It’s Hoppin’ around here!

Spring has sprung, and we are blooming in hops, cherry blossoms, and forsythia! Soon we’ll be moving the clocks, and opening our windows for a spring refresh.

Watching the grass turn from brown to green is a beautiful sign of renewal, and here at the store, our home stylists are busy freshening containers and meeting each day with incredible new merchandise. We love the opportunity to welcome costumers from new towns and cities, near and far, and everywhere in between!

Our Interior Designers are in the studio making spring magic happen— beginning new projects, finalizing others, and brightening moods and spaces.

A new season is the perfect time to revive your bedding selections. After the disappointment of the postponed Bedding & Linen Event, we have brought in a team of experts and we are so excited to share our knowledge with you!

Spring fever is in bloom so hop on over to our Set the Table Event on March 8th. Our design team is brimming with fresh ideas to help you feel confident as you set your table for your spring and Easter guests.

As weddings, showers, parties, and graduations approach, count on us to help you plan for those special moments! Our amazingly talented team is ready to help your events stand out—bringing people together is what it’s all about!

Now is a great time to change things up in your home, plan ahead for special gatherings, and fill your life with the beauty of this rejuvenating season.

Stop by the store today, you’ll be super hoppy you did! 😉

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!

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


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!


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!