Teepees, wigwams, play tents (whatever you want to call them) have been trending for a rather long time. However last week, the Wall Street Journal proclaimed them a trend: Teepees: The New Urban Hideaway. I’m not sure why a newspaper would be so slow to catch onto this (it’s not like there’s a three-month lead time). No matter, they’re still going strong. We had a refrigerator box playhouse for a while; admittedly not nearly as chic. But that was a dozen years ago.
The teepee is great because it looks good not only in a kids room, but in adult spaces too. As you can see from these 30 rooms with teepees, they work well in white Scandinavian interiors, minimalist black and white living rooms, nurseries with traditional childrens bedroom furniture, and of course colorful playrooms. You can even erect one outdoors.
I was obsessed with building forts as a kid, always enclosing my bunk beds with blankets, and wishing I had a way to hang a sheet from the ceiling. My kids, too, used to love taking all the blankets they could gather and draping them over chairs and ottomans to create fun enclosures. There’s definitely something satisfying, and practical too, about a kid constructing a hideaway on his own. That said, it’s also nice to have a ready-made private quiet space. Wonder if my boys are too big for one now?
Photo by Lönngren Widell
L.A. home of fashion designer Jenni Kayne
Photo by Roger Davies for Architectural Digest
Home of architect Clare Cousins
Photo by Sean Fennessy • The Design Files
Sukha Amsterdam • Vosgesparis
Apartment Therapy’s My Bedroom Retreat Contest
Pour Jolies Momes
Time of the Aquarius
Little Birds Boutique
Photo by Krista Keltnanen
Desire to Inspire
6th Street Design School
Home of Minnie Mortimer
Photo by Claiborne Swanson Frank for Vogue.com
The Handmade Home
IKEA Family Live
Fawn Over Baby
The Design Files
Jute Interior Design
Photo by Christina Kayser Onsgaard for Bo Bedre
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Connecticut-based interior designer and writer Susanna Salk has curated an entire book of spectacular children’s spaces, from nurseries to bedrooms to playrooms, in Room for Children: Stylish Spaces for Sleep and Play (Rizzoli, April 2010).
Sure beats the oversize floral wallpaper (on the ceiling!) with gingham border and green shag carpet of my childhood lair. Though actually, that’s sounding kinda groovy now.
Here are some of my favorite shots from the book.
Architecture: Platt Byard Dovel White Architects | Design: Tracy Boss
Photo: © Jonathan Wallen
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Design: Kim Zimmerman | Photo: © Pieter Estersohn
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Design: Laurence Kriegel | Photo: © Pieter Estersohn
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Design: Sally Markham | Photo: © Pieter Estersohn
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Photo: © Tria Giovan
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Design: Alex Papachristidis | Photo: © John Gruen
All photographs from ROOM FOR CHILDREN by Susanna
Salk, Rizzoli, 2010
For more images from the book, see Susanna Salk’s Room for Children You Tube video.