Hilary Batstone Antiques has been a constant on the British Decorative Industry map since it's first home on the Kings Road, Chelsea in 1986.
The shop swiftly rose to prominence after being featured in a World of Interiors article, which brought her unique style to public attention. Currently located at 8 Holbein Place (a stone's throw from her interior designer daughter Rose Uniacke) Hilary Batstone Antiques has been a Pimlico Road institution for over 20 years, changing with the times but never losing its trademark distinctive style.
Hilary's trademark, and indeed the shop, a creamy-white, soft edged welcoming space on two floors, is best described as a warm monochrome look featuring mostly white upholstery with a particular love of collectable, pared down, distinguished Art Deco design. 'To me that period somehow recreated the best of much earlier Georgian design, unfussy and timeless, things that work regardless of the architecture.' She mixes it up to marvellous effect with dramatic 18th century baroque chests, Lucite tables, large-scale simply framed mirrors (a particular speciality) crystal chandeliers, ebonised writing tables and chrome table lamps. Just a glance at the images of current stock here will tell the story of an edited and disciplined choice, a master-class in creating a calm, comfortable and peaceful living space where people alone provide all the colour and buzz.
Holbein Place is located just off the Pimlico Road and a short walk from Sloane Square and the Kings Road, while the treasure-trove that is the V&A Museum is not far. Grouped together in Pimlico are some of the capitals best-loved antiques shops, art dealers, fabrics and 20th century specialists.
Hilary is also a regular exhibitor at the Decorative Antiques and Textile Fair at Battersea Park, three times a year.