Alison Bethell-Collins



For 35 years, I have been designing and creating luxurious and interesting homes in Southern Spain, Buckinghamshire and London.

Having studied Art & Design in Florence, Italy, I now find myself more and more designing one off bespoke pieces for each client in order to make their home truly unique - something which is highly sought after in this time of mass marketing and production.

I have always been fascinated with sourcing original pieces from all over the world, and my eclectic taste will normally have original carved Asian pieces mixed with modern Italian and plain fabrics mixed with exotic silks and rich designs to give a contrast. I am also a big fan of glamour - even in very modern homes, and I always try to bring in touches to add interest, such as art deco and fabulous modern chandeliers. I also love the new oriental carpets, which have designs like modern art, and are the new collector’s items!

Over the years I have built up a team of artisans and specialists with whom I work closely to create the individual look that is my trademark. I enjoy working closely with my clients, sometimes for over a year, in order to create their perfect home, and I am very flexible in my approach, giving as much or as little input as is required.

With the current trend being very light and white, both inside and out, I am more than ever convinced that carved rough wood and touches of colour are important to create a vivid contrast. The incredible range of modern fabrics, including new versions of ethnic designs is such a perfect combination for luxury homes in Marbella. I also undertake commissions abroad and have a fully prepared team to see a project through from start to finish.