Month: August 2018

Downtown Shopping at Gray’s Furniture & their BIG Smith Brothers Sale!

Gray’s Furniture | Downtown Mt. Pleasant, MI


I don’t know about all of you, but one of my favorite pastimes is visiting small, downtown shops and boutiques in my local area and when I travel to new places.  I find these local shops really speak to the heart, character, and novelty of a community.  One of my favorite stores to visit in my local community is Grays’ Furniture in downtown Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.  I love this welcoming furniture and home store, housed in a gorgeous old downtown building with it’s multipe floors of old world charm.  The high detailed ceilings, beautiful wooden staircase, and studio style upper floors make for a unique backdrop of an older time, perfect for showcasing their selection of furniture, florals, antiques, and gift accessories.

Gray’s Furniture | Front Window Display
Living Room Set | Gray’s Furniture


I stopped into Gray’s Furniture a few weeks ago with my three daughters, and we enjoyed over an hour of time, shopping their multiple floors of furniture and house decor.  Their front window displays alway entice me to stop in to see what’s new in the store, and I am so inspired when I browse through their perfectly staged room setups.  My girls love the personal touches of this kind of shopping as well… they admired the building’s unique appeal as they shopped, had fun visiting with the friendly staff, and were surprised to receive hand-written receipts, and their gift purchases wrapped in tissue paper and placed in their very own gift bags (the kinds of personal touches this younger generation rarely sees in retail experiences today.)  I think what I love most about Gray’s, is the easy, welcoming nature I feel when I walk in the door.  Whether I am greeted by longtime owners Michael and Rosemary, or other staff working the floor, I am made to feel I can leisurely browse at my own pace, and call on them when I have questions, or want to utilize their vast design experience for a home project I am working on.  I am also a big supporter of local family owned businesses and the Gray family has owned their store since 1974.  There’s a rich sense of family and tradition in the store and I find it to be one of it’s most desirable qualities, and one that is very hard pressed to recreate in more commercialized stores.

Gray’s Furniture | Home furnishings & decor
Gray’s Furniture – Home Decor


Gray’s Furniture has evolved through the years, and I myself remember the store as being the place in town to shop for appliances and furniture.  Today they are still known to carry the highest quality of furniture and home decor, but also offer a quaint boutique aspect to their store, with unique women’s clothing, accessories, and gift items for sale as well.  I am happy it feels as though this type of small-town shopping is coming full-circle in our ever-evolving shopping culture.  Years ago people shopped their local downtown stores on a regular basis, but as our shopping trends changed over the years to bigger nation-known stores, it seems some people drifted away from our local, downtown retailers a bit.  Nowadays though, it seems our shopping trends are changing yet again, with more and more people opting to avoid some of these bigger commercialized stores, instead preferring to order their necessities online, while enjoying their hobby, gift, and specialty shopping back at these more personalized, small downtown businesses, boutiques, and shops.  Women, especially will always enjoy retail shopping, and many people value this kind of personalized customer service for their specialty purchases.  I think stores like Gray’s Furniture, while evolving and bending through the years with the ever-changing shopping culture, will never go out of style, and I hope some of their best days with the most opportune retail times are on the horizon.

And now… let me tall you about that awesome furniture SALE…

Gray’s Furniture | boutique and gift items
Gray’s Furniture | house decor accessories

Gray’s Furniture Smith Brothers SALE!

When I visited Rosemary at Gray’s Furniture, she was excited to tell me about their current 40% off SALE on their signature Smith Brothers by Brune furniture line.  If you are not familiar with Smith Brothers, they are a furniture manufacturing company creating some of the highest quality furniture here in the United States, since 1926.  They make high quality furniture that lasts, using the best seat foam in the industry, solid maple lumber for their frames, and seams that last.  When I aim to select a piece of furniture I want to own for years, I shop this brand and am willing to pay the little extra for the long-lasting quality I am going to receive with those pieces.  Gray’s Furniture is offering their Smith Brothers by Brune line at 40% off retail pricing from August 13th through August 27th, with over 900 fabric options to select from.  If you are looking for new, quality furniture for your home, I encourage you to stop into Gray’s Furniture and take advantage of this amazing sale…and please tell them Jaime Lyn Life by Design sent you!

Front Window Display | Gray’s Furniture
Smith Brothers Sale | 900 Fabric Options


Grays’ Furniture is located at 222 E. Broadway Street, Mt. Pleasant MI.  Their hours are Monday thru Wednesday from 9 to 6, Thursdays 9-8, Fridays 9-6, and Saturdays 9-4:30.  You can check out their website here.  If you are in the Central Michigan area, make sure you stop into Gray’s Furniture to browse their home selection and take advantage of their Smith Brother’s Sale going on until August 27, 2018.  If you are not from my area, give them a call, as they may be able to help you remotely.  I encourage you to support your local downtown shops wherever you live…these businesses are the heart and soul of our communities!

This is a refinished antique piece I purchased at Gray’s Furniture a number of years ago and it is still one of my favorite pieces in my own home.

Jaime Lyn Life by Design | Antique piece from Gray’s Furniture

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Farmhouse Style

Who else is loving farmhouse design?… I’ll wait a moment while you wave your arms wildly in the air!  😉 For me, having a family farm, this simple and timeless style feels very natural to me.  However, even if you are not living a true-to-life “farming life-style”, but happen to be an HGTV fan, have shopped any of the home decor stores, or frequent Pinterest, you will see farmhouse design is everywhere, and you are more than likely becoming a fan of this timeless home style too.  I personally love the relaxed, simple, casual, and easy feel to farmhouse design, and enjoy that it’s not really trendy as these looks have been around for ages.  I think of natural wood, tin, copper, shiplap, black iron, white and natural finishes, and rough & rustic elements when I think of this style…and I also think of muddy boots, being outdoors, early mornings, late nights, and families working together.  It’s really, a beautiful and peaceful way to live life, which is why I think so many of us are so drawn to this style, as we crave this peaceful, family-focused type of environment in our homes.

I’ve shared this lovely Farmhouse style below with some pretty decorative products I really enjoy, and you can also Shop even more farmhouse styled products I like, on my  “Jaime Lyn’s Shop” Page.  Click on each product for all the details (& if you’re on your mobile, be sure to zoom out to see all the products I’ve included.)  I’ll be updating my Jaime Lyn’s Shop each month with NEW decor items, so check back often (and I’ll also be highlighting some of these products throughout the month on my social media telling you why I enjoy them, and how I’d use them in home design as well.)  Also, to give you a little more Farmhouse inspiration, you can follow my “Farmhouse Style” Pinterest Board on my Jaime Lyn Life by Design Pinterest page to see even more of this pleasant and popular style, as well as other interior design tips and looks I’m really enjoying.  I would LOVE to hear what you all think of farmhouse style, so please feel free to comment below.  And for a peek of my family and a bit of our own farm life.. scroll on down.  Have a beautiful day, friends! 

Click over to my Jaime Lyn’s Shop for even MORE Farm House Style Products!

“Some call it the middle of nowhere.  I call it the center of my world.”

We do combines & tractors, planting & harvest, late nights & early mornings… working till the “cows come home” way of life.


…and we do a whole lot of not taking ourselves too seriously too. 😉

Enjoy some timeless farmhouse style in your home!  Remember to comment below what you think of Farmhouse Style and what your favorite farmhouse decor ideas are!…I would love to hear!