This outdoor furniture is beyond perfect and gorgy gorgeous. You’ll want to hug it and call it Betty Boomchakalaka.

Jul 19

Article outdoor furniture

Okay.  Guys. I have to tell you something.

I have been trying to master the art of outdoor SLOW living for 457895747 years, and guess what happened?  It sucked, I cried, had a temper tantrum and a much needed stiff cocktail.  People should seriously stop expecting normal from me. We all know that it’s never going to happen.

peaceful backyard space

Sometimes there’s a totally logical reason for changing up your back yard. Sometimes it’s just like, my life and backyard suck and I really just need to switch things up.

Get ready.   

This is all based on a mostly true story. Some of this actually happened. Pure factual happenings. Nothing made up, nothing exaggerated, gospel truth, nothing fabricated. You can even ask Michael if you doubt me. I’m holding THE TRUTH GOBLET IN.MY.HAND.RIGHT.NOW. By the way, what is a truth goblet?!!!  If the truth goblet is red wine, I’m definitely holding it.

My life was an absolute shit-show-shitastrophy last year.

Michaels terminal cancer was at its all time worst. Our contractor also decided that he wanted to ruin our life for 34793574 days straight. Like hey, as if the kitchen disaster wasn’t enough. I’m still not sure if we should redo the kitchen or just burn it.


And it got worse.

Our local township forced us to rezone our treehouse + cabin retreat property and make unreal-off-the-charts-like-dig-up-the-entire-foundation-changes. I think I stared a nervous break down right in the eyeballs. It was next level, crazy pants life mayhem. I almost drove off a Thelma and Louise cliff.

Rant over.

You’re like, thank gawd.

Life is good now. So is our backyard.

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Backyard LURVE

Before I even begin this blab fest, I have to tell you something. My love for Article is years strong.   Redonk love. When they reached out to me to see if we could work together, I practically handed them my house keys. My heartbeat definitely fell through my butt.

Dear Article,

Hot damn, your furniture is so pretty!!!  It cuts my grass, floats my boat, and butters my bread with happiness. Rock me Amadeus.

PS. I love you. The end.

Sponsored but not really

This is technically-not-so-technically a sponsored blog post. Some items I purchased on my own. Some were gifted from Article.  I didn’t receive any payment to say anyfiiing.  Nuffffing.  This blab fest is totally my own. I paid for all the accessories, all the hard work, all the everything (except some of the Article furniture.) I did all my shopping online…. because hey, that is what living in the middle of nowhere is all about. Article is online only. All blood, sweat, and tears are embarrassingly my own too.  My gift to me.  Sometimes, when I am super busy (hello Treehouse + Cabin Retreat season) I like to compound that by taking on new projects that have absolutely no meaning to anyone else. Except my own head.

Oh hi, awesome pics

*I need to add a disclaimer right here : many of these photos are amazing and therefore not taken by me.  I specialize in yellowish-blurred photos and drive by shootings out the car window.  Yes, I always clench my teeth. Because, hello bugs. 

If you spot the crap photos in the post, those are mine.  I can take a photo, but I’m usually running through the fields in my flannel jammies, tripping on my slippers and spilling my coffee down my shirt while teetering an iphone and using the least amount of fingers possible.   I know jack squat about how to coordinate pajamas, coffee and iphonography.

The photos of the Article furniture in this post are by Toronto photographer Tyler Bowditch.  

Hellooooo gorgeous styling…

Beeee teeee dubsss, it runs in the family… my daughter @TristanJayne is a stylist extraordinaire ! Need help styling your space? She’s your gal!! She styled theeeeee entire poolside space, because I was still breathing down the dragons neck of a nervous breakdown.  She loves to style.

Brace yo’self.

Get home. Take bra off immediately. Shop at Article.


10 Lessons I learned while creating a cozy outdoor space, because I’m a dork.

That, and cozy is my jam.


I obvs love backyard twinkle lights (OmgOmgOmgOmg), comfy loungy sectionals (holy cow) and throw pillows everywhere (dear lawd). It’s so wonderful and beautiful and I can’t talk about it a second longer or else I’ll bawl my face off with happiness.


Make it all super comfy cozy.  Like seriously. COMFY <– I hollered that.   I bought a lot a lot a lot online at H & M home.  If you tell Michael, I will plead innocence.

He’s like… hun, is that a new blanket at the pool?

Me :  What, that old thing? We’ve had it for years (translation: I bought it last week)

I buy all my linen bedding there too.Obsessed. Unless Michael is reading this.  I never buy linen. I’m totally holding my truth goblet right now.

Question: Will a liars pants really catch on fire?  Asking for a friend.


Lighting will light up your life: Twinkle lights will cause you to hang out more in a space. See what I did there? I freaked my ish when we hung the string lights. I use incandescent edison style bulbs because because LED makes me barf in my shoe. LED is fugly with a capital F.

