Making the Most of a Two-Story Living Room

Decorating a room with two-story ceilings can be a challenge. These rooms tend to lack warmth and feel cavernous if they aren’t styled correctly. In a living room, this can be especially frustrating because it’s a space we commonly like to feel a sense of comfort in. Creating a space that feels intimate and cozy may seem like an impossibility if the ceilings are high, but it’s not only possible but full of opportunity to do something really special.

The trick is to highlight the beauty of the high ceilings while pulling them together with what is happening in the lower half of the room. By including the upper half in the overall design of the space and making use of it as you would any other part of the room, you simultaneously highlight this captivating feature while creating a more intimate vibe.

Here are 10 two-story living rooms that did a beautiful job of making the most of the high ceilings with a variety of solutions.

Two-Story Living Room Ideas

Making the Most of a Two-Story Living Room | MeganMorrisBlog.comA large chandelier draws your eye up and fills the space with something charming to look at while the wood panels add character.
Source: Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

Making the Most of a Two-Story Living Room | MeganMorrisBlog.comThe lines of the chandelier and beams match the other lines in the space to create a captivating visual flow.
Source: Luxe

Making the Most of a Two-Story Living Room | MeganMorrisBlog.comThree well-placed chandeliers look like art installations floating from the ceiling.
Source: House of Turquoise

Making the Most of a Two-Story Living Room | MeganMorrisBlog.comA graphic wallpaper and beautiful stone facade stretch floor-to-ceiling for an incredible statement in the room.
Source: Traditional Home

Making the Most of a Two-Story Living Room | MeganMorrisBlog.comBeautiful stone stretches from floor-to-ceiling as the focal point while wall art keeps your eye moving through the space.
Source: Kelley Nan

Making the Most of a Two-Story Living Room | MeganMorrisBlog.comThe three pieces of art that flow together lead your eye upward while subsequently making the space feel cozier.
Source: Zillow

Making the Most of a Two-Story Living Room | MeganMorrisBlog.comFloor-to-ceiling drapes soften the windows while stone and artwork around the fireplace ground it.
Source: Toll Brothers

Making the Most of a Two-Story Living Room | MeganMorrisBlog.comMany smart solutions for making a tall, large space feel more intimate are at work here: the floor-to-ceiling drapes and stone, the artwork, the green ceiling, and the area rug.
Source: The Style Estate

Making the Most of a Two-Story Living Room | MeganMorrisBlog.comWood panels add an extra element to the high ceilings to give them dimension and a sense of coziness.
Source: Two Twenty One

Making the Most of a Two-Story Living Room | MeganMorrisBlog.comA glamorous chandelier and chic artwork keep the charm going all the way up to the ceiling.
Source: Addison’s Wonderland

I hope these ideas inspire you to make the most of your high ceilings.

Warm regards,
Megan

Home Tour: Ricky Martin’s Relaxing Modern Home in Beverly Hills

Ricky Martin has spent most of his life on the road, but he recently decided to settle down in Los Angeles with his husband and their two sons. The place they chose is a 11,000 square foot home that expanded on a residence originally designed by acclaimed midcentury architect Gregory Ain.

The modern, streamlined home is serene in its simplicity. Surrounded by nature, the home embraces the outdoors with plenty of floor-to-ceiling windows allowing in natural light and the stunning greenery found in every corner. While the interior is very modern, as well, there are natural touches such as stone and wood found throughout the home. The clean lines create a clean, minimalist atmosphere while well-chosen textiles and a relaxing energy make it feel comfortable.

Enjoy this beautiful home tour courtesy of Architectural Digest.

Ricky Martin Home Tour

Home Tour: Ricky Martin's Relaxing Modern Home in Beverly Hills | HomeandEventStyling.comA hypnotic piece of art creates an engaging vignette with a modern mirrored table. Round decor on the table contrasts the harsh lines.

Home Tour: Ricky Martin's Relaxing Modern Home in Beverly Hills | HomeandEventStyling.comA large, polished wood front door immediately makes an impression, along with the eye-catching chandelier.

Home Tour: Ricky Martin's Relaxing Modern Home in Beverly Hills | HomeandEventStyling.comModern lines keep things sleek and streamlined, while a variety of beautiful textures – stone, metal, wood, fur – bring plenty of visual interest and style.

Home Tour: Ricky Martin's Relaxing Modern Home in Beverly Hills | HomeandEventStyling.comFloor-to-ceiling windows make you feel one with nature in the living room, which is filled with stunning natural light and a view of the surrounding trees.

Home Tour: Ricky Martin's Relaxing Modern Home in Beverly Hills | HomeandEventStyling.comThe outdoor dining room almost feels like it’s indoors until you look up and see the stunning canopy of trees.

