There’s no such thing as too much white.

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?



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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 every.single.day.

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.

get-inspired

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For the love of white

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? 🙂



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keep-it-simple

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?



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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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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.

Lynne

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  1. Dee says:

    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.

  2. Jillian says:

    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!

  3. Debi says:

    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.

    • 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

  4. Zara says:

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

    • Hi Zara,

      I was in the same boat ( I live 2 hrs NW of Toronto!) and I couldn’t find it on amazon.ca either. The majority of my blogging audience is American, so I often use Amazon.com 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

  5. Caryn says:

    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

  6. Jennie says:

    I too LOVE white !!!!!! 🙂

  7. Melissa says:

    LOVE the white! Your entire house is gorgeous, you are absolutely fabulous at the whole home decor thing 😉

    Also I’m sorry to hear about Michael. My thoughts are with you, Michael and your family. Sending love and good thoughts your way! Stay positive, miracles really do happen when you believe they can. 🙂

    xoxo

  8. Annette Annen says:

    Love, love, love your design genius! Thank you for all the creative energy pouring forth! Just wanted you to know that from a small town in the Texas hillcountry, I am sending love & light to you and Michael. Keeping you two in my prayers. Annette

  9. jan says:

    Big hugs to you and Michael and wishing him a tolerable chemo treatment this go. Praying for you guys.

  10. Colleen Finnegan says:

    Lynne,
    Love reading your blog, website whatever it is I’m reading. It makes me want to have you as my bestie, haha! I too love white, but am very excited to have black mixed in with my white. I just did a white kitchen with black accents and its very awesome! Would send photos but don’t know how to add that to this email. Love your writing and decorating, keep doing what your doing and sending positive vibes for your husband’s health.
    xo, Colleen

    • Ohhhhhh la la Colleen,

      That sounds flipping gorgeous!!!! PS. You can send me photos by hitting reply to my email newsletter on Fridays. I’d love that!!

      Thanks for the awesome mojo and inspiring ME to keep trucking!

      Big love,
      Lynne xx

  11. Maureen Carman says:

    Hi Lynne,

    I SO love reading your blog!
    Although we never met, I feel like you are a friend.
    I rarely comment on the web, but I wrote to you when Michael was first diagnosed.
    I continue to pray for you and Michael and send hugs and hope.

    Love,
    Maureen

    • Hi Maureen

      I’m honoured that you’d leave a comment, and if you can believe it… I still have your email from years ago! Are you still loving the homemade baileys? annnnd I’m so stinking happy that you are enjoying reading the blog.

      Thank you for the prayers….

      Much love,
      Lynne xx

  12. Sue says:

    I love the white, it is so calming. I am new to this blog, but love the way you write, you always seem to see the bright side, even when things are dark. So sorry to hear about Michael, it is a tough road, but with someone like you by his side, all is not lost.

  13. Joanne says:

    Your home is lovely, love all the white colors!
    Enjoy your writings, makes me smile.

    My thoughts and prayers with you both. Love all your honesty and sharing.
    There are no words I can offer but thinking of you. You don’t know me but I just recently found your blog. Hugs and prayers to you both!

    • Thank you Joanne for the thoughts and prayers! I’m so happy that you found my blog… the most fun is right here in the comments. The beautiful souls that follow my blog are EPIC! It’s like our own big family!

      Much love,
      Lynne xx

  14. Pam says:

    Hi Lynne,

    I first read your post this morning at 5:45 a.m. drinking coffee (unspiked) Tonight I reread it while drinking wine. Both times filled me with the same sense of friendship for you. I obviously don’t know you but really feel like I do. So many prayers for you & Michael. Cancer. sucks. period. You have a tremendous talent in writing and obviously decorating. All of it so real.
    Internet bFF forever!
    Pam PJ

  15. Denise says:

    Write about the cancer. It is your family reality and we can take it. Your house is lovely. I asked my husband what color he wanted in our bedroom years ago. He said brown so I went all out. I hated it every second so finally I told him and he said, “oh yeah, I never notice.” Immediately changed it. Have evolved over the years to mostly white.

