Hoorayyy - it's springtime!
It's official, we've made it through the winter and spring has sprung... finally! April is the start of so many good things including easter holiday fun, a cheeky bank holiday weekend, the start of light evenings, plenty of chocolate eggs to get your hands on and the release of the Rockett St George Spring Summer Collection! With so much on, April is set to be a great month ahead and so we've rounded up the top exhibitions and festivals to book tickets for, highlighted easter holiday activities for the kids, reviewed a new food hall opening in Hackney, listed our top podcasts to listen to and more! Even better, we've teamed up with Pavillion books to offer you the chance to WIN 1 of 5 Mad About The House books by the talented blogger and journalist, Kate Watson-Smyth... how great is that?!
Have a wonderful month!
Jane, Lucy and the RSG Team x
That's right... after the success of our book, Extraordinary Interiors, we've made an album about homewares, furniture and home accessories! From songs about our favourite bar stools to our large furniture and fragile pieces delivery .... when you can't get enough of something you love, it only makes sense to sing a song about it!
APRIL FOOLS!!! Did you fall for it?
With practical styling tips and incredibly handy checklists throughout the book, such as what to do about your entertainment system, how to buy a rug, how to choose the right mattress and our particular favourite… how to work colour into your decor (if you are a colour phobe when it comes to your interiors then this is a godsend!), Kate’s friendly and down-to-earth advice will leave you full of inspiration and is suitable for everyone, no matter what your decorating budget is.
A special thank you to Kate for mentioning RSG in the acknowledgements of the book! We are over the moon to be included…
"Jane Rockett and Lucy St George, whose gorgeous lamp adorns both the cover of this book and my sitting room". "...a 6ft brass lamp in the shape of a palm tree. I still don't know how I got it past my husband, but I love it every single day and it looks perfect with the dark grey walls and splashes of pink that accessorise my sitting room. That's the wow factor in that room, the element that pulls it all together and gives the space its personality. Without that lamp it's a tasteful, well put-together room. With the lamp, it's fun and witty and cool."
- Kate Watson-Smyth
So this month we have teamed up with Pavilion Books to offer you the chance to WIN the brilliant new book Mad About The House by Kate Watson-Smyth! With 5 books up for grabs, simply click the link above and answer one simple question!*
Psst ... we've heard of some very exciting events coming up this year and so consider this your official heads up to book your tickets for the best exhibitions, festivals and more...
No.1. Frida Khalo at the V&A
The Mexican artist, Frida Khalo, remembered for her beautifully vivid and colourful portraits and self-portraits will have her life's story and prized possessions showcased at the V&A this June. A fresh perspective on Khalo's life, the pieces debuted have never before been seen outside of Mexico. With a series of Khalo-based workshops, talks and events hosted throughout the duration of the exhibition, in our opinion, it's an absolute must visit.
Where? V&A, London
When? 16th June - 4th November 2018
Grown from an intimate rave in a strangers front room (yes, really!), Artwork presents Arthouse A Lovely London Festival with DJ Harvey, who are two of the main DJs from Pikes Hotel in Ibiza! Expect great music, Art's vivacious troupe of dancers, mouth-watering street food, cold craft beers, summer-inspired cocktails and a horde of home comforts only Artwork can provide (his front room sofa being one of them). So if you're up for a little festival fever this summer, then this is the party to get yourself to.
Where? Three Mills Island, London
When? Saturday 11th August 2018
No.3. Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist
Redefining British fashion for the past 40 years, Dame Vivienne Westwood is a hilariously reluctant but intriguing subject in Lorna Tucker's new documentary first previewed at the Sundance Film Festival. A rich narrative documenting the inspiring Westwood's life, the film reveals her passions and motivations that has dictated her career. The film will be releasing later this year but, in the meantime, here's a sneak peek trailer:
But if you visit Mare Street Market for one reason only, let it be for the interiors! Styled by one-off antique and interiors dealers, Pure White Lines, the venue is a design triumph and with so much to feast your eyes and your stomachs on, you could easily spend a Saturday afternoon and evening in the hot new spot! So if you find yourself in Hackney this April, treat yourself to a dreamy combo of food, booze and amazing vintage antiques!
