Sunshine, Lemon Yellow & A Sudden Need for Neon

Sunshine, Lemon Yellow & A Sudden Need for Neon

Tess Wilson
May 10, 2011

Maybe it's the sunshine (finally!), maybe it's the toenail polish shopping (the colors!), but lately I find myself drawn to the brightest, lemoniest yellows possible. Sunlight to capture indoors, as one can't help but be skeptical of this San Francisco sun. The fog could roll in at any moment, but what do I care if I'm drinking coffee out of the sunniest mug ever?

Sometimes you have to see a color in the perfect (for you) context to really get it. Bright-bright-even-neon yellow has never registered to me- I never noticed it as a possibility for a color in my home until I saw the crocheted grey blanket with the best & brightest yellow stripes. Similarly, it never occurred to me to learn to crochet until I saw it, either. I would love to learn if I could make something like that! The "Elegant Granny Stripe Blanket" was made by Joelle of The Purl Bee (can you tell I've been obsessively poring over their archives lately? The log cabin blanket, the oilcloth placemat...) and her full tutorial is here. I've also been making my way- yet again- through the Posie Gets Cozy archives, and was happy to see that Alicia Paulson (or "Posie", as she's affectionately known in my household) crocheted a darling sweater in the same color combination a few years ago. Maybe I've secretly been loving it since then...

  • I happened to spot the Colour Block Bed Linens from Hay of Denmark in April's World of Interiors. They're available for purchase, but all the prices are in Danish Krone- it looks like a comforter is about $96USD- not bad!! Let's not talk about shipping...

  • Heath Ceramics, darling of the Bay Area. We all love you, Heath. I haven't seen their new limited-edition 2011 Summer Seasonal Collection in person, by my friend/Heath-lover (junkie?) told me they're amazing, especially the mugs: white on the outside, natural rim, and a pop! of lemon yellow inside. I love that element of surprise, of sudden sun.

  • How can you resist the description of this little notecard from Supermodule: "light grey, dark grey, & safety orange"?! It's like poetry. The cards are handmade in San Francisco and available at Unionmade.

  • Until I learn to crochet or work up the nerve to have a significant amount of neon in my home, I'm tempted by neon threads and trims, like this elastic. Just a hint, a touch, a brightness that you can sense across the room, even if you're not sure quite where it's coming from. What to make?

Images: Elegant Granny Blanket from The Purl Bee, Colour Block Linens from Hay via World of Interiors, Iced Tea Set from Heath Ceramics, Notecard from Unionmade, Thread & Elastic from Purl Soho

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