Falling in love with the world (through colour)

Do you ever have those moments where you feel more in love with the world than usual? Where everything around you feels magical and more than a little bit special? I’ve been feeling a lot like that lately … resulting in an overwhelming urge to hug the world in thanks for its loveliness. With such happy thoughts abounding, I suppose it’s only natural that such bright cheeriness shows itself in the places that surround me.

In love with colour ... my new display

I find that such feelings are best expressed through collections of items all bursting with contrasting, yet complementary colours … At one time or another you’ve probably seen me speak about my love of mustard yellow, bright blue skies and my ever growing obsession with pretty cut flowers. What a joy it is to have such things all combined!

With the sunlight streaming in through my office window, and a new bunch of flowers impatiently waiting to be displayed, I was inspired to change the arrangement of items on the shelf above my desk. I decided to move all the books that used to live there and pare things back to a few items that I love best. Now when I look above my computer I can focus on lots of cute little critters and a pretty floral arrangement … It’s amazing how creating something that is pleasing to one’s eyes can also lift the heart and reflect a certain state of mind.

Perhaps a colourful change is good for us all? What do you think?


  1. Valerie

    I do have those times. And I love them. All the more because I know they don’t stay forever, much as I’d like them to. Enjoy the sunny days.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Valerie – It’s wonderful to have those happy, colourful, loving kinds of times … though as you say, perhaps I appreciate them all the more because they’re not here forever. I hope some sunny days are visiting you right now. πŸ™‚

  2. Linda from Heartfire At Home

    I need to do more of that I think! I re-arranged all the cushions in most of my rooms last week (and they’re super colourful!!). Rather than seeing all the good things in the world, I was going through a patch of seeing all the bad stuff…. on TV, in the papers…. so fiddling with my cushions and moving my colours around made me feel better.

    And, I think you’re SO right. It’s amazing how surrounding yourself with little things that you like can help your state of mind. That’s why I’m so passionate about design and I think it’s important (even though I’m sure some of my friends think I’m a little frivolous).

    Your little display is beautiful Tracey. I love mustard yellow too! Lots of it at my place along with my doses of red everywhere.

    Happy weekend. πŸ™‚

    Linda. xox

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Linda – It’s great to have a bit of a re-arrange and colour shake-up I think … apart from giving a nice change for our eyes, it also works wonders for a happy soul! How lovely that you gave your cushions a bit of that ‘moved about’ treatment … sometimes just focussing inwards on ourselves and our home havens makes it much easier to cope with all the negativity in the world.

      Design is so important to our state of mind … I think it’s one of the great pleasures of life to find happiness in decorating. I’m glad you like my mustard yellow birdy, it’s such a great colour to work with (and is still keeping me happy). xx

  3. Caz

    You’re so right Tracy. I spend my life absolutely surrounded by books both at home and at work and sometimes I find them all a bit overwhelming. So much nicer to have just a simple arrangement of beautiful things in contrasting colours to wake up the senses. Glad you’re in a good place at the moment – long may it last!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Caz – Sometimes having so much stuff around us can leave us feeling a bit overwhelmed … I go through phases of that. Even though I’ve moved all the books off my desk, I’m still craving more free space and clear surfaces.

      And I’m still playing around with happy colours … the first signs of spring in the air also help create a happy mood too. I hope you’ve been well! πŸ™‚

  4. Carmel

    I love your little arrangement. I think looking at those colours and neatness would cheer me, too!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Carmel – Thanks so much! It’s a very cheery little display of colour and prettiness. πŸ™‚

  5. Sonia

    Those flowers are beautiful, and I completely relate to some days everything seeming more vivid and new than others. Today not so much for me… but your flowers , bird and bambi are definitely an uplifting and happy image.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Sonia – I’m glad my flowers, bird and bambi were able to spread a little cheer my way … I think my blah mood of late may have something to do with the fact that I haven’t had any cut flowers for some time … I must change that tomorrow.

