Author Archives: Theresa

It’s always GREEN in Tampa!

We are here! One year from the time my husband took the leap to a new position with a new company in a new city and state…and that city always seems to be green. The perfect month to be talking Green- is March! Green also represents Fresh and New so here goes on what I have found to be cool, odd, exciting and challenging about this new city we call HOME! 

We love our lifestyle! For all of you new Empty-nesters worrying about whether the kids will come home if you downsize or relocate…don’t worry they always find their way home. Well, okay my kids do miss that fabulous house we called home in CL. However, when you own a 100+ year old home, it is only meant to be yours for a time…and then a new lovely family gets to care for it. 

Moving into a new home and city allowed me to recreate the design of our home and our new look. Coming to the south, where the temps are a bit warmer, I decided I wanted to keep things organic, clean and light (notice I didn’t say bright). I was able to change up the bedrooms looks with some new furnishings, added some of the rugs from our previous home and the art and created an entirely new style and design. 

One of my challenges was fitting the furniture from a larger home into this smaller townhome. As a designer, space planning is such a key part of our job, and that skill came in really handy as I made those decisions on what to move or sell ahead of time.  For the main living spaces, we were able to keep things simply classic with a twist of Mid-century and that has allowed us plenty of space for greeting and hanging out with family and the friends that have been able to visit already. But, let’s be honest, most of our time this month will be hanging together outside before that sunshine gets too HOT for this midwestern gal. 

As you know, I have preached about my love of change for years, and that still holds true. The one thing I didn’t think about in moving to someplace new while working remotely was that I would have to get creative about how to meet new people and clients, so that is on my list for March as well. I am settling into a routine that allows me to be HOME longer than a week or 10 days at a time, which allows me an opportunity to be present in this new opportunity. So, when you see me ask me how I am doing with creating those opportunities. I’d better have a great answer! 

As I trade in my snowshoes for sandals this March, I am looking forward to getting my garden growing sooner than May 15th, and as I mentioned Green is everywhere. How’s this for a fun fact, it’s really difficult to find ‘shade’ plants in Tampa. Although, I am still searching for gardening centers like our amazing Countryside in CL, I am happy to say that I will be planting my first planter this month! 

I am sure at this time of year you are not excited about your friend Mary discussing sunshine and sandals, but I am here to tell you- all we are doing is trading different months of the year when we are inside versus out. March has always been that month where we begin to see the newness of life, the crocus starting to pop through the snow and new life begins. It’s an exciting time at y&M as fresh new furniture and products make its way into the shops. I hope you look to March with a fresh new sense of style and excitement, and if you’re not sure where to start anew- stop by the stores, you’ll find fresh everywhere you look at HOME by Yours & Meyn and Yours & Meyn! 

It’s all about LOVE!

February is the month of love! So, it’s only fitting to share all the things that I love– both personally and professionally (let’s see if you guessed any of them).

Family and Friends– I like to lump them together, right? Although there is nothing like family, we have the privilege of having some friends that feel just as close. The ones that you call on in a pinch or shed a tear with, and who are always there to lend a helping hand.  I love my family, my husband and children. I love my extended family as it grows to include nieces/nephews, even grand-nieces/nephews– it’s more fun than ever, and I love watching life continue to grow!

Music– I love music, the feelings it evokes, and the environment it creates, from a sultry jazz to a classical marvel and everything in between. I’m always listening to it, whether I’m working, traveling, or relaxing.

Books– Who doesn’t love a good book? Well, I truly embrace every aspect of a book from the paper its written on, to the way the signatures are assembled, to the actual words on a page. I am drawn to the creative minds that bring torn or glossy edge on a page (depending on the book) to the readers hands…think about all the books you’ve ever read and how they felt in your hand. It’s such a great feeling! I know I have written about cookbooks before and how they are among some of my favorites. But, it’s much more than the recipes on the pages. There is a story to how that cookbook came to be and about the love that I share when I create something from those pages.

Cars– I love fast ones. Enough said.

