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It’s that Magical time of Year!

As I write this, we have just put a wrap on the busiest shopping weekend of the year! A weekend filled with Turkey, stuffing and all of the fixings, AND some savvy shoppers along with some early risers. This weekend for Yours & Meyn, Simply Designed was filled with joy and excitement as we helped you decorate and design your mantles, put the finishing touches on your trees, and added just the right adornments to your tables.

Some of you know that we start this process in early November- where we transform our Retail store into a Magical Winter Wonderland, it’s one of my favorites for many reasons. There’s the pleasure of working with a great group of Design Elves, it means that we are closer to snow, and it also means that we get to help make your home dazzle with Holiday magic as well.

We create dining tables that will host the whole crew for a Holiday dinner party, we make trees come alive with ornaments and accents that will ‘up’ your game to a new level, and we design mantle arrangements that will draw your whole family around the fire for many nights during the busiest season of the year- and keep them there for a moment longer than normal.  We thrill to see the looks on the faces of the first person that will walk through the door on day 1 of the reveal.  We love finding just the right gift for that special someone in your life- something they never thought to ask for but wouldn’t trade for the world.

Those are just a few of the things I love about the days and weeks ahead, the 5 more Fridays until Christmas Day when I wake up and get to spend the day in my pj’s with the ones I love the most. While I reflect on how the past 30 days have blurred by, but I wouldn’t trade them for anything…as I look forward to something New for 2018!

Words of Kindness

Not all of us get to start our day, everyday surrounded by beautiful things and people, but I do. I have the pleasure of walking into my store and seeing an amazing display of Home Decor items that are like not other. However, nothing compares to these words of kindness that a customer bestowed upon the women of Yours & Meyn today.

I was in your store today…. spoke with this lovely blonde  – we had a wonderful conversation.   I need to tell you, as I told her….. your store is dripping with BEAUTIFUL.   Lush with holiday YUM.  And exquisitey done.  
I will be back….. but, not that I need to tell you,      …. but I needed to tell you !!!   Gorgeous stuff !
Thank you Sue, and to all of our wonderful customers that visit, shop and recommend the design staff of Yours & Meyn. We couldn’t and wouldn’t be able to create this beauty or beautiful homes without you. Your words and actions speak thousands… I and we are forever grateful.
Kindly, Mary

Times Flying!

Where has 2017 gone? I know many of us ask that same question and I think I have the answer! It has gone into time spent with family and friends in the houses we live in, it’s gone to soccer fields, baseball and football fields, swimming pools, theaters, and music halls- and our places of work. Each day is gone but in its place, is hopefully, a great memory.

This time of year, we tend to reflect on all of the pasts- well I like to look forward to the future. The opportunity for New- new homes, new family members, new jobs, new people in our lives. I look forward to spending more time sharing meals and memories with family and friends- new and old. This year, Yours & Meyn, Simply Designed is bringing in more New Holiday Décor than ever before- We have new looks and new Designers to assist you make this year’s Thanksgiving Table extra special- and the Christmas trees and mantle’s more memorable than ever before.

When I began this Simply Designed idea years ago, it began as a way to make life simply beautiful in an easy and value driven way – by using a little of Yours and a little of Meyn- well it’s grown bigger than I think I could have envisioned and I am blessed. I get to spend my days with amazing, talented women working with some of the kindest customers around, spending time in some of the most beautiful homes. How thankful I am. My goal has not to be the biggest or the most expensive, but the best value for products that you can’t find anywhere else. I hope that you feel I have reached that goal every time you come through our doors.

As you reflect on the pasts of 2017, I hope and pray that you feel as blessed as I- Happy Thanksgiving Month to you all. Kindly, Mary

Yours & Meyn Featured in the NW Herald

One-stop home shop
Yours & Meyn offers eclectic mix of interior design services

MCHENRY COUNTY MAGAZINE

Decorating a home can be overwhelming. Whether it’s reimagining a living room or finding the right accents for a coffee table, the search for the right colors, fabrics and textures can feel intimidating. Mary Meyn is here to help. Her Crystal Lake store, Yours & Meyn Simply Designed, offers an eclectic mix of furniture, home furnishings and interior design services.

Bringing products and designers together makes it easy for customers to get the personal guidance they need. Visitors can work with in-store stylists to find just the right piece, or Meyn and her team of experienced designers can make in-home visits.

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Summer Fun in Style

With June here, now is the time for summer parties and gatherings. Enjoy relaxing evenings in the company of friends, with the added benefit of a beautiful home. This summer we are using a lot of florals in our designs. From succulents to cotton, some added greenery in a display is an awesome way to spruce up your life! Maybe you have a piece that you aren’t in love with anymore?  No problem, grab some Amy Howard at Home paint supplies and go to town. Summer is the perfect time for experimenting. Paint some furniture, fill a vase with some fun greenery. Mixing rustic woods with metal and greens is all the rage, and we have everything you need to get started.

Enjoy these summer months, as they go by fast!

Mary

Spring is (Almost) Here!

March is here, which means spring is right around the corner. Even though there is still some snow on the ground, now is the perfect time to freshen up your home. Add some greenery, bring in some pops of color, and refresh your space. During March I sometimes feel like I can be stuck in the winter doldrums,  but by simply adding some new color, a quick re-fresh to the mantle and table tops I chase those blues away. Is there a space that you see everyday that is maybe a little lackluster?  Change that space and you instantly feel revived for the Spring season ahead.  The girls at Yours & Meyn, always invigorate my sense of fresh! As we get new products in they always find a new and exciting way to inspire me…and I hope- all of you!

The Stress of the Holidays

Believe it or not, the Holidays are right around the corner, and with that comes the stress of meal prep, buying presents, and making sure everything is perfect for the arrival of family. Here at Yours & Meyn, we get it. That is why we are here to help.

We have the perfect items to get you ready for the hustle and bustle that is coming. Check out the store for new dining chairs, bar stools, and all sorts of comfortable seating. All of our staff is ready to help you with whatever it is you need, from decorating a mantle, to creating the perfect centerpiece. Maybe you want a tree decorated to the nines? No problem! This year, Modern Elegance, is in. Bring your ideas or design challenges, and we will help ease some of the stress.

Enjoy the next few months, as they always go too fast!

Travel and Yours & Meyn

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As we wrapped up our summer travels, our children back in school and the cool evenings begin, it is time to reflect on all that fun and the inspiration the last two months have brought us.  Traveling gives me a new perspective on life. It allows me the insight into different cultures, a self-confidence in myself as I learn a new way to navigate foreign situations and the joy of sharing time with loved ones. All of these things are without question one of the most rewarding experiences in life.

I know that I have been blessed to see a bit of this amazing country, and others, this summer as “someone had to bring my daughter home” from Spain.  One of the best parts, besides being with my sweet daughter for a week roaming the streets of cities,  was the inspiration that I brought back to the store. From our Spanish Tapas at our last 3rd Thursday event, or Italian dinnerware that is on it’s way, to the fresh designs that we have created in store or in homes- it’s been fabulous.  As a business owner and designer, I have the privilege of meeting and working with wonderful people. When I get to bring those fresh ideas into a new clients home- that is the icing on the “designer” cake.

I hope you will join us- in store- to see some of that creative inspiration in person.

– Inspired daily.

Mary