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“Managing successful projects involves many people – keep clients informed of realistic time frames and keep a sense of humor – in our constant effort to meet deadlines on time, it never hurts to have some fun along the way.”


— Hilary Hickok


Our Story

Hilary House Interiors was founded in 1958 by Ann Sullivan. Specializing in residential design, our Chestnut Street storefront on Beacon Hill was a mainstay for the finest fabrics, custom furniture, accessories and antiques.

One of Boston’s foremost residential decorators, Ann was known for classic, elegant style working for over 50 years in homes on Beacon Hill and throughout the Boston area. As a known antique dealer, both she and her mother Mildred filled the Boston and Brewster shops with early American, European, and Chinese antiques in addition to custom upholstered furniture. In the late 1960’s she designed mayor Kevin White’s suite in the new Boston City Hall. our-story-Anne-SullivanHighly regarded and known for her “timeless” rooms, Ann’s creative high quality work still remains today — a tribute to her great taste and special way with people.

In the late 1980’s her daughter, Hilary Hickok, joined her firm and is now sole principal. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst School of Business, Hilary worked in New York City for 10 years prior to joining her mother’s firm. Together Hilary and Ann completed close to 300 projects throughout New England as well as Florida and California. In the late 1990’s Hilary House participated in the renovation of the Boston’s Parkman House where city officials entertain visiting dignitaries.


Known for creating beautiful and interesting rooms, Hilary brings years of design experience to her clientele. Her in-depth knowledge of fabrics and furniture along with her trained eye in the use of color, textiles and scale gives her a unique ability to visualize and execute her client’s ideas. Skilled our-story-steve-in-chairat making rooms reflect her clients personal taste she also knows how to keep projects moving forward in a timely manner helping clients communicate clearly with contractors and architects. She has long established relationships with superb trades people and craftsmen. Clients trust her to manage their budgets and complete projects efficiently. Hilary enjoys working with people and her humor enables all involved to enjoy the process.