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Pssst, things are feeling rather celebratory around here! (You know how much we just adore a good party.) The talented Kimberly Whitman has published an ode to the monogram showing their ever present status in the modern home. Monograms are the new language of chic, and they offer countless ways to brand your life. We were thrilled that we got to lend our own style to the pages. 

Celebrating the grand entrance of monograms into today’s requirements for a curated domain, Monograms for the Home dusts off the idea of the family insignia being a relic and shows it shining bright as a reclaimed staple. Purchase a copy for your own monogrammed home by clicking here.



Which signature monogram pieces do you display in your home?


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Categories: branding, emily's favorite things, in the press, interiors, monograms, partnerships, press, stationery

I’m loving these new Luxury Gold Address Embossers from PSA Essentials! What a timeless heirloom to add to your stationery wardrobe.

You can order them online in the Shoppe

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Categories: monograms, stationery, the shoppe

I’ve had this gem in the works since last November and I’m thrilled to finally launch the results and trust me – there is more to come! For now, I’ve picked the best of the best to launch online and if you’re available to stop by the Shoppe at Cohen’s Retreat in Savannah, you might find a few more goodies. It was my goal with this collection to offer my exclusive monogram designs embroidered on linens – cocktail and dinner napkins, guest towels, pillows, blankets, etc. I found some great sources for everything and hand-picked the colors available to fit the brand and customer base. After drawing my monograms and using them on paper and gift products up to this point, I had everything digitized to be able to offer embroidered items. I’m so excited to have this launched so that you can all enjoy these for summer entertaining!

Here’s a highlight – but be sure to visit the online Shoppe to design your own! Click here.


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Categories: entertaining, interiors, monograms, the shoppe

New Monograms added to the Shoppe today!

New Monogram Designs by Emily McCarthy


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Categories: monograms, the shoppe

Emily McCarthy for PSA Essentials

I’ve been busting at the seams to announce something I’ve been cooking up for the past couple of months! Throughout my years in gift retail, I have become a big fan of PSA Essentials and their infamous self-inking return address stamps. PSA approached me about launching a designer collection available to all 1200+ of their retailers. I jumped at the opportunity to offer my original monogram designs to so many people nationwide. The popular signature monograms, new bamboo and greek monograms, along with a handful of additional designs are offered to the preppy and coastal-loving shopper. All of the designs also compliment all of the products available in the Shoppe so you can mix and match the perfect combination. If you are a retailer and would like to offer this to your customers, please contact [email protected]. Also, if you’re attending the upcoming National Stationery Show, I will be in the PSA booth for a Meet and Greet Tuesday, May 20th at 10am. Hope to see you in the big city!

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Categories: emily's favorite things, monograms, partnerships, stationery, the shoppe, to give

I just love designing one-of-a-kind monograms for our wonderful clients! Our couture monograms over at EMMA J DESIGN are a perfect example of how to brand yourself in a unique style that reflects your personality. Monograms are used in business, stationery, party accessories and much more. We have designed a beautiful collection of custom monogram options available for purchase in the SHOPPE. Couture monograms can be commissioned by contacting [email protected]. Here is a sampling of the latest batch of custom orders!

Couture Monogram Design by Emily McCarthy

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Categories: monograms

At EMMA J DESIGN, we have been busy bees gearing up for Wedding Season! We just LOVE how Jessica and Jack’s custom wedding paper turned out for their October nuptials.

Bride Jessica is known for her fashion sense and true Southern traditions. We envisioned Garden and Gun meets New York Fashion Week. Jessica and Jack’s wedding was anything but standard and included details such as their Couture Monogram embroidered on linens, gold foil coasters and napkins. For the invitation wardrobe, we pressed their Couture Monogram into a luxurious double weight Crane paper and letterpressed hand lettered calligraphy by Bride Whelan in a taupe ink. The edges were gilded with gold foil and were divine!

Wedding Photographer : 6 of Four Photography

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  1. My Paradise Wedding says

    Hi Emma!

    The lavender wedding programs are absolutely beautiful. What a great idea to include lavender on the program itself. xx

    February 6, 2013
Categories: monograms, real weddings, wedding invitations


  We are busy bees over at the McCarthy household preparing for Master Rhett’s 1st Birthday party. Nothing like an event to make you do things around the house – isn’t that always true? We are renovating our powder room, laundry room and refacing a few details in the kitchen. I have never been so happy to get rid of the clothesline themed and overbearing floral wallpaper in both rooms. What a breath of fresh air! I’m going to be painting the cabinets a nice smokey grey and embellishing with polished nickel hardware. Between my signature Benjamin Moore Crystalline and a new grey, we’ll be making this space our own. I say ‘signature’ because I have finagled  this color into just about every room in the house. Here are the final paint colors and inspirations for hardware and  a sink – cannot wait to post after photos. I’ll spare you the headache of seeing the before.

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Categories: in the life of..., monograms
Due to the popularity of the invitation etiquette post I did a few weeks ago, I decided to touch on monogram etiquette. Here are examples of name usage, order and format to be used in monogram design and personalized goods. If you would like to commission a custom monogram design, drop us a note [email protected] to get started.


  1. Laura Van Pelt says

    What do you recommend for a last name comprised of two words, for example Van Pelt?

    September 18, 2012
  2. emily mccarthy { designer } says

    Hi Laura! I would suggest a custom design the incorporate all 4 of your initials! Email us at [email protected] and we would love to assist you!

    September 19, 2012
Categories: monograms
Couture monograms are designed to be unique to you and your style. From traditional to modern, monograms can be any customized to your personality and unique vision. Between vintage lettering, custom illustrations and hand-rendered fonts, we have the ability to create truly one-of-a-kind monograms for use on stationery, invitations, giftware, acrylic items, party accessories and embroidery. Couture monograms may be designed a la carte for $250 or as part of your invitation or stationery wardrobe. Here are a few bespoke designs we have customized for our favorite clients.

If you are interested in commissioning us to design a couture monogram for you, please drop us a note [email protected]

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Categories: monograms