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Monograms for the Home

Personalizing an item with a monogram dates back to the 19th century when ladies hand stitched their married initials onto their trousseau pieces.  It fell somewhat out of favor during World War I when women needed to work out of the home to support the war effort.  In the mid 20th century though, with the invention of the embroidery machine, monogramming came back into fashion.  Then and now, it is de rigueur for Southern brides to receive some some type of monogrammed item when they marry.

Peacock Alley

Monograms can incorporate multiple names or just a single letter and are either embroidered, etched, embossed, or painted onto home items.  Whether plain or intricately interwoven patterned, monograms are an ideal way to embellish your home.

Table linens

Julia B.

Julia B.

Always versatile monogrammed pillows

Eastern Accents

Chair back with elegant single initial monogram backs

Ethan Allen

A wide variety of personalized china can be found at Sasha Nicholas

Sasha Nicholas

Flatware is embellished with a simple script initial

River Ridge

Glass and bar ware are ideal for monogramming

Williams Sonoma

The fur kids enjoy personalized items too!

Felix Chien

Mr. H says: There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort-Enjoy!

Fun with (faux) fur

I know-you must think I’m crazy. The suggestion to add fur to your décor may seem ridiculous when you have furry children. Since we have two dogs and two cats shedding fur in copious amounts, I often think of setting up a loom and knitting some sweaters with the hopes that pet fur apparel may be the next new fashion trend. But seriously….faux fur can be a marvelous decorative accent.

Just look at these wonderful throw pillows

Fabulous Furs Fox Pillows

Fabulous Furs

And who wouldn’t want to cuddle up on a chilly night with this coyote faux fur throw

Fabulous Furs Faux Coyote throw

Fabulous Furs

And don’t forget about an area rug in a faux lamb dark chocolate.

Fabulous Furs lamb rug

Fabulous Furs

Bonus: It’s great camouflage for dog fur!

All the images are from Donna Salyers’ Fabulous Furs

Mr. H says: Having the wrong accessories in a room is like wearing sneakers with a tuxedo-Enjoy!

Welcome Fall!

Fall officially starts today at 11:09PM tonight.  With the temp’s still saying summer-why not get in the spirit with a festive new arrangement for the dining table?

Distinctive Design Autumn mix

Distinctive Design

This beauty certainly feels like fall.  It’s from Distinctive Designs www.distinctivedeseigns.com

Speaking of dining here is what’s on the supper party menu tonight:

Roasted Red Pepper Soup*

Lime Marinated Broiled Salmon

Squash Casserole

Mesclun greens with tomato vinaigrette

Chocolates and fresh Orange slices

*Roasted Red Pepper Soup Recipe

4 cups beef broth

2 12 oz. jars roasted red peppers, chopped
1 onion thinly sliced
3 TBL lemon juice
1 TBL lemon zest

¼ TSP cinnamon

Shake of cayenne pepper
¼ cup cilantro, finely chopped

In a 3- to 4-quart pan combine beef broth, peppers, onion, lemon juice and zest, cinnamon and cayenne and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes partially covered.

Puree soup in a blender and return to pan.  Add cilantro and reheat.

Mr. H says: Eating is an indoor sport-make sure your table is as pleasant as the game-Enjoy!

Designer Dog Beds

Welcome!  Hampton and I our pleased to launch our Black Dog Design Blog.  We want to share our thoughts on interior design, entertaining, food, and general Charleston living. 

What could be more fitting then to kick things off with a feature on designer dog beds!  All dog owmers have them-those dirty, hideous look pillows lying about that we think our dogs should lie on.  Of course, since most dogs consider themselves far superior they would prefer to lounge on the sofa or better yet your bed. 

Why not treat them like the King and Queens they think they are with this fabulous creation:

Glamour Dog Store dog bed

Glamour Dog

Handpainted with paws and dancing dog bones this bed would make a statement in any decor!

Dog bone dog bed

Glamour Dog

I know Mr. H would enjoy snoozing away on this:

Dog day bed

Max Comfort

Mahogany wood with a big fluffy cushion-Dog Heaven!

Mahogany dog bed

Glamour Dog

And this one is certainly fit for a princess:

Princess dog bed

Glamour Dog

But seriously, a comfy floor pillow may be all you need to keep them off the sofa-just don’t forget the monogram!

Monogram dog bed

Pottery Barn

Mr. H says: Tastes change but comfort is always in style-Enjoy!
Photos from: glamourdog.com and potterybarn.com