  16. lisa thomson says:

    So beautiful, Lynne. Your house and you. 🙂 I love the wood floor with all the white. It really warms up the space. The coffee table too, with its wood top. I have a white slip cover sofa that I love. I can throw the covers in the wash. Sooooo, I hope Michael is keeping that c-shit at bay with the chemo. It really sucks. You’re both amazing. Prayers and love are going out to your from the West Coast. xo

  17. Lynn Jordaan says:

    Sending so many hugs and light. Remember to take care of you too. Enjoyed your post, I like white too.

  18. Lynn …
    I am sorry your life is not all wine and roses as you would probably wish/want/desire and do rightly deserve.
    I have followed your blog since the early days and your irreverent-quirky style helps push me out of my ordinary zone every time. Thanks for the tips. Thanks for the light in the darkness. As soon as the weather allows … I will grab a roller and Simply White cover 4 or 5 walls that are way overdue. I am already ordering the Power-Shot-Oxy on your suggestion.

    One of my quotes is “Everyone has inside them a piece of good news even in difficult times.” As for you … you have ten times that. Thanks for being that amazing good news for your audience no matter what comes your way. Life is melodramatic and we have the choice of being a villain or a hero (heroine). Stay heroic!

  19. Sharleen Bergman says:

    I am so sorry about your husband’s cancer. I am sure there are days when you want to just lock yourself in a closet. You are a very strong woman and I wish you only the best. Continue your blog. It has to be your saving grace.

  20. Sue says:

    I absolutely adore your home and am lusting after your kitchen. Everything you do is so fabulous. I am dealing with a large space 20 x 25ft with orange wood cabinets and orange wood paneling on every wall ( circa 1970 ) in addition to yellow floor tile – get the picture! Can’t wait for my simply white kitchen – my favorite color other than Moonlight white in my living room. Just waiting for some money 💰. You are amazing. Thank you for being you. Love and support for your journey with Michael 😀😀

  21. Kevin says:

    Your place looks so nice, Lynne! Sorry to hear the latest about your husband. Cancer sucks… big time… Wondering where you bought the BISSELL Power Shot Oxy ? Please take good care. Rgds, Kevin.

    • Hi Kevin!

      The Americans are so lucky (minus the Trump part LOL!) because they have about 4837053057435 more options for buying on Amazon. I found it on Amazon.com but not Amazon.ca.

      You can get it in stores tho! Walmart sells it and so does Canadian Tire ( I think). It says that it is for carpets/spot cleaning.. but I use it on everything. The sofa, clothing, the whole shebang.

      Happy cleaning 🙂 You will be happy. It is THAT good.

      Lynne xx

      • Kevin says:

        Thanks, Lynne… I will check out Crappy Tire ! Just for emergencies, though… I have a mailbox in Niagara Falls, US… it is sometimes useful !!!

        • To my fellow Canuck, Kev…

          If you can believe it, I’ve even ordered from Amazon.com and paid for the shipping, and the price is still LOWER than what it is in Canada. You could probably get it shipped right to your house. If you were desperate. Okay. I did that for an eyebrow pencil. That’s desperate right? haha. My eyebrows looked like one big long hairy caterpillar. TMI? Amazon.com for the win xx hhaha.

      • Mysty says:

        Chemo kills.
        Very often it is the chemo that kills and not the cancer.
        Seriously.
        At the very least, it makes people suffer more in their last days. Why suffer more?

        Look into the real reason for cancer. There is one. Root it out.

        It all starts in the mind.
        I do hope you have exhausted all information sources that are not mainstream medicine based. Mainstream medicine exists as an arm for the pharmaceutical industry. Sad as it is. There are great surgeons out there. There a good doctors too, but in the end they have been trained and “inDOCtrinated” to focus only on pharmaceuticals. Also sad.

        Wishing you the best.

        (You can read this and delete. I was not sure how to send this to you privately.)

    • PS. Kevin,

      I love that you have been following my blog for all these years. So sweet of you!

      Just wanted to say that 🙂 xx

      • Kevin says:

        You are welcome, Lynne… Though you have your challenges… and I know they must be enormous, at times… you always have a way of making me feel better… I really look forward to your emails! This world is a MUCH better place with you in it. Peace to you… and as someone else said here… please know that you are not alone and that you are an inspiration !

        • Thanks!

          I look back on my old blog posts and need a barf bucket. Gah. You are so brave 🙂 for sticking with me.

