Alright, if you’re a regular to this column then you know I’m in love with my label maker and that just about everything in our home, from spices to hair care to my filling absolutely everything is in a neatly labeled file, box, bin or jar but now I’ve taken labeling one step further. Our design team and our local monogramming shop has been monogramming everything from beach and bath towels to bed linens. I think every home deserves a name and ours due to Sam and mine’s self processed Rock and Roll style and attitude and the rocks (boulders, actually) that make up our perimeter fence… we named our home “the Rock House’. So this week Sam took all of our pool towels, summer blankets (we keep a stack of fleece blankets in a basket for those chilly evenings) and a few outdoor toss pillows, as not all of them need to be monogrammed, no matter how ‘hooked’ on something I get, there is a limit and we never want to over do a great style idea.
This is a style tip taken from luxury lifestyles that is not expensive (about eight dollars a towel for stitched logos plus the cost of the towel) but looks and feels expensive and personal- we love to make it our own so we are liberating the idea of monogramming. Consider where you can add your own personal monogram, be it your initials, the name of your house, your first or family name or even a family crest. Perhaps on a pair of pillow shams, a throw cushion, throw blankets even a bathrobe. Or how about creating custom monogrammed dinnerware, you can actually buy the pens to do this yourself at the craft store. Simply purchase some fabulous dinner ware and then using the special ceramic pens add your personal monogram. We have a discarded wine barrel in the kitchen that I use for display and a bar top when entertaining so this morning I added a little touch of personal to it as I monogrammed “Rock House Cellars” onto the front using a silver paint pen-love it!!
Create your own monogram or Google a custom monogramming store on line and let them create something fabulous for you and then consider the possibilities- personalized stationary, barware, dinner ware, linens, towels, pillows, blankets and even upholstery, how cool would a monogrammed headboard or the back of the arm chairs at the head of your dining room table look with your monogram stitched or stenciled on. You could even stencil above your foyer doorway the houses name. We love to employ the monogramming technique in our guest house (or guest bedroom) especially to make our guest’s experience ‘hotel-like’. The computer in the guest bedroom has our monogram as a screen saver and we actually have water bottles on the bedside table with our logo on them. It’s your home, it needs to be personalized so name it and logo it, now that’s fabulous at home!!!
Yesterday I picked up some inexpensive square glass vases, painted the inside of the vases with silver and white spray paint very casually, set a candle inside and oh la la…..fabulous candle display for outside or inside. I like these a lot better than when left clear.