There's no better time than the holidays than pull out all the stops. The holidays are the only excuse for splurging on over-the-top wreaths, stringing up twinkling lights, and throwing together (read: spending an hour perfecting) your signature spiced rum. So why stop when the season's over? That's the beauty of holiday decor items that are as sleek and elegant as they are festive.
The obvious benefit of holiday-ish decor is that you can enjoy it year-round. The first rule: Avoid items that are strictly reserved for holidays. This means steering clear of the on-the-nose palette of green and red (cheerful, sure, but a dead giveaway that you've intended to deck the halls) and anything that involves or closely resembles a tree ornament.
Metallics like bronze, gold, and silver have a party-ready vibe and work as well for your BFF's bachelorette as they do for your New Year's Eve party. And, best of all: it means that your gorgeous decor won't be packed away in storage for 10 months out of the year. That's why we've partnered with CB2 to bring you the best of holiday-ish decor to take you from Thanksgiving, through the holidays, and way into 2017. Here are a few festive pieces that keep the holiday cheer going all year long — and, as a bonus, work with even the smallest of spaces.
A Bit Of Head Space
Pay your proper respects to the red-nosed reindeer with this fun wall hanging. The rest of the year, it's just a buck, but December turns it into your MVP.
A Pint-Sized Server
Intended for cradling nuts or chips at a holiday party, this bowl is like a miniature work of art. Plus, it's a total space-saver, which means you can put out more snacks. (When you're not busy playing hostess, you can use it to stash your keys or jewelry.) #Winning!
A Copper Catch-All
Salt cellar? Candy-cane holder? Pencil cup? However you want to use it, this copper jar with a marble lid has a clean, upscale look to it — but a high shine that makes it holiday-ready.
A Black-Tie Banner
Strung up alongside twinkling lights, a tassel banner is heavy on the holiday spirit. But since it's not decked out in telltale red and green, you could reuse this one for birthday parties — or, you know, any party at all.
A Peaceful Wreath
If John Lennon's "Happy Xmas" has a place of honor in your holiday music playlist, then you definitely can't go wrong with this trio — because peaceful vibes are welcome 365 days a year.
A Gilded Pillow
This pillow echoes the twinkling of string lights. Take it out of context of a Christmas tree, though, and you have a pillow that gives an elegant edge to your couch or bed.
If you're still using the drinking glasses from Ikea that you bought in college, you're not alone. (I promise.) But gorgeous, detailed tumblers make even ice water seem special, and they work as well to hold sangria in the summer as they do spiced cider.
A Candle Cover
This hurricane candle-holder could make even a peppermint-scented candle seem sophisticated. (Hey, we all have our guilty pleasures.) The bronze finish and angular design give it a playful, modern vibe.
There's always something to celebrate, no matter what time of the year it is. (Or maybe we just love champagne.) You just get more opportunities to make toasts and clink glasses around the holidays, so put this pair to good use.
A Soft Touch
When the weather outside is so frightful that your best pair of boots won't stand a chance, cozy up inside with a book and a soft, satisfyingly fluffy throw. (It also doubles as a rug if your feet need a little TLC.)
This post is sponsored by CB2.