Jane Rockett of Rockett St George

A room of my own: Jane Rockett’s lightening strike

Jane Rockett  of Rockett St George

Jane Rockett of Rockett St George

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.”


Room of my own Album cover shoot for Aladdin Sane Ziggy Stardust

Room of my own – Album cover shoot for Aladdin Sane – Ziggy Stardust

Jill Macnair


Jill Macnair has worked as an interiors journalist for 13 years, contributing to titles including Elle Decoration, The Sunday Times and The Guardian. She set up cult interiors blog My Friend’s House in 2009 with Ros Anderson and continues to run the forum daily.

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