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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!

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.

Feed the soul.

Well, it’s that time of year to start again! While many of you have already begun your fresh start, some of us (yes, myself included) are still working on packing away the Christmas and holiday decor, trying to make our way out of our frozen driveway, and get this new year’s resolution list on paper!  It’s hard to take time for ourselves and get our plan of action in place, isn’t it?  Well, I may not be able to help in all areas, but I can tell you that we here at Yours & Meyn, Simply Designed have made a great start to the NEW YEAR!

Not only do we have new merchandise beginning to arrive daily, but we have fresh new looks and ideas flowing freely. It really is a great time to stop by with the store, let us share some ideas with you and get to know your home decor needs a little better. It’s about making time to create a home where you want to share it with your family and friends, a place to cozy up and have a game night or just food and conversation. Your home. It feeds the soul.

Time with Friends.

Isn’t it a wonderful thing when you can spend time with your best girls, whether it is your daughter, girlfriend, mom or sister?! We love Ladies Night Out in downtown Crystal Lake and wonder why we don’t just get together with friends more  often.

That is what this Blog is all about-connecting with others, spending time, reading and learning about all that we at Yours & Meyn, strive to do- create beautiful homes to bring family and friends together. I hope that you will join me, Mary Meyn on an adventure (one that I never thought I would take) into the world of blogging.

I’ll try to fill you in on the newest furnishings that this historical Downtown Crystal Lake location has to offer. Along with some other interesting creative thoughts, ideas and maybe some fun recipes as well, you can begin with something from our book collection.

Who knows where my brain will take us.

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Great new recipes abound with these books!

Great new recipes abound with these books!