          Thank you thank you thank you for your absolutely incredible support. xx

  22. Meg says:

    White is my FAVorite color!! And, cancer stinks.
    Sending you love and hugs and a few kisses on your forehead.

  23. Mary W Bruder says:

    I too love white!!!! What is this magical cleaner you speak of?

    • Hi Mary

      The cleaner is made by Bissell and it is called OxyPro. It’s so good, you’ll see fairy dust. Ha.

      No really… I find it works on clothing too. Even wicked stains that you’ve had on clothing for forever. I’ve used it to get rid of grease, wine, coffee, oil, grime.

      The secret is to spray it on, and let it sit for about 5 minutes or so. If it is a carpet or furniture, I dab it with a dry cloth.. if it is clothing.. I throw it in the wash.

      Boom. Magical.

  24. Chuckles + Sighs = Inspiration
    Thank you.

  25. Marta says:

    Lynne – your blog radiates such inner beauty that it’s become one of my favorite things to read. I’m a pediatric oncologist (so I have to keep it PG although cancer deserves every swear word in the book). Cancer does a lot of terrible things. But you’re showing a different side – that cancer can bring people together, can illuminate the things that we would normally gloss over in day to day life. I commend you for the courage you and Michael have shown. Thank you for being real, raw, inspirational. Thank you for giving us all the guts to be true to ourselves and the things that make us happy. And of course for putting it out there that white is the absolute BEST thing to decorate with. Maybe my husband will finally believe me 🙂

  26. liz says:

    I just bought a white sofa too. Once I lived in a teeny tiny room and I painted everything white.
    Cancer sux, I am terribly sorry and honor your falling apartness and keeping on-ness too.

  27. Andrea says:

    My biggest design challenge? My two boys (7 and 10). I could *never* have that much white in my home. I don’t even own white clothes. I’m a klutz and they have their heads in the clouds. Pizza fingers, chocolate mouths, holes in lips (because they always miss when they’re drinking anything)… I’ve resigned myself to not owning anything nice until they move out.

    And just when I think to myself, How on earth does she keep everything clean? You answered my question. Get out of my head.

    Feeling unhinged is not surprising or atypical given what you, Michael and your kids are going through. You are my hero, the strongest person I know. I know it’s partially because you’re being forced to be strong (what alternative is there?) but you must have it in you for that strength to shine so bright. It must seem like you’re sending out your innermost thoughts to cyberspace but please know that we’re all behind you, reading every word you write, with compassion and prayers.

    P.S. I moved closer to your town this summer (30 minutes) and I now understand the beauty of white in the country, especially given how much snow has fallen!

  28. Hey Lynne!
    You’re beautiful! Love you! Big HUGS!
    Don’t know if you’re still doing your own photography – but it’s stunning! Well done.
    Thinking of you and Michael <3 – always!

  29. I an so happy I signed for a little bit of Lynne in my mailbox. Even when you are sad, scared or frustrated, you are still funny, loving,, optimistic and super cheeky – and I guess that’s the part I like the best! “Laughter through tears is my favourite emotion!” Steel Magnolias remember? Anyhoo, I love you, your design ideas, and your creative way of looking at yard sale objects and turning them into art. On another note, I am so sad to hear about your cancer nightmare with your husband. Cancer is a real seeyounextuesday. I watched the video, he is definitely the ying to your yang. Or he could be the yang, I don’t know how that works. Is your husband trying any cannabis meds? I know more than a few people who are being helped with it. Good to be a Canadian I guess. Free healthcare, weed, waffles and a super hot Prime Minister. Sending warm thoughts to you and your family today. luv and hugs xo

  30. Alex says:

    HI Lynne!!

    Firstly – I’m sending you and Michael all of my positive vibes times infinity!
    I’m also praying. And praying that the wine gods show up daily.

    I guiltily raise my hand and fully admit I royally f’d up and thought brown was the greatest thing ever. Wrong, wrong, wrong. Knowing what I know now, I would do everything entirely different. Brown is heavy, annoying, shows every single piece of fur and wine stain *unless you drink white – pro tip*. Several times I have contemplated dragging my couch and area rug outside into the backyard and setting it ablaze.

