines of in­te­rior ar­chi­tec­ture, in­te­rior de­sign and project man­age­ment un­der one roof.

To­day, her prac­tice is known for its breezy con­tem­po­rary take on clas­sic English style and cur­rent projects range from the Bath Pri­ory Ho­tel to a con­tem­po­rary Lon­don town house.

With parts of this house dat­ing back to dif­fer­ent cen­turies, the clients asked Emma to re­con­fig­ure sen­si­tively the space to meet the de­mands of mod­ern life, but, at the same time, to em­brace its rich his­tor­i­cal char­ac­ter.

The kitchen is the shaker-style suf­folk de­sign by Nep­tune (01793 427300; www.nep­, which has a sim­ple and time­less look, and it’s painted in Drift­wood and Alpine from the com­pany’s own col­lec­tion. The larder is from the same range, this time hand-painted in Ju­niper. The cab­i­netry is com­ple­mented with dark-grey ham­mered gran­ite and an oak work sur­face and a light touch is in­tro­duced by the Bus­cot Lime­stone floors by Ar­ti­sans of De­vizes (­ti­san­sofde­; 01380 720007). Ara­bella Youens

Stu­dio by Sims Hilditch (01249 783087;

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