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The Velvet Persimmon Chairs I Can't Stop Talking About

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These velvet persimmon chairs.  All I can really say is wow. 

Something I’ve always wanted in my room was a grown-ass sitting area.  A place where I could unwind in the evening, read, blog, or have a martini. (lol half kidding) I mean, we all want this right? But most of the time, if you have room for a chair in your bedroom, it becomes ‘the everything chair’ and you know what I’m talking about.  It’s where you pile up all of your clothes, dirty or clean, higher than your own self. Or maybe it’s where you throw all of your purses or mail. Go ahead and pretend like you don’t know what I’m talking about. I know the truth.  

So when I told Shannon, my interior designer (and idol) for the One Room Challenge that I envisioned said chairs, I almost took it back immediately.  Was I ready to commit to keeping a chair clean or rather, TWO CHAIRS?! While I realize this is sounding a tad bit dramatic, I am actually totally serious. 

While the goal to keep them pristine 24/7 is up in the air, what isn’t, is my obsession with them.  When Shannon sent me the link for these velvet persimmon chairs from HomePop, I audibly gasped in the grocery store.  Not totttttalllly unusual for me considering how horrible my local Giant’s produce is. But, hello, these chairs are stunning. 

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So, I knew they were going to be pretty, but I didn’t realize they were going to be this damn good.  They arrived just last week and I immediately assembled them after my event with Fiverr. Took me a whopping 7 minutes to assemble and about another 47 to get my chill back after taking them out of the plastic.  

The velvet on them is SO soft and the color is incredible. Persimmon.

What a fun word right? Fun fact actually: this summer I learned why unripe persimmons make your tongue numb.  Persimmons are full of tannins (like wine) and the tannins in the skins make your tongue and cheeks feel like your chewing on chalk. Yum right? Actually yes, they are so good when ripe. Check out this yummy persimmon recipe below by Alison Roman. 
A few of us gals made it for our Fifth Annual Fall Fete on Fairview and it was a hittttt. 

Photo: Michael Graydon and Nikole Herriott, Courtesy of Clarkson Potter

Photo: Michael Graydon and Nikole Herriott, Courtesy of Clarkson Potter

Persimmons and Pears With Blue Cheese and Spicy Pecans

1 cup pecans
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 teaspoon Aleppo pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil, plus more for drizzling
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 Bosc pears, cored and thinly sliced
2 persimmons, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar
3 ounces firm blue cheese, such as Valdeón or Bayley Hazen Blue, thinly sliced or crumbled

Combine the pecans, maple syrup, and Aleppo pepper in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook, stirring constantly, until the maple syrup bubbles, reduces, and crystallizes around the pecans, 5 to 8 minutes. They will look all white and fuzzy with an even layer of crystallized sugar coating each nut—this is what you want. Add the olive oil and remove from the heat; season with salt and pepper, and let cool completely before coarsely chopping the pecans.

Scatter the pears and persimmons around a large serving platter or bowl and drizzle with the vinegar and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper, and finish with the pecans and blue cheese.

When we made the recipe for our girl's weekend 

When we made the recipe for our girl's weekend 

Okay back to the chairs – I love them. Did I say that already? When I’m sitting in them I feel like I’m on a talk show and my five-year-old self is twirling at that daydream. Anyway, highest recommendation for these chairs.  I’m so excited to feature them in the room for the One Room Challenge.  And if you have no idea what I’m talking about, refer to this post of mine or this post from my designer, Shannon’s blog for details!
Yay! 
 

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ONE ROOM CHALLENGE - WEEK ONE - With Shannon Claire Interiors

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THIS  IS SO LATE BUT I HAVE SOMETHING SO EXCITING TO SHARE! I'm Shannon Claire Smith's design client and we get to participate in the One Room Challenge and it's easily the Top 10 Best Things to Ever Happy to Libby Rasmussen.

Alright – let’s get started on what the One Room Challenge is, shall we?  