My career path– It’s been a long, twisted road, but it is exactly where I was meant to be at those exact moments in life. The path has taken me from the new home building industry to a retail store owner in 2 states, a designer that has done everything from remodeling old homes to designing and building new ones. I have staged homes, merchandised, and designed model homes. I have grown a team from a single employee to a team in the double digits. I have had an amazing career that keeps going and growing. My love of design, interior, exterior, landscape, kitchen…all of it. I love taking something old and outdated and updating to fit a need. I love when a client will smile over a completed project that has made their home a better fit for them. I love it all.

My new home in Tampa– This new life that Bob and I are creating is very different from anything we have done before and it is FUN! We walk or bike to restaurants, shopping, the bay, we visit the beach and new areas when I am home, and we’re getting involved in new adventures and experiences..

Lastly,  all of you– who not only read my blog but continue to bless my life with your stories of home, family and your ups and downs. I love the daily connection to your lives–even when I am away from the stores– through social media.

So, what do you love? Have you been making a list as you read through mine? I hope you have because no matter what is going on in this crazy world, we must remember that it is LOVE that will change it all. So, whether it is as simple as creating an environment that allows you to spread your love or the words you read on a page, love is what we all should share.

NEW DECADE. NEW DESIGN. NEW DREAMS.

It is with wonder, delight, sadness, enthusiasm, and relief that I look back at 2019, and look forward to 2020. I am certain that I am not alone as we look at the past year. As we look towards 2020, maybe some of us are looking at not only a new Decade, but maybe also A new state. A new life. A new home. There begins the theme for this year, 2020- the beginning of so many new things! Like any great journey, one must look at the past to know where they are going in the future.

It is in that spirit that I look back at the completion of our 10th year in business here in Crystal Lake Illinois. As I look back over these years will you follow me on this journey and reminisce with me as I recount the best of the best from the past 10 years? These little stories are not in any particular order, but they have had significant impact on our business. Here are some of my favorite memories:

-When one of my first reps, Mary Alice, told me ‘I have to buy birds, -everyone loves birds’- she said…guess what? The first item I sold in May of 2010…A bird. A cute sweet chubby bird. I wasn’t a huge fan of birds at the time…I am now.

-When I decided that I was never going to be able to do all of this paperwork by myself, and I hired my accountant, Heather, she was a God-send from day one and even though she has grown and moved on recently, she will always be a blessing to me.

-When the late, Ann Nevills walked into my ‘small’ store and told me she felt my business needed to grow and I would do great in her space as she was retiring… 6+ years later and we have filled this place to the rim…and service more design clients and customers than ever!  Thank you Ann, for having the confidence in me before I realized it myself.

-When my now, right hand woman, told me that she literally went home and cried her first week of work, because she didn’t think she was cut out for this physical job…silly Lynn- she rocks the retail world of Yours & Meyn.

-Celebrating my son’s 11th birthday on the newly stained concrete floors, in our first store 4 days before we had our opening party.  I am thinking Davis won’t be celebrating his 21st birthday with me the same way this coming April.

-Taking our first family vacation after we opened, with no employees on staff, and calling on both family & friends just to make that happen- I will forever be grateful for that vacation and every one since and the wonderful team I have that allows that to happen.

-All of those customers, that are now friends, that are still customers. Thank you. I wouldn’t be here without you.

-When my Marketing VP decided that ‘his’ boss was too bossy and he needed to take another position. That vote of confidence that I could tackle it all ‘alone’ from Bob (my hubby), was something that I didn’t know I needed, but did. Thank you Bob, for 10 years of free business consulting, physical labor, delivery, lighting service, marketing expertise, moral support…and so much more.

-All of the team members that have walked through these doors, with smiles on their faces, to greet thousands of customers, open more boxes, bubble wrap more items, schlep more heavy stuff, clean, de-glitter (if that is even possible), hang hundreds of ornaments, sell more succulents, staghorns, and some of the most awesome lamps and art than I ever dreamed possible…Thank you! You have all left a mark in my thoughts and on my heart.

-When my MBA student/daughter told me how she drew from her years of ‘watching her mom run a business’ to assist another small business owner make significant changes…my thoughts: she was watching and learning, she is empowering others, she will make a difference, she is my daughter Catherine.

