Monday, April 21, 2014

A Celebration: Jane Scott Hodges Launches Her Inspiring New Book, ‘Linens for Every Room and Occasion’ Published This Month by Rizzoli

Do you lust for lovely embroidered bed linens? I do. Are you mad for monograms? I definitely am.

Meet Jane Scott Hodges, owner/founder of New Orleans-based Leontine Linens—and let her be your expert guide to gracious living and lavish couture-level, custom-designed linens.

Her book is an essential reference for designers, decorators, brides-to-be and every perfectionist who wants the most beautiful beds.

Come with me to meet Jane Scott.


Jane Scott Hodges at a recent booksigning in New Orleans.

‘Linens for Every Room and Occasion’ by Jane Scott Hodges (April, Rizzoli). The book’s 240 pages are full of expert advice, designer tips, dozens of ideas, and insider advice on monograms, textiles, embroidery, quilting, and a world of linens for all rooms.



To sleep, perchance to dream. A dreamy bedroom with bedroom style by Leontine Linens.

Jane Scott Hodges will launch her handsome new book, ‘Linens For Every Room and Occasion’ (Rizzoli) in San Francisco this week.

Friends and designers will attend a lavish book-signing Wednesday April 23 at Hudson Grace, the ultra-chic home design store founded by Monelle Totah and Gary McNaughton in Presidio Heights, San Francisco.

The event is hosted by Newell Turner, editorial director of the Hearst Design Group, a longtime friend and colleague of mine.

Newell is also in town for the opening of the San Francisco Decorator Showcase, which is open from April 26 to May 26 at 3660 Jackson Street, San Francisco. Newell and his team will introduce House Beautiful’s Kitchen of the Year, designed by Steven Miller.

Hearst Design Group Editorial Director Newell Turner and Jane Scott Hodges at her recent book signing in New York.

It’s going to be a very exciting design week in the city—bubbling with energy, design talent, accomplished decorators, classical architects, social stars, and Jane Scott Hodges’ wonderful and information-packed book.

Newell Turner is also giving a private dinner in Jane Scott’s honor in San Francisco.

My guess is that everyone—between sips of wine and nibbles of hors d’oeuvres and signatures—will be quizzing Jane Scott on new styles, monogram designs, decorating concepts, and elegant modern ideas. I can’t wait.





All About Jane Scott

From the beginning of her career as founder of Leontine Linens in New Orleans, Jane Scott Hodges has focused on creating exquisite custom linens that are superbly hand-crafted, unique, expressive, personal and practical for both formal and informal entertaining. 


At the heart of Jane Scott’s effort has been to pair private luxury with essential pragmatism, so that newlywed trousseaux and a lifetime of linens can reflect modern tastes and well as classical styles, colors and fabrics




“Jane Scott and I met on the day before she gave birth to her daughter Talley in New Orleans and have remained friends ever since. Back then she ran Leontine Linens out of a guest room and I have been buying from her continuously. 

Jane Scott and I have done all kinds of projects from bed linens to cosmetics cases and jewelry bags. There is something utterly special and singular about her perfect monogram designs. They are deliciously old world. 

I collect solid colored bedding — for example I have sheeting in canary yellow; sky blue; lilac and cafe au lait. I mix the solid colored sheeting with white piqué bedspreads. Now I am pining for a geranium pink set.” — Alexis Traina, exclusively for THE STYLE SALONISTE





Exceptional Craftsmanship

In 2002, Leontine Linens acquired the Eleanor Beard Studio. This historic company located in Hardinsburg, Kentucky since 1921, has made couture linens known the world over for their superb detail. Each sewer has an acquired specialty, ranging from cutting to hand-stitching to patternmaking. Once an order is placed, each task is specially delegated to an artisan based on her specialty. Leontine designs all products to be as sturdy as they are beautiful. Nearly all of the products are washer- and dryer-safe, with only a select few cashmere pieces requiring special care. A testament to the quality of the products is the archives of antique and vintage Eleanor Beard pieces that line the Leontine office shelves. Quilts dating back to the 1930s look as if they were sewn just yesterday.




The Leontine experience is equally as important. From its inception, the company began in-home consultations. Unlike the traditional retail setting, the in-home appointment allows for an immediate sense of understanding about how the client lives and what products and designs best compliment his or her lifestyle. The company’s sales representatives intuitively guide the client through the selection process to help them select each design element.