    Next house – white and bright, all the way. But seriously – white grout… thoughts? My cousin hates hers and is painstakingly using grey grout paint over it on her bathroom floor. She said it’s one of her biggest design regrets.

    XO

    • Ha Alex!

      I just had the best visual of a bonfire in your backyard! Bahhhhhlieve me, been there… done that {fire included}… got the poster… so I feel your pain sista.

      I agree, brown shows everything. We had a brown carpet once and it was hell on wheels to keep clean.

      White grout is a tough one, and I usually only use it in shower installations and then I can just bleach the sucker when needed. It’s also good to seal grout when you first install it. That can be a life saver. I’m not sure you can actually grout over top of grout either, so warn your friend that it may be a disaster.

      She can dye it though. Home Depot sells a grout dye, and it is a tedious job to use a wee paint brush and brush every grout line, but it does work. (better than grouting over grout and having it all fall out)

      sip
      hiccup.

      Hope that helps
      Lynne xx

  31. Yvonne Cannon says:

    I absolutely love your decor and I love WHITE!! 🙃 Your positive attitude is simply contagious and refreshing!!!
    if you only knew how much I need that in my life right now. (On another note) I watched Michael’s video and although I was crying my eyes out – Michael was so right with every word.. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.!

  32. Rhonda MacDonald says:

    You are a strong woman Lynne, remember that. I’m sorry about the chemo hiatus being over, but I know you gotta do what you gotta do.
    I have a design debacle to tackle. A basement apartment that has been rented out for too many years (only two!) by two bachelor men in their early twenties. Think, holes in the walls, mushrooms growing on the bathroom floor (THAT’S what happens when you regularly hang your wetsuits to dry OUTSIDE of the shower!), and a washer and dryer in the middle of a bedroom! And don’t get me started on the kitchen. I want to make this apartment both restful and beautiful. I will send pictures, and you can have a belly laugh…while I drink wine, lots of wine.
    Take care sweet lady, and be careful driving with this weather. You CAN do this.

    • Hi Rhonda!

      Ohhhhh that is a tough one. Tenants can be cray-cray. What’s your plan? Paint it from head to toe? Hide all the good stuff? LOL.

      I’m totally curious why they wanted a washer and dryer in the middle of the bedroom. And where are there mothers?LOL So irresponsible. gah.

      It would be hiccup o’clock every night for me, fixing that. hahaha. How do you do it? 🙂

      Big love,
      Lynne

  33. kat says:

    Sending you all of the love and peace and strength to walk this bumpy road. ((hugs))

  34. Sarah says:

    Love you. Done the Big C too-13 year old son who is good now (24). You are FUNNY-that will save your life by the way. Looking at your stuff makes me say “want” way too much. I have a white slipcovered couch AND three dogs. It can be done. Keep doing what you do, you make a lot of people happy! Most importantly-me. We are all in your corner with your husband, always feel the ❤

    • Hellllooooooo Sarah,

      And I love your attitude about the big C & how it all worked out. Woot woot!!!!

      I had a slipcovered couch before this one too, and it was fantastic for throwing the cover right into the washing machine. So good. So so so good.

      Happy white-love-ing-ness

      Lynne xx

  35. Jeanne says:

    Lynne,
    I am so sorry to hear about the !#?*~cancer raising it’s ugly head again. My heart & prayers go out to you and yours. I love your attitude &outlook and your white home! Please know you are not alone.

  36. Carrie says:

    Lynne,
    I just joined your blog recently. It began with the knitted blankets, love them. I watched your how to video and loved you as well. So funny and so like most of the women in my life that I felt like I knew you.

    I was so sad to read this post this morning. Like you I have had a lot of cancer in my life. I hate the word hate, but, I HATE CANCER!! Your family is amazing. I went back and watched your husbands video and it is beautiful. I pray for peace for all of you as you begin the next battle. I pray that your hearts continue to expand, and that the exchange of love is so huge you feel like your flying. I pray that the memories you all continue to create will sustain you for the rest of all of your days. I pray that your husbands beautiful spirit allows him to call his own shots and that when and if he can not that you will carry it forward for him.

    Thanks so much for all the giggles you’ve given me so far. Life is just not fair, the cancer part, but from what I’ve seen here you are blessed in so many other ways (I’m not negating the unfair part).Does that make sense? It helps me to remind myself of those things when I tend to crawl inward and feel alone and unheard.

