There's no such thing as too much white

There’s no such thing as too much white.

Jan 5

How was your holiday?!!!  Bottoms up and merry everything?  We had amazing meals, a whole lotta desserts and wine (times twelve.) I spent most of the holidays saying “the wine made me do it.”  I schlepped around the house, all gussied up in my PJ’s, hiding my food baby.   It felt so good.  That kind of good should be illegal.

But then.  Cancer stepped in again.  Pffffft.   In light of being a possible downer (womp womp)  I’m promising you right here and now, the second part of this blog post will turn things around. (Maybe.)   Sit yourself down.   Should I spike your coffee?

I love this white kitchen! Great design ideas for using white from Lynne Knowlton | Design The Life You Want To Live


Cancer is a jerk face doucheasaurus 

You may remember from this blog post that my husband Michael has terminal cancer.  I wrote about it here and Bali bucket list priorities here. We had hit the pause button on chemo.  Over the holidays, that all changed.  Michaels cancer progressed and the leptomeningeal metastasis (cancer on the nerves of his brain) are affecting his vision and other brainy things that I don’t even want to think about.  Talking about a brain is like looking under the hood of the car.  Both perplex me immensely.

Sadly, Michael is unable to drive now.  It shattered my dreams of imagining my life like Driving Miss Daisy.   I freaking loved that he drove me everywhere and anywhere. It’s the simple things in life.  I love those.  I already miss the little things.  I’m doing my very best to not mourn the future of things, but the truth is.. I sometimes feel like I’m coming unhinged.  Unraveling.  Falling apart.

*Hand comes off chemo pause button*

We made a decision for Michael to start chemo again.  He has already had one chemo session and the next one follows a few weeks later.  In addition, he will be taking oral chemo // targeted therapy tablets

I’m speechless on so many levels.

The shit is getting real.


Home should make you happy

Now you’re probably wondering (1) why do I share cancer stuff and (2) what’s next??

[Sips coffee.]

Because I love home.  Because home is my happy place.  Because I truly design the life I want to live.  See how I just threw those words in there? Winky wink.  If I can design the life I want to live even with cancer in it, then you can do anything.


I love this white kitchen! Great design ideas for using white from Lynne Knowlton | Design The Life You Want To Live



Here’s the easiest design tip of all time.  Right here.  Right now :

There’s no such thing as too much white.

There’s an enormo amount of white in my home. Why?  Because it is such a clean slate to work from.  There’s lots of room for colour in decor when your base is white. I love WHITE and the staggering simplicity it brings to a space.

My fave white is SIMPLY WHITE by Benjamin Moore.  It’s so pretty.  It’s a warm white and yet it is white white… if that makes any sense at all.  It makes sense to me. Does that count? 🙂





Don’t overthink it.  Less is more.   Live by the rule that if you only buy things you love, your house will feel like HOME.

Celebrate everything YOU and whitewash it with white and splash it up with your fave colours.

Light trumps dark. 

Raise your hand if you’ve ever made brown your focal colour in design. (I swear I won’t hit you with a throw pillow.) STAP it.  No no no.  Don’t do copious quantities of brown.  If brown had a face – I’d punch it.  Too much brown shiny laquer-ness is lame.

I honestly don’t know how people go from brown to more brown in their home.  For those of you who say “I love brown!” you’re an alien as far as I’m concerned.  Also, I’m a white paint addict.

Me and white go way back.  Light surfaces reflect light.  So why stop at the walls?  Ceiling, floor, furniture … the dog.  Insert big toothy grin.  Paint them white.

Relaxed trumps formality. 

We all have busy lives.  Hurry here. Hurry there.  Home is your sanctuary.  Clear the clutter and have a relaxed comfy clean home.

Our home style is so relaxed, we have a sofa in the kitchen.  And you think I joke.

When Wayfair offered to gift me a sofa, I practically mailed them my house keys.  Okay, truth is… I approached Wayfair because they are in Canada now too!!!!! <–freak out.

Note to self:  The sofa is insanely cozy.  Like,  I N S A N E .  I could nap on it until next December.

Here’s the thing about sofas.  There are about 384757635704548907 choices to narrow down.  After one bottle glass of wine, 34 days, 16 hours and 29 minutes… I found this sofa.  To say that I love love love love love it would be an understatement.  I’d put a ring on it.   That kind of LOVE.

Did I mention that I love it?

White minimalist style with great design ideas!!!! | Lynne Knowlton | Design The Life You Want To Live White minimalist style with great design ideas!!!! | Lynne Knowlton | Design The Life You Want To Live

Go big and then go small in home decor… 

I like to shop in layers.

1.  First, you need to go for the major pieces // the ones we all need to save up for. Appliances, furniture essentials, comfy bed, fave sofa, and area rugs.  If you get the big priorities out of the way first, you’re flying.

2.  After you have the main pieces in place, add your smaller elements… curtains, light fixtures, pillows, coffee//side tables and wine.    Actually, you may need that for every step of the way.

3.   Add the fun personality pieces.  Funky artwork, fave candles, items that you love, books and plants.  Go natural.  When it comes to decorating, nature is the best card in the deck.  Like a big tree trunk growing through your living room floor.  Kidding.


Keeping white CLEAN…

I know what your thinking.  How the heck do I keep it all clean?  I clean it. LOL.

No really….I bought a miracle in a bottle to clean our Wayfair sofa.   I’ve spilled wine on the sofa, permanent ink and a bunk ton of coffee.  GAH !!!!

PS. By ‘me‘ … I mean.. ‘my husband’ spilled on it.

I almost punched him.

I sprayed this stuff.

It saved his life.