We also put the twinkle lights on dimmers. Because hey. Wrinkles.  The struggle is real. Didja know you could put dimmers on string lights? I didn’t. Do it. So good. So so so good.


Aesthetically, I dig the design style of less is the new more.  Unless you are talking about throw pillows. Then all bets are off.


The rug. It will floor you.  This one from Article is made from recycled plastic. How insanely funky is that?!  An outdoor rug just grounds the space. Excuse the pun.




I mean painting seems easy enough, right? Right. I got this. Stop rolling your eyes.

Can we talk about paint for a sec ?

I used to paint everything white from top to bottom forever and always, and my friends and family would have a bonafide conniption watching me paint anything that stood still long enough.  They all gave me the EYES.  The ‘erhhhmergerd, what on earth are you doing wrecking things‘ face?!!!

Well, Coal Black Fusion Mineral Paint is my new BFF.

I’m talking way too much about paint right now. If I told you that I haven’t brushed my hair in a week, would that make things better between us?


I got super duper supercalifragilisticexpialidocious inspired (shocker!) when we visited here last year.  I’m telling you. Black mixed with whites and neutral jute and earthy tones... well… they gobsmack me.

It’s my new obsession. Ugh. Dead.

Naturally, everything in my house, life, cabin, treehouse, poolside area, panty drawer, trunk of my car… well…. it’s all black, jute and rattan… mixed with love, wine and popcorn.  Popcorn?! Did someone say popcorn?!  *_*.  This has nothing to do with anything, but I love this popcorn maker with all my heart and soul.  Legit. I’d put a ring on it.


Make it realistically (is that a word? who cares) cozy & liveable. Like, if someone sat on your outdoor furniture, soaking wet, with a glass of red wine in one hand and a bowl of buttery popcorn in another ( who would do that? Not me. Totally me) … then your furniture has to be durable enough that you won’t feel the sudden urge to throat punch your guests. Or kids. Or me.

Outdoor furniture needs to be water friendly, pack-of-beer friendly, spilly-mother-in-law friendly, pool friendly, all the friendly.



Set your goals high and your expectations low for getting it done.  I had high goals for gorgy gorgeous furniture.  I had low expectations that I would get it assembled. Didja know that with Article you can get that included in your delivery?  I almost smooched the delivery men when they assembled the 473057459457 screws and bits and thingies to assemble the furniture.

Furniture assembly normally means I need a cigarette and a nap and I don’t even smoke.

I swear I’m almost done with poolside photos! For the day. Hour. Second.


P.S. You can’t fix ugly. Buy only what you love.  Keep the things in your home that you really really really love. The outdoor furniture. I’m in love with it. I want to name it Betty, stuff it in my bra and keep it for forever. It fills me with a deep quiet satisfaction.  It’s intoxicating.  Weird, right?  Don’t answer that. It wasn’t a real question.


Mission Style Fireplace Screen //  Mudcloth throw pillow // Article Ora Sectional Sofa  // Article Ora Chair // Article Ora Sofa  //  Article Stria Outdoor Rug //  Article Small Walnut Table // Article Large Walnut Nesting Table // Black sun umbrella //

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Tell me your summer plans! Tell me your backyard faves. I need these details to thrive in life. That, plus I go to bed at 8:30 pm every night, like a 89 year old.  If you even try to convince me to stay up later ( or use LED light bulbs ) we will need to talk.


Has anyone else ever happy danced it out so hard that they knock their sunglasses off their face with their cha cha flailing arms? Just checking for a super cool friend.

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  1. Kelly Parker

    July 27th, 2018 at 4:44 pm

    LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! your blog, your thoughts, your humor!! I love your stuff and your style and you make me laugh and yes you also make me really jelly of all your coolness! Thanks for sharing YOU!! And so happy to know about ARTICLE…what cool stuff!!!

  2. Lynne Knowlton

    July 31st, 2018 at 8:21 am

    Thanks Kelly for the lurve!! And why am I suddenly craving a peanut butter and JELLY sandwich? haha. Best of luck with the contest!! You have to win, so you won’t be jelly… it will all be sitting in your backyard too. LOL. Lynne xx

  3. Julia Blythe

    July 27th, 2018 at 4:51 pm

    Love your blog and that you say exactly what you think! I want to create an amazing backyard experience for my husband and unicorn riding, mermaid loving 9 year old daughter.