The One Room Challenge is a six-week design challenge where 20 designers document the progress of completely redesigning a room.  Yes, you heard me, re-do an entire room in just SIX WEEKS.  

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How did I get involved with this? Well, it all started a few years ago when I became utterly obsessed with a designer and blogger, Shannon Claire Smith. ISN'T SHE PERFECT?!

 You guys, I don’t think Shannon really even knows this (or maybe I confessed it to her once when I was a few glasses of bubbles in) but Shannon was the person who inspired me to start a blog before we had ever even met.  See, she used to have a blog called Burlap and Lace wayyyyy back in the day and I couldn’t handle how much I loved it.  

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Anyway, I finally met her at an event just two years ago in April and have been calling her “Mom” ever since.  I consult her for almost every interior or styling trick in the book and have an uncomfortable, and I mean uncomfortable, crush on her husband, Nick. Hi Nick. Hi. 

Yes, I did just creep all the way from 2015 for this picture of the two of them that I love. Hi again Nick. 

Ehem, moving on. So when Shannon called me and asked if I wanted to be her client for the One Room Challenge, I actually felt like I won the lottery and honestly, I really have. I really won the interior design lottery with this. 

Shannon knows me pretty well. I don’t think there’s a single day that goes by where we don’t DM each other about SZA, the gays we love, candles, curse words, and oh, yeah, Nick. I like to talk about Nick a lot. Now, as her client, for the ORC, we probably text 5 times a day and I AM LOVING IT. 

So, here we go, a few weeks late, but here’s a little overview of what we did the first week of the one room challenge.  I’m currently shouting this. PLEASE DON’T JUDGE ME FOR MY VACANT ROOM. PLEASE. I just moved in a month or two prior and decorating wasn’t a priority at the time. I know, I can’t believe it either. 

So I forgot to mention this above, but we're also doing my bathroom and hallway! HELLLOOOO opportunities! 

Curious to see what Shannon had to say about WEEK ONE? Check out her post here! 
Until the next! XOXO

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Four New (Affordable) Rugs From My Apartment

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Rugs are expennnnnsive. Everyone who has ever shopped for one knows this.  Old or new, they are a pretty penny but truthfully, worth the investment.  I never really realized how much my apartment would be transformed with the right size and amount of rugs around the floors.  While of course they're a practical way to keep the floors clean and interesting, they add a great pop of, drum roll please, color. Here are the four new (affordable) rugs in my apartment that I am loving.

Chroma CB22 Tribal Tree Of Paradise Medallion Rug (7'10"x11) $321

This rug fit my living room to a T.  And while I was a bit hesitant about getting a pink rug, I could not be more happy with my decision. The pink tones are just subtle enough and are balanced out well with the reds and blues. It's incredibly versatile and a great alternative to some of the price Turkish rugs I've seen in the past. It also compliments this navy Moroccan pouf that I have and love. (Similar here & here.)

Bavoda Moroccan Diamond Pole Rug (Runner) $99

This. Runner. I want to make it very clear that I don't typically gravitate toward pinks and purples but this runner was the absolutely welcome exception to my rule.  Featured here in this Instagram I just posted, you can see the colors are more and lavender and more subtle then in the photo below. I love it and it's the perfect size for a hallway or entryway.

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Berber Moroccan Diamond SM18 Rug (3'x5') $69

For my kitchen sink area, I knew that I needed to get something that was on the darker side. Between cooking at the stove and unloading the dishes, there’s a lot of potential for stains to show up on a rug. I love the large, more modern print on this rug and the other color options are equally as fun. The best part, this rug is less than $70. Win.

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Tuscan Fading Printed Medallion Rug (5'x8') $192

I absolutely love navy and orange together so this rug immediately caught my eye. The pale robin egg blue coupled with the subtle tones of yellow were perfect for under my dining room table. The rug lays slightly under my console (pictured below) that has two large navy garden stools and ginger jars to compliment it. I also added the luxe Hermés lacquer tray from The Kellogg Collection to tie it all together.

