THE MAY HOT LIST 2019

Wahoo! May has arrived!

With not one but two bank holiday weekends to look forward to, summer sunshine, half term for the kids and the arrival of a new royal baby May is set to be another exciting month!

So, to be sure that you don't miss out on all the fun we have compiled our top things to do, see and more. Highlights include, London Wine Week. the Chelsea Flower Show and our Top DIY ideas for Bank Holiday Weekend.

Even better, this month we have not one but two competitions for you to enter. We've partnered with Mineheart for your chance to WIN a Black Bulldog and our monthly Instagram Competition. Keep on reading to find out how to enter.

Have a fabulous May!

Lots of Love,

Jane, Lucy and The RSG Team x


Win The Black Ceramic Bulldog.

 

This May we have partnered with Mineheart for your chance to win the Black Ceramic Bulldog.

Mineheart is the “Design Wonderland” of wallpapers, wall arts and accessories. Since the first wallpaper launch (which actually became a product by accident) the idea behind Mineheart was to create a playground for creativity and adventure, where fantasy meets design, and dreams meet industry.  Mineheart tries to inject a sense of wonder into everyday objects and the spaces around us, telling stories and creating objects that are far from ordinary, they must extraordinary in order to meaningfully exist.

Mineheart strives to support British manufacturing and is constantly looking to reduce the environmental impact of its products and materials used. Mineheart wallpapers are all made in England from FSC sourced paper, are printed using minimal low VOC inks (A+ French air quality standards), and for every roll of wallpaper sold Mineheart plants a tree in areas of Africa affected by heavy deforestation.

Teaming up with Rockett St George for the May Hot List, Mineheart is offering the opportunity to win the elegant Matt Black Ceramic Bulldog, perfect for the eccentric interior.

To enter the competition, all you need to do is click on the button below and answer one simple question. Good Luck! 

*Terms & Conditions Apply. Please see here for further details.


With so many amazing galleries and exhibitions on every week across the UK it can be hard to see them all.

Stephen Jones Hats at the Royal Pavilion

Stephen Jone's Hat Designs

"There are many hatmakers who just make hats, and who don’t think about the fashion. I love thinking about the fashion, and the crazy thing about fashion is that every six months you have to reinvent yourself. Fashion makes sense when it matches the mood and the moment. It’s about the now." - Stephen Jones

Showcasing forty years of hats by Stephen Jones this is an exhibition not to miss. Hatmaker to famous faces including Boy George, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, The Duchess of Sussex, Diana Princess of Wales to name but a few this exhibition in partnership with Harvey Nichols has received raving reviews and certainly does not disappoint in person.

Where? Royal Pavillion, Brighton

On Until? 9th of June 2019.

Mary Quant Exhibition at the V&A

Mary Quant and Twiggy - 1960's style icons.

"The whole point of fashion is to make fashionable clothes available to everyone." - Mary Quant

Showcasing Mary Quant's iconic 60's fashion from mini skirts, hot pants to vibrant tights and make-up this exhibition pays homage to the icon herself who defined the style of the era.

Where? Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Rd, Knightsbridge, London SW7 2RL

On Until? 16th of February 2020.

Fashion in Motion: Jean Paul Gaultier

SPRING 2019 COUTURE - Jean Paul Gaultier. Images Vogue America

"It is beautiful to be what you are." - Jean Paul Gaultier

A  fashion shows seen at the V&A showcasing Jean Paul Gaultier's chosen garments this immersive and electrifying show is a must for fashion lovers everywhere. You can view the show by clicking here.

Where? Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Rd, Knightsbridge, London SW7 2RL

On Until? Available to view online here.

 


A week dedicated to wine ... yes, bloody, please!

London Wine Week is on from the 13th to the 19th of May, a great opportunity to celebrate your favourite tipple! A summer festival that takes place in venues across London from pop-up wine bars, tutored tastings, alfresco dining and dinner parties there is so much to get involved with over the course of the week.

Brought to us by DrinkUp London, our highlights include Fare Bar + Canteen a new bar that caters to all day-wine drinking and specialises on cocktails on the tap, the pop-up wine bars at Flat Iron Square which will be featuring some of the freshest names in wine and Wine Tasting at 100ft Square.

