We had originally planned to match them to the gloves, but on reflection decided that this would make the room look too dark. As we wanted it to have a really light, fresh feel we opted for a colour a few shades lighter. This off-white was also used for the ceiling and woodwork, creating a calm and peaceful atmosphere. The addition of an off-white jute carpet took the idea one step further. We now had a striking shell in which to work, DINING FOR SKYMILES but it was important that the room should not be too austere, so our next task was to soften the scheme. One of the rooms strong focal points was an original Biedermeier sofa that was in need of reupholstery. We chose to cover it in a pretty floral fabric with a fresh white ground, which not only added When Hilly Pilkington downsized to a smaller home, she called on designer Jane Churchill to help her squeeze in her possessions Text Nicole Swengley Photographs Mark Luscombe-Whyte When Hilly Pilkington moved from a large house with seven bedrooms and five bathrooms to a much smaller Victorian cottage in London, she asked the well-known interior designer Jane Churchill to help her find space for 20 years worth of clutter. It was a tall order, admits Hilly.