After reading our blog about the elegance of monogramming a few weeks ago, Don Raney and Jaymes Richardson, the duo behind Civility Design introduced us to a new concept. Why not name your residence, they proposed—as in the Vanderbilts’ Biltmore Estate or Nixon’s California estate, La Casa Pacifica—to “add further depth of personality within your home, just as art, family photos, and other personal treasures provide that glimpse into the spirit of its owner.” The possibilities are endless, they say, suggesting putting your home’s name on a cashmere throw, cocktail napkins, stationery, matchbooks, serving trays, and china. Civility Design’s turn-to sources for monogramming are A Little Bit of This and Queen of Cashmere. Like this idea? You’d better really like the name you choose. Raney and Richardson have some tips:
•For a whimsical touch, how about naming your 400-sqaure-foot studio something like “Buckingham Arms?” Think grandiose.
•For an easy option, combine the names of the homes’ owners, a la “Pickfair,” the Beverly Hills estate of film stars Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks, Sr.
•Still at a loss? You can always fill in the blanks: “________ more” or “ ___________ haven.” Just insert a portion of your surname and it automatically sounds like old money. Think of “Biltmore,” the famous and legendary home of George Vanderbilt in North Carolina.
Thanks for the idea!