A fabulous boozy event to enjoy with your friends, the tickets cost £6.00 and you can find more information on the DrinkUp London website.

Flat Iron Square, 64 Southwark Street, London, SE1 1RU



Bank Holiday Weekend is the perfect opportunity to make a few home improvements and test your creative DIY skills.

So we have rounded up a few of our favourite DIY Activities for you to get inspired by.

1.Upcycle With Wallpaper.

Rockett St George Products Featured: Square Metal Glass Pane Wall Cabinet £240.00 | Rockett St George Oriental Garden Wallpaper £99.00 | Rockett St George Scented Candles - Love Is The Drug £34.00 | Rockett St George Flower Power Wallpaper - Blush £99.00

Give your unloved furniture a new lease of life and upcycle! Simply switching up your furniture with your favourite wallpaper or a lick of paint can have a transformative effect on your home. One of our favourite upcyclers has got to be the incredibly talented @relovedmcr. Her Instagram feed is filled with upcycling inspiration that will make your jaw drop.
For tips on how to upcycle your furniture, check out our blog: 5 Alternative Ideas For Upcycling With Wallpaper

      2. Create a Copper Paint Effect On Your Walls.

Images @@nicolajanedesigner and @cowboy__kate

Create drama and impact in your home by creating a copper-effect wall. Using our Artisan Copper Paint and Artisan Copper Patina solution, the fabulous @nicolajanedesigner created a magical copper paint effect under her stairs. It transformed this often neglected nook in the home creating that much-coveted wow-factor in her home. Check out Nicola's tips in our blog: How To Create A Copper Patina Effect On Your Walls.

      3. DIY Activities For The Kids. 

DIY Ideas - Get The Kids involved in decorating their bedrooms or build a tipi.

Limit the kids screen-time with some fun and creative DIY activities. From making a dreamcatcher, getting them involved with their bedroom design and creating a bedroom teepee for their next sleepover there are so many great activities for the kids to do. Find out our top DIY activities for the kids on the blog: 5 DIY Ideas To Do With The Kids.

Want more DIY Inspiration?! Then check out the following blogs:

DIY HAND PAINTED FURNITURE IDEAS - BEFORE & AFTER WITH LUCY TIFFNEY |DIY TERRARIUM IDEASHOW TO CREATE YOUR OWN LACROIX PLAYING CARD PICTURE FRAME IN SIX EASY STEPS | 10 EASY THINGS TO MAKE OUT OF PALLETS | HOW TO PLANT SPRING BULBS - A QUICK & EASY GUIDE


The Chelsea Flower Show

The annual Chelsea Flower Show 2019 is back.

Showcasing the very best garden designs by top florists, artists and designers this five-day festival is a celebration of the most show-stopping horticultural designs out there.

Run by the Royal Horticultural Society this year's highlights include Andy Sturgeon's rock formation garden taking inspiration from Australian beaches, Sarah Eberle's garden that will explore how forests are facing climate change and the return of the popular artisan gardens.

The home of co-founder, Lucy St George

Products Featured: Faux Potted Areca Palm £260.00 | Om Mudra Hand Table Lamp £90.00 | Faux Calathea Jungle Plant £40.00 | Golden Disco Ball Decoration £27.99 | Faux Monstera Jungle Plant £36.00 | Rock Gold Hand Ornament £19.00

To mark the occasion we have called upon our co-founder (and ex-florist) Lucy St George for her top flower styling tips.

Lucy St George's Top Flower Display Tips: 

  1. Go Wild.

Use foliage cut from the garden as your base for your arrangement. use this to create shape and drama. Here you can play with scale by using large branches or cut ivy for a softer look. Then add shop bought blooms or flowers from the garden.

     2. Think Outside The Box.

Supermarket potted herbs look great planted on mass in unusual containers. Large tin cans, vintage planters. Watering can, bread bin any unusual planter. They can be kept inside and cut when needed.

