Hello Yellow!

I think it’s fitting that I start off my first post for Homeology.co.za with a color story. Especially yellow, seeing as it’s one of Germarie’s favourite colors.

Yellow is definitely the most controversial color of the bunch and there seems to be two schools of thought: you either love it or you hate it.

On one side loving the energy and the happiness it evokes and on the other that negative association of yellow with roadwork signs, construction vehicles or that seventies mustard yellow that lived mostly in kitchens smelling of cauliflower.

Just to further illustrate my point, I stumbled upon these two quotes from Paul Gauguin and Edgar Degas that also had two different opinions on the matter:

“Oh yes! He loved yellow, did good Vincent…When the two of us were together in Arles, both of us insane, and constantly at war over beautiful colors, I adored red; where could I find a perfect vermilion?” — Paul Gauguin

“What a horrible thing yellow is.” — Edgar Degas

Most of my afternoon was spent thinking about my personal connection to the colour. A canola field in full bloom springs to mind as one of my fondest yellow memories. Then there’s also the smell of freshly cut lemons. And in photography there is this magical time of day called – the golden hour that is late afternoon when the world is glowing and pictures capture magic.

According to the experts, yellow stimulates mental processes and the nervous system. It activates memory and encourages communication and that is why it’s highly recommended for office spaces. Everything in moderation I say – even moderation.


Cape Town was selected as the World Design Capital for 2014 and the town is sporting inspirational yellow all round in celebration of art and design that is unique to us! If you are in town remember to attend one of the wonderful projects running at the moment and show your support. https://www.wdccapetown2014.com/

I have put together a gallery of photographs from my collection to win you over to the bright side.



PS: I’d love to hear your thoughts so please email me at margaux@homeology.co.za


Distressed wood revealing a yellow undercoat is playful and soulful. Lemons and olive branches combined in jam jars are lovely understated centre pieces. Shot on location at Café Felix, Riebeek Kasteel (South Africa).


This is a quirky little feature with a lot of personality. Roughly paint a yellow block on a grey wall and add a hook with a nice shape like this wrought iron heart. Handy and fun! Shot on location at Café Felix, Riebeek Kasteel (South Africa).


 I love shooting close-ups of flowers. I think I might have inherited it from my great grandmother that could stare at every detail of a bloom for hours.


There are few scenes as powerful as the Cape’s blossoming canola fields. On the right, another close-up. I just couldn’t help myself. They look like yellow polka dots.


I did this photo documentary on Parow about five years ago and a friend of mine commented on the yellow Ford with this remark: “May the Ford be with you”. See, yellow really brings out the lighter side in people!

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