Meet the creative force behind YFL Art & Home Decor, Yolanda Fernandes Ly.
A harmonious blend of artist, entrepreneur, and a mom of three. As the owner, artist, and CEO, I am dedicated to crafting one-of-a-kind, functional art and homeware that elevates your living space.
With the joyful chaos of raising three children, I understand the need for practicality without compromising on style. That's why I pour my heart and soul into designing stunning pieces that are not only aesthetically pleasing but also safe, and durable for busy households like yours.
Every creation is a testament to the passion and expertise I have cultivated over the years. From the vibrant and expressive florals to the captivating landscapes, my wall art paintings have undergone an evolution. Today, my new body of work embraces abstract fluidity, capturing the essence of constant change and movement in our lives. While relinquishing structure, I embrace the unpredictable nature of the artistic process, infusing each piece with a heartfelt energy, texture, and motion.
Handcrafted with meticulous care in the heart of Ontario, my pieces are more than decorations but tangible reflections of my commitment to excellence and the devotion I have for my craft.
Join me on this artistic journey, and let YFL Art & Home Decor transform your living space into an oasis of creativity and inspiration.
I immigrated to Canada in my teens, spending my formative years in Dubai, India and traveling East Asia. I’ve always had a distinct interest in the arts and nurtured my love by attending Sheridan College & Seneca College for Art Fundamentals & Digital Media Arts.
But as life happens, priorities shifted, pushing my passion for art to a side project, as I dealt with life’s many adventures.
For the next decade I worked within the medical & orthodontic fields. And I was able to keep my creative side by supporting the organization's graphic design and marketing needs.
Through my years, I struggled with depression, anxiety and chronic illness. In 2011, I suffered a miscarriage. The loss spiralled me into depression and diving back into painting was the only thing that kept me afloat. Subsequently, I had two more losses and endured fertility treatment. I continued to battle my mental health, and chronic illness, with my creativity. And then, in 2016, I made the decision to focus on my passion, living a creative life.
I now share my experiences with mental health and chronic illness, through my platforms. I use my creative journey to help those who share in similar experiences. I aim to bring more light onto the challenges of being a mom and a WOC entrepreneur. And share how my creative life and business was a catalyst to self healing and building a legacy for my kids.
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ABOUT OUR BRAND
At YFL Art & Home Decor, we take pride in being a Canadian female-owned and BIPOC-run small business, specializing in handcrafted home decor. Our exquisite collection includes a diverse range of meticulously crafted items such as ring dishes, jewelry trays, bamboo serving trays, Terrazzo decor, and much more.
What we offer:
1. Exceptional Craftsmanship: Each piece in our collection is carefully handcrafted with close attention to detail, ensuring that every item is of the highest quality. We believe in the power of handmade products that add a touch of uniqueness and personality to your home.
2. Unique Designs: Our artist and designer, Yolanda, brings innovation and originality to every product. You'll find a wide variety of captivating designs that cater to different aesthetics, from modern and minimalist to eclectic and vibrant. Our aim is to offer you home decor that stands out and reflects your individual style.
3. Sustainable Materials: We prioritize sustainability by using eco-friendly materials in our creations. From bamboo serving trays to Terrazzo decor made with eco friendly materials, we strive to minimize our environmental impact while still delivering stunning and functional products for your home.
4. Support Local Artisans: By choosing our handcrafted home decor, you directly contribute to supporting local artisans and the growth of Canadian small businesses. While supporting diversity and opportunities for talented BIPOC artisans, like Yolanda, to showcase their skills and craftsmanship.
5. Thoughtful Gifting: Our home decor pieces make perfect gifts for your loved ones, adding a personal and heartfelt touch to any occasion. Whether it's a housewarming party, wedding, or birthday, our handcrafted items are meaningful and cherished presents that will be treasured for years to come.
6. Excellent Customer Service: We value our customers and strive to provide exceptional service. Our team is dedicated to ensuring your satisfaction, from browsing our collection to receiving your order. We are always ready to assist you with any inquiries or concerns you may have.