A special thanks to my friends over at Rugs USA for providing my home with these beautiful rugs. While this post was done in collaboration, as always, all of my selections and opinions are my own. Where's your go-to rug shop? Do you buy new or vintage? 

Either way, happy hunting! 

Whimsical Decor I'm Loving Right Now

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It's no secret that I have an affinity for colorful, and sometimes pretty cooky things. I'm no stranger to neon signs, or wearing clementines as necklaces. So when I decorate, I want it to be anything but plain and simple. Who doesn't want a little FUN now and then? Here are my current favorite cooky decor items. 

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What whimsey do you decorate with?

Photos and products via Waiting On Martha 

New In The Shop: GENTS

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We now have a SHOP section just for the guys. Great to use as a gift-guide for the men in your life! 
Check it out here or see the latest and greatest below! 

Gray Malin's Banana Leaf Bedroom Makeover

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So it's really no secret here, we're big big big fans of Gray Malin here at Libby Living Colorfully. 
Whether it's lining our bedroom walls with his breathtaking beach photography, watching his adorable and sunshine-y Snapchats, or overall, his personal design aesthetic, we really can't get enough of all things Gray. 


Clearly, his banana leaf print bedroom makes the cut once again. Recently, Gray and his hub underwent a little design update to their bedroom to achieve that "serene coastal cabana vibe." Mission accomplished.  
 

Let's talk more about this banana leaf headboard situation shall we? While Gray's canopy is truly one of a kind, we found this adorable alternative on Etsy for just $350. Yes please.  

Interested in where to find some of these great bedroom pieces? 
Shop the links below using the left and right arrows!

Gray Malin Artwork: Left of Bed: The Swimming Pool /White Frame/ 24” x 36”, Right of Bed: Poipu Beach Vertical /White Frame/ 24” x 36”, Above Large Dresser: The Den/Custom Frame/32” x 48” and Next to Plant: Montauk, Point Beach Vertical /White Frame/36” x 54”

Check out the full post on Gray's blog with more before and after photos! 

Design Crush: Black Lacquer Design

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Meet our newest design crush, Caitlin Murray of Black Lacquer Design.  Caitlin's talented eye for mixing color and texture in her designs are showcase in every room she touches.  We're loving the bold-color cabinetry and use of statement pieces. I mean, can we talk about this floor lamp
Check out more of Black Lacquer Design's below!

For more design inspiration, check out Black Lacquer Design on Instagram and Facebook.
 

The White and Pink Kitchen of Our Dreams

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Laura Burleson Interiors has long been one of our favorite luxury design firms.  Laura's ability to place unexpected pops of color to a crisp, white space make for a memorable room.  This kitchen is no exception. As Decorpad notes, "This white and gold kitchen features white cabinets adorned with long gold pulls paired with Silestone quartz countertops and backsplash that looks like white marble. A white French kitchen hood accented with brass trim stands over a swing arm pot filler and a white and gold French range, La Cornue CornuFe Range. This gourmet kitchen boasts two large center islands illuminated by Darlana 6 Light Lanterns painted hot pink." 

Absolute perfection. 

Check out more of Laura Burleson Interiors on their website and Instagram
Photographer: Alyssa Rosenheck

Design Crush: Elizabeth Roberts Architecture & Design

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Simple and to the point, yet textural and profound.  Elizabeth Roberts Architecture & Design really just gets it. I stumbled upon the firm based in New York the other day and was captivated by the in bold yet comfortable designs.  I'm particularly keen on the subway tile in the bathroom along with the fun textured towels. What do you think?

8 Ways to Upgrade Your Bathroom

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1. Add A Bold Accent Color

If your one who is typically drawn to neutrals, try something new with the space in with an unexpected bold accent. This bathroom hits the nail on the head with the orange Hermes hat boxes and matching orange towels. The simplicity of the light fixtures and mirrors keep the striking orange accents and blue diamond tile from overtaking the space. 

