A day in the life of a designer. Paint it white.

Jul 21


I had a shopping challenge ahead of me yesterday.  Usually that’s an easy thing for me.  I chose white.   Pretty much everything in my home is WHITE.


A day in the life of a designer


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This week, tho… this week…. I needed an air conditioner.


I came home with white towels, wine glasses, white bed linens and white curtains.  I know I am not the only one who does that.  I am just admitting it out loud.  For those of you who have shopped at Winners….you know you can go in there for a bedside table, and come out with rubber boots and a fur coat.


I arrived home, late, with a big grin on my face, which I was trying (unsuccessfully) to hide.  I had the best day ever.  Convertible top down …..driving in my wee lovie of a car.  Wind in my hair, music up loud, coffee in hand, singing my fave tunes.  My hair looked like a rats nest and I had spent most of the day singing (but moving my lips like a ventriloquist when a fellow car passerby could see me really getting into the groove of my itunes- jacked up to the max)

Gawd, that is embarrassing.


P.s. I DID discover a new app….called CARTOONATIC .  Check it out !…..(that did, officially make my day complete). Read on…I discovered two apps in ONE DAY.  Bliss.



Upon my late arrival…..


Michael : Did you get the camp supplies for the kids ?

Me : Uhm, not really.  They were out of stock.  Probably not the best answer.  I am the smartest pencil in the pencil case, I know it.  I just had to figure out a way –FAST- to talk myself out of the hole I just dug.



Michael : How was your afternoon at Ikea and West Elm ?

Me :  Whaaat ??!   I have no idea what you are talking about.

Michael:  That’s odd.  You know, they have made advances in “on line banking” in this century.  Funny how debit card purchases show up instantaneously on the banking web page.  How was your lunch at “hoity toity ville”? teehee

Me :  You must have me confused with someone else.



So, as the day started to come to a close, I finally did actually go to HOME Depot.   I perused the paint colour charts/chips on the way to the air conditioning units.  Not a typical thing for me to do.  Why ? Because I like to see a sample paint chip that is a bit bigger than a postage stamp.  Dudes, that is punishment to most people.

However….drum roll….Behr paints, you impressed my socks off. LARGE LARGE LARGE sample paint chips.

Thank you for changing it up.  I think I may kinda like you again.

A happy moment indeed.


So, I gathered myself together, and continued my shop.  I didn’t find that AC unit, but I sure found a wee refrigerator for the tree fort.

Yes, I am plastering on that smile ~ can’t contain myself~


I didn’t have a measuring tape on me.  So , I stood beside it, measured how tall it was.  It reached my arm pit.  Figured out the depth of it too.  I hugged it, and I know it is as deep as my arms can reach.  That is technically MEASURED.  Do you think anyone walked by me, and thought….” Are all designers mentally challenged?!”

Doesn’t matter kids, I had a hoot of a day!  A day in the life of a designer.




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  1. norma thiessen

    July 21st, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    Oh my goodness!!!! This entry is EXACTLY why we are “freinds”. 🙂

  2. Lynne Knowlton

    July 21st, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    Ahahhaaaaa…..FREINDS. hahahahahhahahahahaaaa……Friends till the ends. Love ya girlfriend ! P.S. You looked damn fine in that hat. Hawt lady !

  3. Anonymous

    July 21st, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    I love you! I am officially late for tonight’s Paella dinner and wedding shower…as it is in Arkansas (my 1st road trip there) and the maps tell me it’s a 6 hour drive from “D Grande”. BUT I had to stop everything to read this! (Uhm…as IF I had already showered, packed, dropped the doggy off, returned the rejects from recent REI and Land End online orders, etc.) The downsize/move project I have been working on for someone else has been all consuming, lack of attention to my “stuff” has been stressing me out, and my long needed break is being held up because “things I need to take care of” around here keep popping into my head. Thanks for energizing me with similar – but different – kindred spirit speak! I’ll be back in a few days from my longtime friend’s beautiful daughter’s wedding – I look forward to catching up with your treasured reflections when I return. Stay cool – I’ll be trading our weeks of triple digit weather for cooler nights in Arkansas, but alas – higher humidity! XXOO

  4. Lynne Knowlton

    July 21st, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    Sounds like we ARE kindred spirits ! I am still in my jammies, laughing so hard, just from writing it all. I have as much fun writing it, as I do….just doing it. Glad you got a kick outta that 🙂 ” As IF I had already showered”…..hahahaaa….

  5. Brett Lutchman

    July 23rd, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    Great write up Lynne,
    you appear to be juggling a busy life while observing the humour and light-heartedness in all things.
    Keep hacking.

  6. Doria

    July 30th, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    LMAO! Lynne, what a great story! Every day should be so fun..there is most certainly nothing more therapeutic than a day of shopping..for anything. Glad I’m not the only one who gets excited about appliances!! I like the saying about living instead of documenting..never heard it before but that one should surely get me off the hook a few times when I can’t remember!!

    Thanks for the laugh

    p.s. first time I ever typed LMAO, Brooke told me last night what it meant…she better be telling me the truth!!

  7. Shopaholic2

    August 26th, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    Hi Lynne,

    Great site!!!

    I can so relate to your shopping expedition!! lol When the first “shopaholic” book came out, my husband said, “oh look someone wrote a book about you!” He bought me the first book and my thoughts were, “that is so me!” I laughed throughout the whole book. I go shopping for one specific thing and I come out with an arm load of different things. lol But….everything looks so nice!!!!!


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