Monogram Mania!

I recently finished a photo shoot for the August issue of Southern Living that reminded me, once again, of how much I love monograms!  I had the idea for the table down and I knew what I wanted but as I set the table out in the days before the shoot, I realized that it still needed a bit of a punch!  I was excited about using crisp white linens but I just felt that something was missing.  I meandered in to one of my favorite stores, Madison, in Highland Park Village and discovered just what it was!  A monogram!  Madison rushed and made me the perfect monogram in green and white stripe thread and in an over sized design.  You will have to wait until August to see it but I promise it is worth the wait!  Thank you Madison!

Marking your linens goes way back to the medieval times when many generations of a family might reside under the same roof.  They would mark their initials on their linens so that they could keep track who owned what on laundry day!  Doesn’t sound very glamorous!

In the 1950’s there was a resurgence of monograms because technology allowed sewing machines to make them.  Everything from poodle skirts to cardigans was monogrammed just because it was the popular thing to do!

Today, the monogram is a lovely way to personalize your things when so many of our things seem mass produced.  It is a simple luxury and one that I love from a design perspective too!

I love anything monogrammed.  Here a few of my favorite things:

Sandals from Jack Rogers  $158.00

Bloomers and Diaper Covers from The Monogram Shop  $45.00

Bed Linens from Leontine Linens (prices at

LL Bean Boat & Tote Bags  (Starting at $17.95)

What do you have monogrammed?


  1. Jill on June 2, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    I live in STL and monogramming is very popular here. You can get just about anything monogrammed, dinner ware, lampshade, clothing, bikinis, underwear, car mats at our local store. I have not gone too overboard but I like my linens to be be monogrammed:)

  2. LaLa on June 2, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    I received some fabulous monogrammed Bath Towels as a wedding present. They were the first thing I received with my new initial on it 😉 I LOVE them.

  3. Sheer Serendipity on June 2, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    Thanks for sharing! I am your newest follower.

  4. Susan Spindler on June 3, 2011 at 1:29 am

    I recently did a clients wall. Looked very cool.

  5. Duchess on June 5, 2011 at 2:04 am

    Monograms make everything more fabulous! Check out my favorite monogrammer:

  6. Nicole on June 7, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    I have a boat tote from Land's End with my initials monogrammed on it. I received it as a gift for being in someone's wedding. I liked the idea so much, I did the same thing for my wedding party in my wedding. The totes are so functional, sturdy, and cute. LOVE THEM!

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