February 17 2011
On the one hand, I love Rockett St George; it made Christmas shopping so easy last year. On the other, I have Rockett St George to blame for making my credit card take harder hits than I ever envisage – for, as well as finding great gifts for friends and family, I invariably succumb to temptation and buy something for myself.
As I write this, glancing at the R St G site (it’s named after its founders, Jane Rockett and Lucy St George, who set up the company in 2007) is distracting, and potentially costly. My “must-have” list, from across its 35 departments, so far today includes: a part-cashmere soft-wool flannel and velvet 1960s swivel chair (first picture, £410) in mustard and pale grey with a floral-print silk cushion (for me); a black and orange “antiqued” sign (£125) with “This is where the magic happens” handpainted on wood (for a playboy friend – he’ll put it above his bed); some stickers (£9.99) that, when placed on a PC keyboard, make it look like an old-fashioned typewriter (for a novelist friend); a beautiful branch of faux cherry blossom (£19.99, for me) from the site’s new Flower Shop; and a white rabbit head in polystone that can be used as a coat hook or doorknob (second picture, £10.95).
Oh, and then there’s the “random product” shot, which throws up a new idea every time you click on a different item – this time it’s a simple yet satisfying Roller Coaster trivet (£14) made of a circle of cork balls that I had no idea I wanted until I saw the picture.
And just as I’m about to log out, I spy the stunning One Table Lamp (third picture, £463) by Maria Berntsen, a classic-shaped lamp blown in a single piece of glass in either clear and colourless or opal white versions. I think I’ll stop right here…