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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.

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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

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The fur kids enjoy personalized items too!

Felix Chien

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

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Interior Design Trends for 2016

Happy New Year!  January is the perfect time to implement those home updates you’ve been wanting to pursue.  Read on for interior design trends that you may want to incorporate into your next interior design project.

Black And Gray Appliances:  While colored appliances have been trending for some time.  For those that are terrified of a cobalt blue refrigerator, there are some new alternatives to the polished stainless steel that has dominated the appliance industry.  Dark gray and blackened steel are showing up in product lines giving consumers neutral, matte choices that don’t show fingerprints and work seamlessly into most kitchen concepts.

GE slate gray appliance color

Simplicity Of Design: The architect, Mies van der Rohe’s mantra of  ‘less is more’ will dominate interiors in 2016.  Elegant spaces with luxurious finishes, upscale furniture pieces and minimal embellishments are the on trend style.

Photo by Amy Kartheiser Design

Formal Dining: Regardless of whether you have a separate dining room or not, enjoying a meal at a fully appointed table is in fashion again.

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Furniture With Curves: We are instinctual drawn to organic curves and soft edges, while angles and straight lines often create a subconscious discomfort.  Look for sinuous furniture forms to be in abundance at this year’s furnishings markets.

Swaim furniture F315 dining chair

Brownstone Furniture Palmer Cocktail Table
Brownstone Furniture

Global Influence:  The ethnic trend will continue well into 2016 with exotic patterns and vibrant colors energizing textiles and furnishings in the interior design industry.

Kravet Jaipur Fabric Collection

Tech Free Living Rooms:  Bring back the art conversation by going tech free in living room by banning TV, computers and wireless.  Have guests check their phones at the door for an unplugged evening of personal re-connection.

Candice Olson-Curated Kravet

Mr. H says: In the New Year celebrate what you want to see more of-Enjoy!

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Five Festive Christmas Tabletops

The countdown is on before the big Christmas meal.  Find inspiration for your holiday table decor with these elegant and unexpected design ideas.

North Carolina interior designer Kathryn Greeley, is no stranger to creating a luscious table top having authored the eye candy packed book The Collected Tabletop.   Layering china patterns with hand blown martini glasses and beaded holly place mats hit all the notes for a lavish Christmas party.

Kathryn Greeley The Collected Tabletop Christmas

Better Homes and Gardens TV host, Tara Dennis is well known for her decorating, style and craft ideas.  Keeping things fresh and simple she crafted this beach inspired Christmas tablescape with just a few basics.  Natural linens, solid plates and plain glassware, along with a scattering of shells, is sure to transport diners to a tranquil beach.

Tara Dennis Beach Christmas tabletop

Tara Dennis Beach Christmas centerpiece

Red, green and white elements set a simple yet classic holiday table.

Pottery Barn

Sweet Peach featured this playful, kid friendly Christmas table by Beth Lord.  Utilizing vintage ornaments under glass, wrapped “gifts” and mismatched table ware, she sets the stage for laid back holiday supper.

Sweet Peach holiday table top

A mix of Waterford and Lenox “Holiday” china sets a gorgeous holiday table.

Mr H. says: The best memories are those made gathered around the table-Enjoy!

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Interior Design Trend: Rose Gold Finish

Warm and inviting.  That is how best to describe the hottest new new rose gold metallic design trend.  As most homeowners rebuff the gold finishes of the 1980s in favor of polished nickel or stainless steel, warmer metals are creeping back into selections.

A subtle cross between brass and copper, the pink undertones of the rose gold metals feels both unique and rich.  It mixes well with other metal finishes and is seen on both modern and traditional products.

An Arteriors chandelier features both rose gold glass and metal.

Arteriors Caviar Large Rose Gold and Rose Glass chandelier

Currey and Company Abercorn Pendant

Currey and Company Abercorn Pendant

Rose gold finish ginkgo leaf metal table lamp by Dimond Lighting

Dimond Ginkgo Leaf Table Lamp in Rose Gold

The Dornbracht “Tara” faucet features a high-gloss finish produced by combining using 18-carat gold and copper.

Dornbracht Tara faucet in Rose Gold

Update your table top this holiday season with rose gold flatware or rose gold hurricane lights

Kate Spade Malmo Rose Gold Flatware

Marchesa by Lenox Imperial Caviar Rose Gold flatware

Rose gold huricane lamps

Add warmth to any space with the Zuo Elio Bar Chair in Rose Gold

Zuo Elio Bar Chair in Rose Gold

Mr. H says: It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold-Enjoy!