Fresh frills at London Design Week 2020

There is no getting away from the fact that I was ‘frilled’ to see the New Year’s Day prediction blog realised this week in G P & J Baker’s showroom set. Designed by interior designer Emma Sims-Hilditch, her 21st Century take on an English country house bedroom formed one of the main ‘curated spaces’ at The Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour for London Design Week (8 – 13 March 2020).

Crystal ball

When you get into the business of ‘interiors predictions’ there is the risk that the crystal ball can get a bit clouded by personal taste. Thankfully though, on this occasion the interiors antennae was, as it turns out,  in full professional working order.

A calm space for stormy weather

There is something beautifully calm and restful about Emma’s Country house bedroom design for the G P & J Baker showroom. When it comes to the layout, colours and patterns, it isn’t at all provocative but instead offers a soothingingly balanced scheme of symmetry and luxurious texture. The perfect retreat, perhaps for these uncertain times.

Emma Sims Hilditch’s scheme for G P & J Baker is framed with Herringbone in Stone wallpaper from Signature II collection, G P & J Baker which is finished off nicely with a dark border at both picture rail and skirting level. Chairs with gathered valances, upholstered in Pomegranate Denim from Coromandel Small prints collection, G P & J Baker. Photo: Charis White

English decorating

The colour palette has a fresh Spring-like feel with the blues and greens reminiscent of an English landscape.

Cushion made with Hydrangea Bird II in Emerald and Green, G P & J Baker. Bleached wooden Herringbone design floor.  Photo: Charis White
Chair with frilled valance in Pomegranate Denim from Coromandel Small prints collection,G P & J Baker. Photo: Charis White


Emma has created a subtle depth of texture in her scheme with a delicious block print fabric design and artisanal weaves.

Chair upholstered in Pomegranate Denim from Coromandel Small prints collection, G P & J Baker. Photo: Charis White
Rug: Tim Page Carpets. Photo: Charis White

Fresh frills

Of course I can’t resist pointing out again the symmetry of bedroom chairs with frilled or gathered valances. Alongside tassel/bullion fringed upholstery the frilled valancy skirt is now most definitely a thing.


A safe harbour

They certainly create a grand focal point in a room but psychologically, four poster beds and half tester canopies also create the ultimate escape.

Half Tester at G P & J Baker showroom, The Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour. Photo: Charis White

How to really make a bed you can lie in

Now here’s a thing. For a bed to be truly special, particularly if you are styling bedlinen for photographic shoots or designing the ultimate boutique hotel bed, it requires the following ingredients. There are those (quite close to home actually) who will outrageously pooh pooh this whole scenario as extraneous to requirements but Emma’s bed illustrates perfectly what you require:

Thick mattress topper + 2 bumphy duvets (yes, 2) + 4 goose down pillows + 2 contrasting coloured wool throws + 500 thread count 100% cotton bedlinen + 3 square cushions + 2 oblong accent cushions + upholstered headboard +end of bed upholstered bench

Lighting scheme

Emma has created mood lighting with a symmetry of table lamps either side of the bed with pleated lampshades and a floor lamp for reading and a sweet pleated shade for a desk/dressing table lamp.

Finally, a centrally placed grand chandelier (Vaughan), which, apart from its practical purpose, anchors the room decoratively with a flourish of wrought iron leaves and very pretty candle lampshades.

Table lamp. Photo: Charis White
Floor lamp with pleated shade. Photo: Charis White

Picture hanging

Emma opted for an even grid of framed botanical prints on one side of the room and an asymmetrical grid of 3 framed oils on the other.

Even picture grid of botanical prints, Etalage  Photo: Charis White
Asymmetrical grid of oil paintings, Etalage  Herringbone in Stone wallpaper from Signature II Collection, G P & J Baker. Photo: Charis White

Curtain style

Hydrangea Bird II, a beautiful fabric, interlined thickly with a simple fringed leading edge.

Fabric: Hydrangea Bird II in Emerald and Blue, G P & J Baker; fringing, Samuel & Son. Photo: Charis White

Blog rewind

You can read more about heritage or English decorating in the previous blog post Grandmillenial Style.

Thank you

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With many thanks, Charis x

Charis Headshot
Charis White, interior stylist/writer. Photographer: Fiona McLean







4 thoughts on “Fresh frills at London Design Week 2020

  1. 😂 Loved this. What a sumptuous uncluttered, restorative beautiful space. I’m reading this in bed – I’ve been saving it!! I am surrounded by chaos – on my chest of drawers, dressing table and piles of books on the bed, floor and bedside tables! I have canvas prints of all my dead cats on the wall opposite! But I have my Matisse – I can slide my eyes to a window through which I can lose myself in sailing boats and warm climes. Xxx

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    1. Your bedroom sounds equally as dreamy Jo. I love the idea of the Matisse as a window for dreams and imagination. Wallpaper designs and open fires also do that for me. Thank you again for reading and for leaving such lovely comments. Xx


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