Jane Scott works closely with top interior designers around the country, including Charlotte Moss (who wrote the foreword for ‘Linens for Every Room and Occasion’, as well as for private clients, historic estates, country retreats, beach houses, yachts, and modern penthouses. Among her designer are Matthew Carter, Gwen Driscoll, Beth, Webb, Katie Ridder, and Leslie Lux—and decorators too fabulous and divine to mention.

Leontine collaborates with ultra-private brides and celebrities (though Jane Scott never name-drops, and she respects the privacy and confidentiality of each client). Jane Scott loves to collaborate with interior designers and architects for projects of every scale. 





Products by Leontine

Leontine reflects the individual attention paid to it by the artisans. Leontine Linens are custom-made and tailored to each client. Product offerings include, but are not limited to, the following:

Bedding – Quilts, Down, Coverlets, Duvets, Shams, Sheets, Bed Skirts

Bath – Terry Towels, Linen Guest Towels, Shower Curtains

Table Linens – Table Cloths, Table Runners, Dinner Napkins, Placemats, Cocktail Napkins

Accessories – Jewelry, Make-up, Toiletry, Travel, and Boudoir Accessories

Bed Clothes – Robes, Gowns, Pajama Sets, Nightshirts, and Quilted Bed Jackets







Good Works

Design and style and making her clients happy are important to Jane Scott Hodges. She is also a passionate philanthropist. Throughtout the year she supports many organizations, including:

Preservation Resource Center (New Orleans)

Hermann-Grima + Gallier Historic Houses (New Orleans)

The Bone Marrow Foundation (New York)

Lenox Hill Neighborhood House (New York)

Bluegrass Conservancy (Lexington)

St. Joseph Hospital Foundation (Lexington)

The Bluegrass Trust (Lexington)






CREDITS:

Rizzoli published the new ‘Linens: For Every Room and Occasion’ by Jane Scott Hodges, with a Foreword by Charlotte Moss. Photography is by Paul Costello.

Images from the book are used here with express permission of Rizzoli.
www.rizzoliusa.com

Jane Scott Hodges with Charlotte Moss (center).


LEONTINE LINENS:

New Orleans Flagship
3806 Magazine Street
New Orleans
www.leontinelinens.com

Available by appointment in the following cities and surrounding areas:

• Atlanta, GA

• Dallas, TX

• Houston, TX

• Lexington, KY

• New Orleans, LA

• New York, NY





Mark your calendars:

SAN FRANCISCO DECORATOR SHOWCASE
www.decoratorshowcase.org

The 2014 Showcase will be at 3660 Jackson Street, San Francisco.

The house will be open from April 26–May 26.


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Bravo, Elad and L'Objet

The Chic International Tabletop Design Company, L'OBJET, Celebrates Its Tenth Year with a Dazzling New Collection

In 2004, Elad Yifrach founded L’Objet, to design and create the most beautiful and hauntingly lovely dinnerware and tabletop décor.

Elad recently launched his newest collection, SOUS LE CIEL, for Spring 2014.

It was inspired by beautiful shapes of myths and antiquity—and the eternal refinement and timeless beauty of Asian traditions. It celebrates luxury—with gold-dipped teaspoons and artfully etched porcelain.



I think of his pieces as universally inspiring—for everyday and for lavish celebrations and family traditions. Come with me to see Elad’s latest creations.

Sous Le Ciel concepts are his best to date—and will become instant classics. The gold-rimmed plates, the delicate cups and the seductive bowls will be desirable for passionate hostesses and everyone who
admires perfection and elegance.


L’OBJET: THE NEW SOUS LE CIEL COLLECTION

Chinese emperors of the Han Dynasty were known to their subjects as the ‘Sons of Heaven’. This collection, Sous le Ciel, pays homage to their world, which marked perhaps the greatest period of artistic expansion in the ancient world. This was a time of unprecedented prosperity and innovation in the arts, including the invention of paper, glazed ceramics, and developments in silk weaving.

Through their trade along the Silk Road, the Chinese also discovered a superior breed of horse that became a symbol of power and prestige. They were called “heavenly horses.” 




Horses were honored by the ancient Chinese and this motif is present throughout the collection, with table accents including spice jewels, chopstick rests and place card holders, as well as exquisite sculptures for the home all featuring elegant horses and horse heads.

Other home accessories include beautifully sculpted black porcelain and 24K gold trays, and scented candles presented in tea canisters so intricately crafted that each is a work of art for the table or mantel. 