I could go on…but alas…you have reached your threshold for words. So simply stated. Thank you all for everything!

We are bidding this past decade a fond farewell as we look forward to the new dreams and adventures this next one has to offer! Cheers to the “New Decade. New Design. New Dreams” to come.

Starting New Traditions

Just think, a year ago I was talking about the traditions that we share as a family, the busy shopping weekend at 2 stores, the plans for the upcoming gatherings and the ever-important Christmas day, celebrating the birth of Christ in our Pj’s. Flash forward one year and I am sitting here in Tampa Florida wondering how to make this Holiday season feel fresh and different and yet Family-focused but in a completely different home, climate and state. Have you had a big change in your life this year? Or do you crave a change? Or are you like many, just wanting to keep your traditions just that…traditions for all to share?  Either or any way, the Holiday season is here for all of us to share…and here’s what I am planning for this year.

First thing is a look back: I look back fondly on those early days when my kids would circle items in a catalog, think American Girl, or yell from the family room when they saw the toy they wanted on the TV. Now, I get a link to a website and a smiley face asking if we can add this to their list.  I remember those sweet faces anxiously waiting on the stairs until Bob and I “made sure” that there was something under the tree, and then the exhilaration and sheer joy as they came upon their gifts, no matter how big or small.  Those were the days.

Flash forward and now we are thrilled to have them home for whatever days the swim and college schedules allow. And being in a new home, without a mantel to hang stockings, has me super excited to try new things, and a little melancholy that I won’t be hosting friends this Holiday season.  But that doesn’t mean I don’t get to plan many great meals, setting a great table and finding new traditions for this new life in a new state. Here is what’s on the top of that list:

  1. Bring out all the Christmas décor that made the move.
  2. Go all out in a big way with our new smaller spaces with the decor.
  3. Plan a family gathering ensuring everyone is invited.
  4. Watch family movies on the rooftop (outside instead of inside)
  5. Invite some new neighbors over for a Holiday cocktail. Perhaps this will be the start of a new tradition.

No matter what changes you have seen in your life this year, I hope that your reason for this season brings you close to family and friends- that is pure Joy.

It’s Party time!

It’s my favorite time of the year! It’s the beginning of All things Holiday– from gatherings of friends to wrapping presents, I enjoy every moment. As the years go by, the kids grow up, and the nest gets emptier, I long for the simpler days of having everyone in the same home 365 days a year. But alas, they are growing up and leaving the comforts of home. Side note for you long time customers– Do you remember little Catherine as she would assist with your purchases, that lovely smile and warm personality? Well, that little girl is going to be 23 early in the New Year and will have her MBA by May. HOW DID THAT HAPPEN??

I digress. But all this change means a change in our Holiday gatherings, and that means new ideas for you! So, grab a glass of wine or water and let’s talk through some of my tried and true traditions and some of the new ideas I am looking forward to trying.

This year, Thanksgiving revolves around some interesting travel schedules as we look forward to honoring our past in the ‘warmer than I am accustomed to’ Tampa area. The kids are flying in from their respective state universities and are super excited about the first item on our Traditions List– the Annual Turkey Trot. The different city comes with a change to the cause, this year our donation goes to cancer survivors. It feels like the right way to honor my sister as she finishes up her chemo and the All-clear on her cancer! Yay Diane– she is a Rock Star!  After the run we will be filling our bellies with the traditional egg souffle aka egg bake that I make every year. This year I may even bring back the famed Monkey Bread.

As another little change, my sister is Hosting this year. I think this is a tribute to her strength…and the fact that she has a larger dining room than I do. But, I’ll still be pulling out all the stops with this year’s table– beginning with a lovely tray filled with stems and some great new pumpkins that we added this year, the awesome new scents from Ella B candles, my tiered cake plate collection on the credenza that will hold all of those fabulous desserts and pies. YUM. And yes, I really will bring all these things to her home…it’s just how I roll. No need to have her do something she doesn’t love as much as I do. Oh, and yes, my kids will ask if that is really necessary!

