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Monogram mania: Put your mark on your decor

 

McClatchy-Tribune News Service

We have been mad about monograms for years, but this spring, we're taking these lovely letters to new heights. If you want to add a little something extra, a touch of class, a small detail that makes your rooms so personal and unique, add some monograms. Here are four spots to put your mark on:

•  Pillows are the perfect place for a monogram. Think of the pillow places throughout your home, like your bed, sofa, window seat or dining room chairs, as easels for pillows emblazed with your monogram. We're having lots of fun adding monograms to all sorts of pillows that are displayed in all sorts of places.

Try a matched set of monograms on gorgeous euro shams. Or, you could do one euro for him and one for her.

If you love your current bedding but want to make your bedroom a bit more personal, add one small lumbar pillow bearing your monogram to cap your pillow display.

Lumbar pillows are also ideal to showcase at the center of your sofa, on a bench in the hallway, on the dining room table host and hostess chairs.

Know someone who is getting married? Have their initials monogrammed on a pillow for a treasured gift. It's also a great gift for the new graduate just starting her own home.

Square pillows are also a super size to toss in anywhere.

•  Monogrammed furniture is an instant heirloom. Add your signature to your upholstered furniture with a monogram. It's easier than you think, and we do it all the time for our store's customers.

Ask your upholsterer how much fabric you will need for the area that will be monogrammed, select your fabric, and pick your monogram style and color. Your upholsterer will use the monogramed cloth to create an instant heirloom.

•  Linens personalize your table. Beautiful linens are an essential for creating a memorable tablescape. A monogram makes a tablecloth transcendent.

•  Add a delightful detail to your home decor. I love to do inventive things to decorate my door, like zipping it up with a metal monogram. You can paint them any color you want to make them even more personal.

Have a daughter going off to college? Paint her monogram in her school colors to decorate her dorm room. College girls have gone completely crazy over monogram decor for their dorms.

Add a monogram to your window coverings, shower curtains, throw blankets or baby bedding. The sky is the limit!

This column was adapted from Mary Carol Garrity's blog at www.nellhills.com. She can be reached at marycarol@nellhills.com.

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