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I only buy one or two special ornaments a year to tell a story or represent a memory. As the holidays approach I look for ways to accent them, rather than buying new ones en masse. This year I decided to set aside my dependable metal hooks and string my ornaments with ribbon for a fresh look. But pretty ribbons can be used for more than hanging decorations on the tree: it's relatively inexpensive, versatile and comes in a variety of hues so you can personalize a colour scheme. Here are some inspiration shots I would love to implement in my own home.

These vintage tin birds, strung on black and white striped grosgrain ribbon, add a touch of whimsy to a bare branch with lichen.

I was inspired by a stunning home we featured in our November 2013 issue to add some fuchsia to my wreaths this year so I had to share this pretty-in-pink advent calendar made from mini stockings. Note: hanging stockings on a beautiful strip of ribbon is a great alternative for homes without a mantle.

Tying flatware with a piece of velvet ribbon adds that extra touch of luxe to a simple table setting. Knot a piece of rolled linen and voilà: an inexpensive napkin ring.

I love this shot because it evokes memories of baking ornaments with my mom. She is rather thrifty so I'm pretty sure we strung the cinnamon cookies with scraps of yarn rather than elegant strips of ribbon, but they were lovely all the same.

Baker's twine in an array of colours is all the rage these days but I still love the look of simple brown string layered over Swiss dot lace. How do you use ribbon in your holiday trimmings?

Photo credits:
1-2. Remals Architecture blog.
3. Betsey White blog.
4. Cook Republic blog.
5. The Mountain Laurel blog.
6. Cozy Cottage Cute blog.


Floriana Paonessa

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