Kippen House Chicken Coops Make Backyard Baryards Modern

A Seattle architect has invented a chic coop perfect for urban backyards.
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The shabby chicken coops of Old McDonald’s farm might look out of place in the city, but thanks to architect Traci Fontyn, owner and founder of Bothell’s Kippen House chicken coops (kippenhouse.com), urban dwellers can still enjoy fresh, organic eggs from their own small lots. These cool coops combine chicken housing with human gardening for a fully sustainable system that not only looks sleek (we love the modern, Scandinavian design), but is simple to maintain. Standard coops ($875 fully installed) are 3 feet by 6 feet 7 inches by 4 feet, and made from outdoor-tough cedar, local fir and pine. (Custom-designed coops are also available.) Each includes space for a garden (on the roof of the coop or as a vertical garden down the side), wall panels made from your choice of material (wood or wire), and a locked nesting box to keep those eggs safe. The best part? The self-sustaining mini ecosystem created by the design: The garden feeds the chickens, the chicken manure helps the garden grow and—provided you feed and water them like a good farmer should—both the garden and the chickens will feed you, too.

Room of the Day: Soothing Comfort in a Lakeside Living Room

Room of the Day: Soothing Comfort in a Lakeside Living Room

A wood-burning fireplace, natural elements, mixed woods and inviting seating make this a relaxing spot after a day on the lake
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This article originally appeared on Houzz.com.

You won’t find a big-screen TV in this living room across the street from Lake Sammamish, near Seattle. That’s because after a day of boating or hiking on nearby trails, the homeowners, who live here year-round, long to stay unplugged reading, playing games, entertaining and snuggling up as a family.

To help strike the active-outdoor-meets-lazy-indoor vibe, designer Katie Cooper Scorse introduced natural elements, layered textures, mixed wood finishes and colors commonly found in the traditional Native American folk art of the Pacific Northwest.

Living Room at a Glance
What happens here: A young family of four, soon to be five, entertains guests, plays games, reads and snuggles by the warmth of the fire
Location: Lake Sammamish, Washington
Size: 352 square feet (32.7 square meters)
Designer: Katie Cooper Scorse of Cooper Studio Interiors

A large upholstered sectional sofa offers an inviting place for family members to hunker down and enjoy a roaring fire after a day on the lake.

LAKE SAMMAMISH

Related: Incorporate a Mix of Natural Materials

Scorse kept the existing fireplace and mantel as-is since the homeowners loved the natural stone veneer, maple mantel and built-in bookcases. She styled the mantel with glass lanterns and a large round mirror to create visual balance with the large fireplace.

Mirror and Lounge II sectional sofa in Cement: Crate & Barrel; Mid Century task floor lamp and Industrial modular media console: West Elm

A Moroccan shag rug layers over wall-to-wall carpeting for more kid-friendliness underfoot. “It’s super comfy and perfect for little toes running around the room,” Cooper says.

Custom pillows are covered in African mud cloth, indigo batik and vintage Hmong tribal patterns that recall Pacific Northwest evergreens.

Fitz end table: Room & Board; Kelley coffee table: One Kings Lane; Moroccan shag rug and coffee table tray: West Elm