Home Tour: Ricky Martin's Relaxing Modern Home in Beverly Hills | HomeandEventStyling.comA red shag rug offers a vibrant punch of color in the dining room which otherwise embraces a subdued, natural palette.

Home Tour: Ricky Martin's Relaxing Modern Home in Beverly Hills | HomeandEventStyling.comThe kids’ room has its own stunning windows that lead to a private patio.

Home Tour: Ricky Martin's Relaxing Modern Home in Beverly Hills | HomeandEventStyling.comA modern double-sided fireplace services two relaxing living areas.

Home Tour: Ricky Martin's Relaxing Modern Home in Beverly Hills | HomeandEventStyling.comThe master bedroom is a relaxing retreat with smooth grey walls, crisp white textiles, and wood accents. The hanging bronze light fixtures hanging over the end tables are simple yet pack a design punch.

Home Tour: Ricky Martin's Relaxing Modern Home in Beverly Hills | HomeandEventStyling.comThe pool area looks like a five-star resort with more streamlined design meeting with nature.

Home Tour: Ricky Martin's Relaxing Modern Home in Beverly Hills | HomeandEventStyling.comThe landscaping isn’t too “overdone,” leaving things looking wild and natural around the structure.

What a beautiful place!

Warm regards,
Megan

Warm and Cozy Fall Decorating Ideas in Neutrals

When it comes to the fall season and words like ‘warm’ and ‘cozy’, we automatically think of color schemes with deep, rich colors. It’s true, those color schemes are wonderful for capturing the fall spirit, but they aren’t the only way to capture it nor are they a necessity for it. A bright, neutral palette can be just as cozy. It can also be full of charm and fall character.

Things like soft textiles, rustic elements, and fall staples will help bring the season to life in your home. White pumpkins, for example, are just as charming as orange ones. You can do an entirely monochromatic white and grey space (as you’ll see from many of the rooms in this post) and still create a cozy vibe if you bring in the right elements. Of course, you can also go with a pop of color like a few orange pumpkins and a mustard throw if you want, but your main color scheme can still be neutral.

Here are 10 beautiful examples of neutral fall decorating to give you some inspiring ideas.

Neutral Fall Decorating

Warm and Cozy Decorating Ideas in Neutrals | HomeandEventStyling.comAn elegant white and grey palette is made cozy with elements like accent pillows, a throw, and pumpkins.
Source: @WowILoveThat via Home Bunch

Warm and Cozy Decorating Ideas in Neutrals | HomeandEventStyling.comDark wood accents create a beautiful, warm contrast with the white in this space.
Source: Thrifty & Chic

Warm and Cozy Decorating Ideas in Neutrals | HomeandEventStyling.comHow charming are all the antique, farmhouse touches in this dining room?
Source: Liz Marie Blog

Warm and Cozy Decorating Ideas in Neutrals | HomeandEventStyling.comOrange and mustard accents bring some fall flair to this white and grey living room.
Source: Target

Warm and Cozy Decorating Ideas in Neutrals | HomeandEventStyling.comYou instantly feel the fall spirit as soon as you walk through this front door.
Source: NellyFriedel

Warm and Cozy Decorating Ideas in Neutrals | HomeandEventStyling.comFor a non-working fireplace, pumpkins and candles are great for making use of the space during the fall.
Source: Apartment Therapy

Warm and Cozy Decorating Ideas in Neutrals | HomeandEventStyling.comSmall orange pumpkins bring the perfect pop of color in a subtle, charming way.
Source: Craftberry Bush

Warm and Cozy Decorating Ideas in Neutrals | HomeandEventStyling.comLove this rustic, farmhouse-inspired vignette that creates an inviting atmosphere for Thanksgiving and the entire fall season.
Source: Fox Hollow Cottage

Warm and Cozy Decorating Ideas in Neutrals | HomeandEventStyling.comCheckered pumpkins and minimalist artwork are enough to bring some fall flair to this simple space.
Source: Tatertots & Jello

Warm and Cozy Decorating Ideas in Neutrals | HomeandEventStyling.comThis entryway may be all grey and white, but all the charming fall elements make it feel cozy and inviting.
Source: The Grace House

As you can see, neutrals can be just as cozy and charming for the fall.

Warm regards,
Megan

10 Halloween Appetizers to Give Your Party a Spooky Start

As I’ve mentioned many times on this blog, Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. There are so many fun ways to get creative and use your imagination. One of my favorite ways to do that is with food. I’ve already put together several lists of my favorite Halloween treats and desserts that you can make. However, if you’re planning to throw a Halloween party, then you’ll definitely want to check out today’s round-up of Halloween appetizer ideas.

There is no better way to get your party off to a great start than with a delicious appetizer. Instead of just putting some chips and dip on a platter, go the extra mile and give it a festive treatment. There are some very easy, delicious, and creative ideas that are sure to delight your guests from the get-go.