Adding to our new traditions, the men in our group are golfing as part of this year’s Turkey celebration. That will give us ladies some time to reconnect as we whip up some of our favorite dishes. No fear, though, there is a clubhouse complete with pool and tennis if we decide to get out of the hot kitchen (how weird is that to say??)  Otherwise, the wine gets opened shortly after noon and some even gets added to the recipes.

What’s on the menu this year? Tried and true recipes to be certain: Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy. Newer traditions: roasted Brussel sprouts with pancetta and garlic. Catherine made an amazing upside-down Apple tart last year; I am hoping she brings that recipe home.

But, no matter what we eat, what house we eat it in, or even what state, the best thing about the holidays is being with my loved ones and doing what I love (see: bringing all those decorations for the table).

If you’re looking for a little Holiday inspiration, come stop by the store and see us! We have a cornucopia’s worth of decorations and ideas for you to see.

Is Fall your Restart Season?

For many of us, Fall has become our New Year. It is the start of the school year, of football, soccer, and swim season. It is the time of bonfires and apple picking, sitting in front of a warm fire with a giant plate of comfort food. This is the time when we gather our friends, our families, and share meals and make memories before the temperatures drop and leaving the house becomes that much harder.

It is also a time to refresh, reevaluate, and redesign our homes and our lives. ­It is a time to figure out what the season means to you.

For me, this is the time of year to embrace the scents and sounds of the season. The crackling of the fire, the warm smells of pumpkin and cinnamon that fill our store. I also love to bring the colors and smells of fall into my own home with our seasonal stems and sprays.

I have to admit, though, it is going to happen a little later in the Tampa house. It is a bit harder to think of chilly autumn nights when it is 90 degrees outside! However, I’m pulling the storage bins out as I type, feeling my way through decorating for fall in Florida. I guess that’s what my restart is this season. On the other hand, I know exactly what Christmas will look like — stay tuned!

What does the beginning of this new season mean to you?

Maybe fall means baking with your kids or grandkids. Well, then you’ll want to join me as I try out a few new recipes from my favorite cookbooks, including “What Katie Ate”. Sidenote: If you don’t follow Katie Quinn Davies on Instagram, you really should! Her photography, food styling and recipes- everything she does is amazing. @katie_quinn_d

If fall means lounging with a good book on a “Sunday sofa” or the “Nappin’ Couch,” well, you’ll be happy to know that is exactly what we call our sofa that made the trek to the Tampa house…and there isn’t a golf match or football game that I can’t manage to dose off during! Blasphemy- I KNOW!

Here in Tampa, I am making my way through so many refreshing new “starts” to this “cooler” season, meeting new people, exploring new places and making our home feel fresh for this season we call Fall. I hope that you also get to take an afternoon or an entire weekend to make your home as “Re-freshed” as you are able. And don’t forget to take some photos and share them with us, we would love to see what you have done in your home.

If you’re looking for a refresh on your home this season, now is the time to wrap up those projects (before the wrapping is all taken up by Christmas presents). The team at Y&M makes it so easy to tidy up and sort out all the rooms in your home.

Whatever this season means to you, whatever way you choose to welcome these cooler days and nights, the team at Yours & Meyn and Home by Yours & Meyn has a full fall event schedule to help you make the most of your time AND have some fun along the way.

We hope to see you soon at one of our exciting October events! Happy Fall y’all!

 

May 2019

THE MOST COLORFUL MONTH OF ALL.


This month in the store:

event
Y&M’S ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
>Thursday, May 9th from 5-7PM<
This month’s event is for our birthday! Help us celebrate nine years of serving you the best in all things home! We can not believe we are going into our 10th year of business and we’re so grateful to you for allowing us to do what we love. Find out more>> here !
shopping
We are heading into summer with bright colorful art gracing our walls and lanterns galore for the outdoor dining and design. Come shop our stunning new summer merchandise- it’ll be rejuvenating!
design services
Being a full service Interior Design Studio and Retail Store allows us to truly assist you in all aspects of creating your ideal space. Our talented team of In-Store Home Stylists provide you with on-the-spot design assistance and our Interior Designers provide in-home consults for projects big and small. Make 2019 the year of your dream home – call the store today!

 

 

 


Now that we offer FiveStars as our loyalty program, we’ll be sending ALL rewards and deals through it!