At YFL Art & Home Decor, we believe in the power of handcrafted home decor to elevate your living spaces, while also making a positive impact on the community and the environment. Experience the artistry and beauty of our collection, and let us help you create a home that reflects your unique personality and values.
Some of the shopping centers our products have been featured in:
The One of Kind Show Spring 2022
Toronto Market Co - Thursdays July & August 2022
Up Next : The One of Kind Show Winter 2022
Gather - Bomanville - Dec 7
One of A Kind - Enercare Centre - Nov 21 to Dec 1
Etsy Made in Canada - Newmarket Town Hall - Sept 28-29
Midtown Artisan Market -Yonge Eglinton Centre- Sept 12-14
Upmarket- Yorkville Village- Sept 11,18,25
Upmarket- Yorkville Village- Aug 7,21,28
Toronto Market Co- King & Bay- Aug 6,13,14,15,20
TMCO - Brookfiled place -June 19, July 10, July 24
Riverdale Artwalk -Jimmie Simpson park- June 1-2
ArtFest -Distillery District -May 18-20
Midtown Artisan Market -Yonge Eglinton Centre- May 9-11
Mommunity - April 28
Craftadian - Hamilton -April 6
One of a Kind Show -Enercare Centre Toronto - March 27-31
Artist Project - Better Living Centre - Feb 21-24
Picks & Giggles -Oshawa -Feb 3
Midtown Artisan Market- Yonge and Eglinton Centre - Jan 10-12
One of a Kind Show and Sale -Toronto- Nov 22- Dec 2
Mamas Locally- Bolton- Oct 27
Mommunity Market- Vaughan - Oct 13
Mid Town Artisan Market - Yonge and Eglinton Centre - Sept 13-15
Mommunity Market - Vaughan - Sept 8
Fan Expo - Metro Convention Centre - Aug 30-Sept 2
ArtWalk in the Square -Shops at Don Mills - Aug 10-12
Female Founders Pop Up - Yorkdale Shopping Centre -July 18-31
Evergreen Brick Works -Toronto - July 29
Artscape Wychwood Barns - Toronto -July 20
Mid Town Artisan Market - Yonge and Eglinton Centre - July 12-14
All things Handmade- Whitby - June 9
Riverdale Art Walk - Toronto - June 2-3
Artfest Toronto- Distillery District May 19-21
Blossom and Bloom-Union Station May 10-11
Etsy made in Canada-Georgina May 5-6
Mid Town Market-Yonge and Eglinton Centre April 19-21
Craftadian-Hamilton April 7
Mommunity Market- Vaughan - March 2018
Mommunity Market- Vaughan - Feb 2018
Blossom and Bloom (Scarborough Town Centre) Dec 1-14
York Region Holiday Market-Newmarket Dec 2
Makeful Market (Seasons Christmas Show) Nov 17-19
Craftadian-Port Credit Nov 11
Mama Market - Dixie Mall Oct 28
Etsy Made in Canada-Aurora Sept 23
Fan Expo-Metro Convention Centre Aug 31-Sept 1-2
Art walk in the Square-Shops at Donmills- Aug 18-20
Evergreen Brick Works- July 16
Trinity Bellwoods Flea June 18
The Market Place- May, June, Aug, Oct, Nov 2017
Riverdale Artwalk June 3-4
Artusiasm Art Gallery- March 25th
Hashtag Gallery- Dec 18-Dec 23
Etsy Country Christmas - November 26th,2016
ETA Awards at District 28 - October 21st,2016
Etsy Made in Canada at the Aurora Cultural Cenre - September 24th,2016
VAM Art in the Park at Visual Arts Mississauga Riverwood - September 18th,2016
ArtWalk in the Square at Shops at Donmills - August 12,13,14th, 2016
Toronto Art Crawl at Liberty Village - June 11,2016