2. Invest In Better Towels

If not for yourself, at least splurge a bit on your guests.  I keep a basket of nice, white Elizabeth Arden Turkish bath towels ($39) for when guests visit. You don't to spend a fortune, just have something for special occasions. 

3. Add A Small Piece of Furniture

Even if you have limited space, you can still integrate an great accent piece.  Garden stools are a great option for next to the sink, in the shower, or next to the toilet. They can be used as a small table for displaying books or flowers. 

4. Keep Fresh Flowers 

While this may seem obvious, I'm always pleasantly surprised when I see a bouquet of fresh flowers in a bathroom. It's easily the best way to keep your bathroom looking and more importantly, smelling fresh. 

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5. Display Your Faves

Have a favorite scent? Love that vintage tray? Pair them together, and create a display of your favorite products. Be careful not to overdue it though. I keep all of my old Chanel powder compacts in this gold decorative box from Target. It's a great way to keep the things you love and use, out on display in a tasteful manner. Apothecary jars are a great option for storing cotton balls and q-tips. 

6. Change Up The Hardware

It's a common misconception that switching out the hardware in a bathroom will cost you thousands. In reality, there are a lot of great inexpensive options out there that can help you revamp your bathroom. Replacing knobs, drawer pulls, towel bars and shower heads can do just the trick. Gold fixtures have been on-trend for quite some time now with no signs of stopping. Here you can find the shower head set from above for less than $270. These gold cabinet pulls from Home Depot are chic and inexpensive as well. 

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7. Switch Up the Shower Curtain

If you're somewhat afraid of your shower curtain touching you in the morning, you should probably get rid of it.  Changing your shower curtain now and then is definitely a must. The shower curtain is also a great way to give your bathroom personality. Be bold, having fun with it. Choose a cool geometric print or my favorite, a fun palm print.  Don't forget about the curtain rings either. These come in so many shapes, sizes, and colors. The opportunities are truly endless. Tip: Make sure to hang the rod high to give the appearance of a tall bathroom. 

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8. Add a Turkish Rug

Yes, you heard me. Add a full blown rug!  Because nothing is more pesky than trying to stone-hop around on several wet bathmats in a bathroom. Unless you have a toddler who soaks up the floor during bath time, there really isn't much of a reason not to get a fun area rug. It's a different twist to tradition but as you can see here, here and here, plenty are partaking. The best part, the beautiful patterns in Persian or Turkish rugs only look better as they fade, adding character and sophistication to your bathroom.  

What bathroom upgrades are you thinking about making?
I know I have a few of these on my list.
Make sure to check out my SHOP page for more decorating ideas! 

Society Social - The Bold & Beautiful Room Inspiration

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Hi yes, we'll take it all.  It's our favorite again Society Social, with another amazing room design.  The chair, the sofa, the artwork.  It's all too perfect to pass up, or at least take a peak at.
Here are some of our favorites from the room decor! 
 

What are your Society Social favorites?
Make sure to follow SS and Roxy Te on Instagram!

Pattern Play - Katie Kime Designs

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Katie Kime has arguably one of the most eclectic lifestyle brands we've seen in a while.  Katie has appropriately described her style as:

"Preppy Chic Goes Globe-Trotting - Is Noted for Southern Sensibility with Global Influences.  Bohemian and Bourgeois. Traditional Shapes Meet Colorful, Modern Prints. Optimistic, Bright and Often Unexpected."

Say no more and sign us up. 
We can't get enough of Katie's bold wallpaper, furnishings, and clothing. 
Make sure to check out Katie Kime and stock up for summer!
Here are just a few of our favorites.

