The Natural Beauty of Live Edge Wood

Live edge wood has become very popular in decorating lately and it’s not hard to see why. I personally love the wild look of it and the versatility of how it can be used to bring character ato a space. Live edge simply refers to a wood structure (table, shelves, etc) that does not have straight, clean-cut sides. Instead, the wood is shaped unevenly and often has a lot of imperfections.

This look is full of charm and – while it is very rustic by nature – suits a variety of decorating styles. From a full on country chic home to a modern, minimalist design, live edge wood can add depth to the space in a small or large way. It is so beautiful that it is hard to go wrong with it.

Here are 10 rooms with live edge wood elements that are sure to inspire you and show you some of the many ways this beautiful look can be implemented.

Live Edge Wood Decorating Ideas

The Natural Beauty of Live Edge Wood | HomeandEventStyling.comA live edge sliding door looks like a piece of art against this charcoal gray wall.
Source: Traditional Home

The Natural Beauty of Live Edge Wood | HomeandEventStyling.comA rustic wood console table fits perfectly behind this sofa to join an open floor plan and provide a surface for lighting.
Source: Great Neighborhood Homes via Decor Pad

The Natural Beauty of Live Edge Wood | HomeandEventStyling.comThe live edge wood table connects this dining area to the nature surrounding it.
Source: Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

The Natural Beauty of Live Edge Wood | HomeandEventStyling.comThe rich wood table blends almost seamlessly with the flooring for a spectacular effect.
Source: Luxe

The Natural Beauty of Live Edge Wood | HomeandEventStyling.comModern minimalism meets unfinished rustic beauty for a captivating contrast.
Source: 101 Woonideeen

The Natural Beauty of Live Edge Wood | HomeandEventStyling.comThe simple touch of the live edge wood end table brings an eclectic flair to this living room.
Source: HGTV

The Natural Beauty of Live Edge Wood | HomeandEventStyling.comA slab of wood was a clever choice to create a bar area for dining and bring some visual interest to the sleek white.
Source: Apartment Therapy

The Natural Beauty of Live Edge Wood | HomeandEventStyling.comThe wood table breaks up all the cheerful color with a natural tone and offers some subtle contrast.
Source: Style by Emily Henderson

The Natural Beauty of Live Edge Wood | HomeandEventStyling.comTwo stunning examples of live edge wood are at play in this space: the incredible console table and uniquely shaped dining room table.
Source: Axial to Terminal via Houzz

The Natural Beauty of Live Edge Wood | HomeandEventStyling.comLive edge wood shelves offer a nice rustic touch to this kitchen that brings some charm and character to it.
Source: DIY in PDX

Love it!

Warm regards,
Megan

Camel Sofas: The Neutral Statement Piece

In a living room, the sofa is the primary piece of furniture around which to anchor the room and create a conversation area. It can make the whole space come alive if you choose well. One trend I’ve noticed recently that I love is the return of the camel sofa. It’s a classic piece that has never really gone out of style, but it’s seeing a resurgence in popularity right now.

A camel sofa can make a statement in a living room that is chic, understated and wonderfully versatile. The color is a rich tone that suits a variety of color palettes and styles from modern and feminine to rustic and masculine. It all depends on the shape of the sofa you choose, the shade of the camel color, and the way you decorate around it. They are great for monochrome and colorful spaces alike.

My favorite thing about a camel sofa is its sense of elegance. Even when used in a relaxed or bohemian space, it supplies an easy sense of style that is timeless and always elevates the look of whatever room in which it is being used.

Here are 10 fabulous spaces that used a camel sofa, each capturing a different flavor.

Camel Sofa Inspiration

Camel Sofas: The Neutral Statement Piece | HomeandEventStyling.comGold and other feminine accents pair beautifully with this contemporary camel leather sofa.
Source: A House in the Hills

Camel Sofas: The Neutral Statement Piece | HomeandEventStyling.comThe shape of the sofa is understated while the color provides some nice contrast to the walls.
Source: West Elm

Camel Sofas: The Neutral Statement Piece | HomeandEventStyling.comHow gorgeous is this tufted leather sofa in a subdued camel tone? The black accents pop perfectly against it.
Source: Coco Kelly

Camel Sofas: The Neutral Statement Piece | HomeandEventStyling.comA camel sofa can have a laid back appeal, like the one in this modern bachelor pad.
Source: Apartment Therapy

Camel Sofas: The Neutral Statement Piece | HomeandEventStyling.comThere is something inherently classic about the camel sofa which is evident in this charming NYC apartment.
Source: Refinery29