  4. Lynne Knowlton

    July 31st, 2018 at 8:23 am

    Your daughter sounds pretty cool beans! Best of luck with the contest!!
    Big love, Lynne xx

  5. Jo-Ann Blondin

    July 27th, 2018 at 5:07 pm

    Lynne, Been getting inspired from your style. We are doing a reno at Riverbend and the #NordChair in light brown leather is exactly what will finish off the living room. Can’t wait to show the before photos now that an after is about to happen. We have pink…yes pink counters in the kitchen, burgundy carpet faded to brown in spots and pink in some closets. And don’t forget the stencils. It’s going to look fabulous when completed.. Article has great items that will help modernize it. That chair is so fantastic. Say good-bye to the 90s!!!!!

  6. Lynne Knowlton

    July 31st, 2018 at 8:24 am

    Jo-Ann… pink counters and burgundy carpet. Ehrrmergerd. HALP. Best of luck with the contest !!! What a change that would be to Article the space up. Woot! Game changer.
    Big love,
    Lynne xx

  7. Cindy

    July 27th, 2018 at 5:19 pm

    Holeee sheeeet! (Can I say that if I exaggerate and misspell it?)
    Your place is gorgeous- it looks like a resort. I had to go back to reread it cuz I’d misunderstood when you said you didn’t shoot it; I thought it was Article’s catalog shots.
    Already an Article fan- their stuff is all so stylish and lovely. (I dream away on insta mostly) would love a chance to make dreams come true.
    Summer plans are mostly on the fly- our backyard is beautiful (although sans super stylin’ furniture) rustic stone patio and firepit on a treed lot. We spend much time cooking our dinner over the fire and sitting around it into the evening watching fireflies (now that the mozzies are mostly done)
    We’re had more opportunity to share warm Summer’s eves with friends who are kindly trekking our way for a visit. So, this summer has been filled with swimming, naps in the hammock, bonfires, grilled food, good friends and sangria!
    What dreams are made of, I think.
    Oh and complete with the actual warm glow of LED bistro lights (don’t hate me- LEDs have come a long way, some are actually warm tone.) Ours are solar Edison filament style and have an orange glow, the photo sensor turns them on at dusk and they dim as the power dies out, unusually around 1-2am. Come daylight the sun charges them back up for the evening’s festivities.
    Ps- hope that enjoying your gorgeous backyard this summer is making up for all of last year’s crap

  8. Lynne Knowlton

    July 31st, 2018 at 8:28 am

    Oh hells to the yeah, you can say that Cindy. LOL about the catalogue shots. If I took them, it would look like someone streaked through the photo (and yup, that would be my husband) haha.

    Aren’t fireflies just the best thing on earth? I swear, it is my fave week of summer when they come out. I wish they stuck around for the entire summer. So good.So so so good.

    Wow! Photo sensor edison filament sounds awesome but you lost me at the LED. haha.

    Best of luck with the contest !!!
    PS. I love love loved your comment

    Lynne xx

  9. Shannon Hughes

    July 27th, 2018 at 5:49 pm

    I plan to spend most of the summer at my family’s cottage near Bracebridge. I love Article’s outdoor rugs.

    P.S. you are hilarious.

  10. Lynne Knowlton

    July 31st, 2018 at 8:29 am

    You have a family cottage in Bracebridge?!! Can you adopt me??!

  11. Jan

    July 27th, 2018 at 6:15 pm

    I’m loving the Ora sectional sofa- It’s be perfect around my fire pit. Your yard is gorgeous!

  12. Lynne Knowlton

    July 31st, 2018 at 8:31 am

    Thanks for the yard love Jan! Best of luck with the contest! Lynne 🙂

  13. Maggie

    July 27th, 2018 at 6:29 pm

    You are such fun! I wish I could meet you………..

  14. Jane

    July 27th, 2018 at 8:27 pm

    Maggie said it all. Lynne keeps it real, makes me smile, and has amazing ideas to make a house a fun home.

  15. Lynne Knowlton

    July 31st, 2018 at 8:32 am

    Hi Maggie, Hi Jane….
    I may do some speaking engagements later in the year. Who knows, maybe we will meet! 🙂 Where do you live? Please tell me it is in Barbados or some place tropical. LOL. xx

  16. Jen

    July 27th, 2018 at 6:36 pm

    We plan to camp this summer! Outdoors it is! Love EVERYTHING Article!! Have the Triplo sofa <3

  17. Kiyomi

    July 27th, 2018 at 8:09 pm

    This is the giveaway for me! We’re spending the summer DIY’ing a new deck and screened in porch since we have little ones and need enjoy the summer stuck at home while they sleep. We need some bug protection and some comfy lounge chairs or sofa to relax with!

  18. Barb

    July 27th, 2018 at 8:48 pm

    Just trying to stay cool and hydrated at the moment! Took a trip to the Midwest to visit relatives and now home and trying to make the backyard a bit more pleasing as a hangout since it is cooler outside than it is inside at times this summer. Trying to keep the a/c at a reasonable level is hard!! Using a pretty hand held fan that I swiped from my GD and drinking lots of water with lemon slices!

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