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Profile: Luxury Country Living in Wiltshire

This master bedroom combines luxury and serenity creating a sanctuary with stunning views
   EKBB Magazine  |  written on: 13-09-2021 17:15pm

Tucked away in a little village in Wiltshire is this five-bedroom house complete with idyllic views overlooking the countryside. Originally three separate cottages that dated back to 1790, this converted property has been home to Emma Sims-Hilditch and her family for the past 25 years.

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The sheer linen hanging from the four poster was sourced from France and adds a gentle softness

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- Owners/residents: Emma Sims-Hilditch, her husband John and their children; Daisy, 24, Betty, 22, and Billy, 19

- Designer: Emma Sims-Hilditch, founder and creative director of Sims Hilditch

- Style: Country, rustic

- Bedroom feature: The master bedroom combines wooden furnishings and a statement four-poster bed with soft, neutral textures to create a calm space

Emma used a mixture of textures to create a cosy, yet calm space

The house has been something of a labour of love, as around 15 years after the first conversion, the adjoining barn was rebuilt into an open-plan living space. The roof was also raised to its original height and the interior changed so that there is now a double-height seating area in one half and an upper storey in the other half with an additional bedroom and bathroom.

Emma was keen to put her own stamp on the interiors and that included the master bedroom. Taking inspiration from a trip to the South of France, she wanted to create a relaxing space by using a neutral colour palette and soft furnishings. “When I was visiting Provence, I loved the traditional yet timeless interiors style. A bedroom should be a sanctuary, a place to escape the busy woes of everyday life. This design reflects my love for using natural materials such as wood, glass, stone and linen, which add layers of texture and character to the room.”

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Stylish painted wardrobes and chest of drawers from Neptune help to keep any clutter out of sight

And what gave it that finishing boutique hotel look? “The bath in the bedroom creates that feeling of added luxury. It’s positioned in front of the window, which offers glorious views of the countryside. Both windows have deep sills – one serves as shelves for bath products while the other is a window seat, perfect for afternoon reading.”

The bespoke bath, painted in Farrow & Ball’s Pigeon shade, gives a luxe, boutique hotel feel to the room

Q & A – Emma Sims-Hilditch, founder and creative director of Sims Hilditch

- What made you choose the neutral colour scheme?
I wanted my bedroom to have a subtly French influence. To create this style, I juxtaposed textures such as the smooth painted chest of drawers with a rough finished wooden lamp base and sisal flooring with sheer linen curtains. The colours, tones and textures softly meld together to create a beautifully eclectic room.

- What was the biggest design challenge?
Creating a comfortable space which felt lived in and peaceful regardless of such high ceilings. By adding a four-poster bed draped with sheer linen fabric, we were able to accentuate the ceiling while adding a softness to the room.

- The beams are such a statement feature in the room – how did they influence the overall design?
They very much influenced the design. We replaced the original timber frame with a new structure made from Douglas fir beams. Over time they have split which actually gives the room added character. Due to the height of the ceiling, I chose tall furniture such as the four-poster bed, double wardrobes and chest of drawers. Two Velux windows were then installed to create further pools of light.

Credit: Adam Carter (Images), Lucy Macdonald (Words)
Published: As featured in EKBB Magazine, Issue 249, January 2017

Also read:
5 Ways to Create a Country-Cottage Style Kitchen
6 Colour Schemes to a Calm and Relaxing Bedroom

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