117 Mare Street, E8 4RU
Let's get buzzing ... on booze and caffeine!
If there's one thing that we all have in common at RSG aside from our love of interior design, it's our love of Espresso Martinis! A heavenly combination of vodka and coffee we've been known to have one, two or three too many of these bad boy concoctions. So when we heard that an Espresso Martini Party was coming to London, well we just had to sign-up!
Part of The London Coffee Festival from the 12th to 15th of April, The Espresso Martini Party will feature great music from live DJ sets and our favourite boozy and caffeinated beverage. With a choice between the classic Espresso Martini or The Bailey's Flat White Martini - one thing is guaranteed - you'll be up all night! But if you prefer a more civilized affair, then make sure you check out the festival during the day. With live Latte Art shows, Home Barista Workshops, Coffee Art Projects and more the coffee festival is a creative and fun event perfect for those of us who can't start the day without a coffee!
Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London, E1 6QL
Easter holidays are here!! If you're looking for an Easter Holiday activities that's fun for kids and the grown ups too, then look no further than Fun DMC at Pop Brixton!
A free event, take the kids along to Pop Brixton for good boogie with what is bound to be a great afternoon of creativity and fun ... the perfect way to keep them off their devices! With DJs - Spin Doctor and Russ Ryan, the dance floor will never be empty and to top things off you and the kids can (legally) graffiti on the Graffiti Train, dine on delish street food from the food stalls and the kids can run off any extra energy that they may have in the play area!
Disclaimer: All adults must be accompanied by a responsible child!
Unable to make this Easter holiday event?! Here is a list of other easter holiday activities around the country to get involved with: Horniman Easter Fair, London | A big day out with Peter Rabbit, Kew Gardens, London | | Woodland Treasure Hunt at Stanmer House, Brighton | Museum of Science & Industry, Manchester | Mead Open Farm, Billington | Easter Adventure Quest, Warwickshire
A magazine for 4 - 9-year-olds every child should read Bravery Magazine!
A quarterly magazine that was started by friends and mothers, Ashley and Elyse, each issue of the magazine tells the life story of an inspirational and brave woman in an engaging and funny way. Beautifully illustrated, the dream behind Bravery Magazine is to create a positive movement that highlights many different women working in a variety of fields and background so that our children can be introduced to strong female role models outside of the social media sphere. Featuring fun quizzes, facts
An empowering read, two issues of the magazine has been published so far and it features fun DIYs, facts, full-colour pages and more to help your kids engage with the story. A truly beautiful magazine, check out the founder's story here:
Podcasts are a great way to pass time on your daily commute, when you're doing odd-jobs around the home or if you want to learn something new! With a wealth of podcasts out there you are absolutely spoiled for choice, but there a few diamond shows that you just have to listen to:
- The Guilty Feminist - Discussing topics “all 21st-century feminists agree on” this comedy panel podcast discusses what it means to be a feminist, whilst confessing their insecurities and fears that underlie these principles.
- Desert Island Discs - Radio 4's Kirsty Young asks guests such as Stella McCartney and Charlier Brooker what eight records they would take to a desert island and why.
- The High Low - Dolly Alderton and Pandora Sykes talk pop culture with everything from food snobbery to the #TimesUp campaign ... nothing is off limits!
- My Dad Wrote A Porno - A hilarious podcast where Jamie Morton reads out chapters from the erotic books his 60-year-old dad has written with the help of Alice Levine and James Cooper.
- Happy Mum, Happy Baby - Frank and warm conversation with high profile parents and the challenges that parenthood brings.
- Happy Place - Drawing on Fearne Cotton's book, Happy, Fearne talks to famous and influential people about love, loss and happiness.
- Is It Just Me? - Jo Elvin, James Williams and a celebrity guest debate the funniest, weirdest and most pressing dilemmas out there.
- Unexplained - A grizzly podcast about unexplained real life events.
- At Home With... Lily Pebbles and Anna Newton take a tour through inspirational peoples homes to find out more about their lives.
- Tate - Exploring the lives of artists and their works.