Sunday, May 27, 2012

Blue industrial stools for the kitchen

Way back in January I was inspired by a photo of red stools in a white kitchen.  They were Tolix-style stools, and I found some for a great price at Overstock.  I bought them, but they were pooh-poohed by The Mr. and The Teen for various reasons.  While I was pondering whether to send them back or not, I came across a photo from February's issue of Better Homes and Gardens that gave me hope.  I had always wanted turquoise stools, and BHG reminded me not to give up the fight.  

I researched and researched and finally figured out that the stools featured in BHG were not vintage as I had suspected, but instead are made by manufacturer Lyons, mainly for workshops and other industrial settings.  They were a little more than I wanted to pay and I was a little leery about taking a chance of purchasing something online again because I wasn't sure if the color would be blue enough.  I brought our wooden saddle stools back for the time being, which my guys were very happy about.

I don't even remember now what it was, but something brought the blue Lyon stools back into the front of my mind.  I found some online reviews, and people seemed to be very happy with them.  One women described the color in detail, which helped me feel more comfortable about the purchase.  I also found them for a better price on Amazon than what I had seen the last time I researched them, so I pulled the trigger and here they are! 

Here's what the kitchen looked like before, with the wooden saddle stools that matched the color of the walnut island top.

 And here are a few more views of the kitchen and new stools.

Did you notice the fourth stool in the dining room at the left of the photo above?  The stools only come in sets of two, so I ended up with four even though there are only three of us in my family.  It's nice to have an extra when we have guests, so I parked the fourth stool in the adjacent room so it's ready when needed.

These are square-shaped like the Tolix stools, but the seats are much larger.  True to form, The Teen still doesn't like them.  He claims they're not as wide as the saddle stools.  While that's true, the width is not all that different.  And does he really need to put his feet up beside him on the seat?  I think not.  He just enjoys finding something to complain about.  He is 15, after all!  I can tell that The Mr. prefers our old stools too, but he asked me if we're keeping these no matter what, and I said yes, so that's the last I heard about them from him.

Resistance is futile.


Thursday, May 24, 2012

Master bedroom feature at Remodelaholic

A big thanks to Cassity and Justin from Remodelaholic for featuring my ceiling medallion wall art and my entire master bedroom makeover today!

If you're visiting my blog for the first time from Remodelaholic, I'm glad you're here, and I hope you stay and look around for a while! The tabs across the top of the page will help you learn more about me and what you'll find here at I'm Busy Procrastinating.

If you were a reader of mine already, why not pop over to Remodelaholic and check out the feature post as well as their other features and projects?


On a tooootally unrelated note, I receive email notifications from Target about their "Daily Deals."  You never know what they'll feature, but baby products seem to come up a lot.  My son is 15, so I haven't thought about diapers in a long time, but I got a kick out of these, which are Target's featured deal of the day.

Yes, jeans diapers.  Since they're disposable, I assume they're plastic with a denim pattern.  I guess these allow babies to look stylish without having clothing on their bottom halves?  Does anyone else think this is a little nutty?  Or do you think it's high time disposable diapers became more fashionable?  Personally I'd rather see babies with clothes on when they're away from home, and when they're at home, I'm not sure it's important whether their diapers are denim-pattern or white.

But I digress.


Saturday, May 19, 2012

Crushing on: Hanging furniture

Who doesn't fantasize about hanging furniture?  It may not match everyone's style, but it's inspiring nonetheless.

I'm not sure if I'd quite consider a hammock to be furniture, but it's certainly a place I'd like to "hang" out.


I came across this company called The Floating Bed recently.

Source:  The Floating Bed

It would certainly be hard to find bedding that works, but how cozy does that look?

More iconic is the Bubble Chair, designed by Eero Aarnio in the 60s, which still looks fresh today.

Source:  Lonny Mag
Hanging chairs are often made of rattan, which could look '70s Bohemian, but this one fits in with a minimalistic modern room.

Home of artist Ylva Skarp, as featured in Elle Decor

Any kid would enjoy the bunk room with hanging beds in this summer cottage.

Source:  Unknown
But what about this classy, traditional room?  It's appropriate even for adults.

Source:  Coastal Living
Swings are always fun.  Even indoors.  Especially indoors!

Source:  Remodelista

I don't think hanging furniture would work in my home, but it's definitely crush-worthy.  What do you think?


Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Design Star season 7 pre-show faves

Anyone else excited for the new season of Design Star to premiere Tuesday, May 29?  I checked out the portfolios of all the designers on  Here are my two favorites, just from a quick check of the work they submitted to HGTV.

Britany Simon
HGTV describes her as a "resourceful girly-girl [who] is passionate about creating modern, glam spaces without spending a fortune."

She looks like a young, blonde Giada De Laurentiis

Tailored, with understated spunk

Youthful and now (maybe not long-lasting, but certainly fun)

I thought maybe she was a blogger herself, so I looked her up.  She does have a blog, but she just started it.  You can find it here.

Danielle Colding
Her HGTV profile reads that she "draws inspiration from world travels and her passion for art and fashion to create polished, eclectic spaces."  She used to be a professional modern dancer, holds an anthropology degree from Stanford, and now works as an interior designer.  Her portfolio really impressed me.

Looks like a classy lady

Moody and masculine

The art makes this room

Anthropology influences coming in here

Eclectic, inviting office

Moody modern glam

Clean, fresh kitchen

Put me in this space.  Now.
One never knows how normal people can handle the insane situations they're put in on the show.  I feel bad for someone who seems to be a good designer, but just doesn't catch a break on the show.  You may remember that my favorite Design Star winner, Emily Henderson, totally bombed out on her white room challenge.  Thankfully she made it through that week and went on to win, as her show Secrets From a Stylist is one of my HGTV faves.  I like reading the behind-the-scenes insights she shares on her blog too.

Who are you rooting for this season?


Monday, May 14, 2012

Recipe: Apple fritters

This is what my guys made me for breakfast on Mother's Day morning:

Really, you must try these.  Recipe makes 10 fritters.  I can barely eat two.



  • 2 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and cut into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup apple cider (not apple juice)
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 3 cups peanut or vegetable oil


  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup apple cider
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

  1. Spread prepared apples in single layer on paper towel–lined baking sheet and pat thoroughly dry with paper towels. Combine flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg in large bowl. Whisk cider, eggs, and melted butter in medium bowl until combined. Stir apples into flour mixture. Stir in cider mixture until incorporated.
  2. Heat oil in Dutch oven over medium-high heat to 350 degrees. Following step 1, use 1/3-cup measure to transfer 5 heaping portions of batter to oil. Press batter lightly with back of spoon to flatten. Fry, adjusting burner as necessary to maintain oil temperature between 325 and 350 degrees, until deep golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer fritters to wire rack set inside rimmed baking sheet. Bring oil back to 350 degrees and repeat with remaining batter. Let fritters cool 5 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, whisk confectioners’ sugar, cider, cinnamon, and nutmeg in medium bowl until smooth. Top each fritter with 1 heaping tablespoon glaze. Let glaze set 10 minutes. Serve.
Recipe from Cook's Country

What did someone special make for you, moms out there?  Or what did you make for your mom?


Sunday, May 13, 2012

New living room rug brings the room together

A couple weeks ago I told you I had a new rug on the way for the living room.  I've been searching for months and months for something to ground our black leather sofa, to link our living room with our kitchen (which has white cabinets), and to bring some pizzazz to what was feeling like a blah room.

And I think I found just the right thing!

Here's what the old rug looked like.  Just a plain beige jute rug.  The neutral rug with neutral walls just wasn't doing anything for the room.

As soon as I laid the new rug down, I felt the room instantly change.  It felt like a real "before" and "after," rather than just an update.

The wall art makes more sense now, and the bright pillows on the sofa make more sense now.  Not sure why it is exactly that the rug also helps the pillows, but it does.  Maybe just because there's more pattern in the room.  And in case you didn't notice, the pillows are different from the before shot.  I bought these from flash sale site Gilt back in October, but have never shown them on the blog before.  I'm still looking for pillows that have black, turquoise and red or coral. You wouldn't believe how hard it is to find that.  The only ones I've found have a huge shot of yellow, too.  A little yellow is fine, but a lot of yellow doesn't work here.

As you can see above, the rug also links in the dark gray chairs that are on the opposite side of the room.  They feel more a part of the room now.

I'm sooo thrilled with the rug now.  Just after I pulled the trigger and placed the order, I started having doubts.  I mean, there's IKEA's Stockholm Rand Rug that I've been crushing on for months.  But IKEA keeps pushing back the in-stock date, so I got tired of waiting. If you follow my Rugs board on Pinterest, you've seen some of the other rugs I've been considering.  I've been stalking the daily flash sale sites for rugs too.  I just couldn't hit the superfecta of style, color, size and price.