    All my positive energy, and prayers come to you. Even, with only one cup of coffee.
    Much love,
    Carrie Blair

    • Hi Carrie…

      We are twinning. I hate the word hate too.. but cancer is worthy of it. It’s a real mofo.

      Your words grabbed my heart. Thank you for watching the video. Michael has such a beautiful presence, doesn’t he? He’s like that in real life too. He was a world class facilitator for many years, traveling the world, speaking to fortune 500 companies.. and then… cancer. Pfffffft.

      He enjoyed making the video ( I want to run and hide when I see a video camera) haha, so we are hoping he’ll do some more this month.

      PS. I hope you have a blog or are inspired to write in some way, because you are a beautiful writer.

      Big love,
      Lynne

  37. Barbara says:

    Hi Lynne
    I love your blog, your design, and the heart you share. White always trumps Dark.
    I feel your hurt. Cancer, I don’t know how you feel but I know what it has done to me. The friends at Crossroads have a good listening ear if you ever need I – 1 -866-273-4444- they can help you with some life design tips too.
    Up lifting you. In my prayers..

    • Thank you for the love and prayers Barbara… much appreciated… and thank you for the blog love too. It makes me feel like a zillion bucks to hear it. I just write the words // throw them out to the universe // it feels good to know where they land…

      Lynne xx

  38. Jan Kolodge says:

    This is my first reading of your blog! I don’t get pulled into reading many blogs these days but you are a “white” design lover and a great writer. Me too – not a great writer but a lover of “white” home design. Well, I think you guessed that already! White makes me think clearer, it gives you the opportunity of adding different colors to highlight when you feel like it. I also shout, I shout at those who are now saying “white” is passe. I will always want my home to be “white!” So this brings me to ask for your advice:
    I’m downsizing, due to hubby’s illness, from an own bought 4,000 sq ft lake house to a 1,000 sq ft rented house. I am planning for us to be in the rented townhouse for a few years, so we can clear and clean. It will be much much easier for me to look after but I am slightly freaking about missing the freedom of decorating and having my “white” decor. house!! Any advice on how to make my new “rented” townhouse “whitish?”
    Thinking of you and your hubby. Thanks. “May 2017 truly bring everything you need and everything you want”

    • Hi Jan !

      Welcome aboard the crazy train {{ in a good way.}} White makes you think clearer too? I try to explain it to friends… that we all have busy minds… and a nice clean palette makes us think in a clearer way. They usually look at me with a perplexed look and then pass me the wine LOL!… and secretly go home and do the same thing. hhahahaa.

      Less is the new more, so downsizing will probably feel pretty great 🙂 Can you paint the walls in the townhouse? I’d paint it all white, with matte/eggshell white on the walls and a high gloss white trim. That would be dreamy!

      I have a little cabin here at our place (we rent it out in the summer)and it is only 400 sq. ft. and it’s my fave place on earth. We painted it all white. Of course. ha.

      here it is: http://www.lynneknowlton.com/cabin-photos/

      HAPPY 2017…
      Lynne xx

  39. Craig says:

    Thanks… 🙏🏻
    Eat 🍰
    gotta go…

  40. Nicole says:

    Lynne, I adore you! And we haven’t even met. 🙂 One of the things I love about the fact that I live in the US now is the ability to order anything off the ‘net without worrying if they ship to Canada. I have a white bathroom and the response of a lot of folks is “it’s very white!” It’s a bathroom, being able to bleach it is a benefit (especially if you dye your own hair, as I do)! My parents have a brown dining room (dark brown, with a high sheen to the walls) and it actually is stunning, mostly because the dining room is mostly a room you use at night anyway, so having dark walls that reflect light seems to work.

    I’ve been there with the cancer thing. Happily not terminally, because writing this as a member of the undead would be creepy as hell. Plus, bits of you fall off then, and then I need to get out the bleach and… anyway. I think that the family members have it at least as hard as those who are fighting the cancer themselves – maybe even harder, because it feels like there’s nothing you can do.

    • Ohhhhhh I’m jelly jealous Nicole. I love Amazon prime so it would probably be dangerous for me to live in the States. LOL.

