One letter if you want to use just your
first initial (E for Elizabeth) or the first letter
of your last name (H for Hadley).
Two letters If you prefer to use the
initials of your first and last names
(DD for Dorothy Draper) or the last initials
of a couple with different last names.
Three letters if you want to include the
initials of your first, middle, and last names
or the first and last initials of a couple sharing the same last
name. Keep in mind that the first letter of the last name goes
in the center (JKJ for John and Jacqueline Kennedy).
According to tradition, the husband’s initial goes on the left
on everything except bed linens.
domino contributor Paloma Contreras—
founder of the blog La Dolce Vita—celebrates
the monogram, a classic design staple.
text by Paloma Contreras
I've been thinking a lot lately about true design
essentials. It's so easy to get caught up in a world
of trends, excess, and clutter. But, just as there
are wardrobe staples that every woman should
have in her closet-a timeless trench coat, a little
black dress that works for any occasion–there
are a handful of classic elements that I believe
deserve a place in every home.
Especially in the South, where I live, monograms are one of these essential
elements. Many families have a "house monogram" that appears on
everything from their bed linens and cocktail napkins to their china
and crystal. While these custom designs are best used in moderation (isn't
everything?), they're a fabulous way to add a personal detail.
Monograms are also an easy way to add a bespoke touch to your home at a
much lower price point than a custom piece of furniture. Cocktail hour is
certainly more memorable when accompanied by monogrammed linen
napkins rather than, say, generic paper ones.
My favorite place to use monograms is on bedding. I prefer crisp white
linens with a contrasting monogram—it’s an easy way to elevate the overall
look of a bedroom, while adding a personal, romantic detail. My current
bedding is white with chocolate chain-link embroidery and an overscale
monogram in matching thread. But if you prefer a subtler look, you can opt
for a smaller monogram in the same colorway as your bedding.
There are many retailers who specialize
exclusively in monogrammed goods—such as
Leontine Linens, Julia B., and Mark and
Graham-in a variety of styles and price points.
I've always thought that the best design
elements are those that span fashion and
decor. A monogram could appear (and look
equally great) on a pair of Stubbs & Wootton
slippers, a Goyard bag, or a serving tray.
When used with restraint, the items bearing
your initials will add timeless style and
personality to your home.