Personalized Presents

tsg-Leontinelinens_NOLA13_FINALWhile we like to think that any gift selected with thought and care will be appreciated by the recipient, there’s something about personalized presents that really makes an impact. After all, having something monogrammed means going the extra mile, and when done as beautifully as the above bath and bed linens by New Orleans-based couture linen company Leontine Linens, a gift is transformed into something to be treasured for years to come.

tsg-momogram-Blue-Moon-Memphis4-1Above, Memphis’s Blue Moon Bedding demonstrates how an embroidered pillow can fully complete a well-dressed bed. Those with college-aged recipients on their gift list might want to consider ordering one today.

tsg-monogram-4Monograms can be both sweet and sophisticated. For the younger set, the Bishop Day Gown in pale blue baby flannel with custom hand-embroidered ecru silk monogram by Atlanta’s McCall-Wilder Couture is utterly timeless, and the personalized baby books from Jackson, Mississippi’s Sweet Dreams Children’s Boutique are charming keepsakes. Meanwhile, the French monogrammed towel from Charlotte-based Granville is a classic accessory perfect for any well-appointed powder room (and a lovely hostess gift).

tsg-monogram-6New Orleans-based Leontine Linens is known far and wide for their highly coveted personalized presents, and the lavender Davis cashmere throw with embroidered monogram (top, left) and seersucker Pawley robe with Camille appliqué monogram both demonstrate why. We’ll take one of each. Blue Moon Bedding’s carefully layered daybed shows yet again how a monogrammed boudoir pillow is always a fabulous (and feminine) finishing touch.

tsg-CLB-monogrammed-pillowsAlready luxurious items can be elevated even further with a well-placed personal detail. Above, travel pillows and blankets available from Chicago Luxury Beds are embellished with initials, symbols, names, phrases, and a skyline, making them easily identifiable while adding personality. What frequent flier wouldn’t appreciate that?

tsg-monogram-7Chicago-based Elizabeth Grace creates gorgeous custom stationery, as proven by her work shown above, including monogrammed coasters that would be fun surprises in someone’s stocking. Those who wish to cozy up on the sofa without having to share a blanket would likely enjoy the embroidered herringbone throw, available from South in Chapel Hill. And for the hard-to-buy-for person on your list who loves to entertain, a set of six white-on-white napkins bearing a single initial, available from Birmingham’s Table Matters, are sure to please.

tsg-monogram-5Jewelry and accessories are always a welcome gift, however, when engraved they can go from a lovely present to something truly memorable to be passed along for generations. With room enough for a phrase, date, or initials, the Laura Pearce Ltd. signature 18k yellow gold cuff and yellow gold intaglio ring (bottom, right) are both elegant and classic, while the gold monogrammed brush from Lori Jayne Monogramming in Palm Beach (bottom, left) would add a ladylike element to any dressing table.

For the monogram-lover or those just starting to build their personalized linen collection, there is no better present than “Linen Queen” Jane Scott Hodges’s Linens: For Every Room and Occasion, available from Linensense. Filled with gorgeous full-color photographs and wonderful advice and inspiration, it’s a must for anyone who appreciates fine linens and the power of the monogram to transform a tabletop, a room, or even one’s mood.

tsg-monogtam-jsh-leontinelinensIn case anyone isn’t already convinced, the above image from Linens by Jane Scott Hodges is a stunning illustration of why when it comes to presents, beautifully monogrammed pieces are always a prize.