Color Inspiration

Something Yellow

August 24, 2012

Hello decor8 readers! ! It’s Emilie again reporting from Paris for another edition of my decor8 column, Playing With Food. Are you ready for some inspiration for the weekend? Good!

Something Yellow

Remember last month when I explored the color red? This month it’s time for a little yellow! Just like last month, I was inspired by my travels and the flower fields from train windows, just as I was in my post about red. Inspiration calls to us from every corner. Do you hear it and then, do you listen and obey?

Something Yellow

This time, I was in the train for go to La Loire, and I passed a field of sunflowers as shown above! Magic! I had a tiny bit of time to take out my camera so I quickly seized the moment and shot from the window as the train rushed ahead into new landscapes. I was so happy though to get my single “magic” shot because it inspired me so much and in turn, this post. I’ve included a few other flower shots that I took while in La Loire to support my current love of yellow and because I think they’ll look pretty woven into this post. See what you think!

Something Yellow

Something Yellow

Something Yellow

Something Yellow

Something Yellow

On returning, I was still feeling inspired by yellow – from the fields to the things that I saw on my travels. I decided to turn the yellow apples on my trip into an apple cake. I guess the sunshine and sunflowers inspired this as the finished product is golden and a bit rustic too. It’s my dads’ recipe, and has caramel on top. (so yummy). If you want the recipe, let me know and I’ll let you know in the comments section. Anyway, it is crispy on the sides and soft and almost melting on the inside! It is THE best cake in the world because it is my father’s recipe, of course, wink, wink. :) But really, it is the BEST cake.

Something Yellow

Something Yellow

Something Yellow

I also baked cookies (biscuits) decorated with yellow beads of mimosa, yummy! That single dash of yellow is the perfect topping – sometimes less is more. By the way, don’t you love the shapes? Again, inspired by field flowers…

Something Yellow

Something Yellow

Something Yellow

Something Yellow

Then, still inspired by yellow, I made a good old-fashioned homemade batch of lemonade to accompany it all with my fresh lemons picked while away. A few cut lemons, water, sugar to taste and and “voila”. Easy.

I hope you like yellow and are enjoying your summer. For my next PLAYING WITH FOOD story to run on decor8 in September, what should my theme be — do you have any ideas?! I’d love to see what you’d like for me to experiment with. A color, a mood, a topic, then I will relate it somehow to food and show you how I’ve Played With Food!

If you’ve missed my previous columns on decor8, play catch up here. – Emile.

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  • Reply marianna August 24, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    Thanks for sharing with so much beauty… softness… colors… truly inspiring! Morning now in California… will be a good day after seeing this!:)

  • Reply Caroline August 24, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    Hi! could you kindly share the recipe of this amazing cake with us?

    It looks really really good

    Thanks in advance,
    warm wishes

  • Reply Sarah {Lacquer and Linen} August 24, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    Your images are so pretty and refreshing Emile! And that apple cake sounds DIVINE! My husband loves apples, I would love the recipe to try out for him!

  • Reply Anne August 24, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    Thank you Emilie :)

  • Reply Sandra Zerahn August 24, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    What a lovely post! I would love to see you play with spices. This might seem ‘boring’ but visually pleasing spices in unconventional ways could be very interesting, and spices is so good to help you keep warm through fall :-)

  • Reply lorena August 24, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    Oh, a recipe for your dad’s apple cake would indeed be lovely! :)

  • Reply April Louise August 24, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    I love the way you have arranged everything in your photographs, very inspiring!

  • Reply Inge August 24, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    Blue is my favourite colour, together with tangerine… Don’t know why but I’m obsessing over them lately. :-) I’m trying to get more inspiration to start decorating our bedroom. And I’d love to work with a colour accent, but I’m still in doubt which colour to pick! Curious to find out more about your next column, I enjoyed reading this one…

  • Reply Irena August 24, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    Hi Emilie! I absolutely love your column! And the apple cake looks amazing! I was also in France recently, visiting the Loire valley and passing by the sunflower fields :-) Would it be possible to have the recipe for the cake? I’m dying to try it!

  • Reply Fiona Humberstone August 24, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    This is just gorgeous as usual. So inspirational and beautiful. Really looking forward to September. I’m always really inspired by Autumn colour – especially the elderberries. And I would love your dad’s apple cake recipe.

