Saturday, March 23, 2013

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Target is On Target!

The best collection I have ever seen from Target has just been introduced.... Threshold!! See what they have to offer and how I have used their amazingly priced accessories and furniture in my home! More to come!

The Threshold Collection by Target
The 4 page fold out advertisement I have seen in House Beautiful Magazine and Coastal Living

Happy Shopping!!!! Check the website for a wider selection than you may find in stores....

House Beautiful

"Monograms are timeless- they can be traditional or modern. They make items more personal and meaningful, and are also a great colorful detail."
- Courtney Fertitta as quoted in the April 2013 House Beautiful Magazine
Here are some creative ways to use monograms in your home!
Stationary and Invitation Letterhead

Luggage from Boulevard

Seersucker Clutch Bags from SouthernBeaus on Etsy

Cosmetic Bag from Leontine Linens

Cocktail napkins from Mark and Graham

Easter Wreath from Etsy

Custom monogrammed headboard and pillows

Custom pillows

Monogrammed Christmas stockings from Etsy

Custom pillows

Monogrammed antique chandelier

Outdoor pillows from Frontgate and Grandin Road

Happy customized shopping!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Lively Linens

Think about it. How much time do you think you spend with your sheets, towels, blankets, bathrobes, pillows, and all of the things that are meant to keep you warm, cozy and clean? If you're lucky, you're able to enjoy eight or more hours in a cocoon of sheets and blankets before your alarm clock forces you to prepare for a new day. Eventually your snooze button stops cooperating and you dash to the bathroom where bath towels are a simple necessity for your morning routine. At the end of a long day, you are back in your bathroom getting ready to climb back into your cocoon. You are constantly in contact with your linens. They are a simple necessity. But why not upgrade them to a luxury? Why not LOVE those linens that you spend so much time using, washing, folding...? 

I challenge you to toss those thin, stained, old, and just plain ugly sheets and towels. How about upgrading your linens to some that are personalized (monograms, anyone?) and luxurious. I promise you that each day will be a bit more comfortable, enjoyable, and special. Ordering lovely linens is easy. Pick up the phone, get online. So take the plunge. You deserve it!

Here are some of my favorite companies that specialize in reminding you that you are special by making you feel special. Because you ARE!

Leontine Linens 
Leontine Linens is a true master of their craft. Their cotton is fluffy, thick and simply irresistible. You have probably never experienced towels, sheets, robes, or any linen that is so beautiful and sensationally spectacular. Their monogram selection is endless and their applique monograms are glorious. Their prices reflect their superior quality and you're sure to enjoy their customer service.

Below: Embroidered hand towels

Below: Applique scallop bordered table linens

Matouk ~ Lulu DK for Matouk
Matouk is probably the most popular and widely available luxury linen company that specializes in custom orders. They offer a wide selection of bed linens, bath towels, and accessories including fluffy robes and one of a kind customized pillows. Their bold, rich color selections set Matouk apart from their competitors. Their applique monograms are some of the most beautiful that I have seen. Their sister brand, Lulu DK, offers funky, younger styles that are fun compliments to their more traditional Matouk line. Matouk is generally less expensive than Leontine Linens depending on your monogram and style selections. 

Below: Matouk's extensive monogram selection
Below: Unique table linens; place mats and cocktail napkins

Below: Matouk's signature scalloped applique edging and 
monogrammed bed linens- my favorite Matouk product 

Mark & Graham
I recently discovered Mark & Graham while reading last month's Southern Living Magazine, which featured their monogrammed grosgrain cocktail napkins (see below) which I mention in my last blog entry. This online store is one of my favorite recent discoveries! Their selection is extensive and their price point is incredibly affordable for such high quality, personalized and beautiful items. Mark & Graham is my new go-to for wedding and birthday gifts (and, of course, treats for myself!)

Above: Cashmere monogrammed ballet slippers

Tally-Ho Designs
I have loved my Tally-Ho Designs accessories for as long as I can remember. Their fun, functional and preppy cosmetic bags, jewelry pouches, lingerie envelopes and anything a girl could ever want are offered in hundreds of fabrics and can be appliqued with unlimited monogram styles. These make the perfect gift for a friend or yourself! Order in advance because each bag is handmade and takes several weeks to arrive. Be warned! You can't order just one!     

Sferra Linens 
Beautiful linens that can be monogrammed from a wide selection of styles. Sferra is a more affordable option than Leontine or Matouk. Check their website frequently for amazing discounts and online sales! 

And here are a few other favorites that are worth exploring if you are in the market for beautiful linens...

Claridge + King: a Houston based women's clothing line inspired by menswear tailoring and fabrics
Pretty Plum Sugar: robes and loungerie for breezy happiness, cozy comfort and easy-living chic

Seda France: produces hand poured candles in an array of designs and fragrances, including Japanese Quince, as seen on the Oprah Winfrey show

Marley Lilly: Huge assortment of monogrammed and personalized gifts; affordable  

Serena & Lily: Inspired by the iconic West Coast lifestyle, Serena & Lily designs fresh, style-driven bedding for the entire family

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