Jane Scott Hodges in New Orleans

I'm a true Yank, born and raised in the Deep North, but the glamour and gentility of southern homes has always appealed to me. The New Orleans townhouse of Jane Scott Hodges, the founder of Leontine Linens (the purveyor of luxury embroidered monograms) is precisely such a dreamy abode. The c1869 clapboard house in the Garden District of New Orleans is filled with rich color, pattern and personality.

What dream Southern homes doesn't include double balconies and door-height windows with full length shutters?

Love the tonal effect of the creamy patterned wallpaper and the light oak floors. Also, always yes to a pair of fuzzy doggies in the foyer.

Bright, deep chartreuse walls hight the ceiling height of the living room. This strong green, combined with creams, white, and lemon yellow gives this impressive room a sunny and upbeat feeling.

The fluted columns framing off the far side of the living room add classical flavor, and I really like that they're not white. The light pine floors keeps the room bright.

Aubergine linen lines he walls of the dramatic dining room and the veining in marble fireplace is nicely highlighted by the grey silk draperies. Again, those light wood floors keep things from getting too heavy. This is usually more dark drama than I like in a dining room, but for a sweeping townhouse in New Orleans I think the richness is appropriate.

In a total departure from the rest of the home, the kitchen is clean-lined and modern.

The family room, attached to the kitchen, is a riot of pattern. I'm never going to tire of Schumacher's "Chiang Mai" fabric, and it looks so modern employed against the other patterns in this space. That navy waterfall table is gorgeous with its brass detailing. And you too can own those punchy coral chairs - they're cb2! 

I'm totally in love with the tortoise shell finish on this corner vanity in this glamorous powder room.

The upstairs sitting room is a symphony of black, white, and grey, with pops of yellow and plum. The super traditional Schumacher "Hollyhock" window treatments create the perfect tension with the mod Celerie Kemble wallpaper in the same palette. Also, guess what, I love anything Hunt Slonem and those bunnies above the fireplace are perfect.

I'm not usually one for damask, but it feels right used in a New Orleans home. The light and blushy color palette of the master bedroom keeps things from being too Interview with the Vampire (you knew I was going to say it). I'm obsessed with that pale  carper layered on top of the light floors. And, obviously, the lady who owns Leontine Linens is going to has some killer bedding.

Who doesn't love a soaking tub set into a niche? How perfectly enveloping. Also, so many snaps for using some feisty Calacatta Gold marble instead of simpering Carrara. Beautiful brass hardware picks up the gold veins in the marble, and, of course, the monogrammed towels are fabulous. (From the piping, I think they're the Matouk "Cairo" which are the same as I have - so yay).

The Hodges' son's bedroom might just be my favorite room in the whole house. The glossy, inky blue walls glisten with the natural light from the huge windows and the pale floors contrast with the formality of that finish. I absolutely adore the combination of antique rug, Greek key bedding, modern painting, splash of damask on the char, tartan bench, indiennes window treatments, antler chandelier, and not-too-clean marble fireplace.

This layering of patterns, textures, and antiques and contemporary touches is really what traditional American decorating is about -- old things and new things all look simultaneously and perfectly worn yet fresh.