Tastemakers Stiles T. Colwill and Jonathan Gargiulo tell Southern Accents that their holiday prep begins the week before Thanksgiving. One of their many activities includes assembling gifts to be wrapped in the guesthouse dining room. Reading this, I wondered how other artists, editors, and designers wrap their holiday presents. So I did a little investigating.
Those oh-so-creative sisters, Hollister and Porter Hovey, have a distinct signature style.
Porter explains, "Every year my sister Hollister and I choose a theme for wrapping our gifts. One year it was a nature theme with little nests and birds we bought at the craft store. In more recent years we've stuck with black wrapping paper with either gold or black ribbon. It's a classic look and makes everything from the summer sausages we get our grandpa to the perfect vintage ebay finds look so elegant."
This year, to be a little green, the duo will cut up the big roll of seamless black studio paper that Porter, who is a photographer, bought for her last project. "I always go with the idea that bigger is better, but I went with a roll that was 10 feet wide! We'll be wraping each black package with twine, twigs and pine sprigs!"
The black grosgrain is available through Kate's Paperie, and I found the image of the black craft paper on Amazon.
Stay tuned for more ideas from other stylish people. You'll notice a real emphasis on thrift. And that leads me to a point I want to make about the presents I've been posting recently: most of the ribbon is recycled. I enjoy art supply stores the way other women like shoe boutiques, and I do add each year to my collection of paper and trims, but I have a small number of packages to wrap. All of the ribbon on gifts to my family comes back to me for use the next year!