As if the bouncy ball room and pervasive smell of cinnamon buns weren’t enough to please its young customers, Ikea has introduced yet another way to seduce the junior set. We spotted this Ikea doll furniture and house in the store the other day and instantly fell in love. The doll furniture set comes with a bright pink Klippan sofa, a green Lack table, a yellow lounger and a black and white rug. Who needs wooden doll house furniture? This stuff explodes with color. Since we firmly believe in instilling the art room arrangement into our young ones, we think this set would be a fine present for a little tyke. Better yet, pick this up and mix and match with others. Wonder if they’d fit in a Lundy house? See Ikea’s site to view the doll house furniture set, $13, and the playhouse, $8. They’re all Swedish, after all! Meatballs not included.
Smoke detectors are a necessary, sometimes life-saving tool that can be, on occasion, annoying. They go off when you’re making brulee for your dinner party, chirp in the middle of the night when their batteries die, and create loud and brutal noises. These occasional blips seem like small things to suffer from when they do the job they are intended to do — a job that hopefully you’ll never need.
Now Nest, the company who is trying to reinvent the way we look at thermostats, has unveiled a new kind of smart smoke detector, Nest Protect. It is armed with an attention-getting yet calm voice that tells you what’s wrong (“There’s smoke in the bedroom,” it may say.), can be shut off with a wave of your arm (as opposed to frantic fanning with newspapers) and sends you an alert on your phone when the battery is low. It can even be set to glow like a nightlight. Oh, did we mention it’s pretty?
After watching the video below, you might think to yourself, yes, I need one of those! But then it hits. The price is $129 — not too bad, until you consider how many a typical house needs. We have seven. That’s nearly thousand bucks! Currently we are using a standard smoke detector that we paid about $30 bucks for. You can buy four of those for the price of one Nest Protect.
So tell us, what do you think: Are you willing to pay more for a better, smarter smoke detector?
P.S. A good rule of thumb is to change your smoke detector’s batteries on daylight savings time night… coming up soon on November 3nd!
In case you haven’t noticed, one of our favorite pastimes is planning vacations. We secretly have as much fun thinking about where we can go and where we will sleep as actually going to them. In our spare time, we’re just as likely to spend our downtime surfing through sites like Airbnb, Home Away or Boutique-Homes.com as we are to watch a TV show. Well, there’s a new site to add to this list that is our kind of heaven: Kid & Coe is dedicated to beautiful spaces for rent that are specifically designed for families. Just because you’re traveling with a little one doesn’t mean your aesthetic sensibilities have to be left behind! All homes featured on the site are kid friendly, which means that not only do many come with toys or playrooms, but also you don’t have to fret about things being too fragile for energetic young guests. Here’s how it works. First, choose your destination from their menu of fabu places. Want to come visit us in New York City or upstate? There’s plenty to look at. But we might head to Coswalds for a cozy English countryside getaway (above). Or perhaps to a stone cottage in the South of France (below).
Once you find a place you like, use the site to contact the owner and check availability. Note: It’s not to early to start planning for next year! Many of the featured homes aren’t available until spring or summer 2014. Regardless, you can’t help but want to look through the offerings at Kid & Coe and dream.
Let us know if you book a home from them! We’d love to hear your review here. We’ll be sure to do the same.
Yes, we covet a camper. Whether it’s one we own or rent for the night, our fantasies about capsule-size, mobile dwellings are growing. Now we can pass the obsession down to our kids, even if we are urban-bound for the moment. Land of Nod (a constant source of inspiration and whimsy) has just unveiled this adorable camper play tent by Jetaire ($199). With embroidered and patchwork details (even an awning and curtains), it looks close enough to the real thing to fuel all kinds of wilderness adventures, right in your own living room. The S’more the Merrier Campfire ($69) is sold separately, but so chic, we recommending having on display full time in your non-working fireplace (if you have one).
The other week we stumbled into the most amazing bookstore in Sheep’s Harbor, Maine — the Naturalist’s Notebook. In addition to having rooms and rooms filled with the most amazing science and nature books for all ages, it had this stop-in-your tracks rainbow staircase. The staircase is a unique space in any house. In ours, it’s off to the side, and is the launching pad between the social and the personal. I often think about doing something fun and experimental but have chickened out so far. Katie took the plunge and did this gorgeous blue ombre look a while back, and I’ve always loved the Novogratz‘s playful approach to those inclines (A slide? Why not.). This color-spectrum approach is more than I could bite off, but I do it admire it. So would Roy G. Biv.