Monograms have always been a staple of Southern homes. Those three letters - in many different fonts - mark towels, linens, glassware, and more. As much as we want to think we invented monograms in the South, that’s far from the truth! Monograms can be found all the way back to the 6th century, where they were used as artists’ marks.
Monograms were a traditional way to mark gifts for brides back in the day, to personalize things that would go into her new home. For aristocrats during the 19th century, monograms also marked silver pieces like flatware and tea services. And then in the ‘80s, monograms really hit it big as part of the preppy movement.
One thing that seems to stump people is the proper order of initials. The traditional way is to have the first initial of the person’s first name, then the last name’s initial in the center (and larger), followed by the middle name initial. So mine would be BLC for Beth Coffin Lindsey.
Today you can see monograms that are a single initial, all initials in the same size, seriously scrolled, and plainly blocked. They’re all fantastic!
You can also monogram just about anything today - plates, serving items, your car (with window clings) and more. If you can put an initial on it, it’s on trend today.
How do you feel about monograms? Do you have your initials on your linens at home? Let me know in the comments below! And be sure to check out my Monograms pinboard here.