site we’re psyched about: kid & coe

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.

the solution to our camper dreams? land of nod’s tent version

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).

steal this idea: rainbow stairs from naturalist’s notebook

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.

real life test kitchen: 3 ingredient chocolate banana popsicles

When the mercury rises above 90, has it has many days in the past couple of weeks, we need to be diligent about our frozen treats. One of us is always dipping into the freezer looking for something tasty to cool us down. If we’re not careful, that could lead to the consumption of waaaaaaaay too much ice-cream. Homemade popsicles have been our salvation. Usually we go the frozen fruit juice route — watermelon or mango mixed in with some lemonade. But when we spotted this simple recipe over at PBS (yes, PBS!) for 3-ingredient chocolate banana pops, we had to give it a try. The results were just sweet enough to satisfy the hungriest sweet tooth in the house, but healthy enough to allow even mom (me!) to indulge. They’re our new frozen staple!

3-Ingredient Frozen Banana Pops

What You Need:
1 cup unsweetened canned coconut milk
2 large super ripe bananas
1/2 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder

How To Make:
1. Using a blender, mix all the ingredients until smooth.
2. Pour the liquid into pop molds. Place in freezer.
3. Wait three hours — that’s the hardest part!
4. Enjoy!

What homemade frozen treats are you enjoying in your house this summer? Tell us here!

c’mon get happy: jonathan adler’s girly new bedding

There’s something about this bright, partridge themed bedding from Jonathan Alder that immediately makes us smile. It’s bold, it’s ethnic, it’s retro. Until now the master purveyor of chic has delivered mostly muted colors in traditional repeats for his bedding, but this one — called Alexander — breaks the mold. And, despite its masculine name and steep $575 price tag, duvet cover, we might even consider it for a girls room. Could it be that a line of Adler-steered teen decor is far behind? PotBarnTeen — watch out! Available at jonathanadler.com.