Design Tip –
Cool Product – Large Letters
I came across a fun product that I thought I’d share with you. It is 10" high,
gilt lettering, from Pottery Barn. The letters come in a classic font, with a "sort
of" antique brass finish. They are $10 each, without shipping and handling.
Pottery Barn suggests you use these letters to put your monogram on a wall, or spell out a
message. Within my Pottery Barn catalog, the late Winter 2000 edition, they show the
lettering, (1) mixed in with other objects on a picture shelf, and (2) spelling out the
word "dream" on top of a headboard.
If you think $10 per letter is a bit steep, you may be able to find something similar at a
hardware or craft store. I think some other fun uses for large lettering could be the
1. If you have a short last name, or would like to use initials, place letters vertically
on your entrance door, or above a console table in your entry foyer. If you use letters on
the exterior of your home, make sure they are protected by a storm door, or under a large
overhang. You might also apply a protective finish before using them outside.
2. If your child has a short name, or you want to use their initials, again use letters
vertically on their
or closet door, or horizontally above their desk. For a
teen’s room, you might want to purchase the letters "N" and "Y"
and apply a hook to the outside of their bedroom door. "Y" for "come on
in," and "N" for "enter at your own risk."
3. Similar to the spelling "dream" over the headboard in a
spell "cook" or "eat" in a kitchen, or "smile" on the inside
of your front or garage door, as a pick me up, before you exit for work.
Use your imagination. I am sure you can come up with more great applications. Pottery Barn
does not currently offer their products online, but there is a store locator, by state, on
their site. If you are interesting in acquiring a catalog, here is the link to their
online order form, Pottery Barn
Catalog, Online Order Form
Pottery Barn is a division of Williams-Sonoma. They publish their own catalog and the
"Chambers," and "Hold Everything" catalogs. All can be requested on
the above site.
Catherine Foust McGivern, NCIDQ Certified
Design Firm Principal - cfm@CatherineMcGivern.com
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