You can earn reward points to redeem in the store and get discounts right to your phone or e-mail! How do you get started? Next time you visit us, simply ask to join our loyalty program! You can also text MEYN to 578-277 to start receiving offers! Otherwise visit Yours & Meyn Rewards Page to learn more and sign up!

We look forward to having you start earning Yours & Meyn Rewards! Happy shopping!


What’s on Mary’s mind?

MOM’S ARE PEOPLE TOO

“May is the month we celebrate a very special person or persons in our lives…MOM. We all have a mom, she may be a Heavenly mom, an out of the picture mom, a mom that you couldn’t live one hour of the day without kind of mom- no matter how you live life with your mom- she is special. For me, this will be my second Mother’s Day without my mom and there isn’t a day that goes by that she isn’t thought of. May also marks the 18 th year since the passing of my dad- he too was a super special man. So, I thought I would share some of the things that each of these special people taught me in life.

Stubbornness- Yep, got that from both! Although, sometimes being stubborn also means…” Continue Reading

 

 

 


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DESIGNING THE OUTDOORS

WHAT’S A GREAT TIP?

Picture reference: House & Home

TAKING DESIGN OUTSIDE

As the weather is finally turning toward spring and summer, it’s time to consider the exterior of your home. I always find it refreshing to be able to spend more time outside. Entertaining friends and family is the perfect excuse to refresh and style your outdoor spaces. The first space beautify is my front porch. The reason for this is because it’s the first thing people see including folks walking their dog and general traffic. Something else to consider is the perceived value of your home. If the exterior and the front of the house is well kept, more than likely the interior will be as well.

Start with a good cleaning of the entrance to your home. This includes washing down the door and repainting it if necessary. I tend to set out a small seating arrangement of two chairs and a small side table. From there I like to bring in greenery and large planters to soften the space and make it more inviting. The best tip I can give for decorating a front porch is to go BIG. The easiest way to check if sizing of the embellishments are correct is to take a stroll down to the sidewalk. Look at the scale of the home and see if the pieces selected are big enough to make an impact from the road. Found objects like funky dried wood or vintage bicycles with a basket planter or even a wagon with planted flowers are fun pieces to incorporate and welcome visitors.

Let’s be honest, if the front porch is as far as you get, that is okay! Quick tips for the back deck or porch are to bring the indoors out. I like to create a space that feels like a cabana. Think indoor/outdoor or washable curtains hung from a simple rod made of anything. Lightweight fabric can even be stapled to your home in a real pinch. Don’t forget the pillows! Outdoor furniture isn’t always the most comfortable so embellish the seating with comfortable pillows. Creating an intimate environment will make the space feel special. Then I usually drag out my bar cart and fill it with a signature drink for the occasion. Ice cold cucumber water will make any guest feel pampered. Impress guests with one last surprise; incorporate a fire pit for after the sun sets. Have extra blankets ready and use the fire to incorporate desert for the evening. S’mores never disappoint. I hope you found these tips helpful when considering your outdoor spaces. Lastly, don’t be afraid to take risk. I am sure the risk will be well received.

Wendy Rice
Y&M Interior Designer


A FEW QUICK TIPS

HOW TO UPDATE YOUR HOME ONE A BUDGET

Are you looking to give your home a noticeable boost but worried about the price tag? Even on a budget, you can do wonders to update the look of your space. Our designers offer these tips on how to do that without breaking the bank:

1. Set your design budget preference
Decide whether you want quality vs. fast-appealing aesthetic. Many of today’s shoppers are leery of investing in a piece of furniture with a price that is more than what they expected. When faced with this, owner Mary Meyn said to keep this break down in mind: the high-quality created piece will last more than 10 years. Take the cost and divide it by 10 (years) and see how much you’re investing in each year to have it.
A designer will use a budget in the areas where quality makes the most financial sense.
“Poor quality decisions can add up to spending more in the long run,” Mary Meyn.

2. Work with designers
Y&M Designers know where to invest your budget and focus it on the right pieces. And their job is to stay within your budget preference while not sacrificing beauty. In the nine years Yours & Meyn, Simply Designed has been in business, Mary Meyn has found the highest-quality pieces in the market at every price point for her clients.

