Kiva Style: Former Tipi Residents Build a Rammed-Earth Home

Working with earth, wood, glass and crystals, Tom and Flame Lutes have created a truly sacred space in the Colorado high country.

Tom and Flame chose crystals as a spiritual alternative to store-bought towel hooks. “Whether or not you believe in the energy of crystals—we do—is irrelevant, really,” Tom says. “They’re very practical, beautiful towel holders.” Whether you’re doing the tiling yourself or have hired a professional, incorporating crystals or other natural, symbolic elements into your design is easy. Attach the crystal to the mastic as you would a tile, then continue to tile around it. Once grouted, the crystal remains firmly in place.
Photo By Laurie Dickson