by Marisa Marcantonio

Substantial and shiny, the oversized round monogram pendants of Cinco Powell won't exactly go unnoticed. Statement making accessories, the attention getters that they are, allow your individuality to shine through.  Whether you are wearing it as a necklace, using it as a keychain, or as a decorative accessory on your bag, Cinco Powell's hubcap-sized (at 30 inches!) medallion tags with engraved monogram and colorful enamel border of your choosing are chic as can be.

Photos courtesy of Cinco Powell

The classic medallion with circular monogram and teal enamel border reminds me of things I had with my monogram as a child of the 80's. So basically, what's not to like? If nostalgia is involved, count me in.

The same piece with a lime enamel border. Maybe I can get a fall and summer version for seasonal color shifts.

The same great monogram with the palest blue border.

Like a silver dollar, these things have heft. Here, the chartreuse border adds zing.


by Marisa Marcantonio

Is it time to hit refresh on your bedding? Have you been holding off on buying new bedding for your children? Well, Mark and Graham, the (newish) purveyors of everything monogrammed with a fresh twist has JUST launched a new bedding line.  Infusing classic, white 300 thread count bedding with everything from navy ribbon borders to pin tucked shams available with a bevy of modern monograms, their introductions will add a burst of fresh air to your bedroom. Play with the scale and color choices to settle upon the right thing, choosing from 8 rooted-in-the-classics linen styles.  As always, monogramming is included in the price and fast delivery (like 8 days fast) is part of the deal.

Italian Double Ribbon Duvet and Shams with a navy ribbon edge is neo prep at its best. If you have kids going back to school, this could be just the right gift for their dorm room.

Assorted monogram styles available on the Italian Double Ribbon Shams. The green E/R is pretty great.

Italian Hemstitched Grosgrain Duvet and Shams in Cloud Grey.

Italian Hemstitched Grosgrain Shams, a nice choice for a simply elegant bed.

Make Your Mark Cotton Canvas Shams are digitally printed. Choose from monograms or sayings in mint julep green, turquoise, yellow orange and more. Hello, gift giving.

Crisp White Pintuck Duvet Cover and Shams for those that love the tailored look of pleats. Lots of em.

Crisp White Pintuck Duvet Shams 

Geo Matelasse Quilt and Shams have a nice texture that comes from the stitching done to get a quilting effect.

Geo Matelasse Shams

Perfect for coastal environs, the Beachport Sheet Set, which comes in blue and white or red and white stripes is the oxford shirt of bedding. The crisper the better.

Like the corner of a men's dress shirt, the striped bedding looks better with a personal touch.


by Marisa Marcantonio

Photo courtesy of Mark and Graham
With Mark and Graham's glass domed cake stand the medium is the message. Heading into wedding season, the hunt for the perfect gift stops here. Baked goods can now take a starring role on the counter top when placed under the monogrammed cloche and curved pedestal stand. Engrave the lid with a special date, house or last name in a host of monogram choices for a meaningful and thoughtful gift.


by Marisa Marcantonio

Monogram madness has taken hold. After seeing a return to all things initialed and personalized over the past several years, the smart people behind Williams Sonoma and Pottery Barn have just launched a new sister brand, Mark and Graham. Good design is at the core of the new brand, where a simple, clean, pared-down aesthetic rules. The make -it-your-own craze, combined with the plethora of great fonts, pretty packaging and an easy to use website will make holiday gift buying snappy.  Just think, you can check the wedding/shower/hostess gifts off your running list. Covering the gamut with staple entertaining items like elegant glassware and zippy napkins to cozy throws and log holders, most items can be monogrammed with an array of font and monogram styles. On your mark, get set shop, and get a head start on that list. Here are some stylish items that caught my eye:

 With easy to carry loop handles, a monogrammed glass Ice Bucket is a a go-to wedding gift.

Pretty script initials on a Mouth blown Classic Tall Glass Pitcher makes mixing a house drink that much more special.

Stock up for your Derby Juleps now with nickel-plated brass Hexagonal Mint Julep Cups that come in a set of 2. Or, use them to store makeup brushes in style.

Trays make the best gifts, especially this acrylic monogrammed version with cut out handles. For acrylic, the price is great.

In either silver or gold plate, everyone needs a  Classic Oval Signet Ring with their initial on it.

Feeling like getting gifty in advance? A peppy preppy Striped Domed Paperweight in glass is sharp choice for stockings, work friends and those that love their papers in order.

By far some of the cutest mats I have ever seen, scallop-edged Good Morning! Placemats are great to wake up to. They give a reason to rise and shine and sit at the table. Available in a set of 4.

Festive and fun, candy colored ribbon edged Typographer's Cotton Napkins in sateen are available in sets of 4 or 8.

With lime green, magenta and orange borders, natural linen Cocktail Napkins with monograms will get the party started.

A double band of colored grosgrain ribbon makes the edge of monogrammed Guest Towels stylish.

Get and give cozy. Monogrammed Cashmere Blanket with a contrast edge will be a staple this winter.

Their lined Everyday Leather Tote with monogram is generous size for toting stuff hither and yon. Choose from red, porcelain blue, white, brown and gray.