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Decor experts Rockett St George reveal their recipe for stunning style

PUBLISHED: 09:37 01 December 2017 | UPDATED: 09:45 01 December 2017

Walls and shelves used to display quirky accessories and striking art, with mounted antlers and lush greenery a recurring theme at the home of Cowboy Kate

Walls and shelves used to display quirky accessories and striking art, with mounted antlers and lush greenery a recurring theme at the home of Cowboy Kate

Debi Treloar/Cowboy Kate/Ryland Peters & Small/PA Photo

Jane Rockett Lucy St George share their vision for imaginative, inviting interiors with Gabrielle Fagan

Lucy St George's kitchen, with its polished concrete floor and modern units,which is designed for maximum sociability with a hob/stovetop on the island peninsula allowing her to face family and guests while she cooks Lucy St George's kitchen, with its polished concrete floor and modern units,which is designed for maximum sociability with a hob/stovetop on the island peninsula allowing her to face family and guests while she cooks

Interiors emporium Rockett St George, is renowned for its quirky eye and distinctive, glamorous look - and capturing these 
vibes in your own home has never been easier, as brand founder Jane Rockett and Lucy St George have shared their secrets in a new book, Extraordinary Interiors.

Here, Jane and Lucy talk to us about how it all began, staying inspired, and how to recreate their style in your 
own home...

How did you two meet?

Get The Look Black & White wool cushion, £60, Rockett St George Get The Look Black & White wool cushion, £60, Rockett St George

“We met at a fancy-dress party. I was wearing a red sequin dress, a blonde wig and a sash saying ‘Miss Leading’, while Lucy was a beautiful funky fairy in a white mini-dress,” recalls Jane.

“Our friendship was sealed when we discovered we not only shared a passion for black clothes, but for flea markets, Manchego cheese, travel, actor Tom Hardy and, of course, interiors.

“10 years ago, we joined forces to make a career out of our passion and Rockett St George was born. Our mantra is: Make it personal, be 
brave, style one step at a time, and enjoy every minute.”

Get The Look Angelus Shadow Black wire chandelier, £1,550, Rockett St George Get The Look Angelus Shadow Black wire chandelier, £1,550, Rockett St George

How do you create a really unique interior?

“Our answer is always the same - you are completely individual in every way, so the secret to creating a unique look is simply to express your personality in your home,” says Jane.

“Perhaps the easiest way to achieve this is by displaying carefully curated favourites in a creative way. Whether it’s objects you have made yourself, family pieces, vintage kitchenware or precious children’s art, it can all look fabulous when displayed well.”

TIP: Always curate (sort the wheat from the chaff) and display your chosen pieces well, and remember, less is more. Feel free to change collections to reflect different seasons, or just because you want to shake things up.

Rockett St George Extraordinary Interiors - Show-Stopping Looks for Beautiful Rooms by Jane Rockett and Lucy St George, £19.99 Rockett St George Extraordinary Interiors - Show-Stopping Looks for Beautiful Rooms by Jane Rockett and Lucy St George, £19.99

How do you decide on a decor theme?

“We love white rooms with beautiful monochrome accessories - they are stylish, calm and timeless. But nothing gets us more excited than gorgeous dark walls, which conjure a brooding, inky colour palette.

“Historically, dark paints were at their most popular during Victorian times, but they look fabulous in modern, traditional, rustic and urban interiors,” says Lucy.

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“A lovely dark wall will make all your favourite accessories pop - wood looks gorgeous against a strong backdrop, bright colours sing and plants simply glow.”

TIP: Wood-clad walls add warmth and texture, but wood-effect wallpaper or wallpaper is also an option. Always consider the direction of your room before choosing a paint colour, as the light will affect the look. South-facing rooms enjoy warm, natural light and can take most colours, while north-facing rooms need a warm-based colour with underlying brown and yellow tones, rather than cool, blue-based hues.

How do you choose a focal point for a room?

Jane Rockett's display cabinet which has items she's collected from countries she visited and a pebble to an exotic ostrich egg Jane Rockett's display cabinet which has items she's collected from countries she visited and a pebble to an exotic ostrich egg

“We talk a lot about ‘style spots’ - a focal point that grabs the eye. It’s a grouping of furniture, artwork and lighting that fits beautifully together and creates impact,” explains Jane.

“When planning a room, we encourage people to split the space up into sections, such as the fireplace, the seating area, the entrance and so on, then to consider each one as an individual style spot.

“This is much easier and less daunting than designing a whole 
room. Bear in mind, the flow 
of a space is important. It’s always worth shifting furniture around 
and trying out different combinations for a week or so, to see if a new arrangement works better. It’s amazing how this can change the energy in a space and create a fresh, positive atmosphere.”

TIP: Display a collection of pictures, photos, album covers or even handbags on a wall. Before hanging framed pieces, lay them out on the floor to devise a layout and make sure they work well together. Space artworks at least 4cm apart to give each one room to breathe, and put your favourite (or largest) in the middle at eye level, then build outwards from there.

Lucy St George's lounge where dark walls are a perfect backdrop for rich, mellow tones of dark wood furniture - including a vintage drinks cabinet - and leafy palms Lucy St George's lounge where dark walls are a perfect backdrop for rich, mellow tones of dark wood furniture - including a vintage drinks cabinet - and leafy palms

Rockett St George Extraordinary Interiors: Show-stopping Looks For Beautiful Rooms by Jane Rockett and Lucy St George, photography by Debi Treloar, is published by Ryland Peters & Small, priced £19.99. Available to readers for £14.99. Call Macmillan Direct on 01256 302 699 and quote ref: LZ9

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