It tops your most thoughtful gifts and brings an extra dose of merry to wreaths, garlands and countless other items and surfaces. The options for decorating with it are practically limitless. In fact, ribbon just might be our favorite unsung hero of the holiday season. That’s why we’re taking you beyond the bow with expert advice from acclaimed ribbon designer Donna Stevens and our resident Frontgate holiday stylist Julie Kleski so you can dig in to all the ways to decorate with this holiday mainstay.
With a love of fabrics and embroidery handed down from her grandmother, Donna Stevens has 25 years of ribbon know-how and isn’t afraid to use it. She loves the classic look of a giant red velvet bow embellished with jewels hanging on an evergreen wreath. But when it comes to the unexpected, Donna’s favorite thing to drape with ribbon is the chandelier. “It adds charm to a room,” she says.