By StyleWatch
Updated October 31, 2008 05:37 PM

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When Eva Mendes launched her bedding line Vida with Macy’s last month, the fledgling designer didn’t have to go it alone, enlisting the help of her boyfriend George Augusto. At the 150th birthday celebration for the department store in N.Y.C., the actress told PEOPLE that partnering up for the collection of Latin-inspired bedding was natural to the couple. “We redesigned two houses together,” the actress explained. “He’s a film producer, but we collaborate on this.” And just as with any great design team, each brought their own skills to the table. “He’s great at being practical,” she said “And mine, is being bold.” Eva reveals that her interest in design was born out of her upbringing. “I grew up in a working class family,” she says. “The sofa didn’t match the love seat. And the dining room table and chairs didn’t match. I was constantly trying to make the house beautiful for my mom. I would paint the apartment different colors.” And she looked to that experience when creating the collection. “I want beautiful design at an affordable price, so that people who don’t really have that much can live beautifully.” Click here to see special pricing on the collection now. –reporting by Jeffrey Slonim