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Heaven, With Hangers

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1. Rodin collects vintage silk flowers at flea markets and uses them throughout the apartment.
2. She recently started a line of essential oils for skin that she sells at John Derian.   

Linda Rodin
Stylist and Entrepreneur, Chelsea

These clippings are amazing.
I have boxes and boxes. What you see here is just the tip of the iceberg. I’m thinking of covering a whole living-room wall.

What kinds of things do you hang up?
There’s no rhyme or reason. A picture of a sphinx. The first letter my niece ever wrote me. Vintage flowers and postcards by the billions. My jury-duty slip. I’ll steal napkins from restaurants. Most of all, I love anything aquatic: shells, turtle, waves.

Why aquatic?
I’m a Pisces. Growing up, my favorite movie was Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid. I think I was a mermaid in a past life.

How lovely.
I have this thing about the sea. People do yoga, but I collect shells to relax. Just give me a beach and a bucket and I’m happy.

Is that why your closet’s turquoise?
Yes, and pink because it’s like the inside of a shell. I even have a turquoise tattoo. I went to a famous guy in L.A., where it takes two years to get an appointment. My wrist says NICK, after my nephew who was in Iraq. I never wanted a tattoo in my life before that; it has to mean something.

Why do you have so many basset-hound photos?
My best friend, Laetitia Casta, gave me a basset-hound puppy for Christmas eight years ago. She just said, “Merry Christmas!” His ears were hanging out of her coat. That was the end of my life.

This closet is your home office. What are you working on these days?
I make a skin elixir with eleven essential oils. The formula is written on a little piece of paper stuck in a book hidden in my apartment. Only I know where it is.

What’s in the boxes at the top?
At first, I was very organized, but now I can’t remember what’s up there, other than a million cassette tapes. I don’t even have a cassette player.

Where did you get the beautiful chandelier?
An old lady died in my building years ago. The super told me I could go in and take anything I wanted. That was the only thing I took.


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