Friday, October 21, 2016


This time of year is my absolute favorite for so many reasons, but especially because my house is full of so many cozy textures, furs, scents, and dècor.  I typically don't do a lot of 'holiday specific' decorating throughout different seasons (other than Christmas), but adding in a few decorative accents to your space can make all the difference.  I love having classic, timeless pieces of furniture, wall dècor, and rugs, but my favorite way to switch things up is by adding seasonal accessories.  A simple candle, pillow cover, wreath, or throw can instantly take your space from basic to quaint + cozy.  Try adding in a few unique details, like THIS wreath suction cupped inside THIS mirror.  Or, place THIS bluetooth speaker on top of your end table beside THIS candle.  You all know that I'm all about neutrals ALL year long, but there's just something about Fall + the Holidays that make me love them even more!

I hope you all have a great weekend!  It's been a pretty crazy week here, so I'm excited for a little R & R over the next couple of days!  We're driving up to the lake tomorrow to spend the day and then having friends over for brunch on Sunday.  What are you guys up to?!  Be sure to follow along on snapchat, @meganrunionmcr, to keep in touch!

Thanks so much for stopping by, xx.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Chicago: Art of Local

A couple of weeks ago, I took off for a long weekend in Chicago with SpringHill Suites River North!  Chicago is one of my absolute favorite cities to visit and it never disappoints - even in the rain!  When I arrived to the hotel, I was so excited to see that it was in such a central location.  It's literally walking distance from so many great restaurants (including my two favorites, RPM Italian and RPM Steak), bars, and coffee shops, donut shops, and tourist attractions.  
The view from our room was so perfect!  Being able to the see the whole city lit up at nighttime was my favorite - it was SO pretty!
The hotel was just renovated and it looks amazing!  The clean, modern lines + mid-century furniture that fills the lobby is so welcoming.  The Lobby is actually on the 2nd floor, so it feels a bit secluded and tucked away, which I love.
The beds in the suites are amazing!  So soft + comfortable and even perfect for sharing!  I was in my own room the first few days, but didn't want to leave just yet!  J met me in the city and we moved into a double-bed room with friends for the remainder of the weekend!  
The hotel offers so many great amenities and 'little extras', like breakfast each morning, but the new bar in the lobby is so great!  We had a drink here before dinner almost every night and it's so cozy!  You're surrounded by fireplaces + flat screen TVs, which was perfect for catching all of the weekend football games while traveling!
 During our first 3 days at SpringHills, the hotel showed us around to some of the best spots in the city.  After arriving + checking in, we hit up River Roast for dinner which was amazing!  The food was delicious and the atmosphere was so quaint.  Most of the food is family style, which was great because we got to try so many things!  
After dinner, we headed to a speakeasy bar, Untitled Supper Club that was beyond cool.  A VIP whiskey tasting and jazz band were waiting on us when we walked through the door and it was so much fun!  It's only minutes from the hotel and such a great, hidden spot in downtown Chicago. 
The next day, we braved the rain and headed out for the 'Art & Architecture' Boat Tour on the Chicago River.  The views from the water are like no other.  When J and I went to Chicago for the first time in January, it was too cold to take the tour, so we were so excited to be able to do it this trip!  Learning the history of the city + seeing all of the crazy, cool architecture is absolutely incredible.
Later that evening, SpringHills hosted their first annual 'Art of Local' event!  A live band, Misterwives (SO cool by the way), performed, and there was an exhibition of national artisans.  Everything from a dessert station and face painting art to a Photo Booth and homemade Chicago treats, the event was an absolute blast.  And one of the best parts about the hotel?  Having Hub 51 Restaurant right beside you when you're feeling a little take out room service after partying!  

  SpringHills- Thank you so much for hosting us and planning such fun, unforgettable events while we were in town!  We had the best time and can't wait to plan another trip soon!!

In case you missed them, here are a few of my snaps while in Chicago!

{Sweater | Jeans | Booties}

{Sweater | Jeans | Booties}

Thanks so much for stopping by, xx.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

The Best {CLOSET STAPLE} Dupes for Fall

Handbag:  SPLURGE  //  SAVE
Booties:  SPLURGE  //  SAVE
Distressed Tee:  SPLURGE  //  SAVE
Basic White Tee:  SPLURGE  //  SAVE
Trench:  SPLURGE  //  SAVE
Distressed Denim:  SPLURGE  //  SAVE

Just a few of my favorite dupes that are must-haves for Fall + won't break the bank!

