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Skyfarm: Just outside downtown L.A., a family brings country living to the city (think chicken coop, veggie garden, bee boxes)

Ilse Ackerman, Meeno Peluce and their daughters get cozy in the nest the couple built from repurposed eucalyptus in the yard of their Lincoln Heights home. From left, Ackerman, Mette, Peluce and India. The nest, inspired by the Spirit Garden in Big Sur, "challenges the kids to climb and balance," Ackerman says. The two crafted the nest from discarded eucalyptus they found on a neighboring hillside. "We rented a chain saw," Peluce says. "Someone cleared the hillside and just left the wood." More... • A country escape in urban L.A. Also in Home & Garden • Design Dispatch: International Contemporary Furniture Fair • Photos: Furniture Fair picks • Reality Check: Infrared barbecues • Centuries later, the hammock is still swinging
Ilse Ackerman, Meeno Peluce and their daughters get cozy in the nest the couple built from repurposed eucalyptus in the yard of their Lincoln Heights home. From left, Ackerman, Mette, Peluce and India. The nest, inspired by the Spirit Garden in Big Sur, “challenges the kids to climb and balance,” Ackerman says. The two crafted the nest from discarded eucalyptus they found on a neighboring hillside. “We rented a chain saw,” Peluce says. “Someone cleared the hillside and just left the wood.”

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A country escape in urban L.A.

Also in Home & Garden

Design Dispatch: International Contemporary Furniture Fair
Photos: Furniture Fair picks
Reality Check: Infrared barbecues
Centuries later, the hammock is still swinging
(Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times)

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