  6. Michelle

    Are you in my brain? The other day I tweeted how much I loved the world. And this week colour has been getting me super excited. I am helping friends with wedding ideas and colour is just gorgeous. Looking forward to moving in the next few months too and being able to decorate.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Michelle – Haha, it’s funny how we can often be thinking along exactly the same lines as someone else … it’s rather fascinating! I hope you’re still loving the world and loving colour! Perhaps by now you’re a little closer to moving and decorating your place … that’s super exciting! πŸ™‚

  7. Katie

    What a beautiful post & gogeous colourful picture. I think I need some more colour in my life, especially during the winter months.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Katie – Thanks so much … I think we all need a little colour in our lives from time to time … sometimes a little more than usual! πŸ™‚

  8. sandrine

    I love your flowers and cute little bird Tracey, such an uplifting image! I truly rely on visual stimulation through out my days and flowers are my all time favorite! I just wish the garden would be already filled with blooms for me to pick… as I need to πŸ™‚
    Thanks for your lovely comments, and I hope you are enjoying a great sunny weekend!
    Sandrine x

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Sandrine – Thank you! I’m so glad you like my flowers and critters … I also wish my garden would fill itself with beautiful blooms, that would be magic!! πŸ™‚

      Sorry I’m so late in replying … things have been a little crazy at my end for a while … I hope you’re well. xx

  9. charmaine

    So true. I love to change the things around me. Love to add colourful flowers. Love the days where I feel I could conquer the world.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Charmaine – Change is good for sure … whether that’s a change of pace or a change of scene, it’s all good to me! Flowers are so wonderful and never fail to add a smile to my day. Though I do wish for more of those ‘world conquering’ days. Take care. xx

  10. Andrew


    You have flowers and I have a router at the top left of my desk. d’oh!

    Great photo, lovely desk and great post as per usual.

    All the best


    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Andrew – Thanks for your ever kind visits to my space here. Well having a router on your desk is practical … I leave all of that kind of decorating to Lee, and keep the flowers for myself! πŸ˜‰

      I hope you’ve been well. πŸ™‚

  11. Fi Figueroa

    LOVE THIS! I am feeling a bit opposite to it haha a bit uninspired… not sure why. But this post cheered me up! Now I want to search for colorful items and flowers and try to make it work! hehe


    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Fi – Well I certainly hope you’re feeling a little more inspired now … sometimes those up and down moods go in cycles. I hope there’s lots of colour and happiness in your world! πŸ™‚

  12. Erika Lee Sears

    It’s funny when just a little thing reminds you of how beautiful things can be. πŸ™‚

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Erika – I agree. Sometimes I think those little reminders can bring us the biggest rewards. xx

  13. le @thirdontheright

    i totally know what you mean πŸ™‚ for me it’s usualy the sunlight in thay special clear alpine air or grren foliage against blu blue sky … ahhh πŸ™‚ le xox

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Le – Oh yes indeed, it’s those little slivers of sunlight / nature / clean air which can bring such joy to our worlds. πŸ™‚

  14. hila

    aww, so glad you are feeling this way – I’m trying to pull myself out of a funk, maybe I need to hug the world as well πŸ™‚ It’s amazing what a few beautiful, vibrant flowers can do for your mood.

    Hope you’ve been well tracey!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Hila – Gosh, it was wonderful to have the brightness in my world for a while … but then unfortunately the busy, craziness of life caught up with me … I think the bright happiness is back again now though. There’s nothing more heartening than fresh flowers full of colour and scent … they make the world of difference. πŸ™‚

  15. Signe

    Very pretty πŸ™‚ Love the little yellow birdie!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Signe – Thanks so much … I’m rather fond of that yellow bird too! πŸ™‚

  16. Krystal/Village

    your happiness is kind of infectious!! did i spell that right? idk πŸ™‚

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Krystal – I’m so glad to hear that I was able to spread a little happiness … that’s the only kind of infection that’s good to spread … oh well, I suppose infectious laughter is pretty great too! πŸ˜‰

