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Meet @ColinJustin from Cabin Pressure! Woot!!

Guess what happened ? Go on. Come on.  Guess it ! Hurry up.

That’s it.  Time’s up.  I can’t stand to wait another moment.

I waited long enough.  I’m spillin’ it.

Spill = Colin and Justin will be at the Cottage life Show in Toronto.

Be there or be square.

Ohhhhh but there is an even bigger spill coming !

Are you ready for it ?!

Colin & Justin of Home Heist


Here comes the epic shit.  Like seriously mind-blowing epic :

I had a chance to interview Colin and Justin from Home Heist and Cabin Pressure yesterday.

Pinch me.  Pinch me now.

Actually ~ knock me over with a feather.  It really was all that and a bag of chips.


Now before you get all jealous of me and want to punch me with green designer super star envy… {{ Like I won the design lottery }}…. I’ll have you know that I was in the throes of a laundry mountain normal life before the miracle phone call happened.  That’s right.  My life is usually boring and normal.  *yawn*

I was literally standing and staring at my laundry pile….strategizing how to chase the bastard squirrels out of my treehouse.   Laundry and furry buggers typically rule my world.  I am that exciting.


Then the phone called happened.  An out-of-this-world design miracle.


Let’s back up the bus.  The Colin and Justin bus.  I have some ‘xplainin to do. Last year I wrote a blog post about the Toronto Home Show and gushed about Colin and Justin.  It’s no secret that they are high on my must-meet-dreamy wish list.


Then it happened.


It was like hitting the design jackpot.  Without the pot.  Or jack shit.  It was a jackpot nonetheless.  That was good enough for me. I’ll take any jackpot.  With or without the pot.


Here’s the scoop :

Tina Holmes had a gift for me.  It did, however, come with a warning.

Tina :   Lynne, I have a gift for you.

Me :  Tell.  Do tell.  Spill it.  Spill it now.

Tina :   I’m not sure if I can tell you.  You might pee your pants.

Me : *screaming and jumping around like a dork* oh ….this is going to be good.

Tina :  Would you like to interview Colin and Justin ?

Me :  Would I ? Would I ? OMG OMG OMG OMG.  I’d be all over that like a fat kid on a smarty.


I set the phone down for but a moment and nonchalantly did the freak balls happy dance all over the living room.  My excitement, had officially.. hit the roof.  My heart just about leapt outta my chest.  Where is a paramedic when you need one?

And then it happened…. within the hour… I was on the telephone with two of the most adorable, salt of the earth men that I have ever spoken to.

They were music to my corn dog designer ears.

Music.   I swear it on my corn dog heart.  Those boys are genuinely awesome.



Colin & Justin of Home Heist


They didn’t even care when I tripped over my own lips during the interview.


Why, oh why do I love these fellas ?

Because they do stuff like this ….

I pinched this from their Facebook page (shhhh) :


Colin & Justin of Home Heist


Masters of disguise, that’s us! This, believe it or not, is an Ikea kitchen. We had basic white cabinets sprayed blue and we added a black granite top and inbuilt appliances. Looks pretty custom, eh? Design Tip – look at things differently; imagine new uses for regular items or shop bought basics given an exciting designer twist. Spreading the love – saving your cash! That’s our mission. Colin and Justin, Style Warriors xx


Be still my heart.  Don’t you love how Colin and Justin think?  I do.  I do.

I could seriously smooch them.  Or at least grab their butts.


What did I take away from the interview with Colin and Justin ?


1.  They are irresistibly real.  Seriously, the real deal of truly being authentic and fun.

2.  Have fun and you will love your job.  We are only on this earth once.  Make it epic fun.

3.  Network with others and make friends while keeping it genuine.  Have a good time and roll with the punches.

4.  We get one life to live.  Live it.  Make the best of it.  You have a long time to be dead.

5.  Bad homes happen to good people.  LOL.

6.  Have an outward focus.  Try to make a positive difference in the lives of others.  Good things come from that.

7.  Canucks know how to rock the cottage life (and now the boyz do too.)  They call it cottage chloroform.  A cottage night full of stars = lights out by 9 pm.  It’s the cottage air.  Snooze. Bliss.