      The problem with the internet, is that I can shop in the middle of the night too. haha.

      Bleach is my bestie :)… hey.. have you tried Fanastic spray with bleach? It’s meant for sinks and stuff, but I use it on white clothes when I get stains on them (it even sometimes works for my hair dye). We may be twinning 🙂

      “Writing this as a member of the undead”… I just LOST IT, LAUGHING!!!

      Big love to you ! Congrats for kicking cancer in the gonads.

      Lynne xx

      • Nicole says:

        I love the Fantastic spray with Bleach… except when I accidentally get it on my navy blue towels. Ooops. That spray is what allowed me to not freak out when my 12-year-old’s blue hair dye stained the tub. Couple sprays, let it sit and try to keep the cat from investigating, rinse and Blammo! White once more!

  41. Buffy says:

    And…..I spelled your name wrong. Sorry Lynne. My only excuse is that I haven’t had my coffe yet

  42. Buffy says:

    Lynn,
    I’ve been a lurker for a while without leaving comments but today I just had to say thank you for sharing your journey. I do love your writing style and I want you to know that many times while reading something that you wrote I will laugh out loud but it’s how you share that keeps me coming back. I’m so sorry that you are going through this horrible cancer journey and I’m sending you a virtual hug

    • Hi Buffy!

      Thank YOU for saying such kindness, and thanks for leaving a comment too. I can feel you out there.. whether you leave a comment or not… so THANK YOU again. So sweet of you!!

      Sending a virtual hug, right back atcha.

      Lynne xx

  43. Kim says:

    LynneyLynneLynne,

    I love reading all of this, except the news about Michael. Prayers galore from my heart to all of yours.

    Now, when are you coming down to “Lynneyize” my house???

    I’m sharing my coffee with you right now. Nice way to read what you put out there in the universe to start my day….

    Never stop. Ever.

    Best,
    Kim

  44. sharon lamonica says:

    Wow Lynne, you are amazing. I delight w joy as you share from your broken heart w a chuckle. You make me laugh and hold my heart at the same time♡. I truly wish you grace as you battle this cancer bitch.. Btw, which sofa did you choose?
    Sending a boat load of prayers and love to you and your beautiful family☆•♡•☆

    • Good morning Sharon,

      Thank you for your beautifully kind words. I chose the KERRY sectional sofa. I can only remember the name because my good friends name is KERRY. LOL!

      The colour that we have is called talc basketweave. Of course, something so comfy would have talc in the name. haha.

      Big love,
      Lynne

  45. Jessica says:

    Oh Lynne, I missed your other post and reading this I wish there was something else I could say beside I’m sorry that this is happening. I love your outlook in your space and wish my husband wasn’t adamantly anti all white. Your home is wonderful

    Sending you all the love

    • Hi Jessica!

      It’s been so nice getting to know you via Facebook! You are one beautiful soul. xx Thanks for the lurve!

      Even I was anti white for sooooo many years, so I GET your hubby. LOL. Funny thing happened.. we moved to Paris for 2 years (that sounds way cooler than it was) and I joked that it would be so easy to be a designer there….because it seemed that everyone just painted the inside of their home WHITE.

      Then, we moved back home and I painted everything in my house white. I officially ate my own words, but never looked back. 😂

      Big love,
      Lynne xx

      • Cathy says:

        Lynne, I must tell you how much I enjoy reading your posts! I’m very sorry that you and your husband are going through this cancer battle. My thoughts are with you. You are a wonderful example of how to handle this dreadful experience courageously!

        I am also a lover of white! I’m often teased about how white the interior of my house is. You mention the insides of Paris homes being white. Even the outsides of the buildings in Paris are white, aren’t they! That’s what struck me when we first arrived there for a brief visit.

        Let me just say that I wish you all the best. Maybe we’ll be able to enjoy some more PJ days with all this wintry weather we’ve been having!

        • Thank you for the blog love Cathy! I really appreciate it!!

          So true about the outside of Paris homes too! I didn’t want to admit it yet, but I painted the outside of my house a soft grey and we installed a WHITE roof this summer. LOL!! I thought I’d dribble out my white obsession slowly. hahaha.

          With love from the snowstorm capital of the world. teehee
          Lynne xx

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