It’s not even Halloween yet, but my boyfriend and I are already fighting over how to handle the décor in our shared apartment this holiday season. The main argument? I want a tree, and he doesn’t. He’s anti all things holiday, especially if they’re sentimental or something that he thinks became a thing just to drive consumers to spend money. I’m also not even remotely religious—the holidays are a secular tradition for me, a sentimental time that gives us an excuse to spend time cozying up inside with our loved ones and also eat, drink, and party. What’s not to like about that?
Whether you’re atheist, Christian, or Jewish, if you’re like me and enjoy having a bit of sparkle around you during what’s otherwise a very blah time of year, you’ll draw inspiration from these ideas. While some do include trees and the occasional whimsical reindeer, most are a festive way of celebrating winter. Think spruce branches, lots of candles, and plenty of gold and silver accents.
Check out these 20 super-pretty and sophisticated holiday décor ideas. If anything will convince my S.O. to soften up and let me decorate, it’s these chic touches.