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Holiday Shopping Guide #1: Gift Wrap

We all have a picture in our minds of the perfect holiday evening - it might be festive music quietly playing as you sit by the fire, twinkling lights somewhere in the background. Maybe it's a bustling party with sequins and ribbons and laughter and the smell of your favorite holiday candle in the air. As designers, we'll find out what that picture looks like for you and help you create the place where you can make those beautiful memories.

In our mind's eye - the perfect holiday scene includes beautifully wrapped boxes near the sparkling tree. Gift wrap has come a long way in the last few years and the options and combinations are endless from beautiful classic tartan patterns, hand painted wintery scenes, velvet and silk ribbon. We all put so much time and thought into the gifts we give, but a simple luxury is to also put thought into the way our gifts are presented to the receiver.

With so many options available, we thought we'd put together some of our favorite combinations. We like to choose gift wrap the same way we choose pillows: a mix of colors and patterns is best. We've created four themes, and each has several coordinating options for papers and ribbons or bows. They are meant to be mixed and matched within each category and will give you an interesting and balanced mix of textures, patterns, colors, and sizes! Which one is your favorite? Each product is linked below the image!

Winter Wonderland - can't get enough of this 12 Days of Christmas toile! The green quilted pattern is from a collection of amazing gift wrap from JSH Home Essentials. Pair these with a blue lattice paper and blue velvet or fluffy white ribbon.

Modern Festive - this watercolor painted botanical feels unique but festive. We think it looks great with the Sugar Paper LA line of holiday wrap from Target! And a red velvet ribbon to finish it off.

Vintage Christmas - everyone loves the classics. Picking out the tree paired with vintage postcards and a green ticking stripe. Red silk ribbon and gold tinsel for the bow on top!

Global & Avante-Garde - ok we saved our personal favorite for last. This combo is how we might style gifts wrapped under a tree for a photo shoot, or for our clients. We can't ever get enough of the hand-painted wallpaper look that has been used for this paper done in reds, pinks, and greens. A fun way to get an unexpected look while decorating for any holiday is by using colors that are just a little off from what you see most often which we've done here with the lighter green plaid stripe and the fuschia tinsel bow. We're big fans of St. Frank pillows and it was so fun to see a holiday wrap in some of their classic prints like this one inspired by a central Asian textile.


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