“One advantage to working with a designer is that we are able to work with a budget and placing value in the key quality areas of a room,” Meyn said. “Too many people realize too late that they may have spent their entire budget on upholstery and then have to wait to finish the room for years. A designer will allot dollars to every component of your room making sure that we complete the project in full.”

3. Custom doesn’t necessarily mean expensive
Having something personalized and tailored to your needs simply means designers guide you while the focus remains on you and your home. To that end, we create spaces based on the individual need of the homeowner. Our interior design team can do as little or as much as you need!

*Call or stop by the store to get on-the-spot design assistance with your projects or sign-up for an in-home consult!

*Stay tuned for next month’s quick tips!


 

Spending Time Together

Recently I was working on an article about making our homes more welcoming for guests, and I shared some of the things that I have done to make our new home welcoming for friends. I wanted to share more of that experience with you, to “open my home” to you- so to speak- and share what I do to bring friends and family together.

With any new adventure such as a new home or just a change of season like FALL it reminds me that it’s time to come inside and make our home ready for the winter months ahead and guests! And we are fortunate enough to have had several grace our home, from traveling college students to siblings it’s been a fun summer of welcoming folks into our home. So, what makes my home that special place for our family and friends to gather? Is it the warm people that greet them at the door, the wow factor as they walk into your kitchen greeted by the scent of fresh baked goods, or is it the little touches that say- ‘Home is important to us and we are glad to share it with you’. I’d like to think it is all of it that makes our guests remember their time spent with us- well, there won’t be baked good necessarily, but there will be good food.

Here are a few more fresh ideas that I have implemented into making our home ‘guest ready’-

Nothing says ‘Welcome’ like a Fresh set of new bed linens and towels. Simple right. Moving makes it easy to look at your linens and decide ‘is that tattered towel worth spending money to move’? Even if you aren’t moving, Fall is the perfect time to spruce up the linen closet with a fresh eye and purge your old, worn out linens. If you missed our linen event at the store this Spring, you don’t know the benefits of investing in good natural quality fabrics and the long-term savings they allow…but we can share that information with you in store.

A new home also makes it easy to re-think how you ‘live’ in a kitchen. I planned my kitchen around someone else’s design so I really had to work through the layout as it wasn’t how I would have designed it. My challenge, as with any kitchen layout design, is to process how you live in your home. I wanted to make my kitchen work well for not just us, but guests as well. Making sure coffee mugs are where they should be is a VERY welcoming touch for guests. Again, it’s FALL and that makes it the perfect time to re-think your kitchen layout, and the accessories that make it functional and fashionable.

Lastly, welcoming guests means have comfy places for them to ‘sit a spell’ and visit! Whether that is a comfortable counter stool, a quiet chair for reading or a rooftop deck, each of those spaces needs to have a few key elements to make your guests ready to kick back and enjoy your company. I like to have a drink table (for both coffee and wine) easily accessible in any sitting area, as well as a comfortable stool for hanging in the kitchen. I recently had to replace my stools and found some great new styles and designs. Lighting is hugely important in any space, and guest spaces are no different. Lamps for reading in bed or in a chair, overhead lighting for tasks, ambient lighting for gathering areas help make a house feel welcoming for your guests.

When our guests come walking through our doors, we see our homes through their eyes and sometimes I don’t like what I see! So, let’s make this our reminder to start our preparations early, so when everyone starts to arrive, we get to do what really is THE MOST IMPORTANT part of any visit. Spending Time Together.

Will you forgive me?