  • Reply daphne August 24, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    Yes, I would love the recipe for the apple cake; looks delicious!

  • Reply Mary Jo August 24, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    Next week I am heading to Languedoc for a three month stay. These photos just got me sooooooooooooo excited!
    Mary Jo

  • Reply bessie August 24, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    I never liked yellow until recently. A soft yellow is just so refreshing yet almost neutral. Love this post.

    The apple cake looks divine! Please post your recipe!

  • Reply ANETTESHUS August 24, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    wow! Everything looks delicious! Lovely pics !!


  • Reply tina August 24, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    great pics!

  • Reply Julia August 24, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    Punaise! Just wonderful !:-) j ai aussi un ptit bout de ce magnifique Liberty étoilé!

  • Reply lissa August 24, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    No color cheers me like yellow. Great post. I’d love to have the recipe. I’ve been experimenting with apple cakes & this one looks marvelous. Looks like a cross between a french apple cake & a pineapple upside down cake.

  • Reply Stephanie August 24, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    Definitely want the cake recipe! I think cinnamon would be a great topic. Technically not a food, but…

    Another idea would be to choose something less common but interesting – rutabaga, kohlrabi, star fruit, garbanzo bean.

  • Reply sarita August 25, 2012 at 12:28 am

    I’d love the apple cake recipe!

  • Reply Judy Brunk August 25, 2012 at 12:41 am

    Your Dad’s Apple Cake looks soooooo good. I’d love the recipe.

  • Reply Rebecca R. Dyer August 25, 2012 at 1:01 am

    Your pics are lovely. . . . just beautiful. very satisfying. and nicely put together.

    And, yes, I would love the recipe for the cake. It looks and sounds delicious!

    All the bsst,

  • Reply Brianne August 25, 2012 at 1:15 am

    What a beautiful cake. I would love the recipe!

  • Reply Catherine M August 25, 2012 at 3:04 am

    love all the shades of yellow…and would love the applecake recipe

  • Reply Katharine August 25, 2012 at 3:22 am

    love yellow! Would love the recipe. Great blog!

  • Reply Ruth August 25, 2012 at 4:08 am

    Apple cake is my favorite! I’d love to try this recipe! Thanks for the lovely post!

  • Reply Tamara August 25, 2012 at 4:30 am

    Gorgeous pictures!! I would absolutely live your Dad’s apple cake recipe.
    Looking forward to next month’s color inspired images and inspiration.
    Thank you!

  • Reply Kate @ Songs Kate Sang August 25, 2012 at 6:20 am

    Absolutely stunning!

  • Reply Art and Chic August 25, 2012 at 7:20 am

    lovely…. amazing shoots!

  • Reply Bouboulette August 25, 2012 at 9:28 am

    Waouh !! I love yellow !
    Nice pics, thank you !! ^^

  • Reply Anu August 25, 2012 at 9:45 am

    So much inspiration in one post! I love the combination of pure white and yellow on the last lemonade picture – white just makes yellow to shine!

    It would be lovely to see you playing with warm autumn colors in one of your next posts :)

    Again, really lovely post and thank you!

  • Reply Marita August 25, 2012 at 10:47 am

    LOVE your images and thoughts. Would welcome the yummy apple cake recipe. Thank you kindly!

  • Reply Laura Passey August 25, 2012 at 11:45 am

    Bonjour Emile! I always take the opportunity to travel on the train when going anywhere in France. The flower fields are so romantic! It doesn’t happen often enough for my liking, so I appreciated your pictures! x

  • Reply audrey (grenier d idees) August 25, 2012 at 11:52 am

    wonderful shoots!

  • Reply Tracy A. August 25, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    Yay! Loved the photos – so gorgeous! yes – I’d like the recipe for your dad’s cake. Thanks!

  • Reply marta bahi August 25, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    Yes! we need the apple cake recipe! it looks delicius!

  • Reply Mina August 25, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    And I would love to have the lemonade recipe too! :)

  • Reply Stephen C-M August 25, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    Great column and beautiful pictures. Can’t wait to read more! Would love the recipe for the apple cake. It looks delicious!

  • Reply Claudia August 25, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    Yes! Yes! share the recipe, please!

  • Reply Four Fresh Peas August 25, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    Apple season is coming – family recipes are the best, and I would love to have yours – it looks delicious! Great work – love the imagery!

