This season I am seeing monograms used everywhere,
from clothing and handbags, to table linens and pillows.
A monogram adds an elegant, classic touch to any room.
But lettering and monograms aren't limited only to fabric.
We can personalize our walls, too.
It's a great way to put a unique stamp on our homes.
The walls of this dining room
were painted first with a faded map of the Mediterranean,
including places sentimental to the client.
Then, I lettered the names of their favorite Italian cities.
The walls are a perfect backdrop
for the owner's European-inspired decor,
and a reminder of the places they've visited.
Plus, the walls get conversation started
when friends come for dinner.
Words can also inspire.
I often use them to decorate
the narrow space above kitchen cabinets.
Embellished with hand-painted vines and fruit,
is a familiar verse, Galatians 5:22.
"The Fruit of the Spirit is Love, Joy, Peace,
Patience, Kindness, Goodness,
Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self-control."
One busy Mom told me she wanted to look up
from her seat at the table
and see the word "Patience" every day,
because with three very active pre-schoolers,
she needed a reminder!
And sometimes, a simple single monogram
can be very effective.
As I painted this in a teenager's elegant, girly-girl room,
I wondered if she'd ever want leave home
for life for a dorm-room.
As you look around your home,
you'll see places here lettering could be used.
Finding a spot in your home for the words won't be difficult,
but often deciding what to say is.
Should your message be whimsical?
Only you can decide.
If your imagination needs a jumpstart,
there are websites that offer hundreds of suggestions.
You might like to begin with http://www.quoteland.com/.
Then the question becomes how to geet the writing on the wall. Here are two suggestions.
Both involve having your quote cut from vinyl material
that will adhere to the wall.
Both are easy.
Both are perfect for folks who feel "painting impaired."
In one instance, vinyl letters are applied directly to the wall.
Check out http://www.walldecor.com/ for this.
Or, discard the letters and use the cut-out vinyl as a stencil.
You simply paint inside the cut-out.
I use http://www.themadstencilist.com/ for this.
Look at the Say What section of their site.
So go ahead.....don't be shy. Express yourself.