In bed with Kirstie Allsopp

Kirstie Allsopp is a lady of many talents. When she’s not property hunting with Phil Spencer, (or “Pip” as he’s affectionately known), she’s putting the world to rights working with Keep Britain Tidy or promoting British craft though her Kirstie’s Homemade Home series. And as if that wasn’t enough, she’s designed her own bedding range too. As Kirstie Allsopp Bed Linen comes to ACHICA this week, we take a closer look at the new collection and talk to Kirstie about the inspirations behind the range...

[Above: Kirstie Allsopp and her Hattie Cornflower bed linen]

'The Kirstie Allsopp Bed Linen range is very ‘Kirstie’ – it’s feminine, country-inspired and would fit right into Meadowgate; Kirstie's own homemade home in Devon. Hattie Cornflower bed linen (above) features a patchwork design that will be very familiar to Kirstie’s Homemade Home fans – and is perfect for a country cottage.

“Bedding manufacturer Ashley Wilde came to me and said: 'We make sheets. We want to make your sheets'," explains Kirstie. 'Intrigued, I asked how it works: 'You give us your favourite colours and fabrics and patterns, and then we go away and we develop them into a range of sheets. Then we develop the range as you say what you like and what you don’t like'. And that's exactly what happened."

“There are elements when you’re involved in designing things, when you have to take a lesson from the professionals and they will tell you what works and what doesn’t and you work within that,' says Kirstie. "And that’s actually very good. It's been very interesting. I now have ‘Kirstie Allsopp’ mood boards! It’s very weird being in the third person!”

Ariana Marina Blue bed linen (above) has the most muted colour scheme of the range, and would work really well in a period property.

"It was so much fun working with these vintage fabrics and lovely colours," says Kirstie. "I hand picked the vintage style patterns because I wanted to create a collection that had a unique, but familiar homely look; the vintage designs evoke a nostalgic feel, yet have been used in a contemporary way."

Matilda Coral bed linen (above) is a vintage-inspired print and is classic Kirstie – feminine, grown-up and very pretty.

“I've developed a trick of mixing and matching bedding,” says Kirstie.

Lily, in classic navy and white (also available in beige and white), is probably the least girlie design in the range, so one way to sneak a bit of Kirstie in without hubby objecting!

“Bed linen is a fixation of mine, and when I was offered the opportunity to design my own range, I'm not exaggerating when I say it felt like I'd won the lottery,” says Kirstie. “I've always loved vintage fabric and patterns, so it was a real treat to look through the archive fabrics and select my favourites!"

Lydia Cherry is so unashamedly pink and flowery; it’s guaranteed to bring a smile to your face even on a dark, rainy Monday morning.

“When decorating a bedroom, I like a theme based around the one thing I can't live without, or the one thing I really want to have in that room," says Kirstie. "For example, a favourite set of bed linen, or some fabric you really like - use that as the centrepiece and build from there. The style of a lot of [my] bedrooms was dictated by the fabrics that I wanted in the rooms.”

Find the Kirstie Allsopp Bed Linen range on promotion at ACHICA here. The promotion ends at 6.30am on Sunday 5 August 2012.

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Katie Treggiden, Guest Editor

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