Secret to their success : they don’t use a PR company to write their tweets or post to their social media.   They write their own words.  No ghost writer.  No nuttin’.  It is really just two guys keeping it real.


Love. Love. Love… that about those boyz.


Wanna meet them ?!!!

Colin and Justin



I can feel a designer wave.

Can you feel it ?

Swoosh !!!

I might be feeling a bit light-headed already.

PS. Follow along with me today on twitter and Facebook ! I’ll be pinching butts of hawt HGTV men and stealing cottage ideas to share with you.  You in ?  Well then hurry up and tweet the boyz.  Stat.  My liver is counting on you.  Your design life is counting on me.

Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines.

Whoop Whoop !!

High-five your awesome self.



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  1. Lisa says:

    How cool, what were they like IRL?

  2. So THAT”S where they are! They lit up the small screen over here in the UK and then went all global on us. They are good Scottish guys and it’s great that they are doing so well across The Pond. And Jeff Banks too. Woo hoo! Legend

  3. Oh, I so can’t wait to hear all about it. I’m sure you’ll still be beaming tomorrow when we start our “Retreat” planning fest!


  4. You get a lot of likes from us!

    • Ha Amy & Dan !!!
      You would love these fellas ! They were a complete and total hoot. Someday, I will have to have them at the treehouse and show them your epic welding work. You rock out loud !

      Kisses, my friends. xx

  5. Craig MCQueen says:

    One question Lynne. What a “freak balls happy dance”? Can you upload a video of that?

  6. Kim says:

    Lynne, I love reading your blog. Love. You are just the girlfriend I haven’t met yet.

    These boys are yummy and so are their ideas. I don’t live anywhere near Toronto (shucks!) so I can’t join you.. But I will be with you in spirit. Stare at them for an extra five minutes for me and tell them how cute they are (for another 30 minutes) for me.

    Your blog is something I look forward to reading all the time. Know that.


    • Geesh Kim,
      You just gave me goosebumps. You are so sweet. It is a good thing you don’t live close to me, or I would totally kiss you.

      I have to tell you, I spent about an hour with the boys after their presentation. They are truly, wholeheartedly really beautiful guys. So funny. So laid back. They are truly design mentors to me. I love how they think- keeping it real and making a difference to so many people.

      Thanks for writing in. Sending you a virtual *smooch* and I kissed the boys for you ! 🙂 PS. I have a photo of them in my instagram. Go see my instagram @lynneknowlton ! They are adorable !!! xx

  7. Michael says:

    Oops. I forgot to mention the most exciting part. The day has finally come when you get to meet two of your favourite design guys in the world.
    I hope they see the beauty in you that we see every day.

  8. Michael says:

    I’m ok if you bring the boys home :). When have you ever heard me say that?
    Also, Have fun pinching some HAWT butts ha ha.
    Not convinced I’ll ever hear these words from you about me bringing some girls home or pinching HAWT butts… 🙂
    Do bring home some cool design ideas too.

    • Oh my gosh sweetie,

      People are going to think you are a nut. You crack me up.

      Dear blog followers, I promise my husband is not a perv. He really is a normal , great guy. hahahaaa

      Ok darlin’, you know you are my fave fella 🙂 and I loves ya.

      NO you can not pinch any gals butts.


  9. mom says:

    Thats it…I’m hoppin on the plane. I’ll meet you at the show and drink Margaritas for my part. You lucky lucky lucky kid :o)
    I found this quote for you…. “The world is full of people who will go their whole lives and not actually live one day…..She did not intend on being one of them”

    • Thanks Mom !!!

      It was truly a dream come true, even tho I just sounded like a dork saying that.

      A moment I will never forget.

      Epic on epic levels of epic-ness.

      Love you momma !!

  10. Have a fantastic time with Colin and Justin! xo