Decor experts Rockett St George reveal their recipe for stunning style

Walls and shelves used to display quirky accessories and striking art, with mounted antlers and lush

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 - Credit: 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 ma

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 - Credit: Debi Treloar/Ryland Peters & Small/PA Photo

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 - Credit: Rockett St George/PA Photo

“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.


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“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 - Credit: Rockett St George/PA Photo

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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

Rockett St George Extraordinary Interiors - Show-Stopping Looks for Beautiful Rooms by Jane Rockett and Lucy St George, £19.99 - Credit: Debi Treloar/Ryland Peters & Small/PA

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.

Get The Look Deco female head/bust figurine, £65, Rockett St George

Get The Look Deco female head/bust figurine, £65, Rockett St George - Credit: Rockett St George/PA Photo

“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 pebb

Jane Rockett's display cabinet which has items she's collected from countries she visited and a pebble to an exotic ostrich egg - Credit: Debi Treloar/Ryland Peters & Small/PA Photo

“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

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 - Credit: Debi Treloar/Ryland Peters & Small/PA Photo

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

Rockett St George Extraordinary Interiors - Show-Stopping Looks for Beautiful Rooms by Jane Rockett

Rockett St George Extraordinary Interiors - Show-Stopping Looks for Beautiful Rooms by Jane Rockett and Lucy St George - Credit: Debi Treloar/Ryland Peters & Small/PA Photo

Wall hung shelves used as a display feature in Lucy St George's kitchen, with its polished concrete

Wall hung shelves used as a display feature in Lucy St George's kitchen, with its polished concrete floor and modern units - Credit: Debi Treloar/Ryland Peters & Small/PA Photo

A stunning room at the home of Michael Minns where bold artwork makes a statement

A stunning room at the home of Michael Minns where bold artwork makes a statement - Credit: Debi Treloar/Ryland Peters & Small/PA Photo

Lucy St George (left) and Jane Rockett, authors of Rockett St George Extraordinary Interiors

Lucy St George (left) and Jane Rockett, authors of Rockett St George Extraordinary Interiors - Credit: Debi Treloar/Ryland Peters & Small/PA Photo

A dark painted wall helps to make all the pieces on display - unusual ethnic treasures including an

A dark painted wall helps to make all the pieces on display - unusual ethnic treasures including an artwork of an African tribesman - into a feast for the eyes at the home of Shelley Carline - Credit: Debi Treloar/Ryland Peters & Small/PA Photo

A kitchen with tin tiles, a wood-clad wall, black metro tiles and an encaustic tile floor, at the ho

A kitchen with tin tiles, a wood-clad wall, black metro tiles and an encaustic tile floor, at the home of Shelley Carline - Credit: Debi Treloar/Ryland Peters & Small/PA Photo

Get The Look gold octopus candlestick holder, £32, Rockett St George

Get The Look gold octopus candlestick holder, £32, Rockett St George - Credit: Rockett St George/PA Photo

Get The Look large decorative natural wooden hand ornament, £39, Rockett St George

Get The Look large decorative natural wooden hand ornament, £39, Rockett St George - Credit: Rockett St George/PA Photo

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