Podcast, Ep. 332: Traditional Design with Hundley Hilton

Founders of design firm Hundley Hilton

It was design love at first sight for Janie Jones and Elizabeth Miles, the designers and founders of Birmingham-based Hundley Hilton Interiors. In this episode, they talk about meeting each other and how they inspire one another as a professional duo, tips for bringing new life to antiques, and creating a color palette that is timeless. Janie and Elizabeth share some tips for creating a beautiful and unique entertaining space, having patience for making big design shifts, and the beauty of being your own art collector.

What You’ll Hear This Episode:

  • Where did the name Hundley Hilton come from?
  • Design tips to evoke formal flair, while still keeping it comfortable and welcoming.
  • Their own methods for designing room by room instead of piece by piece.
  • Working with colors that you love that will stand the test of time!
  • Janie and Elizabeth’s collaborative approach to design.
  • How to intentionally collect items you like.
  • Slow down when choosing furniture! When you make sure it’s worth the investment, it will be loved for years to come.
  • Tips for matching different patterns and colors when setting the table, and how to enjoy layering silverware with fine china and antique plates.


Decorating Dilemma:

Hello Lovely Ladies and Guest,

Are there certain pieces of furniture and standard measurements that can work in almost any home? We were in the process of designing the rooms in our home, when we found out we may be moving in a year or so. I’m so afraid of buying something now that won’t work in the near future. Are there pieces you would hold off from buying? Would you even recommend installing curtains?

Pretend that we had absolutely no furniture, just sheets on the windows and a cardboard box for a bed. Give us a buying list of what would you recommend?

Thank you so much and have a lovely day!


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Hi Kel & Karen!

Thank you so much for writing. So, as far as Janie and Elizabeth’s recommendations, it’s all about investing in unique lighting such as lamps and lampshades that can serve as a cost-effective way to add personality to your space.

When it comes to furniture, consider a dining room table and chairs that can easily transition to a new home. You can experiment with colors on window trims and explore the use of Roman shades to enhance your windows without a significant investment.

Art can truly transform any space and you can always find a spot for it, no matter the size of the artwork. Pairing antique lamps with a console may be a great idea to elevate your decor. And… as Janie and Elizabeth mentioned in the earlier conversation, art doesn’t have to be acquired all at once. Collecting them over time can be a rewarding experience.

About your sofa choices, an 86-inch size is a good way to go. It’s versatile and good with various room sizes. Opting for a queen-sized bed with a headboard can be a good touch of elegance while maintaining practicality. We are rooting for you!

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Kelley Bostian

Kelley enjoys a light and livable home and is always searching for that perfect "finishing touch" antique piece. Here on How to Decorate, it's his goal to help you bring your own unique design vision to life.