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Nameberry Style columnist Elisabeth Wilborn, doyenne of The Itsy Factor and You Can’t Call It It, has a wonderful treat for all our Facebook friends and their friends this week: a chance to win a beautiful, personalized art print by Sarah & Abraham.  Here’s her scoop.

Here at Nameberry, we’re big devotees of the unusual name. We’re thrilled to hear of a new little Eloise or Aloysius. But we don’t take much time to consider the fact that our beloved, uncommon monikers are never to be found on a personalized placemat.

Until now.

Meet Sarah + Abraham, a company that specializes in monogrammed wares for children. They don’t just stop at the name either. You can order customized placemats, plates, bowls, water bottles, announcements, invitations, wall art and more — that’s a whole selection of their wares pictured above — to match the spitting image of your child! How fun is that?

As much as I try to emphasize sharing, my own daughters are already very much in tune with what is “their own.” What better way to celebrate individuality than a gift made especially for your favorite person in the world? Young Thisbe will certainly appreciate it.

Today we have a special giveaway from Sarah + Abraham! One lucky winner will receive a personalized wall art print of their choice, either 8” x 10” or 11” x 14” in any of the styles pictured below.

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This week’s Nameberry Style column by Elisabeth Wilborn, creator of The Itsy Factor and You Can’t Call It It, looks at the freshest new nursery theme: mermaids.

Is anyone sick of owls yet?

It’s definitely smart to come up with an original theme, or at the very least a color palette, when designing a nursery.  A theme makes for a cohesive look and feel and also frees up precious brain space for other, more important baby-related decisions – like, yeah, names.

As themes go, owls made a lot of sense – for about three minutes.  Unlike bunnies or bears, owls are quirky animals, neither too passive (read: girly) or macho.  Plus, they symbolize wisdom, an eminently desirable role model quality for any child.

Yet design companies world over have honed in on owls as the second coming of nurseries.  Don’t get me wrong, I love owls as much as the next gal, but really, they’re starting to breed like rabbits.

My nomination for a substitute theme: Mermaids — in a cheerful palette of aqua and orange.   Yes, mermaids.  Not the Disneyfied Ariel kind, who usually manifest in polyester and plastic, but a more homespun, natural fiber kind of mermaid.

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