We had the good fortune of connecting with Yolindi de Gouveia and we’ve shared our conversation below.

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Hi Yolindi, can you share a quote or affirmation with us?
By Grace and Gumption That pretty much sums up my life and business. In all we do in life, it’s by Grace that we prosper and achieve, but it also takes a lot of Gumption! Having a go-getter type of attitude is truly necessary for any entrepreneur. Growing a start-up from the ground up is not easy, but it is very rewarding to see the seeds you’ve planted sprout up and grow with hard work and determination.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Carealee and I are both creative. It runs in the family, as my mom is an excellent artist. I’m personally challenged at drawing and expressing what I see in minds eye, however Carealee is incredible. She can both visualize and create something on a whim. Her creativity is truly incredible and I am always amazed at the things she can draw and create. I have an eye for design and colors, however, and can visualize things very well. A skill in itself thus is compliments Carealees talents well. It has taken years and hours and hours of practice, frustrations, and learning to hone our individual skills. We are always learning and enjoy the process of growth and new possibilities.

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Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
Arizona is a smorgasbord of incredible places to eat, and visit. Dara Thai restaurant in Anthem is a “knock out of the park” for Thai food. Wraps and curry in Glendale has the best Indian food we have yet to find anywhere else. If you’re in the market for Italian, nothing beats “The Sicilian Butcher and Baker” in Scottsdale. Stop by for an Italian coffee and dessert for an incredible treat. The Mercantile in Old town Scottsdale is a must on the visit list. This adorable store features local artist and has such a fantastic vibe! You might just spot a few of our pillows around. The entire area of Old Town has such a great vibe with amazing food and entertainment. Makes for a lovely afternoon stroll. Sedona is always top of the list and Jerome is great for a day outing as well. Our list could be very long on amazing places to visit in Arizona. I think you might have to stay for another week!

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Our photographer Amber Gastelum from Two Peas in a Pod photography, has made such a tremendous difference in our business. Her photography skills have captured our brand so well and represent the style and feel that we aim for. Having a creative eye is essential to our line of work and working with a complementing photographer that is both creative and fun is so rewarding. Amber has a knack of catching our vision with each new collection we release, and how to perfectly frame our pillows to show them at their best!

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Image Credits
Amber Gatelum from Two Peas in a Pod Photography

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November 13, 2020 — Deepak Kumar

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