Interior designer Leigh Jones has been in love with textiles since she began in the industry more than forty years ago. After meeting luxury textile dealer Pandora de Balthazár many years ago, she knew she wanted to allocate part of her career to collecting and supplying fine European textiles and antique linens.

In fact, in her shop she has an entire section devoted to Hungarian goose  down, luxury bedding, and antique linens. “It’s never been a hobby,” Jones asserts. “It’s a passion, and I can’t really explain why.”

Most of her linens are called “primitive” linens because they can be used every day. Functionally beautiful, they are perfect for everything from covering tables to sleeping on. Linens and pillows like these can even be used to create the most enchanting outdoor picnic for friends and family, adding a sense of formality that still puts people at ease.

Jones put this on display recently when she styled a charming al fresco event on her friend’s porch, demonstrating the kind of casual elegance that can be created right at home with collected linens. With a mix of everyday glass, china, and flatware, combined with antique linens and simple embellishments, the gathering feels both comfortable and special.