The holidays are finally upon us and if you’re traveling this year, I hope you’ve made it safely home to celebrate with your loved ones.

In the spirit of all things merry & bright, I wanted to share this lovely feature on Jane Scott Hodges’ New Orleans home all decked out for the season.

Jane is the founder of Leontine Linens, the New Orleans based linen company responsible for the envy inspiring monogrammed linens you see bedecking the beds and powder baths of many of the homes in our favorite glossies.

I’ve been a longtime fan (posts from the archives here including photos from my trip to their flagship) and while a set of monogrammed bedding has still eluded me, I’m a big advocate of their monogrammed jewelry rounds.

I gifted each of my bridesmaids one for our wedding, and my own has been well loved for 7+ years now.

But back to Jane’s stunning home. You know I have a thing for chartreuse walls–still waiting for the client daring enough to try them–and Jane executed hers masterfully.

I admittedly dropped the ball on holiday decor this year, and am taking notes from her magnolia leaf garland. There’s nothing more classic for a southern Christmas.

Naturally, Jane is the consummate hostess. I’d love to see more of her beautiful dining room. I spy some eggplant grasscloth in the background and that rug is a real stunner.

Her cranberry etched glassware is so perfect for the holiday season.

But of course, the real stars of the show are Jane’s linens. Perfect in every way. For more inspiration, pick up a copy of Jane’s book.

I’m off to find some last minute stocking stuffers for Garrett and treats for Brody, but I hope you have the most wonderful holiday. I’ll be back next week with one of my favorite posts to write all year, my game changers of 2017.

Merry Christmas!


New Years 2016

Nightshirt | Cookbook | Water Bottle | Planner

Despite my best intentions the gift guides I had planned on sharing just didn’t get past my secret Pinterest boards this year. This is probably for the best because the internet might have exploded if ‘publish’ had been hit on one more gift guide in 2015.

Lest those secret Pinterest boards die in vain, there were a few gems worth revisiting that I realized were all too perfect for the resolution writing season. My personal favorite for the reluctant resolutioner (or pun enthusiast which I unabashedly am!): this shop. So many funnies – can they make this one for men?

If health goals are on your list this year, the I Hate Kale Cookbook sounds like a winner. I’m gearing up for another Whole 30 and plan to pick up a copy. Drinking more water is also perpetually on my list of goals, and after losing my BKR at the pool this summer it’s time for a replacement.

Not so fun fact: if there are multiple color options available of anything I will inevitably spend 20 minutes trying to decide on the perfect one. I’m thinking Mer looks hydrating. Lastly, there’s nothing as satisfying to me as a brand new planner. I might be a dinosaur, but I’ll always go with hard copy over digital.

 Are you writing resolutions for 2016?


Joe Nye

Before I get swept away in errands and Thanksgiving preparations (eating out went out the window and we’re now hosting in our new place, eek!) I wanted to post a quick note of thanks.

Thank you for continuing to stop by and catch up even when posts are fewer and farther between than I’d like; thank you for your words of encouragement and support as I opened my business this past year and have shared projects along the way (special thanks of course to those I’ve had the good fortune to work with!); and thank you for your recommendations and warm welcome when we moved to Raleigh.

In such tumultuous times I’m reminded just how much I have to be thankful for, and I wanted to be sure I passed those thanks along to you in addition to my friends and family when we celebrate tomorrow.

Wishing you safe travels, happy celebrations, and extra slices of pie!



St. Frank Tablesetting

The Pursuit of Style | Thanksgiving

Placemat | Napkin Ring | Candles | Tasting Spoons | Plate | Cookbook | Wine Glasses | Napkins | Tablecloths

I was looking back at my Thanksgiving posts from years past and had to laugh because apparently this week is, without fail, the week I start bemoaning the onslaught of gift guides and take up the cause for Thanksgiving. So call me predictable.

My family is joining us in Raleigh this year, and–confession time–I’ve asked if we can eat out. Normally I’d be all for a big spread, but our apartment is still (embarrassingly) in a state of disarray, and I’ve promised myself that I’ll hold off on all major purchases (like a dining table!) until we have a house.

My tablescaping will be of the virtual variety this year, but I’ve found some great pieces that would have totally made the cut in real life. Like these tortoise placemats…I would blow the entire Thanksgiving budget on these bad boys. They’re insane. The cone shell version is pretty great too– reminds me a little of Les Touches.

My favorite tablecloths and napkins are on sale (scoop ’em up–awesome deal!) and I’m especially feeling the raspberry and lilac for a non-traditional T-Day palette. For an even more playful mix add in some ikat napkins with sputnik napkin rings, or gold spattered plates (do not microwave, ha!) with your wedding china.

Because the cooking is just as much of the main event as the actual dinner, I’m looking forward to picking up a copy of newly released Garden & Gun title, The Southerner’s CookbookI think it could be an adorable hostess gift paired with this tasting spoon set, don’t you?

If you’re looking for an easy way to upgrade your tablescape, start trolling Etsy for vintage candlesticks (these and these are favorites) and top with colorful tapers.

Are you hosting this year? Any tablescape plans in the works?

<3 YOU

Grays Lane

Ruthie Sommers

Rita Konig

You know what I’m not loving? The fact that the U, T, and Y keys mysteriously stopped working on my keyboard. Thank god for the Genius Bar because I quickly realized you can’t get too far without good old U, T, and Y!

Anyway, on to what I am loving: Valentine’s Day. It’s right around the corner, and as polarizing of a holiday as it seems to be, I’ve always taken a broader view and taken it as an opportunity to shower everyone in my life, romantic or otherwise, with a little love.

In the spirit of pink and candy hearts, here are three appropriately themed bedrooms. You just can’t go wrong with D. Porthault ever, and Coeurs is one of their most iconic patterns–equally at home in a little girls room by Ruthie Sommers as in Rita Konig’s bedroom.