Monograms 101

In the fast-paced and commercialized environment we live in these days, I always appreciate when there is a touch of personalization in the home. Where I live in the South, monograms are an element that have always been and always will be a source of personalization. It is an easy way to spruce up your space without adding too much effort. My favorite place to add a monogram 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. Below is some etiquette on how to properly execute a monogram. Store this away for the future as I’m sure you will need it!

  1. 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).
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Items to put monograms on:

  • Pillows
  • Linens
  • Cocktail napkins
  • Trays
  • Luggage
  • Stationary
  • Drapes
  • Crystal glasses
  • Totes
  • Towels
  • Jewelry
  • Loafers