Thanks so much for stopping by, xx.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Fall Front Porch + Life Update


Rug: Rugs USA
Bistro Table: Terrain
Chairs: Serena & Lilly {20% OFF with code GETCREATIVE}
Fire Pit: Terrain
Birchwood Logs: Terrain
Candle: Anthropologie
Fall Bowl {white pumpkins + other fillers hereherehere}
Swing: Custom by William Runion {J's sweet dad}
Pillows: Home Goods
Sweatpants: Sincerely Jules
Cashmere Cardigan: Calypso {old, exact dupe here}
Bedroom Shoes: RH

Happy Monday, babes - 

If you follow me on snapchat {@meganrunionmcr}, you've probably noticed that this is my favorite space in our home.  Especially this time of year!  My favorite part of every day is waking up + having coffee on the front porch with J + our sweet pups, Lola and Gibson.  My morning routine consists of making a pot of coffee, lighting candles all over the house, and heading to the front porch (+ watering all of our plants which is so theraputic for me), and chat with J before both of our crazy days start.  It's the perfect place to start + end the day and typically becomes our hang out spot while entertaining guests.  Anyway, after quite a few requests, I decided to share our cozy, little front porch with you!  Everything I could link is detailed above, but we also just added this pillow + this one to our bistro chairs and I absolutely LOVE them.  (You can also order them to come with down inserts, which is so helpful!)  And of course, all of the plants, flowers, and pumpkins are local, but can usually be found anywhere!

Also, I can't go without mentioning that today is John and I's 7th wedding anniversary!!  I can't even begin to say everything I want to about the amazing man I get to wake up beside and go to bed with each night, but I can tell you that he's the reason everything in between those moments is so perfect.    He's not just a part of me, he is the BEST part of me and literally what makes my heart continue to beat each day.  We've grown so much from those kids we used to be seven years ago, but more importantly, we've grown + changed together.  I wouldn't trade one second of our life together and love you more than words, J!  Cheers to 7 years and 70 more! xoxox.

I hope you all have a great start to your week today and as always, thanks so much for stopping by! xx.

Friday, October 14, 2016


Black Denim {closet staple} | Fringe Scarf | Blush Fur Vest | Distressed Denim {closet staple}

Just a few of my favorite, Fall picks from the Shopbop sale!  Today is the last day, so be sure to scoop up all your favorites while you still can!

I hope you all have a lovely weekend, babes!  We're heading out of town for a little weekend getaway to celebrate our anniversary.  Be sure to follow along on IG + Snap for BTS!

Thanks so much for stopping by, xx.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Bedroom Reveal

 Photos by my lovely husband, John Runion


Bed: Restoration Hardware {Linen Grey}
Nightstand: Postcard from Paris {local Greenville shop}
Bladeless Fan: Dyson
Gold Candle: Anthropologie
Matches: Anthropologie
Gold Coaster: Anthropologie
Small Tray: Hèrmes
Gold Mirror: One Kings Lane
Curtain Rods: Restoration Hardware 
Curtains: Restoration Hardware {Fog}
Chandelier: Shop Candelbra c/o
Oyster Basket: Etsy
Oyster Basket Pillows: Ralph Lauren
Bedding: Restoration Hardware {Italian Vintage 'White'}
Woven Throw: Ohhio c/o
Horse Print: Urban Outfitters
Closet Hardware: Etsy
Roman Numerals: House of Belonging by Aedriel {Our Wedding Date, custom} c/o
Chair: Wayfair
Throw: Hèrmes
Chair Pillow: Etsy
Handbag: Prada
Flats: Prada

The day has finally come!!  After a couple months of non-stop decorating on the brain, I'm so excited to finally share our bedroom reveal with you all!  Like the rest of our home, we went with a cozy, french farmhouse theme for our bedroom.  I wanted it to be romantic and cozy, while still being realistic and functional.  For starters, I built the room around the bed.  We have two tufted couches in our living room and absolutely love the comfortable, yet structured look it brings to the space.  I knew a tufted headboard was perfect for continuing that same look into our bedroom, but when I found this entirely tufted bed, I knew it was the one.  From there, I moved on to focusing on any piece that would be a staple in the room: a braided rug, woven throw, distressed white chest, leaning mirror, cozy armchair, and textured curtains.  I also love mixing finishes: the dark, iron curtain rods, hardware, and nightstand really bring a farmhouse feel into the room, but the gold mirror, beaded chandelier, and candles throughout really give the space a pretty, romantic vibe.  Lastly, I wanted the finishing touches of the room to be things that really mean something to us.  Of course, I had to add a horse print, since we have one in every room of the house, and I absolutely love the one we chose.  The equestrian accents throughout our home are always my favorite!  I also LOVE our wedding date in roman numerals above the closet.  It's pretty + romantic, while being so meaningful to us.  A few other favorites throughout the room: my Hèrmes horse blanket was definitely a 'dream list' item that I've wanted to years, the antlers above our bed that add such a minimilistic, yet rustic touch, the antique oyster basket (that stores extra pillows) is just the perfect, vintage addition for the floor, and last but not least, the horseshoe hooks on the back of our door that J saved/made from their old horses.  In my opinion, all of those pieces combined really made the space in the end.

Without a doubt, I feel like I put the most energy and effort into this room out of the entire house, simply because I wanted it to be our escape from the world.  Every other room in the house is such a 'living' area and entertaining space, but the bedroom is where you want to relax and unwind after a long day.  Needless to say, J and I (and our pups!) have the hardest time waking up and leaving this cozy nook each morning, so I'm pretty sure I did something right.  Dreamy, romantic, neutral, + cozy and we couldn't love it more!

Thanks so much for stopping by, xx.
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