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Christmas Traditions – Ribbon

I think I must use miles of ribbon in December.  It’s not just on the Christmas gifts, it’s in all the decorations, too.  Remember our bedroom hallway with the books?

There is ribbon on the bear and ribbon used to suspend the wreath in the window (and make its bow.)  Now take a look at the end of the hall.

Do you see the little tree there?

Each year we put a small tree in our bedroom.  It is decorated very simply with a garland made from lengths of red ribbon and bows tied all over it.  And of course, all the presents get tied with ribbon.

I try to buy up spools of ribbon all year long from various stores. Walmart is my first choice, and I usually empty their little rack of it each time I shop there.

And the tree isn’t the only Christmas decoration in the room that gets a dose of ribbon.  I take down the photographs that normally hang over the bed and replace them with a wreath through which I weave red ribbon.

This year, I got another idea for using ribbon in there.  Remember a while back I said that I loved this month’s issue of Traditional Home?  One of the rooms that I adored in the issue was this one:

I went to the designer’s website to see if there were more pictures of that gorgeous home, and I found this:

It was the same space, but it didn’t grab me like the photo of it in the magazine.  So I started studying to see what was the difference.  One of the things I noticed was the lampshades…plain white in the designer’s shot, but trimmed out in ribbon in the photoshoot for the magazine.  So I decided to trim out all the lampshades in my bedroom with ribbon.

They aren’t perfect, but I think they look fine for a do-it-yourself project.  And it added some interest to an otherwise plain looking space.

One last spot where I use ribbon for Christmas decorating in the bedroom is on the tags.  I thought the plain white tags could use a bit of decoration, so it put double sided tape on both sides of the end of the tag and wrapped it in grosgrain ribbon – instant red stripe!  Not fancy, but a little bit of detail for an otherwise ordinary looking gift tag.

I have one last piece of eye candy I want to share with you today.  This small space that James Farmer did for the Atlanta Homes and Lifestyle Christmas House has been making its rounds all over Pinterest this weekend.  It is beautiful.

But what really caught my eye (besides those drop dead gorgeous red checked drapes!) was the interesting ribbon on the newel post. What do you think of it?

It almost looks like starched ric-rac that has been sewn together.  Very interesting.  Love the red and cream combination echoing the same colors in those drapes.  James Farmer lives less than 10 minutes from my house, so if I happen to run into him, I am going to ask about that ribbon. 🙂

Finally, here is a reminder that you can still enter the Christmas books giveaway simply by leaving a comment on any or all of the Christmas Traditions posts.  Details here.  Just enter by midnight Wednesday, 12/12/12. 

And again I will leave you with a question today…

Do you put any Christmas decor in the bedrooms of your home?  If so, what do you put there?

Loving hearing from all of you this Christmas season!

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Ann - June 25, 2014 - 12:43 pm

Ok, I just read further and saw where you made the curtains. That looks like what I’m going to have to do, too.
Ann, I am happy that you like the curtains! Plaids seem to be hard to find today. One thing I might suggest is checking Pottery Barn kids or Pottery Barn teen for their sheets. They often have plaids, and the quality is good. On the downside though, they are normally sold in sets, so you would end up with the fitted sheets as well…could use them to make throw pillows or other things though. I have had good luck ordering from this company, and I like this plaid..but it is not as large a scale as what we have in the bedroom.
Good luck with your project!

Ann - June 25, 2014 - 12:35 pm

I’m late to the party, but I would love to find the curtains you have in your bedroom. Or something even similar. Can you possibly help me with that. I love them.


missy - December 13, 2012 - 9:53 am

I am FINALLY sitting down to look over my issue of Trditional Home and I had to get right on here. I am LOVING the house with the little plaid bench. Ohhhhhhhh….I’m loving everything about that house.

Karen Watson - December 13, 2012 - 7:46 am

Love ribbon! Also, last year (not so much this year), I used patterned tape. It’s wide like packing tape – I got clear with black patterns (checks, paisley, etc.) and used simple brown butcher paper -lovely! You can then use whatever accent color you like – traditional red or green, but also whatever works with your decor – turquoise, orange, pink, etc. It was great! Also, a number of bloggers offer free label downloads that make adorable package labels. So fun!

Peggy in TN - December 12, 2012 - 6:00 pm

We have never put trees in our bedrooms…yet. I was just threatening my husband the other day that I was going to put one in our bedroom. Ha. Your home is so lovely.

