Ask Design Mom: Name Display

May 21, 2007

Ask-Design-Mom-Question:
Hi Design Mom. What are some cool ways to display our name in our home? We move a great deal and to give my children some continuity I have a few things that I always display in our homes in some way or another. I hope this will give them a sense of “home” no matter where we live. One of those things is our initial. I started collecting R’s (our initial) a few years ago and have them here and there around the house. I am getting a little bored with these however, and I wondered if you had any fabulous ideas of how to display our name. Thanks, Rachel

Design Mom Answer:
What a cool idea Rachel. You’re a smart mom! I have two solutions to suggest:


1) A company called Avalisa will produce an abstract pattern based on your name. From their website, “Choose a name and get a design custom made for your person of interest. they can be totally abstract as seen in existing designs, or less abstract so you can find the letters.”

I love this. It would be custom art plus your family name all wrapped up in one. And the examples of work from their website are so pretty. As a side note, Avalisa doesn’t focus solely on names, they have several excellent collections. Animals. Patterns. Things that go. Check it out.

2) Another solution would be to pick your favorite custom-wall-vinyl company (I’ve posted about a few of these companies already. Quote the Walls is another one.) and have them produce your family name in the size, color and font of your choice.

I’m imagining something really big and bold, like 5 feet across, off-centered and low on the wall, so that if your couch was against the wall, the bottom of the name would get cropped a bit. I wish I could find a good photo. . . Or maybe something really tiny and subtle on the interior of the front door. The options are endless.

What about you Design Mom Readers? How would you display your family name in your home?

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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

1 vfg May 21, 2007 at 7:27 am

We’re lucky to have an “real word” name: Goates. So subtle & not-so references are sprinkled among our decor. Might as well embrace it…!

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2 Amanda Conley May 21, 2007 at 9:14 am

When my sister was in college, she and some of her friends stole a street sign that had our last name on it. I’m not telling you to steal a street sign (she eventually took it back) but there are companies that make custom street signs. A hallway named after you?…That could be a cute idea.

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3 Alyssa Coberly May 21, 2007 at 10:03 am

my brother and sister in law made all of the married couples in our family a really cool picture name … they used their children and formed our last name (coberly) letter by letter and then framed it up – its my favorite and makes a new house feel like home – plus its a fun way to get your children involved with it … i think i remember him telling me that he stood on a latter and had a lot of fruit snacks handy :0)

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4 Emily May 21, 2007 at 1:50 pm

There’s a company I saw in better homes and gardens: createsticksandstones.com that uses architechtural aspects to form the letters in your name… they are a bit pricey so you could easily turn it into a diy project and hunt for “hidden” letters around your house, the park, or on your travels. I have a great picture of a celtic cross from a trip to Scotland that will make the perfect ‘t’ now I just need to find a C, A R, and E for Carter and I’m set!

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5 rachel May 21, 2007 at 5:37 pm

I LOVE all these ideas. I can’t wait to get started. I especially loved the picture taking ideas. So clever. And that Avalisa website is amazing. I loved the “things that go” series. Perfect for a little boy’s room.

. . . was that last one a suggestion or a commercial?

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6 Design Mom May 21, 2007 at 7:03 pm

Rachel, I agree. That comment is strange. I think I’ll remove it.

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7 jen May 21, 2007 at 7:32 pm

Oooo – I can’t wait to have my kids spell out our name! That’s gonna be fun! Thanks for the idea – it might even become a Christmas present for the in-laws!

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8 Lauren May 22, 2007 at 8:38 am

I’ve seen acrylic mirror cut into letter shapes to great effect.
Someone like http://www.craftcuts.com/mirror-wall-letters.html supplies mirror letters pre-cut.

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