We have long been fans of Leontine Linens and its visionary founder Jane Scott Hodges. Now, with LINENS: For Every Room and Occasion, she has produced a book as gorgeous as her wares, but also as useful. She shows you how to mix old and new and freshen with pattern, how monograms can take a table top or bedroom to the next level, how to store and care for linen treasures. Her talented friends weigh in too: Charlotte Moss wrote the intro; Nathan Turner creates a swell tablescape, fashion designers Badgley and Mischka invite us in to their handsome country house bedroom. Many more designers—devotees all—weigh in, but it is Hodges’s own passion for her subject that carries the day. LINENS is a for keeps book—one that will make you want to start your own linen traditions, for keeps too. In honor of its publication, we asked the stylish, Scott, who is also an on-the-go wife and mom to a son and daughter, to shop Taigan. Below are her picks and comments:
This gorgeous little compact by Chantecaille is the perfect cheat sheet to The Fresh Face for Spring.
Calm NYC’s pink caftan screams Rum and Tonic in the Garden on a lazy summer Saturday.
Any ensemble would get a quick dash of Flash from this divine mauve teardrop venetian glass intaglio pendant by Elizabeth Locke.
The New Flower fingertip towel in a sunny shade of lemon is a happy update to the powder room for Spring and Summer.
I love the deep saturated color of these antique ox blood jars. The pair adds perfect balance to a side table or book shelf.
These wipeable placemats are instant carefree chic for your family dinner table in a classic Imari pattern.
My go-to hostess gift is a beautifully wrapped box of pristinely pastel macaroons from Sucre in New Orleans. Each one is a bite (or two) of absolute divinity!
I cannot leave the house without my JC Cuff. I would love another to rotate in my wardrobe. This is THE Statement piece that works with everything from with jeans to a ball gown!
I’m always trying to keep my teenagers in line! Maybe this book would help…
ALWAYS, ALWAYS a CS lamp to light the room. I love the deep claret color and the elegant lean shape of the Sophie lamp.
If I considered this activity, the Kiwi Longboard skateboard would be my choice of wheels!
These hand-loomed Tunisian towels add a touch of sophistication to your next beach outing or picnic. They are even chic enough to be used as a shawl!
A crisp white shirt is a necessity as a season opener and this one is KILLER.
If you have to write it down so you don’t forget, you might as well do it in a stylish notebook.

About Julia Reed

Julia Reed is a columnist at Garden & Gun magazine and a contributing editor at Elle Décor. She also contributes to The Wall Street Journal, Architectural Digest, and The New York Times, and makes frequent appearances on MSNBC. She is the author of five books, including But Mama Always Put Vodka in the Sangria, Adventures in Eating, Drinking and Making Merry and One Man’s Folly, The Exceptional Houses of Furlow Gatewood.

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