Why I Color My World

I know that many bloggers love the muted colors and tones to decorate their homes with. And I think their homes are elegant and beautiful.

But I cannot live without color in my world.

From the yellows and golds and reds and browns of the fall season, to the birds that visit my yard. The bright red male cardinal, and his less colorful mate. The bright red flowers that attract hummingbirds and butterflies.

I can assure you that my spirit would definitely be dampened if I could not have and use the colors I so love. 

There is no right or wrong way to decorate. 

But we "color" bloggers pretty much know one another on a first name basis. We know that when we visit one another, we can get our all important color fix.

We are drawn to one another's blogs as we are drawn to that morning cup of coffee or tea. 

My complete love for color is reflected in every room of my home. 

In the gardens where I grow flowers and grasses and herbs. 

My world is a virtual crayon box of color.

Some people write and tell me that they want to use more color in their homes, but are uncertain quite how to go about it. They're not sure how to sprinkle it through their decor.

Color is right if it makes you smile. If you add something colorful to your home, and it lifts your spirits, then you have chosen well. Because color is an individual thing that is different for all of us.

Color is passionate and warm and cheerful and pleasing to the eye.

And so I color my world. In every way I can. Because without it my home would seem an empty canvas. A coloring book waiting to be filled in. A garden waiting for blooms to blossom.

So now I will go into my kitchen. I will get my favorite everyday red coffee cup, and make myself a cup of coffee in my bright red mini Keurig coffee maker. 

It is the first special thing I do for myself each day. And we should all do special things for ourselves throughout the day. Every day.

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  1. I absolutely agree and I love your blog because it's so colorful and pretty!

  2. Hi Brenda,
    I am a September baby and fall has always been my favorite month plus I love fall colors. My house is decorated in fall colors and I tend to wear fall colors.
    I ready your blog every day and I love seeing all the different ways you use each item and color to decorate your cozy house.
    When I first saw your candels in the muffin tins, I thought something so simple and why didn't I think of using candles in such a unique way.Since we have a small travel trailer/screen porch in Flordia, the first thing I did was search the flea market for a interesting muffin tin and used your idea with the candles. Everytime I see them, I think of you and your unique stlye of decorating. You are one talented lady and your "view" of anything is speical. You always find an interesting way to use anything. Keep up the good work.
    I hope you are feeling better and your breathing is normal again.
    Connie, IN/FL

  3. Well, that post taught me that I should always reread things twice or maybe three times. I mispaelled "read" and "candles". Need to go have my eyes checked. Just celebreated my birthday and turned 72 - time to have eyes checked again.

  4. I completely agree with you on color. I know people have different likes but when i look at all those rooms that have nothing but white in them they lose any personality. they glow and just are boring. color gives life!

  5. I so agree about color, Brenda. I crave it in my world. I appreciate neutrals, but color makes me happy.

    I have missed you. I have been on a longm crazy ride of death, other family members in the hospital, a broken hand and other injuries for me, dismantling 55 years of a person's life in one house, etc. It has been a bittersweet experience, but I think I have come away stronger for it. I will just have to see how my hand holds up to blogging. I took the brace off, with permission, to see if I can type. It is starting to get sore.



  6. I always admire the neutral homes of others but then I just can't help but put a bunch of color in mine. I love bright pastels! They make me happy. Then I go in someone's home and everything is muted and elegant and I think...I should do that! But I just can't seem to be able to manage it. It's color for me!

  7. I always love seeing your colourful home, Brenda. I love the reds in your kitchen.....the top picture is especially gorgeous!
    Helen x

  8. Brenda, I love your color!! My house is full of color--my brother said it looked like someone dropped a box of crayons, all happiness and warm, when someone asked him to describe my house. To me that was the greatest compliment. I come to your blog every day to see all the beauty that you show us. You are inspiring in so many ways. Thank you for sharing your view of the world.

  9. Amen sister!!!! I agree 100%!!!! I tell people the same thing about a flower garden, do what you want, it is your place to enjoy. And in gardening and home decor, the ability to change things when you want, is a great part of the fun! I have thought about this same thing all this year. I have even gone one step further, and I believe I am addicted to color....I must have in in my home, garden and even in the fabric I quilt with. I LOVE the beautiful muted color palets of some qulits I see...I even made one last winter...but...it just isn't me...I need color and the more the better!!!!!

  10. I'm with you girl. The other day I was thinking about my love of red and whether or not it is just a habit. The truth is that something in red is just prettier and happier to me. It makes my heart feel good. Neutral will never happen for me.

  11. I'm so thankful that you share your beautifully decorated - brightly colored - world with us! It is such a wonderful part of my day.... every day, because I'm addicted to your blog. Haha! I don't think I could live without color.... Hope you are having a wonderful week!

  12. I think your colorful home is charming. You've mastered the art of using color in your home! I agree with you that you should use the colors that speak to you and make you smile. I, however, have very little color in my home, but there was a time when I had a lot! I guess, I'm now on the other end of the spectrum. I'm enjoying the change and the serenity it gives me with a house full of boys.

