Last night we picked up February's Sunset, and as is our habit, flipped right to the Home pages. In an article about a colorful Moss Beach farmhouse designed for the Phillips family by Ellis A. Schoichet and Studio 3 Design, a colorful display of towels on lettered hooks that spelled out "LAUGH" caught our eye. The hook (no pun intended) was as much due to the colors as to the way the hooks bounced along the wall in a way that made them seem to be actually laughing. We went on a search for letter hooks and concluded that the Phillips family must have painted their hooks purple, as none of the sources we found carry them in anythng other than a shabby chic white finish. No matter: choosing your own color and painting them yourself is not a huge project, unless you're spelling out the whole alphabet.
You could do lots of things with these generously-sized hooks besides laugh. Initial hooks would be a great way to keep everyone's stuff straight in your entryway. The CS Post General Store in Kansas was the most reasonable online source. They sell letter hooks for $12 apiece, right here.