Monthly Archives: March 2013

Some Bunny Loves You

Hope everyone had a beautiful day, ate some chocolate and gave someone a hug. Below is a passage from The Velveteen Rabbit, which might just be one of the most brilliant works of fiction ever. Love.
We take bunnies very seriously at Yolk.

We take bunnies very seriously at Yolk.

“Real isn’t how you are made,’ said the Skin Horse. ‘It’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real.’

‘Does it hurt?’ asked the Rabbit.

‘Sometimes,’ said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. ‘When you are Real you don’t mind being hurt.’

‘Does it happen all at once, like being wound up,’ he asked, ‘or bit by bit?’

‘It doesn’t happen all at once,’ said the Skin Horse. ‘You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”
Margery Williams, The Velveteen Rabbit

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Beautiful Words

I think because I was a teen in the 80’s this bright neon “thing” that’s happening right now draws my attention like a magpie to tinfoil (read: they love it). I found these scarves in Paris wrapped around the chic neck of a petite woman in skinny jeans and the perfect beat-up biker jacket (swoon). Her company is Karien Belle, she’s French (naturally) and she works with a small group of women in India who do all the natural dyeing of the linen and the beautiful embroidering of stellar quotes from such brains as Rodin, the Dalai Lama and Einstein. I love that

quote by Langston Hughes

quote by Langston Hughes

quote by Rabindranath Tagore

quote by Rabindranath Tagore

the quotes are not of the standard “if-you-love-something-set-it-free” variety but rather more thoughtful and compelling. So far we’ve sold these wonders in Yolk, not only as scarves but one woman bought one to make a curtain for her young daughters room (amazing) and I’m thinking of having one hanging over the headboard of my bed. Sweet, sweet dreams.

Me, in a scarf but I chopped off the top of my head because I was having a bad hair day.

Me, in a scarf but I chopped off the top of my head because I was having a bad hair day.

You’ve Got Good Taste

This is the time of year that stuff just rolls through the front door of Yolk like a magical fiesta of spring! It’s funny, I never really knew what my taste was until I started doing the store–I would just buy things for my house and arrange them just-so and be done with it. What my actual taste was never really came into it.

Sometimes it’s easier to figure out what you like by working backwards and realizing what you don’t like (or indeed, what you hate). My main decorating gaffs happened either in college dorm rooms (of course a milk crate can also be a TV stand?!?!) or apartments from my 20’s where most of my “decor” came from a street corner and usually had a sign on it that said “free” or IKEA, before I realized HOW to shop the Swedish behemoth.  That is another post entirely.

Here’s what I like: Things that are colorful. Things that are functional. Things that are made of wood. Things made of colorful wood. Functional things that are colorful. Things in 3’s (always odd numbers). Things with interesting texture.

Do. You. See. Where. We. Are. Going? See below and tell me what you love!

Rice DK.....the best!!!!

Rice DK…..the best!!!!

Le Feu de L'eau candles. Making Yolk smell better than ever.

Le Feu de L’eau candles.

New in Yolk. From 100xBTR

New in Yolk. From 100xBTR

Spotted: Nice lighting Mrs. Prime Minister

I’ve been in bed feeling a bit poorly, which wasn’t so bad because it let me watch season 2 of Borgen in one go! I don’t watch much TV but this series has me totally hooked, right down to the PM Birgitte Nyborg’s expertly tailored blazer in every hue of grey, navy and emerald. However, my favorite part about any Scandinavian TV series or movie is always that a) people drinks coffee all day long (very true) and you also notice how important design is to all the Scandi countries.

The main light in Nyborg’s office is the spendy, classic PH Artichoke Light which we would love to have haning over a dining room table thankyouverymuch. Image

The other piece that we’ve coveted for years is the Prince Chair by Louise Campbell, which came out some years ago but still looks really current. Personally, I don’t love it in the PM’s TV room because the other pieces seem more classic but, as a chair, that’s made of laser-cut steel and neoprene, it’s gorgeous.

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It’s all about the presentation

An old magazine colleague and I used to joke that all news would be much more palatable if served to your in a gift basket. “Ms. Smith, we’re letting you go. Here is your pink slip, carefully nestled in this basket with some muffins and lovely tin of tea!” Well, I’ve now changed my mind about that theory because I think everything would actually be better if served on a cake plate, namely this one, made of acacia wood by Chabatree that is, or course, available at Yolk.

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