Tuesday, January 15, 2013

For Love of the Letter : Monograms

It probably all started when our mom stamped our names into the back of our waistbands before we headed off to sleep-away camp; there's something undeniably satisfying about marking your territory with your signature.  So while the stamp has long been put away, we continue to love all things monogrammed.  Simultaneously refined and whimsical, the monogram actually dates back to as early as 350 B.C., when the first two letters of Greek cities appeared on coins.  Since then, these simple two and three letter combinations have gone from signifying monarchs to the masses, on everything from statues to stationary.  In fact, up until recently, it was not uncommon for a woman to have her initials embroidered into her dresses and jackets. (One of Liz's prized possessions is a fur jacket with our great-grandmother's initials embroidered on the inside flap!)  So with the resurgence of Prince Alfred slippers and those gosh darn gold necklaces every girl and her mom are wearing, we find the preppy pairings of the alphabet popping up again in mainstream fashion and interiors.  (Really, for us, they never left!)  And the question is not what can we monogram, but what can't we?  Enjoy!  E&L

Nothing classier.  Image courtesy of thegirlwiththepoppedcollar.tumblr.com.
The "it" necklace.  Image origin unknown. 
Image origin unknown.  Find similar at Stubbs & Wootton.
Image via mypinkhouse.blogspot.com (origin unknown).
Image courtesy of Pottery Barn.
Do you have "your" chair at the dinner table?
Image courtesy of Southern Living Style, a home decor book by Southern Living magazine. 
Wall letter light fixture marquee at Wanelo.
Find other modern monogramming ideas at Southern Living magazine.  
Nothing speaks of old world charm and welcomes guests to the dinner table better than personalized napkins. Image courtesy of Martha Stewart.  
Liz is definitely registering for these!  Etched glasses at Pottery Barn.
Make house guests feel extra special with engraved soap in a special scent.
We found these and other personalized gifts at The Monogram Merchant.  
For a special man.  Image origin unknown.  
Yum!  Image courtesy of http://prettystuff.tumblr.com
Oh Ralph.  Image origin unknown.
Hearts be still.  Image origin unknown.
Yup, this is our place!  Find a great DIY tutorial for this monogrammed hanging pendant at thepinkpeonyoflejardin.blogspot.com.



  1. I discovered Stubbs & Wootton too weeks ago. What a cool brand! I love your post, a lot of inspiring pics ;-)

    1. Aren't they great? Thanks so much, Jane! Have a great weekend -


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