Marble Eleanor Bench ($895) 
Ginger Jar Top ($125) 
Cherry and Coral Chevron Pillow ($92)
Pink Birdcage Chair ($1895)
Rainbow Rope Necklace ($135) **Provides 24 Vaccinations
Geometric Lines Ice Bucket ($52)
Golden Alligator ($72)
Banana Cocktail Napkin Set ($32) 
Gold X Bench ($535)

**Through a partnership with the United Nations Shot@Life campaign and Bloom + Grace, each jewelry piece purchased provides lifesaving vaccinations to children in developing countries. 

In addition to Katie's adorable shop, it comes to no surprise that her home would look just as amazing.  Make sure to check out the full home tour on Lonny

Swing by the Katie Kime Shop and Instagram for more gift and home decor ideas!

Apartment Envy - Shannon Smith's DC Home

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Shannon Smith has long been one of my favorite interior designers and bloggers, and since meeting a few weeks ago at the #SpringSocialDC, she's now a friend! Shannon's DC apartment has been something I've admired for years. The mix of bold colors and patterns is exactly up my alley.  Not to mention, our shared love for the orangerie rose print.  While I absolutely adore her current pad, I'm so excited for Shannon's new purchase, a home! I cannot wait to see what you do with it Shannon! 

If you love Shannon's aesthetic as much as I do, make sure to check out her Interior Design Services, her blog, Burlap and Lace, and of course, follow her on Instagram.  You can also find Shannon in this month's issue of HGTV Magazine! Congrats Shannon!

 

Photography: Shannon Smith

 

Apartment Envy - Ceres Ribeiro's Union City, NJ Apartment

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Ceres Riberio's New Jersey home is nothing short of fresh and inviting.  With the soft whites, mixed with gorgeous mirrors and metallic tables, there's really nothing we don't love about Ceres's style.  Make sure to check out her full home tour in The Everygirl

Entryway
X-Benches, Target
Console, IKEA bookcase used as console table
Gold lamp, Hobby Lobby
Accessories, Homegood
Mirror, Anthropologie

Dining Room
Console table, Target
Table, IKEA
Ghost Chairs, Bizzchair.com
Gold Skull, ZGallerie
Lamp, Pier 1
Books, Amazon
Art, Donna Weathers
Chandelier, Overstock

Living Room
Sofa, IKEA
Table, IKEA (spray painted gold)
Round side table, vintage
Rug, Shades of Light
Bookcase Accessories, Homegoods
Buddha Candle, Thompson Ferrier
Leopard pillows, Little Design Co. 
Gold pillows: Caitlin Wilson Textile
Tom Ford Book: Amazon
Art: Pages taken from coffee table books
Monogram jewelry box, CWonder
Ampersand sign, CWonder

Kitchen
Glass canister, Crate and Barrel
Gold bowl, Target
Gallery wall frames, IKEA

Bedroom
Headboard, Wayfair
Nightstand, Homegoods
Lamps, Pier1
Sunburst mirror, Home Depot
Pink pillows: H&M Home
Palm pillows, Little Design Co.
Monogram jewelry box, CWonder
Bed Covers, Pottery Barn
Dressers, IKEA

 

My Office Makeover Plans

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Due to some renovations taking place at my law firm in the upcoming months, I am saying goodbye to my current office space and hello to something very very new - an open cubicle.  While my initial reaction was less than enthused, I later realized, it's a chance to do something I love, redecorate.  My new desk will be limited in space as I will no longer have any wall shelving or bookcases so I need to brainstorm ideas on how to keep things, neat and orderly.  In spite of the new Google headquarters-esque space, it is a corporate law firm, so I will have to limit my creative liberties.  To gather some inspiration, I turned to some of my favorite bloggers for tips and visuals on what their office spaces look like.  

Source:  The Everygirl
Source:  The Every Girl

One thing is for certain, I am taking Waiting on Martha's lead and lining my cork board with the Thibault Tanzania paper. I love the simplicity of the speckled print.  Luckily, I found something very similar for about one-tenth of the cost.  Another office trend I love are the hints of orange Hermès boxes and bags here and there.  To compromise, I will most certainly be picking up one of these gorgeous square lacquer trays from West Elm, in orange of course. 