Kathy - December 12, 2012 - 8:30 am

I love the checked fabric that you love so much. In my bedroom I have a favorite vintage ornament that my daughter bought and hung on my Christmas present last year. I put it on a stand and it stays in my bedroom all year because my mother says you should leave one little piece of Christmas out all year long to remind you to keep the spirit of Christmas in your heart all year.

Melissa @ The Inspired Room - December 11, 2012 - 3:26 pm

Your home is looking so lovely and ready for Christmas! I’m with you on the ribbons!! I just got a new roll of ribbon and I’m about to tie up my wreath with it!

Wanda - December 11, 2012 - 11:24 am

That James Farmer hallway is gorgeous ! I am a ribbon fan as well!

Cindy Horton - December 11, 2012 - 9:58 am

I enjoy your blog so much, what is not to like the color red and books. I am a retired elementary media assistant, this made me have the best job…being with children and books. Jan Karon is one of my favorite authors, actually order Shepherds Abiding after your post. (would love to win and give as a gift) Thanks for sharing your home with us.
PS your hand writing is beautiful!

Kayleigh Harkins - December 10, 2012 - 10:25 pm

Kelly, I love the ribbon you’ve used to decorate your house. I especially love your bedspread – the red and white look great on your bed.

Tricia - December 10, 2012 - 10:19 pm

Your home is decorated so beautifully for Christmas! I have several tiny framed pictures of my kids when they were little. Years ago Sears would throw in a tiny picture in an ornament frame when you bought the picture package at Christmas. I have a number of those I put on a tiny tree on my dresser.

Deborah E - December 10, 2012 - 9:36 pm

ribbon is like the icing on the cake! thanks for sharing your holiday decor.

Pat - December 10, 2012 - 7:27 pm

Kelly, I love your ribbon blog this week. Every last detail is absolutely beautiful. I wish I had the talent to tie bows. I have tried and tried, but to no avail. I do not decorate my bedrooms today. When my children were small, each child had a small tree in their bedroom. However, I decorate every square inch of the house with three trees. My son decorates the outside in gold and white. It is so gorgeous. I love Christmas and all things that go with it. I can’t wait to read your postings each week. The holidays make your blog even more special and magical. Thanks so much for gifting all of us with your wonderful talent.

Cindy - December 10, 2012 - 7:03 pm

I love the red ribbon…so festive. You’ve given me some great ideas to use in my home. The only bedroom we decorate is our 10 year old daughter’s. She has a small tree filled with a varity of ornaments we’ve collected. Thanks for your inspirations.

Lori - December 10, 2012 - 2:23 pm

What a beautiful space you have created in your bedroom for the season. So pretty. Ribbon is my friend too. 🙂

The touches in our master bedroom are simple for Christmas. I made a boxwood garland to drape over the vintage mirror that hangs above our bed. I embellished it with some simple red balls and berries.

I’ve placed a vintage tea cup on my desk filled with small green and red balls. A wood silverware tray from the 50’s with red and white paint detail holds small books and pens there also.

Two Christmas chipboard boxes and a mason jar filled with boxwood finish out the room. I do hope to place a tree in there someday. For now the other 4 filling the house will have to do. 😉

Stacey - December 10, 2012 - 1:28 pm

I love your ribbon tree!!! You have a beautiful home! Enjoy the holidays!

aimee {sixteen fourteen} - December 10, 2012 - 11:58 am

Gah! I LOVE your bedroom so much!!! The red is even more perfect this time of year, and all your wreaths, ribbon, trees…absolutely GORGEOUS, Kelly! You have so much talent. 🙂

Lynette - December 10, 2012 - 10:40 am

I’m completely smitten with all your red!! Simply gorgeous. I do a tree in every room, but the tree in the master is my red and white tree. Thanks for sharing all your sweet red ideas!

Kaye - December 10, 2012 - 10:38 am

I do decorate my bedroom. I have a red and white quilt with paisley birds on it. Christmas pillows, a tall woodland Santa, and a wooden angel stands guard on top of my cream armoire.

Dawn - December 10, 2012 - 10:31 am

Kelly, I always put Christmas in every room of our home. I am not a traditional Christmas color combo kinda gal though. I do love red and white but sometimes I just do green and neutral colors also (like green/khaki or green/black or green/white). I love how much detail you put into everything you do! Thanks for sharing it all with us! I love the inspiration!