      PS. Your spelling was A-OK ! πŸ˜€

  17. T.

    Pretty flowers!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi T – Thank you … I do love having fresh flowers in the home. I think they make me feel better about the world! πŸ™‚

  18. woolf

    i agree. and i would change areas in my house like this, along the moods that take me. how i wish i could do that already. and how fortunate i can see it happen on your blog, amongst a few others… my dear. this renovation… it keeps me on hold and in a grip i will not begin to explain. i have to stay positive, and not let it get to me so.
    therefore… a big thank you for flowers, browns and mustards. they vibrate. they talk to me.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Woolf – It’s nice to have areas in the home change to suit a mood, but I think it’s also nice to have areas that change our mood just by being in them … a little of both would be wonderful to have in the home I think.

      I do hope your renovation ticks closer to completion, and that your positivity is shining through … I’m glad the flowers and the critters were able to bring a little cheer into your world. Take care. xx

  19. theaxx

    I can’t agree more tracey!!

    WE’ve just started a colour feature each month on the spoonful blog and I am so enjoying finding a new colour each month. I think it may have something to do with new seasons… you know? new neasons bring new colours & fresh starts.



    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Thea – I’m so glad to hear you agree (sorry for my tardy reply … things have been manic … and I will reply to your email soon).

      I love the colour features, it’s a nice way to spread cheer and start a little theme of happiness around a particular colour – each of them is so special in their own way. I definitely think there’s something to your seasonal idea, they certainly have a great impact on my mood. Take care and you’ll be hearing from me again properly soon. xx

  20. Christine

    I love the world a little bit more today because of this post! Thank you for bringing love and beauty πŸ™‚
    I would share cookies with you too if I could :o)

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Christine – Naww … glad I was able to spread some world love your way. I’m happy to hear you’d share some cookies with me … otherwise I’d end up eating far too many myself! πŸ˜‰

  21. Kristi

    long may it continue.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Kristi – Funnily enough I just had to re-visit this post to give myself a little of this bright cheer … thank goodness spring is on the way! πŸ™‚

  22. Selma

    This is a subject close to my heart. Colour and my acknowledgement of it plays an important part in my mood. I love looking at the colourful gardens in my neighbourhood – not only so I can marvel at the colours created by nature but so I can take in the skill some peoople have as gardeners – as well as colour that appears everywhere else. Get a bit of colour into my life and I get a boost. It is quite amazing and is much cheaper than Prozac!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Selma – Colours are so important, and I think it’s something that I’m only just coming to realise … maybe that’s why I seem to be more drawn to bright, happy colours. I’m constantly in awe of the worlds that gardeners create, and how generous of them to share it with all of us.

      I’m a firm believer in the goodness of colour therapy … if only I could bring more of it into my garden (there’s lots of green out there, but I think it’s a lot of the weedy variety). Ha! πŸ˜‰

  23. Narnie

    There are moments like that everyday thank goodness or I really don’t think I’d get up in the morning. Unfortunately it’s only moments… I could do with a good long 24/7 with no red bills or green eyed monsters or, um, black eyed peas πŸ˜‰ I’m being useless on the internet at the moment and I’m trying to catch up with a brief hello to as many as I can. Your posts always raise a smile and I’ve been through all the ones I’ve missed. I love that plate a few down!! I am so envious of your lovely things, haha. x

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Kiersty – I agree, we all need those little moments to give us a push to go about our days … though yes, I could do with those moments lasting a little longer than they do. Sometimes I find it amazing how I let little annoyances, frustrations and stresses to add up and overwhelm … I really should just focus on the colours! πŸ™‚

      Thanks for your hello here, sorry it’s taken me a while to return the wave … things have been too hectic lately, but they should be getting back to normal. Take care of yourself. xx

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