BALI ~ My Treasure Island ~

Bali has grabbed a hold of my heart.  Oh the treasures….

Bali - an island of treasures.

I am getting super duper excited…just dreaming of the day that the container will arrive from Bali to Ontario.  This is the fourth container that I have helped to co-ordinate.

I have made purchases for a new retail store in Ontario.  This kind of purchasing is the number one FAVOURITE part of my job.

No, it is not the paperwork.

If an excel spreadsheet had a face, I would punch it.

I love the design, the work,  the travel,  the buying….I DETEST the paperwork.  Gross.  Moments like this though, are awesome.  The anticipation of the container !

Over land and sea....woot woot !

I have about 5 biz million photos of Bali.  I can only begin to share a few with you.   Here we GO …..I am sharing with sugar bear…

  The people


The colours of life ( Yes, I bought this painting).  Holy smokes, who wouldn’t ?  So puuurty.

The gorgeous energy of so many talented Balinese.  I meet every single artist who makes the goods that I buy.  Best part ever.

The artistry.  Such attention to detail.

The ceremony.  Ok, these kids may not look tooooo happy about all that make up.  Truth is, the children are a happy bunch.  The Balinese love their families.  They have a warmth about them, that I truly admire.  Balinese people are so very~very kind.

The abundance of GORGEOUS lighting !  So simple.  So different.  Yes, these lights may also be used to hold a chicken !!! (minus the light bulb)

Finding things that make me laugh !  Uhm, yes, I BOUGHT THEM.  I LIKE TO LAUGH.  These were “work in progress”.  I liked them.  I feel like I am a work in progress.  I could relate.  These are what I would call….CONVERSATION PIECES...tee hee…

Art in wood…..over the top awesome….OK, OK, the next pic does not really look too glamorous.  Truth is though, that these tables are really GORGEOUS.  Deciding on which table to buy was like picking out a puppy.  No, I never ever want to leave one behind.  This is why Michael never lets me near a puppy litter either.

Moments of R & R (that almost NEVER HAPPENS) at my favourite hotel…My favourite place is Padma Resort in Legian, Bali~ BY THE WAY.  The photos from their website are just OK.  Don’t let that fool you.  I promise that the hotel rocks out loud.   P.S.  Don’t let this dragon scare you.

The incredible finds that I want to BUY MILLIONS of.  Yes, I control myself.  Kind of.  Uhm, not really.  This may not look fan-tab-u-lous to you, but they  make me drool…..

Yes, I know it is only a CHAIR ~ but ~ hello ~ they are YUMMY !!!

Curious about my pics ?  I take them all with my Sony DSC- HX1.  I am head over heels in love with that camera.  Nothing ‘high falutin’ about my photo skills.  I don’t even have a fancy dancy edit program.  Nuthin’.  It is as simple as pushing one button.  All automatic.  Awesome ZOOOOOOMMMMMmmm.

Best part is…I never had to read the manual.



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18 Responses

  1. Caroline says:

    I loved viewing your website and your art!

  2. Gillian Gonzalez says:

    I found your website moving when looking at links from Hooked on Houses, that led to other links, that led to others…..Great website! I am not a designer, but feel I missed my calling…should have followed that when I was young….but I came from the north of england…worked as a dental assistant, then worked abroad in the ’80’s when it was big to do that….I now live in Northern Virginia, we are about 45 minutes drive south of Washington DC…Long story..Anyway, it was great to look at your Bali articles..We used to live in Jakarta, Indonesia…you probably know it’s not at all like Bali…We used to skip over to Bali whenever we could (our kids in their twenties now are mad that they don’t remember going there very well and can’t go now)…I used to think about buying stuff and shipping it to sell too, I suppose I either didn’t have the gumption, the nerve or the know-how. My husband has always worked in marketing for a shipping group too, I absolutely get what you mean about Bali.. Really it’s just the simple life I think that makes them happy. I hope that they always keep their art going through the generations and that it doesn’t become commercialized.
    One more thing, I am sorry to hear about your husband. My good wishes to you and your family..
    Gillian Gonzalez

    • Lynne Knowlton says:

      Hi Gillian!
      I believe that designers are designers in their heart, and it sounds like you are a designer in your heart. It is pretty great, isn’t it? To have an eye for things, to know what things to try and things to do in design, is a gift that some are given quite naturally. Sounds like you saw that in Bali too. Yes, I have been to Jakarta, and I still look back and laugh at how I told my client…” I TOOK ONE FOR THE TEAM, by going to Jakarta” Like a bullet. It is so very different from Bali, you are so right on the money about that. Shipping a container, is something that had a HUGE learning curve for me, so I get what you mean there too. What beautiful art the Balinese create though, so I “keep my eye on the prize” of how wonderful it will all be when it finally arrives to it’s destination. I have an incredible appreciation for the Balinese people and their gorgeous art/carvings/talent. Love it !
      P.s. Thanks for your kind words on Michael. We take one day at a time….
      Big smiles right back atcha

  3. Lynne,

    I just stumbled onto your blog (i’m a designer too) and saw your posts about Bali…my favorite place in the whole world. I love the people, the colors, the crafts…..When we were there last January we traveled to Trengenau so that I could watch the women weave double ikat cloths, and of course, buy one!

    Where is your store in Ontario? Do you have an online store? I always love to add to my treasures!!!


  4. hi lyne
    i too am from ontario. came to bali 30 years ago and have been here since. nice to see your enthusiasm over the island. i am building a joglo at the moment on some land i have here and was searching the net for some inspiration when i bumped into your blog. wish i had your talent, interior design is not my strong point but doing my best….love the pics of the house you did, great job.

    • Hi Barbara ! Wow, you are so lucky to live in Bali. There is some great inspirational ideas all over the island, isn’t there? I plan on posting more great pictures of some of the “finds” that I bought in Bali. I hope you get some inspiration from those too! Have a great day,and maybe some time we can meet in BALI !! I plan on returning to Bali in a few months. Cheers! Lynne

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  6. ridho' says:

    Hi Lynne 🙂
    I’m from Indonesia. I’m very glad to read your post about Bali. I just want to say, thanks for visiting Bali. Actually, many Indonesian art and craft you can find in this country..
    I hope you’ll back to this beautiful island and travel around Indonesia 🙂
    Thanks a lot Miss Lynne 🙂

    • So lovely that you wrote…all the way from Indonesia. I always tell my friends and family about Bali because I have ALWAYS LOVED EVERYTHING about the island, the people, and the beautiful artistry.
      Lynne 🙂

      • ridho' says:

        Have you been visit another vacation spot besides Bali? There’s many beautiful natural place here to spend your holiday. 🙂
        Emm.. Miss Lynne, have you know about best Indonesian craft art, it’s called ‘Batik’ ? You must have one. 🙂

        • Yes Ridho, I have visited many places in Bali and surrounding islands. The ‘Batik’ is gorgeous. Do you have a shop? Do you create ‘Batik’ art? If so, we could meet some time on my next trip 🙂

      • ridho' says:

        I’m sorry Miss Lynne, I don’t.
        Actually, I’m not in Bali right now, I’m in Malang, East Java. I only know the Batik shop here, and some of them a creator..
        Sorry Miss Lynne.. 🙁

  7. Oh boy, Bali continues to own my heart. Thanks for posting these photos, they are beautiful. A real reminder why I love Bali so much.

    *Tania @

  8. Linda Cheung says:

    I can hardly wait for the container either :o)

  9. sandy says:

    I love the colours….what an inspiration these photos.

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