Lynne - December 10, 2012 - 10:28 am

I have a doughbowl with ornaments in it and I exchanged a picture for one that has red in it. Oh, I also took my duvet off the bed and put on a red patchwork quilt on it with a white coverlet underneath. My Mothers neighbor gave me a white chenille bedspread that she used as a child (and its in perfect shape) and I tried using it but it was “going up my nose” every night while I tried to sleep so I took it off.
I still haven’t finished my Christmas decorating. I just can’t seem to decide on anything . My neighbor who lives on a tree farm is bringing over a big bucket of fresh cut greenery this week and once I get that I will probably go crazy decorating. I love all your ribbon and red in your home, Just beautiful!!

Linda - December 10, 2012 - 10:10 am

Oh my goodness, I wish I could tie a ribbon like you! Everyone can immediately look under my tree each year and know if I have had my presents professionally wrapped or not. As for decorations in the bedrooms, I use pictures of my family at different ages, sitting on Santa’s knee. They are all framed, with a red ribbon tied at the top. Thank goodness, my daughter is not ribbon challenged like her Mom. I have photo’s of myself and my husband at the age of 2, on Santa’s knee (we are now in our late 50’s). I have pictures of all 4 of our children sitting on Santa’s knee (sometimes crying their eyes out). I have also collected pictures of my son in-law, daughter in-law, and my soon to be daughter in-law with Santa. I have enough to switch around each year. So, when the kids come home they never know which photograph will be waiting on them. They are conversation pieces, and they never fail to produce memories for all of us.

Debbie w - December 10, 2012 - 9:20 am

I do put a small tree in my bedroom but I change the theme most years. This year I have my collection of hallmark Mary’s Angels. I love the colors and their sweet expressions. Thanks for the chance to win……I have enjoyed the pics of your beautiful home during this time of traditions.

Donna - December 10, 2012 - 9:06 am


I love your use of ribbon and as a ribbon lover I can see why you pick it up whenever you see it. The funny thing is that when I saw the James Farmer pin I clicked back because I thought it was one of your photos, Simply beautiful, but all of your photos are too. Thanks for all the great posts, inspiring to say the least.

Cathy norrie - December 10, 2012 - 9:06 am

Hi Kelly,

I love ribbons and you have done some lovely things with them. That photo of the beautiful ribbon on the newel post is gorgeous!

I do a wee bit of decorating in the master bedroom with some little red and white tin birds (I hang from various door knobs and some lovely sun catchers of chickadees on snow covered twigs). Not a lot – just a touch!

Love your Christmas traditions my friend 🙂

Take care

Garden, Home and Party - December 10, 2012 - 8:58 am

What a great idea. I would love to wake up to the fresh fragrance of a little fir tree. Your room looks wonderfully festive! I can see why the James Farmer room has been a favorite for “pinners” and just in general. I could take that room exactly as is!
Looks like you’re finished with dressing your lovely home for the holidays, it’s beautiful.
P.S. I love your writing on tags and such, lucky you to write like some of the calligraphy stamps sold at Paper Source. 🙂

Patty from Michigan - December 10, 2012 - 8:39 am

Hi Kelly, To answer your question…my three children each have a small Christmas tree in their bedrooms along with a small nativity set. We did this in order for them to remember the real reason for the season….the birth of Jesus and also so they had one to play with. It was always so sweet to watch them act out the story with them when they were real young.

Arlene@Nanaland - December 10, 2012 - 7:50 am

I love all your red ribbons Kelly!! Red is one of my favorite colors year round! I have a few small decorations in my bedroom but since scaling back, I just do one tree in the great room. I have enjoyed seeing your pretty house all decorated for the holidays!!

Kim - December 10, 2012 - 7:29 am

Love your bedroom. I just posted a guest room that has the red white and blues like yours and checks. I love checks, too. That is why I love your style so much.

Gretchen - December 10, 2012 - 6:46 am

I love all of your Christmas decorations, but your calligraphy is so beautiful! What is your secret!?!?

Anne Boykin - December 10, 2012 - 5:07 am

Hi Kelly, Your master bedroom is so beautiful! I love those drapes. You’ve done a great job decorating for the holidays, too.

Pat Peele - December 10, 2012 - 1:07 am

Always put a tree in master bedroom!! I love James Farmer! The ribbons are beautiful. We also decorate every room. One year I put trees in every room +bathrooms+ front porch- so beautiful! Maybe upstate S.C. Will cool off for Christmas!

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