I know, I know. It's not even December yet! But Thanksgiving is over and I've been waiting oh so patiently to share this space with you...
Back in October, I put together this photo shoot for HGTV.com with the concept of creating a modern day Christmas setting in a friend's bachelor pad. I took his very neutral furnishings and warmed them up for winter with a fur throw and metallic pillows that stayed true to his style while adding some shimmer and texture!
hgtv+cocokelley+christmas+tree vignette
It didn't quite feel like holiday without a bit of colour, though, so I decided to add in one of my current favorites - a bright pop of citron green! Apartment living can always be a challenge when decorating for the holidays (I barely have room for shoes, let alone a Christmas tree!) and this room definitely didn't have a lot of options. Instead of creating awkward space issues with a large tree, we opted for this simple tinsel tree that still allows us to peek at the stunning view, tucking presents into the bookshelf.
Hot cocoa, anyone? The simple addition of a gold serving tray and a bowl of baubles is enough of a holiday touch without too cluttered.
Behind the sofa is my favorite part - the bar!! Ok, so maybe a feather wreath doesn't scream 'manly' but I know plenty of men who would appreciate it! Champagne, a stocking full of presents and the glow of candles set this scene perfectly.
I couldn't make it Christmas without some kind of greenery, and these mini trees for the entryway were the perfect compromise to make up for no real tree. We wrapped them in cozy fabric to dress them up a bit, lit some candles and created an area to display all the Christmas cards! (Such a popular guy, our bachelor.) The artwork happened to lend itself well to the idea of glowing city lights on cold winter nights!

The best part of the online article, though, is that it features a gorgeous tabletop by Manvi at Mochatini as well as a fabulously fun retro holiday styling by Mrs. Lilien! To check them out, hop on over to HGTV.com. How will you be decorating for the holidays??

*photography by brandon sawaya, and a huge thanks to bethany, maggie and jennie for all their help with the shoot!