I first had the great pleasure of meeting Elad when he launched his L’Objet collections. His gilded plates, embellished cups and teapots, and his exquisite vases turned tabletop décor for weddings and birthdays, religious holidays, dinner parties, afternoon tea celebrations, and everyday dining.

We’ve also met in Paris, and recently we enjoyed a delightful luncheon and antique study at the Biennale des Antiquaires there. I’m so proud of Elad’s focus and his progress, his passionate development of his designs. And with the new Sous Le Ciel collection he offers the most beautiful tabletop concepts of this season. You must admit--they are highly lustworthy and seriously collectible.




The collection delves deeper into dinnerware than previous L’Objet collections, with beautifully conceived pieces such as a traditional Chinese spoon coated in 24K gold, chopsticks in black wood and jade cabochon, and green-tea cups with beautifully patterned lids to keep the tea at precisely the right temperature, all of which pay homage to Chinese customs. 








Come with me to meet Elad


Born and raised in Israel, Elad was exposed to the region’s rich cultures of the region from an early age. 

He is a lifelong traveler and devotee of the Mediterranean. He recently traveled to Bali and to Puerto Rico and other parts of the Caribbean, as well as Paris, as anyone who follows him on Facebook knows. His posted images are dreamy. (I recommend that you friend him immediately).

“I am passionate about creating beautiful objects to enhance the finest homes, tables and desks,” said Elad Yifrach, founder and creative director. “The spirit, natural beauty and striking architecture of the Mediterranean, from which I come, are a constant source of inspiration for every L’OBJET piece I design.”

Elad draws inspiration for L’Objet from voluptuous traditional designs of the Middle Eastern and North African. He loves classicism and sweeps up inspiration and homage from French and Greek history. He strives to keep alive the most elaborate and rare traditions of craft.

The elegant architecture of a Greek island such as Patmos or Mykonos can be seen in the rounded pearl filigree of the Perlee Blue dinnerware. In the same way, the vibrant spirit of Venice is reflected in the bold prints of the exclusive L’Objet Pour Fortuny collection, which features classic blockprints and jewel colors.





Elad used traditional fine materials and has found top artisans who work in arcane and exacting crafts. To perfect L’Objet designs he works with a diverse group of manufacturers, to create the finest objects in their categories.

A dinner plate may be layered then fired three times with 24k gold and fired once more to achieve the optimal rich glow of the precious metal. He also created hand etched picture frames using small needles developed by Venetian jewelers to create a distinctive texture.

Elad currently resides in New York City. When he is not busy traveling and designing, he enjoys yoga and entertaining.




TRAVEL AND CRAFT:

Precious materials including 24-karat gold, platinum, Swarovski Crystals and fine Limoges porcelain are carefully manipulated by a diverse group of craftsmen across Europe and Asia who push the boundaries of traditional techniques to create lines that are rich in history and thoroughly modern.

In 2012, L’OBJET partnered with Fortuny, the legendary Italian fashion and textile design house, to create L’OBJET Pour Fortuny. For the first time in Fortuny’s 100-year history, they have chosen to align their brand with another, selecting L’OBJET to create a curated collection of dinnerware, serving pieces, frames and candles using signature Fortuny patterns to reinterpret the iconic brand. L’OBJET Pour Fortuny is a harmonious union of style, color, pattern and an affirmation of both brand’s commitment to quality and design. 



WHERE TO FIND L’OBJET COLLECTIONS:

I received the following email from Elad Yifrach—who was on a plane, returning from exotic destinations that will no doubt inspire new collections. Elad said:

Retailers:

In the US we just launched a special installation of the 10th anniversary collection at Bergdorf Goodman. They were my very first account when I started the brand and we thought it's a great way to celebrate with an exclusive East Coast launch and a big presentation.

Gump’s in San Francisco has the West Coast exclusive for the launch and its already on display in the store.

Harrods in London has a very large (850 SQF) L’OBJET boutique. It’s our biggest boutique today and the full lifestyle concept of the brand is presented there.

Neiman Marcus is our largest partner in the US.

Gearys of Beverly Hills, Saks Fifth Avenue, Michael C. Fina, Elements/Chicago, all offer beautiful selections—and can help with special orders.

Lane Crawford in Hong Kong and China is our premier partner for the region.

Thomas Goode in London.


CREDITS:
All images here are used courtesy of Elad Yifrach and L’Objet.

L'OBJET | Luxurious Home Goods
www.l-objet.com
(855) 562 5388