Magazine article Sunset

Play: Boho Escape

Magazine article Sunset

Play: Boho Escape

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The truth is, you never outgrow a playhouse. But you do deserve an upgrade. Let this family's tricked-out tipi inspire your own backyard hangout spot.

Blake Mycoskie, founder of Toms shoes, and his conservationist wife, Heather, had a tipi built for their wedding. Later, they made it a permanent part of their backyard in California's Topanga Canyon, hiring landscape architect Nicholas Walker (campionwalker.com) to put it on a foundation. Then the team at Hammer and Spear (hammer andspear.com) outfitted the interior as a guest room and play space for the couple's son, Summit.

Flexible furniture. The tipi's oddball dimensions--a 26-foot-wide room with a dramatically sloped "ceiling"--make it tricky to furnish. Designers Kristan Cunningham, Scott Jarrell, and Lynsay Brice's solve was a do-it-all custom sofa with several "swing pieces" (page 58). These small tables easily pull out of the way for Summit or sidle up to the sofa to serve as nightstands for guests. …

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