MERRY & BRIGHT

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!

MY JEWEL BOX

Today’s gift guide is all about baubles and bling so I thought I’d share where I’m storing a few of my favorites.  When I visited New Orleans, a pilgrimage to monogramming Mecca, Leontine Linens, was at the top of my to-do list. You didn’t think I could leave empty handed, did you? Of course not! The round jewel box was my coveted souvenir and I eagerly awaited its arrival. In typical fashion, I went straight for the brightest fabric swatches and after much agonizing decided on hot pink linen with coral linen accents. A traditional monogram in one of their fantastic fonts is the icing on the cake. I’m sure I’ll be happily using my jewelry round for years to come.
P.S If you’re looking for a special gift, I really cannot speak more highly of Leontine Linens. Their staff is amazing and the workmanship is truly second to none. 

A VISIT TO MONOGRAMMING MECCA: LEONTINE LINENS

 

I’m falling more in love with New Orleans by the day, it’s such a magical city filled with incredibly creative and talented people. It’s no wonder that luxury linen purveyor, Leontine Linens, calls this city home. Earlier this week I popped into their Magazine St. store to see in person what I’ve been drooling over online for years. If it’s even conceivable, everything is even more beautiful in person! Of course I couldn’t walk away empty handed so I took a seat in that gorgeous monogrammed chair and got to designing my own little treat. Brooke, the employee that helped me through the process, could not have been sweeter and more patient with me as I agonized over color choices (are you surprised ha!) My order is off to Kentucky where it will be hand drawn and then sewn- a lost art! I can hardly wait for it to arrive on my doorstep and will be sure to share when it comes. 
P.S How perfect would the monogrammed jewelry rounds be for bridesmaids? Such a classic and personal gift. 

MY HOME: MONOGRAMMED STOOL

Several of you asked about the monogrammed stool featured in this photo so I thought I’d share a little more info. The stool itself is an antique store find that needed some updated upholstery. I found some turquoise fabric for around $7/yd at Jo-Ann’s and got out my staple gun. Once I finished I realized the stool still needed a little something extra.
I’ve had an obsession with Leontine Linens for the longest time–the photo above was actually the inspiration for my bedroom. So, I thought I’d try my hand at re-creating the Leontine look on my stool. Leontine has a huuge selection of monogram styles that you can choose from on their website so my first stop was picking one I loved.
I decided on the Alcott, which is the style featured in my inspiration pic. I blew up the image, altered the letters to reflect my monogram and created a template. Finally I traced the design onto a piece of felt I had laying around, cut out the pieces, and hot glued them to my stool. So there you have it, the story behind my stool! It was very easy and I would definitely give it a shot if you’re looking for a quick, cheap and easy monogram.
P.S Thank you to everyone who stopped on over via Helena. I’m looking forward to checking out all of your blogs!

LEONTINE LINENS

During my new apartment induced design binge over the weekend I came across the most amazing company, Leontine Linens.  Leontine Linens offers a wide variety of couture linens and gifts.  In my opinion, monogrammed linens are a staple and Leontine Linens offers just that with a little twist.  A quick glance at their monograms page and you will know what I mean!   Look at their beautiful work:






Read more about Jane Scott the founder below:
As the founder of couture fine linens company Leontine Linens, Jane Scott Hodges is credited with reviving the art of couture linens for home. As an innovator of, and the authority on, fine linens, she is known for her ability to introduce heirloom quality luxury linens and accessories for everyday use. More so, Jane Scott took the heritage driven concept of the monogram and rejuvenated it with a modern sensibility, incorporating unique styles and unexpected color.
Influenced by her Southern upbringing and a Jane Scott Hodgesbelief in the importance of heritage, Jane Scott was always fascinated with antiques and heirlooms. At the same time she was preparing for her wedding, Jane Scott stumbled upon her own great grandmother’s trousseau in the cellar of her parents’ 1780s Kentucky farmhouse. Inspired by her discovery, Jane Scott sought out her very own bridal trousseau emblazoned with her new monogram. After scouring the New Orleans shops and boutiques where she and her soon-to-be husband lived, Hodges was surprised and disappointed by the lack of custom fine linens, and thus she identified a need in the marketplace. Upon returning to Kentucky for her wedding, she discovered the Kentucky-based Eleanor Beard studio, an historic all-female company that since 1921, has hand-created linens known the world over for their superb quality. Jane Scott began Leontine Linens in 1996 to showcase their artisinal work. Shortly thereafter, in 2002, Hodges acquired Eleanor Beard Studio and has assumed the role of caretaker to the historic company.
Jane Scott met with her clients at their homes and returned to her back bedroom office to create unique products that were truly tailored to the lifestyle and aesthetic of the clients themselves. With her husband Philip, they decided to conduct the majority of the product sales by in-home appointment, a unique customized experience that set Leontine Linens apart from other companies. No items are stocked; Rather, products are tailor-made by the 25 skilled artisans at the Eleanor Beard studio.
The company quickly gained a loyal following and became a hit among socialites, celebrities and the editorial industry. As Leontine Linens started to gain popularity, the product became available on a national level. Hodges organically grew her company to include six sales women, a flagship store which opened in New Orleans in 2005, a showroom in Atlanta and an easy-to-navigate website.
I hope you’ve enjoyed learning more about this fabulous company as much as I have!