  13. One of the reasons I visit your blog is color---your beautiful use of color! Thank you Brenda! ♥

  14. I agree we should do things for ourselves every day that make us smile ! I love your blog,it makes me smile!

  15. I'm right there with you, girlfriend. I need color. You really know how to draw us in with your colors in your home.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  16. Brenda, your colours, primarily primaries, are what caught my eye, in my early travels throughout this vast, virtual world, and they are what bring me back, every single day, into a smaller, brighter bloggerhood!


  17. You speaka my language, Brenda! I just love viewing all the lovely homes done in shades of white, but when it comes to my own home, I NEED color just like I need my morning cup of coffee! I've got the day off today and guess what I'm doing? Spray painting an old drab white iron bed my favorite shade of green. Happy day!

  18. Yep I am a color girl too. Can never live in a home without it. I would feel something is missing and it would depress me.

  19. Oh I love that red and white rolling pin
    and the poke a dot pitcher
    I have lots color around my house and kitchen

  20. I love color too. Red is my favorite. I live where it's white outside over 6 months per year. Can't go all white inside!

  21. I LOVE what you do with color. You have a special talent for it. When I try to add color, it looks too purposeful....yours looks so natural....what am I doing wrong?

  22. I love living in a colorful world, too! To each their own and what makes them happy but I lean more towards the rich, warm colors of Fall...my favorite time of year and my most favorite way to decorate.

  23. Raising my hand as a color girl, but you knew that ;) I tried once to go all shabby chic and couldn't keep it that way. Love my red!

    1. Hi Manuela, I know you are a color gal too but I'm interested in seeing your version of shabby chic. Was that before you began blogging?

  24. Oh, I am with you. I too am a color girl. I love color. Not choosy at all, and I love to mix and match. I love red just like you, but I am a blue girl also. Karie

  25. You sure know how to use the most beautiful colors in your home. It's always so refreshing to see what fun pop of color you've added to your decor.

  26. I alway love looking at bright and colorful ways of decorating...I love it's cheerfulness. In my own home though, I really love things simple and plain. It just seems restful to me. If I want some color, I add some flowers or whatnot :)

  27. The all white elegant homes are beautiful but I need some color in my life. You have taught me how to love color in my home and life.


  28. I'm a color gal too! You should see my back porch and garden! I'm going for a softer palette in my home now, but there are pops of color. I love red and still have my red couch. I've got touches of red in my kitchen. I adore looking at your colorful home. I also love looking at the neutral and white homes but it doesn't work in my world. My best friend is doing her home all white and many of her accents are duck egg blue and shades of turquoise. You should see how it pops. When I'm at her house I want to go neutral and then when I come home, I always need color.

  29. Brenda
    I love your colorful home!
    I like a white kitchen, then I can decorate it with all the different seasons colors.
    As much as I love to look at Shabby Chic homes I can't see myself living in one.

  30. Yes! It makes me happy too. I visit the paler homes and find them lovely and get inspiration from their styling. I even envy their serenity and think about what I might do if I could do mine over. I have a feeling that I'd begin sneaking color in again.

  31. I love color also, specially this time of the year! Great post!

  32. Add me to the color list! By the way ~ I am drinking green tea out of my red mug. Can never seem to get enough red.

    Big Texas Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

  33. I enjoy splashes of color..Color that can be changed..Accents not walls...

  34. I agree that color in decorating expresses an individuals personality and tastes. I love that you decorate your home with so much color. I am a much more muted color person, although I love blue. I reserve the bright colors for my garden and love colors in all of nature. Keep doing what you are doing because it is you and your cozy little cottage is wonderful. xo Laura

  35. Hi...my name is Robbie and I am a color addict too!! I love my friends who have houses of white and beige and muted tones, but I must have pinks and greens and yellows and reds! Glad that I found your blog...now I am off to snoop around. Have a great day!

  36. I love all the color in your home! That's what always draws me in to your posts... the amazing color! :)

  37. What's with the pop-up ads, like Target, that can't be closed. Very annoying. Like your blog otherwise.

  38. I like color too, and inside I like to decorate with a sort of dusty version of red, yellow, blue and green -- similar to your indoor colors. Outside, in the garden, I like a lot more variety. I love to see pink, orange, yellow and purple flowers all blooming together. (But one of these days, I'd like to plant a garden of white flowers only. I've heard a white garden is lovely in the moonlight.)

  39. I love all color, but find I'm drawn to neutrals when decorating, although you wouldn't know it by looking at my log cabin ;). I usually like to let a house tell me what to do. Sounds strange, I know.

    Your cozy little house definitely has called out to you 'I need color' and you have obliged in a lovely way. I love looking at your colorful pictures and happy vignettes Brenda. It makes my day!

  40. I'm so happy we are not all the same! How boring would that be? Some days I need a little color, and I often find it smiling at me on other blogs. :)

  41. And this is what first drew me to your blog. COLOR and I am one of the ones that doesn't know how to sprinkle that color, don't get me wrong I can decorate with the mutes every one that comes to my home says it is warm and so homey, I just want some Color!


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Brenda has been writing since grade school. She majored in professional writing/journalism in college, where she won awards for her feature writing. She loves to decorate, garden, enjoy nature, read and spend time with her Yorkies.


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