Camel Sofas: The Neutral Statement Piece | HomeandEventStyling.comThe flowing shape, tufted leather, and gorgeous camel color make this sofa the star of the living room.
Source: Apartment Therapy

Camel Sofas: The Neutral Statement Piece | HomeandEventStyling.comThe light camel sofa blends with all the blonde wood in this space for a beautiful, monochromatic look.
Source: My Domaine

Camel Sofas: The Neutral Statement Piece | HomeandEventStyling.comThe camel couch against the black wall and accents creates a striking contrast in this living room.
Source: Rue Magazine

Camel Sofas: The Neutral Statement Piece | HomeandEventStyling.comCamel sofas pair beautifully with other colors, as well, such as this steel blue wall.
Source: One Kings Lane

Camel Sofas: The Neutral Statement Piece | HomeandEventStyling.comThe sofa’s soft color is elegant while still popping against the white for a chic touch of contrast.
Source: Home Polish

It’s hard to go wrong with a camel sofa.

Warm regards,
Megan

Creating a Stylish Look with Layered Rugs

Area rugs are a great decorative element to take advantage of in most spaces. They help define a space, warm it up and provide color, pattern, and/or texture. But one trick you may not have thought of before is using two area rugs in one space by layering them.

It may sound like an odd concept at first, but layering rugs has actually become a popular trend lately. This look has a lot of benefits depending on how you use it. One of the most popular strategies is to use a large neutral rug and then layer a smaller, more colorful rug on top of it. This gives you the opportunity to infuse some color into the space without it overwhelming the room, while also balancing everything out properly.

To see more layered rug ideas, check out these beautiful spaces that all used this look to great success in various ways.

Layered Rug Ideas

Creating a Stylish Look with Layered Rugs | HomeandEventStyling.comA small flokati rug looks both glamorous and shabby chic when draped over the corner of the larger area rug.
Source: Style Me Pretty

Creating a Stylish Look with Layered Rugs | HomeandEventStyling.comThe warm tones and ornate pattern on the smaller rug bring some flavor to the room, while the larger neutral rug balances everything.
Source: Emily Henderson

Creating a Stylish Look with Layered Rugs | HomeandEventStyling.comAt first glance, this may look like one runner covering the hallway, but it’s actually two: a natural fiber rug and a smaller, more ornate rug on top of it.
Source: Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

Creating a Stylish Look with Layered Rugs | HomeandEventStyling.comLayering a high pile rug over a rougher, natural fiber rug is a great way to get the best of both worlds.
Source: Better Homes & Gardens

Creating a Stylish Look with Layered Rugs | HomeandEventStyling.comHere’s another example, showing how relaxed and eclectic this particular layering style is.
Source: The Glitter Guide

Creating a Stylish Look with Layered Rugs | HomeandEventStyling.comWhen an animal skin rug isn’t enough, try layering it over another rug like this beautiful natural fiber one.
Source: My Domaine

Creating a Stylish Look with Layered Rugs | HomeandEventStyling.comA furry rug layered over a more simple one provides a touch of glamour to this space in a relaxed way.
Source: Refinery 29

Creating a Stylish Look with Layered Rugs | HomeandEventStyling.comThe pop of green on the smaller rug may have overwhelmed this space if it had been the only rug, but layered on top of the neutral one, it’s the perfect balance of color.
Source: The Glitter Guide

Creating a Stylish Look with Layered Rugs | HomeandEventStyling.comThe white of the animal skin contrasts beautifully with the sandy area rug and pulls in the white walls.
Source: Ellen Grasso & Sons via Houzz

Creating a Stylish Look with Layered Rugs | HomeandEventStyling.comFor a really fun look, get creative with your mixture of rugs, like these striped and hot pink rugs.
Source: Style Me Pretty

Layered rugs can solve a lot of problems and bring some great, unexpected style to a space.

Warm regards,
Megan

10 Dark and Dramatic Kitchens

You’ve probably noticed that light kitchens are some of the most popular. Light kitchens, such as ones with white cabinets, can be absolutely stunning, but so can the opposite side of the coin. Dark kitchens have their own appeal that can be beautiful, dramatic and just as classic.

What I love about a dark kitchen is how striking they can be. You can actually take advantage of the expectation people have for a light kitchen by going very dark instead, inherently creating a more dramatic result. There are a lot of options to play with contrast, too, whether it’s with various textures in dark tones or by punctuating dark cabinets with light accents.

The following 10 dark kitchen ideas offer some great inspiration on how to use dark colors in a kitchen in creative and timeless ways.

