Do you remember the first time you really cared about your surroundings? Was it the bedroom of your adolescence, a student room or the first flat you rented? We’re asking our favourite interiors gurus and tastemakers to recall the first time they picked up a paint brush, chose a fabric, demanded wallpaper or started buying oddities for their shelves in a bid to express themselves. Today’s guru is Jane Rockett from online interiors emporium Rockett St George.
“My first decorating memory is when I was 13 years old. I was bursting with a mixture of teenage hormones and the desire to stamp my own mark on my surroundings. I branded my world first by dying my hair and wearing the most ridiculous outfits (a pair of homemade tartan trousers being my favourite).
I then turned to my space, my bedroom. After fierce negotiation with my parents, I finally received permission to create ‘The Lightening Strike’.
Inspired by David Bowie’s alter ego Ziggy Stardust, I spent hours carefully drawing an enormous zigzag across the whole of my room. When the masking tape was in place, I painstakingly painted the stripe in purple with a yellow accent below. The result was, in my mind, spectacular and I loved it – thanks Mum for being so understanding. My room was transformed from a plain, girl’s bedroom to a representation of myself at that time.”