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Love is in the Air!

And this is the month to fall in love with your home and everyone in it. I love February- we are one step closer to spring- and yet we still get snow! (Yes, I prefer snow to rain). It is also the month when I take the doldrums of my own home décor and start refreshing for spring. What are some of my quick fixes for my home? Well, I am still taking down Winter décor, so I generally will re-do my mantle with a bit of winter and a bit of spring- a hope-filled mantle is what I like to call it- moss on my stag horns with my winter twigs is just the trick!

I also refresh the dining table tray vignette (see our 3-T’s for some added inspiration) and my foyer greeting table. In addition, I like to start changing out some candles with some green orbs or topiary’s- it’s a wonderful way to make my home feel like spring is coming.

This year, I am refreshing a wall in my main family space with a new color (color? TBD) along with some fresh new spring pillows- just what I need to greet family and friends. What will I be serving for our friends this spring?  Well for me it will be a few new recipes from the new cookbooks that I have snagged from my recent buying trip- don’t worry there are plenty left for you to choose from at Y&M.  I am so excited to have found a new distributor of some amazing new books to add to the store collection and your home collection. I also was able to meet a wonderful new friend, Gayle, while buying.

Lastly, February is the month of love and we love a generous heart- We hope you will consider donating to the Have a Heart Food drive through participating downtown retailers. Bring your donations to Yours & Meyn and we will reward you in a loving way. All donations directly benefit the Crystal Lake Food Pantry. Thank you in advance for your kindness.

Happy Love Month. Mary

New Year- New You, well at least your home.

Yours & Meyn has been making your home beautiful for many years now, as we celebrate our 8th year as a brick & mortar store and source of inspiration, I can’t help but reflect on what we have accomplished while looking forward to all that is to come. Over the last 8 years we have grown from a 1600 square foot store started with just Bob and I taking care of some of our “oldest” and dearest customers- that still shop with us today- to a talented group of 10 amazing woman and 1 new awesome Retail Store Manager, Lynn Reckamp. Our back room served as our design space with just “little ol’ me” taking on as many client projects as I could to an amazing team of 5 designers and an awesome 2nd floor design center. We have completed 100’s of home projects and made many new friends along the way. It has been and continues to be a JOY working and talking to so many of our wonderful customers and clients.

As we look forward to 2018, I look forward to bringing our customers some of the newest trend ideas, most unique gift ideas, and new events. We want to teach, and learn and grow every area of Yours & Meyn with you. We want to expand our knowledge as we expand your imagination. I can’t help but get excited about all that Yours & Meyn, Simply Designed has accomplished, but more importantly how many customers have accomplished their goals of a more beautiful home to share with their family and friends.

There will always be something New at Yours & Meyn, Simply Designed and I look forward to sharing it with all of you.

Thank you, dear friends, for making it all possible. Mary

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!

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

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!


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.




Spring Updates for your home.

This is the time of year when we begin to smell the fresh air outside and want to bring that freshness inside! I think we can all agree that even if the weather isn’t cooperating, we still need a few tweaks in our homes to welcome Spring and take us to Summer. I love a good spring cleaning and enjoy adding quick updates to many rooms in my home- and wanted to share them with you.

  1. Clear the clutter of winter- pack up the boots and hats and gloves, give them a quick wash and put them away. Might I suggest a cute bench or trunk in the entry or mudroom to pack those items out of sight?  Add a punch of color with a new pillow and you have a great new entry.
  2. The next space that we all walk into is our kitchen! Clear those counters, schools almost out and it’s time to welcome those last art projects home for display. Add a photo frame on a tray with a lovely succulent to celebrate the little Picasso in your life. Kids love when we display their art, and this will give you a fresh perspective on how they have grown this year.  By using a tray you have a defined space to display your items. Neat and clean.

    Add a new Frame and greenery to your kitchen to welcome spring

    Add a new Frame and greenery to your kitchen to welcome spring

  3. Family Time is precious and rare this time of year so make your space as special as the ones you share it with.  Add a few new pillows, a lightweight throw and PLEASE lighten up that fireplace! Adding a little color with sprigs of green or Time a new piece of art on the mantle can really add a dramatic change to any room- and it doesn’t have to break the bank!

    New pillows can really change a space

    New pillows can really change a space

  4. Master Bedroom Refresh is an Interior Design tip that many don’t think about often. However, it makes sense to Freshen up for Spring as well when you consider the hard work of gardening this time of year. I know I love to climb into bed after a long day in the garden when the sheets are fresh, the linens washed and the windows open. It is the time of year when I change my bedding to include a linen duvet over a fresh white Matelasse quilt.  By adding some new art to brighten your space you will be on your way to a dreamy night’s sleep. Try it, you will love this design tip!
  5. It doesn’t take much to freshen those most oft used rooms in your home. Try a few of these handy tips and you will love the results.