Custom Monograms

Originally, monogramming was not for decorative purposes, but for identification on wash day.  Before long, a monogram evolved into a way to show wealth.   This is still true, to some extent, today.  Having monogrammed bedding, towels or table linens is the mark of a well kept home and a thoughtful homeowner and gives items a feeling of importance.  A monogram can come in infinite styles and fonts.


As those of you that know me in real life know, my husband and I have the same first and last initials (JF) so the only monogramming I have done so far is a set of pillow shams – Mine – JCF, my husband’s JPF.  I wanted to create something special that I could use decoratively that uses our common intiials.  Here is what I created:

This is my husband's favorite. He says it reminds him of the Van Halen logo.

I am sure a graphic designer could come up with tons more, I just used the fonts available on my laptop.  I haven’t picked a favorite yet, nor have I found a place to apply it.  If it weren’t for the covenants in our neighborhood, I would be tempted to put one on our front door.  Which one is your favorite?


About sanctuaryhome

The Sanctuary Home blog was created in May 2009 to augment my interior design business, Jamie Foley Interiors. Below is the design philosophy that guides my business and this blog. A beautiful house isn’t a home unless it speaks to its occupants and fits their lifestyle in appropriate and unique ways. I believe that design can be approached in two ways. The first is from the gut, what feels right. The second is from a logical methodical perspective. I design using the second approach. I feel that having a reason why a piece is selected, having similar elements in the room or throughout the home makes it feel unified even if the similarities are not obvious to the casual observer. It makes a home feel special and contemplative. Building the interior of a home is a process. I create a plan for investment pieces that will last a lifetime, filling in with less expensive, less important pieces that can be replaced when they wear out or look dated with additional investment pieces or of the moment trendy items that update the home. Using vintage or antique pieces with new grounds a home. If everything in a home is new, it feels like a model home, it has no soul. If you use all old pieces, if feels like you live in a garage sale. The beauty is in the mix. Creating timeless interiors involves using pieces from all design styles. It gives the home a layered look and allows a home to look as if the pieces have been acquired over time. Using furniture from all one style or period makes a home look fussy and intimidating. I look forward to working with clients with all budgets and design aesthetics to create a home that special to their family. I encourage clients to express their individuality throughout the entire design process, this ensures your home fits your needs and will delight you every time you walk through the door.
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3 Responses to Custom Monograms

  1. Martha K says:

    Oh that Jim…. I particularly like the very first and the very last ones. Completely different, but both very eye-catching.

  2. Van Halen! That’s one way to get hubs involved, isn’t it? Ha.

    I have a monogram question: What initials do you use when you didn’t take your husband’s name and you have different last names? For towels, for instance.

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