I don’t know how this cleaning agent works, other than it is an oxygen based cleaner rather than a water base.  It works so well, I practically hyperventilate into a paper bag with explosive excitement.  Don’t judge me.  When I see a stain disappear before my eyes, I don’t ask questions.  I dance.

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Shop the post // Sources


Handcrafted end tables/coffee tables : One One Eleven Designs

Throw Pillows:  Tonic Living

Linen Curtains : Not Perfect Linen

Live edge Shelves / Coasters / Succulent holders : Hugo & Hoby … use discount code: BOURBON&POPCORN for 10% off your order !!

Gold faucet & vanity tray:  c/o Delta Faucet Canada



Let’s bounce

You have the dance floor.  I’m passing the design wand to you.  Give me the straight goods.  What is your biggest design challenge?   I also want to hear about your decorating disasters.  I need you to FREAK.ME.OUT. with design questions.  Go. Spill it.


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  1. Caryn

    January 11th, 2017 at 8:19 pm

    Funny thing that I came across this post. My “tween” is going “teen””. Turning in the colorful daisies for a black and white chevron bed and WHITE walls! Thank you for the paint color name. However: it’s got to be a Sherwin Williams color for us! Got a favorite, a potential “match,” in white and warmth with a Sherwin Williams? If there’s one thing I learned, staring at those swatches….white is not just white. I find myself drawn to the name more than anything…. Gentle Cotton, Marshmellow World, Soft Puffy Cloud. Now, I made those up of course but who wouldn’t want their room to be THAT? If you don’t have a recommendation, I shall seek out the Benjamin Moore Swatch and color-match. But MAN that makes me nervous. Thank you! (Your place is INSPIRATIONAL!) And prayers for you and your husband… xoxo

  2. Zara

    January 12th, 2017 at 11:56 am

    Where do you buy the magical Bissel Power Shot from? won’t ship it to Toronto, and for some reason it’s not available on! This spilly girl NEEDS that fairydust in her life stat! x

  3. Lynne Knowlton

    January 15th, 2017 at 9:06 am

    Hi Zara,

    I was in the same boat ( I live 2 hrs NW of Toronto!) and I couldn’t find it on either. The majority of my blogging audience is American, so I often use links to make it easier. For us Canucks… I buy mine at Canadian Tire, or if I’m super desperate… I’ll buy it at Walmart. Walmart isn’t my fave store, but a girl has to do what a girl has to do. LOL.

    Big love and I hope it works as fab for you as it does for me.

    Lynne xx

  4. Debi

    January 13th, 2017 at 2:33 pm

    Lynne, I love your style, your heart, your YOU. I cried when I found out about Michael’s cancer. Damn cancer. It sucks. You don’t even know me, but I feel like you are my best friend because of the way you share your life. I wish that more people did that like you. If we all shared so much, the world would be a better place.

    Positive vibes and prayers for you and your hubby. I believe in miracles. And even if you don’t get the miracle you want, you might get the miracle you need. I wouldn’t presume to know what that is; I just hope that whoever gives out miracles knows. I hope you get the miracles you want AND need. I don’t know if this makes much sense, but life doesn’t make much sense, either. Love to you and your family.

  5. Lynne Knowlton

    January 16th, 2017 at 11:30 am

    Dearest Debi,

    That is so very sweet of you to say. You know… I often write the words and then blurt them out to the universe.. never truly knowing if others love it/are inspired by my words/or want to run in the other direction 🙂 Thank you so much for reminding me to just keep writing. You have no idea how much your words mean to me.

    For love and miracles…
    Lynne xx

  6. Jillian

    January 19th, 2017 at 11:42 am

    Good morning. I LOVE your style, I love your boldness. I accidentally unsubscribed and want to keep connected. I HATE cancer. I have not dealt with a spouse with it but have lost my mom and just so want to let you know that I will be praying for you, and putting my battle gear on for you and your family. We are fearless and strong with God on our side! Continue to be bold and courageous. Hugs!

  7. Dee

    January 20th, 2017 at 9:23 am

    First: I love everything white. I would totally throw everything out and copy everything you have done, but my bank account said I couldn’t. Dang it! It is so clean and bright that I’m sure this is what heaven will look like. (I also ordered your magic stain remover. Amazon says it is on the way.)
    Second: I am also walking the cancer fight with my spouse. Your posts give me hope that I’m not the only one that disintegrates into hopeless puddle of tears and snot. Sometimes our pain is sort of viewed as the step-child in cancer battles. The cancer dirt road is covered with bumps, ruts, rocks, and debris and I thank you for sharing your POV so others of us in your shoes as caregivers can have a laugh and share the tears.

  8. Toni McIntyre

    February 17th, 2017 at 5:36 pm

    I Love, Love, Love your blog. I found you thru Ravelry looking for knitted afghan patterns. I’ve never read a blog before but I’m sure hooked on yours. Thank you so much for lightening my Friday inbox. I’m looking forward to the next, and the next. And the next…..for as long as you want.
    My Mom and Grandma both knitted and they taught me when I was 8….yikes, that means I’ve been knitting for 60 years. How is that even possible……I still think I’m 25 or 30. Until I look in the mirror and scream,”who put THAT face in there?” Anyway, my Mom used to knit at my brother’s basketball games……I always wondered why but after having two boys of my own, I realized that it’s the calming effect. SO necessary when you have boys.
    I have a quickie question about the knitting needles: is the price in US $$ or CA $$ ? I’m kinda hoping that’s CA so it will convert nicely to US. I’m thinking about ordering them. The largest needles I’ve ever used is 19 so the 50s must feel like broomsticks, but I’m open to that if my blanket looks anywhere near as cool as yours.
    Thanks again for your wonderful writing and for answering my question hidden in all this chattering.
    Always, Toni

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