    3. Go Large.

Take inspiration from the Chelsea Flower Show and go large. Decorate door frames or curtain polls with ivy,  hang planters from the ceiling with ferns or spider plants, pot trees in your house such as large fiddle leaf fig trees, monstera and large palms also works well.

For more tips, check out our blog - 5 Steps To Flower Display.


 

For our April Hot List we set the Facebook & Instagram Competition Theme as the Mother of All Interiors. With so many fabulous entries our work was cut out for us, but we are thrilled to announce that the fabulous @sherylonthespectrum is our lucky winner! @sherylonthespectrum  has won a £50 E-Voucher to spend at Rockett St George! yay!

The April Instagram & Facebook Competition Winner - @sherylonthespectrum

Products Featured: Rockett St George Exclusive Paint Collection - Azurite From: £2.50 | Ceramic Fornasetti Style Faces Jar £59.00 | Leather Tassel Chandelier - Black £154.00 | The Pink Pencil Canvas With Printed Frame From: £183.00

Here are some of our other favourite 'Mother Of All Interiors' themed posts:

Images @mrs_gc and ou_colour_kendrick •

For our May Instagram and Facebook competition, our theme is ON MY MANTLEPIECE. So go to town with your interior styling and share with us your most showstopping, daring and breathtaking #shelfies - the quirkier the better! To enter simply share your 'On My Mantlepiece' post on Facebook and Instagram along with the @rockettstgeorge.co.uk tag and #rockettstgeorge for your chance to win.

We can't wait to see all of your fabulous posts! Good Luck!


When the sun comes out we all want to spend as much time as possible enjoying the summer sunshine. So, whether you are hanging out poolside or sunbathing in the garden it always helps to have a great read to pass the time with.

Hinch Yourself Happy by Sophie Hinchcliffe. A memoir/house cleaning bible, the Instagram sensation @mrshinchhome documents how cleaning and organising her home helped her deal with anxiety and life's struggles with lots of useful cleaning tips mixed in.

Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams. A comic and dark read, anyone who loved Fleabag will love this read!

This Is Going To Hurt by Adam Kay. A junior doctor memoir of what it's like to be on the front line of the NHS, prepare to laugh and cry in this endearing read.

Wild At Home. How To Style and Care For Beautiful Plants by Hilton Carter. Instagram sensation, @hiltoncarter, whose botanical apartment stops you dead in your scrolling tracks has written his first book all about caring and styling your house plants. An informative and creative read, 'Wild At Home', is a must-read for anyone who wants to create their very own urban jungle.

The President Is Missing by Bill Clinton and John Passenger. Releasing on June 4th, the co-authored book tells the story of a President who goes missing. Expect the literary brilliance of James Passenger combined with the knowledge that only a president would know.

Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarity. From the author that brought us Big Little Lies and Truly Madly Guilty this psychological thriller will have you gripping your seat. Hard to put down the book tells the story of nine strangers who are bought together on a 10-day retreat that promises to change your life.

The Moment of Lift by Linda Gates. A memoir on how empowering women changes the world this profound and impactful read takes a close look at the link between women's empowerment and societies health in general.

How to Fail: Everything I’ve Ever Learned From Things Going Wrong by Elizabeth Day. Inspired by Elizabeth Day's popular podcast, 'How To Fail', this book explores Day's failures and how it has shaped her life. Painfully embarrassing, hilarious, sad and hopeful this is a reassuring read on how to embrace life's setbacks.

Extraordinary Interiors by Jane Rockett and Lucy St George. Solving all of your decorating dilemmas, along with helpful step-by-step guidence on how to create a show-stopping and insta-worthy home, this is a must-read for interior design lovers everywhere.

Atomic Habits by James Clear. Want to know how to break that bad habit? Or set long-lasting good habits that will make you more successful and happier in life? Then this book is for you. Filled with helpful advice and practical steps to break bad habits, plus interesting information on how we formed the bad habit in the first place, this is a useful life skill that will serve you for years to come.

As a bonus, we have to include Margaret Atwood's sequel to 'The Handmaid's Tale'; 'The Testaments'. Available to pre-order, the book will be releasing in September this year, 'The Testaments' will answer the highly anticipated question: What happened to Offred? 


 

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