Dark Kitchen Ideas

10 Dark & Dramatic Kitchens | HomeandEventStyling.comA gorgeous wood grain on the modern cabinets contrasts with the black tile to highlight the beauty of both.
Source: SF Girl by Bay

10 Dark & Dramatic Kitchens | HomeandEventStyling.comStainless steel and white accents look charming against the rich, dark wood cabinets.
Source: House & Home

10 Dark & Dramatic Kitchens | HomeandEventStyling.comA dark, though mellow blue on the cabinets is captivating in this large kitchen.
Source: Atlanta Home & Lifestyles

10 Dark & Dramatic Kitchens | HomeandEventStyling.comBlack cabinets bring a bold, yet classic flair to this kitchen when paired with white and gold.
Source: Traditional Home

10 Dark & Dramatic Kitchens | HomeandEventStyling.comThis historic kitchen is full of industrial character that is cozy and charming.
Source: My Domaine

10 Dark & Dramatic Kitchens | HomeandEventStyling.comExposed brick pairs well with the dark cabinets. Even though the space is small, you’re focused on all the charming elements that make it feel cozy rather than cramped.
Source: Apartment Therapy

10 Dark & Dramatic Kitchens | HomeandEventStyling.comWhite countertops and stainless steel lighten up the sleek, black cabinets.
Source: Home Goods

10 Dark & Dramatic Kitchens | HomeandEventStyling.comThis black kitchen is truly dramatic and glamorous with a glossy finish on the cabinets that quite literally shines.
Source: House Beautiful

10 Dark & Dramatic Kitchens | HomeandEventStyling.comHere is another example of glossy cabinets, which helps bring a lighter, more glamorous touch to a dark color.
Source: Style Me Pretty

10 Dark & Dramatic Kitchens | HomeandEventStyling.comGreen on the cabinets and backsplash is sophisticated, yet earthy, especially when paired with copper accents and rich wood floors.
Source: Better Homes & Gardens

Would you ever consider opting for a dark kitchen?

Warm regards,
Megan

Home Tour: Emmy Rossum’s Elegant NYC Apartment

Actress Emmy Rossum recently purchased her first home in New York City, a one-bedroom co-op in a prewar building in Manhattan. The apartment needed a lot of work, so she enlisted the help of Elle Decor and designer Antonino Buzzetta to turn it into a place that felt like home.

The result is a beautiful balance between charming antiques and an elegant, modern sensibility. Emmy wanted a place that felt fresh and new but had the character of old-fashioned, European touches. While everything in the apartment is new, the choices of decor make it feel like many of the items have been collected over the decades and passed down to her, and the whole vibe is classic and mature.

This home tour offers some wonderful inspiration in how to mix the old with the new, even if the “old” is only in style. The neutral palette is accented with well-chosen doses of color to createa subdued, sophisticated space.

Enjoy this beautiful and inspiring home tour…

Emmy Rossum Home Tour

Home Tour: Emmy Rossum's Elegant NYC Apartment | HomeandEventStyling.comAntiqued mirrors add historic character and help make this living room feel larger and brighter.

Home Tour: Emmy Rossum's Elegant NYC Apartment | HomeandEventStyling.comA lightweight table and blue chairs create an elegant simplicity in the dining room.

Home Tour: Emmy Rossum's Elegant NYC Apartment | HomeandEventStyling.comModern touches, like this bar cart vignette, balance the antique touches throughout the apartment.

Home Tour: Emmy Rossum's Elegant NYC Apartment | HomeandEventStyling.comA red runner brings a pop of color to the otherwise gray and white kitchen.

Home Tour: Emmy Rossum's Elegant NYC Apartment | HomeandEventStyling.comMarble stuns in the small bathroom, making it feel larger with its opulence.

Home Tour: Emmy Rossum's Elegant NYC Apartment | HomeandEventStyling.comA soft blue on the walls creates a serene, sophisticated vibe in the master bedroom.

Home Tour: Emmy Rossum's Elegant NYC Apartment | HomeandEventStyling.comEmmy’s closet is perfectly organized with beautiful wood built-ins that create a nice contrast against the bedroom walls.

Home Tour: Emmy Rossum's Elegant NYC Apartment | HomeandEventStyling.comMore modern touches can be found in the pass-through from the kitchen, including two large and beautiful pendant lights.

If you’ve been wondering how to give a new home some antique charm while still capturing a modern essence, this is a perfect example in how to achieve that balance.

Warm regards,
Megan