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Great ideas for decorating your home with white. Super simple. Super beautiful.


It is official.

I am an all cotton, white linens lovin’, funky outhouse crazed – hussy.

A natural fibers hussy is my new official title.

I think I will have it printed on my biz cards.  Jokes, Mom ~ jokes.

Join me…everyone….in my fight against nasty, uncomfortable, polyester sheets.  That P word is a bad word against sleeping bliss.  Very bad word.   Never thought I would say (aka ADMIT) that I was such a sheet freak.


Would I give up my first-born child for nice quality sheets and pillowcases ???   Well, maybe not, but I would give the thought some pause.  I would contemplate it.  Only for a moment.  Shelby will be so happy to hear that.  The poor girl has suffered all these years when I say : “here- take my first-born child”.



 Fair trade.

Good thing Shelby has a sense of humour.   Shelbella, I LOVE YOU more than SHEETS.

 Snicker snicker.  But I still love WHITE too.


Ever had those moments where you had a fantastic sleep in NICE SHEETS ? Top it with a goose down duvet and cotton duvet cover.  Want to put some icing on that cake ?  Sleep on a good feather or foam pillow.  Not those nasty ones, where the sharp feathers poke you in the ear.  The pillow where you feel like you are floating in heaven~ness.  That may not be a real word.

I’m excited to even think about this kind of sleeping world of bliss.  White noise, white sheets, white anything works for me.

This next photo is not technically white sheets, but I could break the rules and sleep on this one……


….and….. I could sleep here too…..

This is definitely another place where it is ok to break the white cotton sheet bedding rule.


So, would I give up other things for nice quality sleep ??….you betcha.  I have tossed every polyester sheet I have ever owned to the bin.  Wait, there may be one or two stragglers …but they are about to meet their maker.   I have been slowly working my way in the direction of ridding icky sheets.


I think I know how it happened.  It is called traveling.   It is called hotel living.  I fell in love with the soft crisp cotton sheets and duvet covers.   Don’t even get me going on hotel bedspreads.  I won’t shut up.  Those are nastiness.  Gross.


I paid my dues.  I spent a lot of travel days NEAR those bedspreads.  Yes, I was one of those people who chucked the bedspread across the room, so I wouldn’t have to even so much as look at them.  Gawd forbid the bedspread would touch me.  Ewwwwhhhh.


I took a bullet for the team with sheet & blanket madness.

Learn from my experiences.

Don’t do it.

Don’t do icky polyester sheets.




White hotel sheets is where it all began for me.

Love the white, crisp cool feel.


Then life in Europe, put me over the edge to WHITE WHITE WHITE in general.  I am nuts for white sheets, white towels, white walls, white candles, white on white, white linen….Ok, ok, I am sure you get it.  I have an unhealthy attachment to white.  All shades of white work for me, even creme a la creme white…call it what you want…it is monochromatic and it gets my mojo goin’.  I will splash colour everywhere else but leave me alone with my whites.


The freshness of white will make you smile.



My white took an out of control spin this month in the outhouse.  Yes, it is an outhouse, but hellooooo,  I like my spaces to feel warm and clean and fresh.  AND….(slightly screaming from a roof top) …..WHITE…..


You can read about how to build an outhouse (or outbuilding) here : How to build a funky outhouse.


I bet you will fall in love with outhouses. I pinky swear it.


Like our tree fort, I have a personal love of doing design work in funky places.

Like an outhouse.  Or fort.  Or treehouse.




Do you love the feeling of being surrounded by beautiful comfortable spaces and things? Simple beauty.   Even if it is an outhouse.  Keeping design simple and uncomplicated can be much more captivating.

They don’t have to be pricey things, just comfortable.   For me, my comfort zone was ramped up when I made the outhouse interior- you guessed it-white washed.

How to build an outhouse. A really pretty one. | DESIGN THE LIFE YOU WANT TO LIVE | www.lynneknowlton.com

And yes, you guessed it, I like to light a million candles in the outhouse too.  I even burn essential oils and use wood shavings for an oh so special sweet smelling place to be.  One has to think of these practicalities.  It is not all designer-ish around her.  Actually, my contractor came up with that one.  It is a well planned,  vented outhouse with running water for hand washing too 🙂


Every sheet in my house is white.  Every single one is cotton.  Now, the natural fibre hussy-ville has started.  It is on the way to my decorative pillows , curtains and throws.  I am on a nut bar craze of linen too.  WEST ELM SHEER LINEN CURTAINS make me jump for joy.  Uhmm, yes, I jump for joy for linen.  Hopping all over the place.


This hopping Ballerina is at Repetto, Paris, France


Here is my version of the West Elm sheer curtains.  I chose the creamy white linen and used some twigs as a curtain rod.  Got creative with the rods.  Sweet looking rods are a pretty penny to buy.  So we went for a walk in the bush, nabbed some twigs and sprayed them white.


Like magic.

A rod.





I make exceptions to my natural fibers hussy rule.

Only a few.

When I can’t replace the synthetic stuff because Michael (and the pocket-book) is looking.  Or, when something is just so very cool…and it is not natural.

It’s ok to keep some those.

A little here.  A little there.


Ikea has these mossie style sheer curtains. Awesome !!  I love those things.  They are so inexpensive, they are practically free.   I use those all over the place.  Yes, this is only an outhouse, but I stretch outside the outhouse zone and use these curtains in all kinds of funky places.


No hemming.  Cut them with scissors.  Ok, if you can find any.  In my house, finding scissors is like finding a needle in a haystack.

Have an ugly window ? These curtains will make it pretty.  They hide ugly.  It is their specialty and they do it for next to nothing.  Throw in sprinkle of mini lights occasionally, and you will have a pinch of bliss.

I use the mini lights in the children’s bathroom, so they don’t bounce off walls finding their way in the middle of the night.



NOTE : You don’t have to give up the first-born child (really)  for gorgeous sheets, pillows and duvet covers.  Buy one set and wash them a million times.  They will just get better.   One pair of good sheets, duvet and cover with delish pillows is worth 20 pairs of crappy sets ~ those crappies are the ones that sit in the back of everyone’s linen closet anyway.   No one is missing them.  I promise.


Liberate yourself and give them away….to someone you don’t like.  Jokes, Brianna.  I wanted you to have sheets for school.  I do like you.


I didn’t give these ones away…they are WHITE 🙂


If you don’t believe me and you are in the mood to learn a bit about the in’s and outs of sheets and thread count, between the sheets can give you the down low on thread count and cotton quality.  Even this old dog learned some new sheet tricks.


Next best thing to owning such delish~ish~ness is to hang them on the laundry line.   Outside.  Yes.  The thought of sheets on the line makes one have a happy dance.  If someone could bottle the smell of sheets fresh off the outdoor line…well… they would be GAZILLIONAIRES.


All the city dwellers can be happy too.  Everyone deserves sheet happiness.

I will have to grab the camera some day when the sheets are on the line~ instead of rolling around in them and breathing in the amazing outdoor-ness.

Invented my own word again.  I need a LYNNE-ism dictionary.



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  6. Anonymous says:


    Nice post. Hope all is well in Canada. We miss you here!


  7. Joanne says:

    So nice! I can see why you loved Mykonos so much! Did you see all the “white” stores, where all they sold were white cotton clothes? Like walking into a little cloud 🙂 LOVE LOVE LOVE your outhouse!

  8. Anonymous says:

    white…I know how you love it, so pure and clean…remember Ivory soap?

  9. Tristan says:

    Mammma you forgot to talk about how u only like wearing white socks cuz it makes your feet feel better hahaha xo