  • Reply Mary Titus August 25, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    Yes, I would like the recipe for the apple cake above that is your dad’s recipe.

  • Reply Christine August 25, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    Yes to Yellow! and another request for the cake recipe!

  • Reply callie grayson August 25, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    such a pretty post!
    that apple cake looks very delicious! I need to bake more

  • Reply stephanie August 25, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    Please post the recipe-I would love to make the apple cake!

  • Reply Tony Hutchinson August 25, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    Apple cake looks amazing – please share the recipe

    Many thanks

    Tony H

  • Reply Patty Lewis August 26, 2012 at 12:09 am

    Love your blog. Please share your dad’s apple cake recipe! Thanks so much…

  • Reply Little Gray Pixel August 26, 2012 at 4:53 am

    I definitely would love to make this beautiful cake! Please do share the recipe if it’s not a secret. :-)

  • Reply CJ August 26, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    Please please . . . The apple cake recipe! Many thanks

  • Reply Blenda August 26, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    Hi Emilie,
    What a happy cheery color yellow is! Everything just looks so enticing…yes, do go with another color themed post. Blue would be nice.

  • Reply Phyllis August 26, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    I am not a fan of apples but my husband is and the cake looks like a nice treat for him. I would love to have to recipe. Thanks

  • Reply Guada August 26, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    Emile your post, both photos and writing are exquisite!! regards from a Decor 8 fan from Argentina …..

  • Reply i love sticks August 26, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    Everyone needs some happy yellow in their home. The apple cake looks mouth watering – would love to try making it. Thankyou!

  • Reply Maria Rossi August 27, 2012 at 1:46 am

    I would love the recipe please. It looks so delicious : )

  • Reply Val Rocha August 27, 2012 at 2:42 am

    I love your blog and the colors. I’d love to try the apple pie recipe, can you share it with me?

  • Reply fenny setiawan August 27, 2012 at 3:48 am

    I am in love with yellow recently, and this is sure a very inspiring post. I always love your ‘playing with food’ series btw :).

  • Reply Purodeco August 27, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    Absolutely love you blog… so much inspiration!

  • Reply Judith August 27, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    I loooooooove yellow & tournesols (sunflowers) too!
    I’d love to see what you do with the same yellow color, but then in an autumnal setting. But well, anything you come up with looks pretty. Merci Emilie!

  • Reply christine from decorated life August 27, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    Thanks for the great post.. love the gorgeous photos and the delicious yellow food treats… recipe? Or is it a family secret.

  • Reply Geraldine August 27, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    everything looks so lovely. Love mimosa yellow and its scent too :)

  • Reply stephanie @ Baba Souk August 27, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    These little daisy cakes are to die for! I’m in a daisy phase right now anyways! Everything daisy is good to me :)

  • Reply Suze August 27, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    I’m drooling! Please send the cake recipe!

  • Reply Lolo August 27, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    Oh this cake looks fantastically good. Can you give us the recipe;-)

  • Reply Candi August 27, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    I love all the lovely pictures….and I would love your dad’s cake recipe!
    Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Mariale August 27, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    Please post the recipe, it looks so yummy!

  • Reply Nathalie August 27, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    Like everybody, I would like the recipe ! Miam, miam !

  • Reply Cheyenne August 27, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    Joining the chorus of, “Yes, please share the recipe!”. Something about the color yellow just feels sparkly and happy :).

  • Reply Fuschia August 27, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    of my fave colours, so glad you celebrated it on your lovely blog! great work!
    oh and…
    apples+caramel= true luv, must have this amazing best cake recipe!!

  • Reply Maria @ All Things Luxurious August 27, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    Oh my goodness — there is so much lovely inspiration packed into this post. I just love it! The colors are beautiful, the cake and cookies look amazing, and the lemonade is making my mouth water! :-) Thanks so much for sharing!

  • Reply Mary-Sue August 28, 2012 at 12:43 am

    You didn’t actually put the recipe IN the comments, did you? Keep looking for it and don’t want to miss it. PLEASE share! it LOOKS and sounds like the best recipe ever. can’t waste to smell and taste it :o) thanks!

  • Reply Danya Robertson August 28, 2012 at 4:38 am

    Oh yes please, I would love the recipe of your dad’s delicious Apple cake!!

