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 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.
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!!!!
Le Feu de L’eau candles.
New in Yolk. From 100xBTR
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.
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.
I dare you to not bob your head OR tap your foot OR snap your fingers OR SMILE to these adorable Brit Boys called the Rizzle Kicks! Click on the pic below to see their ridiculous video called “Mama Do The Hump!”
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.
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!
We don’t rush into things anymore so we thought we should marinate on this whole “blog” idea for a while. Five years later, we think the internet might be onto something.