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.
“There’s nothing else like us,” says Meyn. “We really are a one-stop shop.”
The store opened almost seven years ago, but Meyn’s home design experience has spanned decades. Her father worked with a homebuilder, and Meyn can remember walking through model homes with him on weekends when she was young.
“I grew up in a family of homebuilding people; it’s one of those things I’ve always done,” she says.
Meyn began her corporation with staging and doing redesigns for homebuilders. She also worked with clients to find the perfect accents and products for their homes. That was when she noticed the lack of local options to find just the right piece.
“There really wasn’t a single source for great home accessories,” she says. “It became more and more clear that McHenry County really needed a source for all those great furnishing and accessories without having to leave their hometown.”
To fill the void, Meyn opened her store in early 2010 – in the midst of the recession. Though it seemed counterintuitive to many, she says the economic downturn was an opportune time to launch her business. Many larger furniture stores were beginning to cut back on their stock of home accessories, opting for big-ticket furniture items. Those stores also typically lacked design services.
From the beginning, Yours & Meyn has offered both retail and design services, but there wasn’t much space dedicated to design work. And as the shop became more popular, it began to quickly outgrow its first location.
In 2014, Meyn moved the store to its current location in downtown Crystal Lake. The move doubled the amount of space and inventory.
Meyn also was able to transform the entire second floor into a design studio. The shop offers a wide range of designs services, working with clients as much or as little as they need. Customers can bring in photos of their space and work with in-store stylists to find the perfect finishing touches. If they can’t find the right item, the team can research more options outside the store.
The shop also provides guidance for bigger home projects. Whether it’s a redesign or remodel, the design team offers in-home consultations in order to help customers turn their vision for their space into reality. Meyn says that the team works to incorporate old and new.
“We’ll try to use some of their existing pieces, and then we’ll add or redo [them] in order to reinvent their space,” she says.
On the first floor, Yours & Meyn has a wider array of products than ever before. Customers can find objects for any room, including light fixtures, candles, throws, pillows, furniture, rugs, wall art, mirrors, glassware and more. Meyn and her team hand select everything in the store, looking for options that complement a wide range of styles.
“We have a very eclectic mix; we have anything from contemporary, to rustic farmhouse, to traditional, to urban loft,” says Meyn. “You can create any style of home working with our team and pull a room together in any way someone is looking for.”
If clients can’t find exactly what they’re looking for, Yours & Meyn has custom options. Its staff members can help client design their own furniture, choosing from more than 400 fabrics. For window treatments, the team offers custom designs, fabrics and rods with professional installation. The store also carries ready-made window treatments and hardware options.
For DIY-lovers, the store offers painting classes. Guests can learn how to quickly transform outdated furniture with Amy Howard one-step paint, and a layering class teaches how to create a more dramatic finish. In the newest class, guests can bring in a door or drawer from their piece of furniture to practice painting techniques before finishing the project at home.
Meyn says her shop offers a level of convenience and customer service not available at large chain store or online retailers.
“It allows someone to come in and have the opportunity to touch and feel a product,” she says. “You have the comfort of knowing if it doesn’t work you can easily bring it back. You don’t have to unpack and assemble. And you’re getting a great resource with our design staff.”
It’s a resource that has kept customers coming back again and again. Meyn says she’s had regular clients that have been shopping at Yours & Meyn since the day it opened.
“That’s the beautiful thing about what I do,” she says. “I have built relationships over my career and I get to create homes that customers love. It’s just such a positive, exciting business to be in.”
Yours & Meyn Simply Designed is located at 33 N. Williams Street in Crystal Lake. For more information, visit yoursandmeyn.com or call (815) 455-2500.