What’s in a name? A rose by any other name would smell as sweet…
Have you ever thought about your name… and the meaning behind it? So much of our identity lies in our name. Some people have biblical first names with certain meanings; some have English or French derivative last names that described what their ancestors once did, such as Farmer, Smith or Baker.
A name is often associated with a certain reputation or character trait, and thus says a great deal about a person. Most people who have spent a lifetime building the character of their name are proud of it and diligent to preserve its integrity.
This monogram wall comes out of the heritage we have in our family name. A single initial can evoke memories and a sense of belonging like no other single symbol can.
And we had this wall. Just beyond our foyer, opposite our kitchen. It is one of the largest walls in our house, but in an awkward place. It’s kind of a hallway, really, between the foyer and the family room. The doorbell ‘black box’ is there too and I’d hoped to minimize its prominence. I really wanted to do a gallery wall and, being the font and typeface freak that I am, decided to do a monogram gallery wall!
Following are some tips on how to pull it all together:
I knew the overall measurement that I was going for: about 45” wide and 42” high. You can start in the middle of a wall, or you can find an outside corner and start there, and that’s what I did. I did find the horizontal midpoint of the wall, measured the space and hung the longer shelf at the bottom right of the grouping.
Then the framed printable burlap monogram from this post above it. I then found the bottom left and hung the framed monogram on fabric there. Just above it is a second shelf with another initial leaning against the wall.
Next I hung the ‘W’ hanging by the ribbon, centered above the frame on the right, and figured out the placement of the plaque that says ‘You are Loved’ and hung it. Then I just filled in according to what looked balanced, staying within the parameters of my measured ‘box’.
I sprinkled in some ‘non-monogram’ accents to add interest and voila… the Monogram Gallery Wall is complete!
The french chair and garden stool look fabulous under the monogram wall, don’t you think?
Well, what do you think about names and monograms? Do you have a gallery wall in your home?
Have a joyful week!
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