In a quaint English village, renowned interior design firm Sims Hilditch transformed a historic home that had once been a rectory into a subtle, cottage-style weekend escape. The structure dates to 1630; a couple of additions were made throughout the following centuries, and Emma Sims Hilditch, the designer behind the company, wanted to bring together the house's various styles into a cohesive design for the homeowners. Caught up in the busyness of London life, the clients were hoping for a restful retreat from the city that would also honor the home’s history. “They wanted the style to be sympathetic to the age of the building,” says the designer, “but still at the contemporary end.” Read on for our tour of the refashioned rectory.
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Peaceful and elegant, the dining room relies on a palette of blue-toned grays and warm woods. An oak dining table from Neptune serves as the centerpiece of the room; the chairs and glazed rack dresser are also from Neptune. The damask curtains in GP & J Baker fabric were cut and sewn by the Sims Hilditch team, while the dome wall lights are by Original
BTC, and the oak fossil flooring, Havwoods.
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Oriented around the flow of natural light, the kitchen design is simple, allowing unique, subtle details to elevate the overall aesthetic. Many of the kitchen fixtures were sourced from Neptune, including the lily-white cabinetry, Perrin & Rowe tap, Villeroy & Boch sink, and willow basket, and the blinds were fabricated by Sims Hilditch using GP & J Baker fabric.
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In a rich, textured color, the worktop comes from Generix Stone Fabrication Ltd. Mandarin Stone created the lush limestone floor paneling. Originally designed as a coat hanger, the rack from Neptune serves a new purpose here.
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From this angle, the kitchen reveals its cottage influence, with exposed wood and a beech paddle board from Garden Trading resting on the counter.
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Organizing accessories from Neptune, including willow baskets, make this mudroom an elegant and functional space.
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Tangerines and cerulean blues bring color into the sitting room. Neptune created the cushions, coffee table, lamp stand, and sofa, while the curtains were custom made from Lewis & Wood fabric. Framing the India Jane mirror, the gray wall sconces are from Original
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Intricate print curtains, designed by Sims Hilditch using fabric from Colefax and Fowler, are a graceful finishing touch for the drawing room. The cushions, armchairs, and sofas are from Neptune. India Jane designed the coffee table, and the basket-weave rug is from Capitol Carpets. Beside the rear sofa, the Roman-inspired floor lamp was designed by Eichholtz.
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India Jane designed the romantic wood bookcase.
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An elegant half-bath is charmingly simple.
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Sims Hilditch has a knack for selecting the perfect pattern, and the bedroom is no exception. Knowles & Christou wallpaper creates a beautiful background for Neptune pieces including a king bed, oak stools, and bedside table. Sims Hilditch designed the bed cushions from
OKA fabric and the curtains from Libeco linen. The ceramic table lamps are by Vaughan.
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A small vanity, also serving as a workspace, creates an intimate setting for early morning and evening routines. Neptune designed the desk, mirror, and wall lights; a Robert Langford chair is paired here with the desk.
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One of the home's original five bedrooms was converted into a master bath to provide the homeowners with more space and comfort. A sleigh tub from Clearwater Baths is the visual focal point. Porta Romana wall lights contribute to the soft, minimalist style, as do the shutters by the New England Shutter Company and bathmat by Balineum.
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The shower is by Lefroy Brooks; the washstand, wall tiles, and artwork are from Neptune.
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Slanted ceilings provide a design challenge, but they’re also characteristic of the English countryside aesthetic. In the guest bedroom, the chalked oak bedside tables, crystal lamp stands, king bed, and bureau are all from Neptune; the herringbone throw comes from So Cosy.
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The style of the children’s bedroom complements the overall design, but it leaves room for a little playfulness. The trundle beds come from Tasha Beds; the bed cushions, from Neptune. Beside the beds, the dome wall lights are from Original
BTC, and overhead, the star-printed lampshade is from Jim Lawrence. A Balineum laundry basket serves as a catch-all space for storage and dirty laundry.
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The hallway is sparsely furnished but includes unique pieces, such as a twisted leg center table custom made by Sims Hilditch, box wall lamps from Eichholtz, and a nine-arm chandelier by Richard Taylor Designs. The textured carpeting is from Capitol Carpets; the roman blind was crafted by Sims Hilditch using GP & J Baker fabric.
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Wallpaper from Pierre Frey provides cozy detailing in the study. Eichholtz designed the wood and glass desk, table lamp, and print featuring the Memphis Airport, while Neptune created the rolling chair and nickel wall lights.
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An outside view of the renovated home.