Letter-Perfect: Monograms in Home Design

It’s always interesting to see classic design elements given new life in a modern way. Cool and clean-lined monograms, for instance, fit easily in to the modern traditional style I love, and offer a gracious, personal touch.

Below are some examples of how I’ve woven the monogram into my interiors, as well as some products that give a cheeky riff on this old-school tradition:

Andrew Martin’s Alphabet Side Tables were perfect for a boy’s bedroom. I used his initial, T for Tommy.

I love subtle detail like these custom knobs by Nanz, which I used to give my clients’ cabinetry a more heirloom feel.

Here in Connecticut, I’ve created monogrammed looks with some fantastic sources, including Lynnens in Greenwich, Best Monogram in Washington Depot, and Brooke Boothe Design in nearby Nantucket. However, initial-inspired design ideas and products abound:

I saw these mirrored letter tables at Maison 24 in Bridgehampton over the weekend.

LA Plates has numerous personalized dinnerware options. This chevron plate is very chic, though monogrammed napkins from Fine Linens or placemats from Lynnens would work just as well for the table.

Personalize a sofa or window seat with Jonathan Adler’s Letter Pillows.

Shades of Light makes Custom Monogrammed Lamp Shades.

And initialed hand towels like these from Best Monogram are perfect for a powder room.

What better way to make your home feel your own?

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Images: 1,3 S.B. Long Interiors; 2 via Nanz; 4 via laplates.com; 5 via jonathanadler.com; 6 via shadesoflight.com; 7 via Best Monogram Facebook page

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For as long as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated by design and the subtle impact of our surroundings. Some of my earliest influences still resonate – I think of the dark woods and textured lodens of my father’s shooting club, the smell of fresh paint on a new canvas, and the bold symmetry of the Philip Johnson Glass house just down the street. For me, it was a natural path to become an Interior Designer. I love what I do. I’ve created this Journal to share my thoughts, finds and design inspirations. I hope you enjoy it!

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