Above, Leontine Linens founder, Jane Scott Hodges, with son. Image is from the Leontine Linens catalog.
The expression "tradition with a twist" is getting a little tired, but a friend of mine who grew up in Lexington with Leontine Linens founder, Jane Scott Hodges, tells me that is the best way to describe the entrepreneur's approach.
A few years ago, I saw this when the nursery Jane Scott put together in New Orleans, for her son, was featured on HGTV's Homes Across America. It was the first nursery I'd ever seen with a teeny-weeny touch of Tony Duquette: a red bamboo chandelier.
Photo by Katherine Slingluff
Above, decorator Melissa Rufty helped Hodges transform a tiny office, in an old New Orleans "shot-gun" house, into a nursery with flair.
In 1999, a Chinese-Red-lacquered chandelier in a baby's room -- especially in the home of a very traditional couple -- was truly unexpected. (Unfortunately the grainy picture above does not do the room's colors justice.) Hodges really made the most of a small narrow space by enveloping it in French-blue, accented with brilliant reds. The sole window was decked-out with a chinoiserie-toile shade, and an Asian-inspired monogram was designed for the linens. To really add punch, a found bamboo rocker was lacquered red as well. (That statuesque giraffe, though, is what won me over most.)
Speaking of linens, for someone more boho than trad, I love John Robshaw's "Parrot" baby bedding, below.