It has been a long spring and summer and I thought I’d take this moment to fill you in on some of the details that surround the “talk” of my life.  This is not a pity party, this is a WOW- maybe I can do more with my life, career, businesses, homes and family (I know some of you that are close to me are shaking your heads at that thought). But really, I may be a highly functioning multi-tasker or maybe I love being busy, creative, thought-provoking. Maybe I need to just slow down and enjoy every moment of the fact that I have a life that takes me from the sea to the prairies to the mountains almost every month…hmmm, how do I ask forgiveness and explain this:

My husband, love him to death, took a new position in Tampa- don’t love that- but it’s a great opportunity for him, in March. Yep, sold the house, bought a town home, moved us out, moved us in, moved 2 kids in and out of college apartments/houses, started a remodeling project on my pied-a-terre (Not in France but that’s okay) so that I have a place to land when I am being a ‘travel for her career’ women- cause let’s face it- I am an empty nester and I should be able to have a business, a life, a husband and so much more. The kids love that their mom works and sometimes plays. I am not suggesting that I can “do it all” because really can anyone really ‘do it all’? No.

Here is the thing…I need you, my customers/friends to know that I am here- in Illinois and Colorado and I am staying. You haven’t seen me a lot but that’s where I need the forgiveness, I need to know that you understand that I didn’t predict or anticipate any of this and If you’d said to me on Feb 23rd, ‘You are going to: 1. Buy a home in another state 2. Move out of one family home and 2 college apartments 3. Move into storage 4. Set up temporary housing for you AND one for your husband 5. Move your 2 college students into new places (in 2 separate states) 6. Move back into one home 7. Remodel another home 8. Move into said remodel 9. Drive cross country 3 times to make sure everyone has the vehicles and ‘stuff’ they need and #10. Finally get to be with your husband for 2.5 weeks for the first time in 4 months…YOU would have told me to throw up my arms and QUIT because no one should be willing or able to do all of that. (PS. Did I mention we had a college graduation in all of that as well?)

Well, I don’t quit! I just ask that you come in and say HI- because I would love to see you again. And see me is exactly what you will be doing. I will be in the Illinois and Colorado stores seeing you again for 2 weeks every month. I am saving all that boring office paperwork for the time I am in Tampa. Like I said, I don’t want sympathy, I just thought I would share where and what I have been doing for the last 4 months. And here is the thing- I have the privilege of being able to make 2 houses into homes and that is exactly what I love to do!

So, let’s reconnect. Let’s share a glass and make your home as special as you. Because no one actually wants to do what I’ve done these last months without a bright light at the end of the tunnel.

And YOU ARE MY BRIGHT LIGHT!

Please stop by and see me at Mingle with Mary on August 15th from 5-7pm- I’m looking forward to it!

THE SUMMER OF CHANGE

Okay. Not going to lie. This blog has been difficult to start. See, we sold our home. The one that we spent 2 years renovating, the one that was our blood, sweat and tears, the one that made me smile every time I walked through the doors. Yes, that one. Here is the thing, I do love change- so even though I am sad about it, I am also very excited because that means…I am on to a new project! This project won’t be nearly as extensive as our previous home, however it does involve some inside and outside updates. So here we go- Welcome to Summer. Right?

Speaking of outside and summer- what are your plans? Will you be hanging out with Team Y&M at the first Main Beach Concert in the Park? That’s right- some of the team is going to be at the beach bringing Home décor ideas to you! We are very happy to sponsor the concert and to see you as we spread the word locally about what we do at Yours & Meyn, Simply Designed. If you aren’t able to join us in June, don’t worry we will be back in July and August as well. If you prefer the indoors while learning about the outdoors you can join us for our 2nd Annual Picnics, Patios and Prosecco event on June 13th. This well attended event has brought many of our customers up close with their inner-INA (Garten) as they set the perfect table-scapes for their summer dinners, beach concerts and Ravinia picnics.

As for me, I will be updating a new patio space so that I, too, can get back to some summer fun. In the meantime, I am still cooking with friends and family in some different spaces and locations, but still cooking! As a matter of fact, my daughter and I shared a lovely ‘hotel’ picnic- no cooking required- just last evening as we get her settled into her new digs for the summer in beautiful Boulder Colorado. My husband and I will be celebrating Father’s Day in Tampa hanging out along the Riverwalk and then cooking out on the balcony. And I have an extensive menu planned while I teach a friend how I make my pork carnitas for the upcoming weeks. I’ll be sure to share some of those moments on our Instagram and Facebook pages soon.

Whatever your summer brings I hope you enjoy every last drop of sunshine with all that are near and dear to you! That is what life is all about.