The day after I placed my order, I came across this photo on the Sixth Street Design School blog.  Kirsten Krason had helped finish up a room design for a client who whose husband is stationed in Paris. Thes FLOR tiles had me at hello.

via Sixth Street Design School
I immediately popped over to the FLOR site (mind you, I already had a rug on order), as I figured they would also have a black and white colorway.  Turns out this design had been discontinued.  I wonder why?  What a great look!

So I had my fingers crossed that the rug I had purchased would be the right one.  And it was!  It's about the same width as the old rug, but a couple feet shorter.  I just barely got the front sofa feet on it, and then was able to stretch it across to the gray chairs.  Anything shorter would not have worked, but this size just makes it!

If interested in the rug for yourself, it's the Dash & Albert Indoor/Outdoor Diamond Rug in Black/Ivory.  You can find it at several online retailers, but I got mine at Layla Grace (with a 10% off promo code I found at Retail Me Not). I purchased the 8.5 x 11 size, but it comes in several sizes and colorways.

What do you think?  Is the room coming along?


Sunday, May 6, 2012

Vintage letter R's on the wall

My latest project combines my fondness for fonts, color and vintage signage.  I've been spending lots of time on Etsy and Ebay lately accumulating these treasures.

The first time I put them up, I ended up with some empty spots, which delayed the reveal a couple weeks.  Then once I had the additional letters, I did some rearranging to balance the colors and font styles.

Before our dining room walls were nothing exciting, and I had a wrought iron etagere in the far corner.

I've been pondering several wall art projects for a while now.  What I almost put on the walls were black and white vacation photos framed in matching black frames with white mats, like I saw in the condo we stayed at in Vancouver last summer.

(Clearly those last three photos were taken before I learned about white balance!  Boy does it make a difference!)

I don't even remember what it was that changed my mind from the framed photos to the vintage letters, but I'm glad I decided on something a little unusual.  I can always tone things down and do something more conservative later, but I'm enjoying the zaniness of vintage letter R's all over my dining room walls now!

I believe The Mr. and The Teen think I'm nuts.  They haven't exactly been shouting their approval.  But that's pretty hard to come by, so I try to do what makes me happy!

What was your latest project that was a bit on the zany side?


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Thursday, May 3, 2012

Fabulous indoor/outdoor rugs from Ballard Designs

I was flipping through the new Ballard Designs catalog today and was caught off guard by how chic and how cheap some of their indoor/outdoor rugs are!  This chevron beauty is the first one that I came across.  Only $229 for the 7'10" x 10'10" size.  For those of you who are big into chevron, this is a steal!

Chevron Stripe Indoor/Outdoor Rug

I'm loving the aqua colorway of this next rug, but all are great.  Only $249 for the 7'10" x 9'10" size.

Geneve Indoor Outdoor Rug

The Farrah rug has a pattern I don't know that I've seen before.  I like it!  The biggest is comes is 5' x 8' for $149.

Farrah Indoor/Outdoor Rug

If I had seen Ballard's Saybrook rug before I bought this one for our living room, the Saybrook might be lying across my living room floor right now.  I looked and looked for a rug with both black and aqua, at a reasonable price.  This is only $319 for 8' x 11'2".  I'm happy with my rug decision (just arrived today -- photos coming soon), so I'm glad I didn't see this one first, but I think it's a great look.

Saybrook Indoor/Outdoor Rug
We all know that ikat is as big as chevron these days, but this is an ikat pattern I haven't seen everywhere already.  Gray and turquoise are a great combo, too.  This one's a little pricier at $699 for a 8'3" x 11'6" size.  Still not a bad deal.

Suzanne Kasler Ikat Indoor/Outdoor Rug

Animal prints are not really my bag, but for those who are fans (Kimberly and Sabrina), here's one for you!  At $249 for an 8' x 10' rug, why not have some fun if leopard is your thing?

Leopard Belgique Indoor/Outdoor Rug

Each of these rugs come in several sizes, and most in several colors as well.  And no, Ballard is not paying me to talk about them.  I've been doing so much online shopping lately for large rugs for our living room, that I thought I should share the wealth with you!

Which one is your favorite?

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