If you've traveled to London, you may have visited V.V. Rouleaux, the world-renowned ribbons and trimming company. Annabel Lewis, the company's founder and owner, has so many ideas about what to do with her products it will make an inept home decorator's head spin. Her Ribbons and Trims: 100 Ideas to Personalize Your Home includes more than 100 ideas for using ribbons, beads, feathers, bows, yarn, rope, chandelier crystals and other adornments to recover, repurpose and remake everything from furniture to curtains to lampshades (the feathered lampshade has a certain garish Victorian appeal).
Step-by-step instructions illustrate some project ideas, while others are described or pictured merely as a technique that the home designer could use as a guide. Multitudes of gorgeous photographs give the book a you can do it feel, even for people who don't have perfectly put-together homes. The projects can get a little intimidating at times, as when whole rooms decorated with ribbons and trims are shown (a plaid wall created with ribbons rather than paint, for example), but it also offers great tips and tricks that anyone can use to jazz up a footstool or a pillow, or even their whole house.