I’m out in Los Angeles a bit more these days working with actress Emmanuelle Chriqui, who stars on the show “Entourage” on HBO. I’ve been helping her re-do her new West Hollywood home (all green of course), all while trying to balance the myriad of jobs that I have at the same time. I’m definitely enjoying every minute of it and I especially like the fact I get to visit stores in Los Angeles that have been on my “must visit” list for quite some time.
In the Silverlake section of Los Angeles (East LA, up by Sunset) there are some great independent stores that I visited and wanted to share here on Daily Danny. One of them is this very charming store called Yolk.
Inside the store, there’s a nice selection of handpicked items ranging from the standard Gift Show fare to unheard of accessories from designers from all over the world. I immediately gravitated towards this bamboo chair with the carvings in the seatback as something I thought was particularly unique. The funny thing is that this was the first store I visited in Silverlake, this was the first thing I loved, and this chair was something I saw REPEATEDLY in shops all over Silverlake. So much for unique….
But this was definitely a unique find. This artist takes vintage plates and laser cuts them into silhouette shapes. Yes, you can’t eat off them anymore, but I love the fact this peaceful dove could be upcycled from an old plate. This is definitely one of those ideas that a crafter like me could NOT replicate, but still…love.
Fun seat cushions. Might use these in a magazine photo shoot since I’m adding more pops of color now to these stories I put together. Gotta remember this…
I don’t love this piece as a necklace, but I liked the craftsmanship that went into it. Make sense? The circular “beads” made from old fabric that are glued into concentric circles are kinda cool to me. It gives me ideas for projects for my book on upcycling that may or may not make into the final book, but can still be an inspirational photo.
I also love bookstores and stopped by the Skylight Bookstore to check out new architecture, interior design, graphic and cookbooks that they had in stock. Me in a bookstore can be a very dangerous thing…
And why wouldn’t you love this store with a large tree right smack in the middle to greet you? While I love the big box bookstores, I really love the mom-and-pop stores even better. This store had a feeling that everyone in there was on a mission to find some perfect book, for the perfect day, for reading for the rest of the day.