When decorating for my clients or for myself, I always put a great deal of emphasis on bed and table linens – well chosen linens help to create a unified vision of luxury and elegance.
One of my favorite people in the world of couture linens is the impossibly chic Jane Scott Hodges, founder of Leontine Linens. Hodges has been studying and collecting the best of the best in the world of fine linens for the past two decades and has been one of the major forces in reviving the art of couture linens for everyday use.
You won’t find ME serving a cocktail without a lovely cloth napkin, and it goes without saying that my own sheets are properly ironed. It’s a touch of luxury that says I care! Now, if you are as crazy as I am about linens, bedding, and napkins, you simply must run out and purchase Linens: For Every Room and Occasion by Jane Scott Hodges. It’s a glorious Rizzoli volume filled with endless inspirpiration — it’ll show you how, for instance, to utilize couture lines in new and exciting ways, combining, say, D. Porthault with custom embroidered and appliquéd pieces from Leontine and things from John Robshaw (which incidentally is how I make my own bed!).
Photo from Linens
I love vintage appliquéd cocktail napkins and custom designed monograms as well. For my table setting, a hand blocked Indian cotton table cloth mixed with custom embroidered napkins, for instance, creates the most marvelous mix. You get the idea. My point is, it’s important to have a variety of pieces to create different looks and moods – whether mixing the humble with something more formal or having something absolutely elevated to create the most elegant table setting.
From Hodges’ Linens
You’ll find all of this in Hodges’ Linens – it’s rich with advice from Hodges as well as decorators and other style gurus, all copiously illustrated with the most gorgeous photos. Do pick your copy of Linens: For Every Room and Occasion on Amazon.
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James Andrew – Katherine Hepburn Garden
I totally have a thing for treillage – I just cannot get enough of it! Emerging in the 12th century as a mostly utilitarian latticework for gardners to support climbing vines, it wasn’t until the 17th century when Louis XIV hired Le Notre to design the gardens at Versailles that the art of treillage really reached outrageous heights. For a good read on the subject see here.
Katherine Hepburn Garden
Whether I’m designing an interior treillage (in the round or as a classic print) to give the feeling of a garden pavilion, or I’m in the garden creating fantasies and follies, I am of course beyond elated whenever I can employ treillage. In fact, I currently have clients with a fabulous outdoor space that has sadly been a bit neglected, and I’ve been looking to design an element for them that can be enjoyed from both interior and exterior perspectives. The environment is a bit modern, so the design has to be somewhat minimal – a transitional work that can bridge both classic and modern aesthetics. While pondering this, a serendipitous walk home through the Katherine Hepburn Garden (located in Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza) has provided me with just the inspiration I need. It’s a marvelous stretch that pays homage to Hepburn for her work with the Turtle Bay Association (which she had been active in since 50s), and it is replete with a fabulous series of follies and a splendid demilune colonnade. I think it has just the right balance of old and new for my client’s aesthetic!
Taking time to study this tremendous use of treillage, I’m sporting a Tom Ford era Gucci black linen denim jacket, Michael Kors off white cotton knit top with crocheted placket, Ralph Lauren Denim & Supply black paisley print linen canvas shorts, KJP woven white cotton belt, Tom Ford black and white silk pocket square and “Marco” sunglasses, vintage Rolex, Louboutin black leather sandal espadrilles, Tom Ford Bronzing Gel for a bit of a sun kissed glow, and my fragrance is a mix of Tom Ford Wood Oud and Oud Fleur.
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Enjoying the weekend lounging poolside is a a summertime must, but the trick to taking a pre-lunch dip AND somehow not showing up at the luncheon table a sopping mess, is having proper swimwear. Enter Strong Boalt’s latest collection — you may know Amanda Strong Boalt as the granddaughter of the legendary Lily Pulitzer, well, I’m happy to say that the grand legacy of color and pattern continues. The new Strong Boalt “Hybrid” shorts in a quick drying microfiber will have you looking and feeling absolutely put together all day long, since these dry in minutes and look as smart on land as they do at sea. They come in the most delicious colors: from sea foam, to gold, to coral, and turquoise blue Atlantic. So very sublime. One of each please! In addition, the line has been expanded to include a range of shirts that all mix quite well with their shorts and swimwear. I especially like the “Alexander” long sleeve cotton polo shirts in micro stripes, and I wear them under blazers with shorts or white jeans quite often.
Hop on over to the the Strong Blog for some gorgeous images of how all these beauties can be combined to create the Strong Boalt Palm Beach sensibility.
Lounging poolside at the Vanderbilt’s, I’m sporting Stong Boalt’s sea foam Hybrid shorts with an “Alexander” Strong Boalt long sleeve navy and white cotton polo shirt, Ralph Lauren royal suede espadrilles, Tom Ford “Dimitry” sunglasses, and a vintage Rolex. My fragrance is Tom Ford “Neroli Portofino.”
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