To celebrate the gorgeous Today’s Special Value offer on Wednesday from Alison Cork, we caught up with the designer guru to find out more about what we can expect from exciting new products in her range and discover what inspires her pieces.
We can’t wait for you to see the brand’s latest products. Without giving too much away, think ornate, vintage-inspired, beautiful pieces for inside your home… and outside too. Watch this (consistently chic) space!
Your Today’s Special Value bedcover has pintuck detailing, a classic effect we’re all familiar with, what made you choose this style?
I like to design things that are just that little bit different, and the pintuck reminds me of good old fashioned tailoring and my grandmother’s sewing skills. I love to bring a hint of tradition and craftsmanship to my products, and I think the pintuck detail does just that.
Here are some looks I’ve created with the bedcover, each one oozing luxurious elegance…
Describe your dream bedding look.
My dream bedding is all about a feeling rather than a specific colour or pattern. I love a bedroom that says ‘luxury, elegance and a large slice of indulgence’. That can be a thread count, several large cushions, or a cosseting eiderdown, but – equally – it can be a fragrance or a fur rug underfoot. Having said that, I do have a soft spot for soft tea rose colours and tactile fabrics!
“One of my favourite items is a cocktail cabinet that is a replica 18th century French design, painted gold on the outside with a dalmatian dog motif (yes, you did read that correctly) and flamingo pink on the inside. Well, you did ask…”
Where do you think your love for French interior design has come from? Have you ever lived there?
I haven’t lived in France, but I learned that I am an eighth French on my grandmother’s side, and it might explain the interest I have in French period furniture and architecture! I think what really appeals to me, is the grandeur and sheer beauty of the 17th and 18th century period. Doesn’t everyone secretly want to live in a chateau?
You have a knack for taking the ultra-feminine or classical, and adding a quirky, contemporary twist – is your home interior the same?
My own home is quite quirky and I would say, yes, I tend to favour elegant and quite classical designs, but always with a little twist. One of my favourite items is a cocktail cabinet that is a replica 18th century French design painted gold on the outside with a Dalmatian dog motif (yes you did read that correctly) and flamingo pink on the inside. Well, you did ask…
“I love a bedroom that says luxury, elegance and a large slice of indulgence'”
It feels like people are putting much more thought into their home interiors and experimenting with ornaments, do you agree or do you think it’s always been the case?
I think that homeware much more closely mirrors fashion these days and people are prepared to change their accessories more often, experimenting as they go. I also think people are looking for a far more personal home than before, reflecting their individuality, so an interesting piece – like the new apothecary jars – tends to be popular. I love a bedroom that says luxury, elegance and a large slice of indulgence.
Your ornate hooks and vintage bottles are perfect for helping us to personalise our home and add an eccentric touch to every last element – do you like to customise everything you can in your own home?
Oh yes I do customise – very much so. It adds a sense of uniqueness, but also saves money, so I approve on both counts!
I inherited a painting from my grandmother, which was a big seascape in a very ornate frame. I re-framed the canvas with an ebonised edge, which looks very dramatic, and then took the original ornate picture frame and put in some antiqued glass, creating a rather splendid mirror. Two for the price of one!