Interview
A Rockins Home

Jess Morris

The Rockins co-founder invites us to explore her space

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Jess Morris’ west London home is a bohemian ode to ‘70s rock ‘n’ roll. Shared with her partner (and Rockins co-founder) Tim Watkins and their two sons, Morris’ living space reflects its owners’ innate love of vintage, music and entertaining. The makings of a true artistic shopper, rooms are strewn with printed throws, velvet, leopard print and obscure, modernist objects - whilst silk scarves and bunting flicker through trees in the leafy garden. Keen to explore her eclectic surroundings, we paid Morris a visit and delved in, room by room.

How long have you lived in your home?Seven years.

How often are you here?All the time. I’ve become a real homeboy. I don’t like to travel without the kids so I keep work trips as short as possible!

What’s the first thing you do when you walk through the door?Kiss the family, put the kettle on and go into the garden.

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How would you describe your interior style?Relaxed, eclectic, boho, rock ‘n’ roll.

How did you go about decorating each room?I like the walls fairly neutral to let the objects, soft furnishings, lighting and wall art do the talking. I have lots of fringed piano shawls, both vintage and our own, that I drape over lamps and chairs.

Where do you look to for inspiration?Nature, vintage shops, markets and the ‘70s.

Is this where you spend the most time?Yes! Lying on the sofa, listening to records and looking out into the garden.

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What can we expect to find within your home?Lots of records, noise and books.

Is there anything that might surprise us?The Tortoises!

Do you have a favourite object, or piece of furniture?I love all of my things, my Louis XIV bed, my Knoll brown marble dining table and cushions - as many as possible! Luckily Tim isn’t one of those guys who hate them.

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Does your home double up as your workspace?It does for Tim; he prefers to work from home rather than the Rockins office, as he often works through the night.

What do you think makes for a happy home?Kids, great food and entertaining.

What are your favourite Liberty fabrics?Has to be Strawberry Thief. We love it so much that it inspired the 'Turquoise Tropicalia' print used on the exclusive scarf we did for Liberty. We replaced William Morris's garden thrushes with colourful birds from far-flung places.

Can you share a Liberty memory?Liberty were the first ever stockists for our scarves. To mark the occasion, we threw an event on the floor (literally) of the beautiful scarf hall. We brought in palms, oriental rugs and pufees and had this fabulous sitar player entertain the shoppers and guests. We all sat around on the floor drinking cocktails and listening to Ravi Shankar as the music floated up through the four stories of the store.

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