One of a small band of designers delivering a breezy, twenty-first-century take on English country style, Emma Hilditch is professional yet approachable. With commissions rolling in, she’s just expanded in to a new design studio in a Grade II-listed former pub near Bath. Her schemes feature soft colours, classic fabrics and natural textures, beautiful joinery is a given.
After an early career in film production with Ridley Scott, Emma launched her practice in 1995, and now heads a team of 12. Project management is strong, and clients can expect expert advice on listed buildings. Emma was a finalist in the International Design and Architecture Awards 2014.
Ongoing commissions include the refurbishment of a Grade II-listed sixteenth-century manor house in Cheltenham, a newbuild in Hertfordshire and a seaside escape in Cornwall.
Which interior designer would you hire?
‘If I had a ski chalet, I would ask Nicky Dobree (nickydobree.com) to decorate it. I love how she takes the authentic chalet aesthetic and gives it an elegant, contemporary and comfortable feel.’