When Minnie Driver came home from school one day to find her mother, Gaynor Churchward, making cushions, “I thought she had gone a bit mad,” she tells PEOPLE.
Churchward was reeling from her recent divorce and didn’t have much in the way of job experience, Driver says. “But she successfully made some very beautiful cushions. And she began what ended up being a multi-million pound company.”
The collection — including bedding, window treatments and throws — was created in collaboration with Churchward, who first inspired Driver’s passion for interiors.
“I’ve always been really interested in design, mostly because of my mom and how I was raised,” Driver says. “She’s a really inspiring person.”
Debuting on July 5, the line is a combination of Driver’s personal aesthetic and her interpretation of the English lifestyle.
“To me, that has always incorporated looks, designs and feels from other countries,” Driver says. “Our home was an artful mix of classic English and more artisanal ideas from France, Italy, Spain, North Africa. And that’s really what I tried to do with this line.”
And, of course, Churchward was on hand to provide invaluable insight.
“She would be like, ‘Well this one should be in kind of a pale gray,’ and ‘Why don’t you just go for it with the orange and the indigo?’” Driver says. “She’s a great cheerleader with exquisite taste.”
While each piece, ranging from $24 to $149, embodies Driver’s design style, it’s this cushion — inspired by a couch Churchward had in Driver’s childhood home — that stands out as the most meaningful.
“We were talking about the house that I grew up in with her, and as I drew this pillow, it was drawn from all the memories of my childhood,” Driver says. “It was so lovely to be sitting with her doing this.”