  • Reply Kate August 28, 2012 at 6:37 am

    Yellow… Sunflowers, happiness, sunshine, lovely… The cake looks amazing please share… My pregnant brain will be obsessed with Carmel apples and cake now!!! (last week it was lemon tart so maybe this bump is into yellow too!):)

  • Reply August 28, 2012 at 9:13 am

    What an amazing pictures! And those cookies look absolutely delicious!

  • Reply Rasch T. August 28, 2012 at 11:03 am

    Wow.. Your pictures are really impressive.
    And it looks very yummy. :) i wish i could taste a piece of the cake. :)

  • Reply dagny bjorg from FEEL INSPIRED August 28, 2012 at 11:52 am

    My goodness your dads apple cake looks delicious!! May I please get the recipe? That would be lovely :)

  • Reply Claudia August 28, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    Ohhh. I see… it is a tricky! you want to have more visits, so you are waiting to give us the recipe! good luck!!!

    • Reply decor8 August 28, 2012 at 4:42 pm

      @Claudia – Emilie is French and the recipe is in French so now that she knows so many are interested in the recipe, she is working on translating it for us. She will post it in the comments section soon.

  • Reply Griottes August 28, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    Thank you very much for all your great comments, I am very happy that you like it! I’ll translate the cake recipe in English, and I give it to you very soon I promise!

  • Reply Tra Wright Knox August 28, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    What a delicious post! Mmmmm….love the images too! They are so delightful!

  • Reply Lily Summer August 28, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    Very inspirational colours and wonderful photography!
    Does anyone know the name of the gorgeous plant between the cookie pictures (yellow flowers on blue background)? I thought it was a kerria japonica, but it is not… Advice would be greatly appreciated, thank you so much in advance!
    And I’m looking forward to the recipe : )

  • Reply how2home August 28, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    Love your style and all your visuals! Love to have the recipe as well!

  • Reply margie August 29, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    the cake recipe is needed please!

  • Reply Aliza August 29, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    Please share the recipe it looks delicious!

  • Reply luciana August 30, 2012 at 12:33 am


    Could you send me the apple vake recipe please? Looks delicious!


  • Reply Courtney August 31, 2012 at 2:36 am

    Did no one ask for the apple cake recipe? I would love to have the recipe, please! I need to make that. The caramel on top sold me, along with the description.

  • Reply Kate August 31, 2012 at 8:36 am

    Please tell me what kind of camera are you using, and lens as well.So beautiful and soft pictures :) Thank you. You are my every day inspiration!

  • Reply Bill September 2, 2012 at 5:21 am

    I would love the recipe for the apple cake.

  • Reply lynda September 2, 2012 at 6:08 am

    Yes! I would LOVE the recipe!

  • Reply Tasha September 4, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    Looks amazing, I’d love the recipe!

  • Reply Christie Ryan September 6, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    I would love the recipe for that yummy apple cake! Thank you…

  • Reply Christie Ryan September 6, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    I would love the recipe for the yummy apple cake. Thank you…

  • Reply Sonia Pugeda September 7, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    I also would love the recipe!! Thanks

  • Reply Deb September 8, 2012 at 7:04 am

    I would love the recipe for the apple cake.

  • Reply etta September 8, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    The apple cake is beautiful. Please share your recipe with me. Thanks!

  • Reply claudia September 11, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    What a shame! still not the recipe? If her problem is the language, she has to put it in French. But do not make a post talking about THE BEST recipe, without sharing it!!!

    • Reply decor8 September 11, 2012 at 5:14 pm

      @Claudia – I have asked Emilie many times and have not heard back from her except for one time when she said she would post it. I noticed on her Instagram that she is traveling so that most likely is the delay. She will let us know, I’m sure. This is not a recipe column, it is simply an inspiring column meant to show how she finds inspiration that she channels into her work as a food stylist and photographer. I’m sure she will give us the recipe soon!

  • Reply IndiaLB October 26, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    Is this an actual joke? The recipe still isn’t up!?

    • Reply decor8 October 28, 2012 at 11:13 am

      India – Emilie promised to send it with her column this week so I’m waiting for it too – she has been busy I think, but I’m sure she will send it soon.

  • Reply Ramona October 27, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    The Apple Cake looks delicious! May I please have the recipe? Thank you so much for sharing!

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