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BRIANA: What about monograms/initials for this week? I was cleaning out some of my email folders and remembered this newsletter from C. Wonder. It was actually an April Fool’s joke that redirected here (ha!), but they totally do have tons of monogrammed decor stuff

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LIZ: Bring it on! I think people monogram things far too often. No one needs their initials embroidered on socks, toilet paper holders or underwear. And yet

BRIANA: Haha, oh, it is so on! Opening this thread wide right now. Folks, are monograms and initials a capital (letter) idea or just excessive branding?

JESSICA: When I was still in school, my friend’s mom sent him monogrammed sheets, and to this day, we are still making fun of him for it. They’re cute and make sense for weddings, though.

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MARIANNE: I’m with Jessica. Monograms are fine for weddings or stationary, but if I see another car with a huge monogram on the back window ever again, it will be too soon. I have monogram fatigue.

KERI: YES! I love monograms, but not on everything. Delicate jewelry? Check. Your car? No, just no. Side note: I happen to know that Kayla has a bag like this one, and I lust after it every time she uses it. She’s got monogram-chic down.



KERI: Somehow I missed this entire conversation while I was writing my response. This is just proof positive that the monogrammed car decals are THE WORST.

LIZ: The monogrammed car decal is the stick family’s equally evil sibling.

LILI: I have never seen this. Is this a thing people are doing in the South? Show me proof! I thought monograms only lived on stationary and towels in the homes of the wealthy?

MARIANNE: I’d say monogram overload is probably FAR more common in the South, yes.

LEANNE: Monograms are the Southern version of “Put a bird on it.”

FARIMA: I absolutely despise monograms. One initial is okay, but the 3-letter monogram is overkill.

KERI: I’d like to point out that the first page of Marianne’s link shows a monogrammed sports bra…umm. Why, people? That is just upsetting to me.

HANNAH SLAUGHTER: Oh, come on, Keri. What if you’re in the gym locker room and you’re all like, “OMG, which sports bra is mine? Which towel is mine? Which deodorant is mine?” Is it a trend or are we Southerners just prone to losing things?

KERI: Haha, I hadn’t thought of that Hannah. In that case, I think I’m going to have to leave work early today so I can MONOGRAM ALL THE THINGS!

LIZ: I’m not a cursive monogram fan — they’re just too frilly for me. But, the block-letter versions are much better, on a small scale, at least. I would wear this necklace. But #3 on this list? NOT cute.

GRANT: I’ve loved monograms since I was a kid watching Family Ties (I had a sweater or two modeled after Alex P. Keaton).

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I’ll proudly blazon a “G,” “GD” or a “GCD” on anything (I have a big “G” hanging on the wall in my den).

HANNAH SLAUGHTER: Yes, truth be told, I’m totally with Grant. I grew up with a mother that loved Lands’ End’s monogramming service and the habit stuck.

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  4. I agree completely with what you said. Great Stuff. Maintain it going..

  5. Michelle says:

    Too much about 'me'….would not do:)

  6. Sharon says:

    Classic and timeless. In moderation.

  7. sue says:

    On my home? What a "selfie". Too much ME, ME, ME

  8. Rosewood11 says:

    Monograms: In a child's room, maybe. Geometric wallpaper: In a dumpster, instantly!!!

  9. Mary C says:

    I love monogrammed sheets and towels. I can't think of anywhere else that I like them.

Briana MowreyBriana is a writer and senior editor for HGTV.com. Her self-described design style is "mid-century modern magpie." She lives in a Brooklyn apartment with her husband, their spoiled dachshund, Chauncey,...


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