Kate Spade Ikat storage boxes ($62) - These will be great to keep small desk items in.  The bottom box will be useful for confidential papers and briefs. 

S'well water bottle ($35) - Everyone seems to be raving about these water bottles! I'm definitely picking up one to keep my ice water nice and cool throughout the day. 

Acrylic Tape Dispenser ($8) 
Kate Spade Acrylic Stapler ($28) - I mean, this is just too cute.

Target Gold Task Lamp ($25) - Even if your office is well-lit, you should always have a lamp for extra light and ambiance when it gets later. 

Rachel George Vegan Leather Office Chair ($255) 

Let's Talk Shop Card Holder ($30) - If you have business cards, you should always have them on your desk. Even if you aren't handing them out at work, you never know when you'll need to snag some before an out of the office meeting. 

Mintwood Home Gold Pineapple ($29) - Perfect for holding paperclips and nick-knacks. 

Live the Life you Love Tray ($25) - You can really never have too many trays..

Kate Space All Occasions Card Set ($30) - I've gone through 2 boxes and might need a third. This box set comes with: Hello, Thank You,  Congratulations, Sending you Love, and Happy Birthday cards.  Perfect for those last-minute letters. 

 Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree ($45) - This little guy will likely outgrow my new office space, but for the time being, having a little greenery will be nice. 

The Aestate Artwork Pieces - I'm excited for two of my favorite prints! They're currently being framed by my friends at Framebridge

Decorative Paper ($7-$28) - This will be a great way to cover the cork board built-ins and looks just like my favorite Thibaut wallpaper.  

 
 

Pillow Talk

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Source: Society Social

Source: Society Social

 

10 Favorites from Zara Home

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Mintwood HomeMust-Haves - Get 15% Off!

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The other day I was on one of my favorite sites, The Everygirl  when I spotted a fellow Washingtonian, Heloise McKee's DC apartment featured on the Home Tours page.

Source: Mintwood Home

Source: Mintwood Home

Not only does Heloise have an adorable pad, she's also runs Mintwood Home, an adorable home decor shop.  Here are just some of my favorites from the site!

Ginger Jar Ladies Choice Tray Copper Pineapple  Bar Cart
Burton Coffee Table  Blue and White Jar
Palmer X-Ottoman  Palladian Blue Gourd Lamp Woven Rug
Boxwood Topiary  Lumbar Pillow  Starburst Mirror


Don't forget to check out Mintwood Home's Design Your Own Pillow feature. There are tons of great size and fabric options to get the perfect pillow for your chair, sofa, or bed!

Make sure to use my promo code: LivingColorfully15 for 15% off your purchase!

DIY Monogram Jewelry Tray for Under $7

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If you've ever looked into purchasing a monogrammed item, you know that personalizing can get a little pricey. While more stores offering a monogramming option to a product (Mark & Graham, Pottery Barn, West Elm to name a few)  the easiest, most affordable option is simply to Do It Yourself. 

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Source: Libby Living Colorfully

First find an item you want to monogram. The options are nearly endless. I chose to add a monogram to a small, ceramic bento plate from CB2 for a mere $1.95.

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Source: Libby Living Colorfully

I then looked to Etsy for a Monogram Decal. There are plenty of options when it comes to color, size, and monogram font.  I chose a more traditional circular monogram to contrast with the square bento plate. 

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Source: Libby Living Colorfully

Once I received the decal in the mail, I cleaned the surface of the plate, removing any dust or smudges, and peeled the decal on the plate.  To smooth it out, gently use a credit card to remove any wrinkles or air bubbles. 

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Source: Libby Living Colorfully

In total the cost of this DIY was less than $7 and makes for the perfect personalized gift.
Here are some other options you could add a monogram decal to:

Square Lacquer Tray
Pencil Jar
Ceramic Vase
Business Card Holder
Coffee Mug