In Los Angeles, it literally feels like we get a sliver of spring before we are launched into full-blown summer! This weekend was THE weekend us Angelenos crossed over from the “do I maybe need to bring a sweater” to “gah, it’s so hot!!!”.
Shot in my Silverlake backyard. Photo: Reuben Reynoso
Back in my magazine days I used to love styling photo shoots so this weekend I went back to that and did some styling of Yolk products at my house. My friend and photographer Reuben Reynoso helped me out with his camera skills but I had such fun buying props (read: croissants that didn’t make it into ANY photos) and these gorgeous blooms you see above. This fantastic tote is by Virginia Johnson and her wonderful goods are always available at Yolk.
Oh stop it you beautiful French napkin! Photo: Reuben Reynoso
I think I’ve expressed my love of wrinkly linen before. This past Friday I got a partial shipment from this French company, Ligne Particulieur that makes my heart skip. These raspberry napkins make me want to have people over for dinner, light candles, eat souffle, listen to Serge Gainsbourg and use my VERY limited highschool French (I love speaking pretend French and do so on a daily basis with a very select few). The tablecloth is from the lovely Leo Atlante (who I wrote about in earlier posts).
All this color makes us feel so heart-poundingly happy and hopeful. Love.
If you’ve never been to Silverlake (where Yolk and I both live) then you wouldn’t know that it might, in fact, be the dog capital of the world. Everyone seems to have a canine, if not two, and I even know someone who has 8 (she won’t be named). Maybe it’s the lake, the weather or general mellow-ness of most local businesses but dogs around here go everywhere with their people–I won’t even go into the Halloween dog costume parade and the “have your mutts photo taken with Santa at Christmas” shenanigans.
Perhaps it’s because I’m taking one of my dogs for his first acupuncture appointment tomorrow because he’s old and a bit sick so I’m feeling very sentimental towards all our furry friends (and rarely meet one I don’t like). This might also be why I tend to subconsciously buy dog-themed things like this hemp and leather Virgina Johnson Pouch (below), the locally-made Chester and Co silver necklace or the Douglas stuffed pup that looks too, too cute sitting on a shelf.
Oh yeah, we’re still working on getting stuff on the site so you can always call 323-660-4315 if you have any questions or would like to get something or would like to ask my ideas for good dog names.
The answer to the above question in “yes”. Years ago I went to Marrakech and all of it, from the beauty of the crowded souk market with piles of fresh spices and fabrics, to sparseness of the Berber villages, took my breath away and left colorful images burned in my brain (it takes a lot to do that to jaded, bored 20-something). Of course, there were tons of donkeys and dogs, which are also two of my favorite things (as long as the dogs aren’t too skinny and itchy, then it’s sad).
When I was in Paris this past January I met the most lovely Christophe, who showed me his AMAZING line of Moroccan table linens Leo Atlante (they don’t have a website but you can find them on ye olde Facebook). This literally hit every sweet spot in my design vocabulary—delicious natural fabrics, embroidery, bright colors AND function. Christophe and his partner design the linens and then they are all handmade by a women’s collective in the village of Amaragh, located near Tiznit in southern Morocco. My favorite are the small kitchen cloths which Christophe called a “tete a tete” tablecloth, to be put across a table when having an intimate dinner for two. What a delicious idea!!!!
This embroidery oddly reminds me of my Swedish grandmother.
Here’s a close-up of the embroidery on a full-size tablecloth. Note the hand-embroidered trim!
Tete a Tete anyone?.
The bigger tablecloths like this one are 100% cotton.
These are not up on website yet but you can always call us 323-660-4315 and we’ll happily help.
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.
“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
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!
I know I’m not re-inventing the wheel by telling you that color has the ability to change one’s mood quicker than a chocolate chip cookie but it’s true. The difference is that some of us are much better at combining colors in pure happy-inducing combos than others. One of my faves is FJS Pillows made by the ever-cheerful Francis Spitta. A couple of these on your couch, bed, chair, floor…well, you’ll just feel better. It’s like design serotonin!