Here are 10 of the best Halloween appetizer ideas on the internet.

Halloween Appetizer Ideas

10 Halloween Appetizers to Give Your Party a Spooky Start | HomeandEventStyling.comThe perfect start to a night filled with ghouls and skeletons: graveyard chicken enchilada dip.
Tutorial: Delish

10 Halloween Appetizers to Give Your Party a Spooky Start | HomeandEventStyling.comYou won’t want to stop eating these cheesy bones with a delicious dip.
Tutorial: Kraft

10 Halloween Appetizers to Give Your Party a Spooky Start | HomeandEventStyling.comYour guests won’t be able to keep their fingers off this delicious cauldron dip.
Tutorial: Woman’s Day

10 Halloween Appetizers to Give Your Party a Spooky Start | HomeandEventStyling.comYou’ll have your guests cracking up over (and enjoy the deliciousness of) this jack-o-lantern chips and dip.
Tutorial: Tasty

10 Halloween Appetizers to Give Your Party a Spooky Start | HomeandEventStyling.comIs that a pumpkin? Nope, even better: it’s a Halloween onion ranch cheese ball!
Tutorial: Sandy Toes & Popsicles

10 Halloween Appetizers to Give Your Party a Spooky Start | HomeandEventStyling.comHow adorable are these wonton bats?
Tutorial: For Women First

10 Halloween Appetizers to Give Your Party a Spooky Start | HomeandEventStyling.comYour guests will be excited to dive into this amazing Halloween snack platter.
Tutorial: Foxes Love Lemons

10 Halloween Appetizers to Give Your Party a Spooky Start | HomeandEventStyling.comMeatball mummy crescent rolls are easy to make and even easier to devour.
Tutorial: Pillsbury

10 Halloween Appetizers to Give Your Party a Spooky Start | HomeandEventStyling.comSushi lovers, here’s a fun way to indulge in your craving on Halloween: monster sushi.
Tutorial: Brit.co

10 Halloween Appetizers to Give Your Party a Spooky Start | HomeandEventStyling.comReady to ‘nom nom nom’ on some monster sliders?
Tutorial: Courtney’s Sweets

So many delicious (and adorable) ideas!

Warm regards,
Megan

Home Tour: Kelis’ Eclectic 1920’s Glendale Home

Kelis, who found fame with the hit song “Milkshake” but is now a successful chef with a book and a sauce brand, purchased a 1920’s Spanish-style home in Glendale a few years ago and renovated it. She was careful to preserve the historical details that made her fall in love with the property in the first place while infusing it with some of her own flair and style. The result is a design-savvy, truly unique home.

She has now put the home on the market for $1.885 million. The residence is 3,850 square feet and features a large outdoor space with a pool, perfect for entertaining or relaxation. The entire home feels spacious inside, too, with sprawling rooms and plenty of natural light. It’s definitely a real estate gem.

Enjoy this inspiring home tour courtesy of Architectural Digest.

Kelis Home Tour

Home Tour: Kelis' Eclectic 1920's Glendale Home | HomeandEventStyling.comThe entryway welcomes you with an instant burst of character and personality in the form of dark, rich wood and colorful wallpaper.

Home Tour: Kelis' Eclectic 1920's Glendale Home | HomeandEventStyling.comThe living room is spacious with a stunning curved ceiling, fireplace, and royal blue chesterfield sofa that steals the show.

Home Tour: Kelis' Eclectic 1920's Glendale Home | HomeandEventStyling.comAnother sitting area is all about comfort with a dark, elegant palette and cozy sofa.

Home Tour: Kelis' Eclectic 1920's Glendale Home | HomeandEventStyling.comThe kitchen embraces the history of the home with some vintage elements like an old table as the island and a wheel used as a pot rack.

Home Tour: Kelis' Eclectic 1920's Glendale Home | HomeandEventStyling.comThe master bedroom is also spacious and full of natural light. Purple walls encapsulate the corner with the bed while white walls keep the rest of the space feeling bright and open.

Home Tour: Kelis' Eclectic 1920's Glendale Home | HomeandEventStyling.comThe boys’ room is full of fun colors and animal murals, not to mention a really unique bed.

Home Tour: Kelis' Eclectic 1920's Glendale Home | HomeandEventStyling.comA guest bedroom features an eye-catching accent wall and elegant, vintage furniture.

Home Tour: Kelis' Eclectic 1920's Glendale Home | HomeandEventStyling.comThe outdoor space was one of the features that made Kelis fall in love with the home. Its sprawling nature makes it perfect for entertaining.

Home Tour: Kelis' Eclectic 1920's Glendale Home | HomeandEventStyling.comWhile the pool area is perfect for entertaining, it also offers a lot of privacy.

What a spectacular home!

Warm regards,
Megan