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Creative Crescendo: An Artistic Colorado Home

Within the spirals of its shell-shaped floor plan, this Rocky Mountain home unfurls artistic treasures at every turn.

Against the dusky autumn sky, the Starek home's tower creates a castlelike silhouette. The house is constructed of Cempo, environmentally friendly blocks made of recycled Styrofoam.
Photo By Povy Kendal Atchison
Inspired by classical music, architect Alice Starek designed her family's house in the shape of a chambered nautilus shell with curves and swirls throughout.
Photo By Povy Kendal Atchison
A Klondike Case commercial refrigerator lets cooks peek in to assess supplies without opening the doors. Cabinets are all made of rescued wood, and the countertops are slices cut from a quartzite boulder.
Photo By Povy Kendal Atchison
The hub of the Starek hom, the kitchen is surrounded by a free-form sculpture. The cast-iron Aga stove has two ovens, perfect for slow-roasting meats and vegetables. "I like a simple, old-fashioned kitchen," Alice says. "I don't use gadgets; there's no microwave or toaster."
Photo By Povy Kendal Atchison
The brilliant colors of Boulder artist Matt Bezark's hand-poured glass window contrast with the yellow Colorado sandstone. Woodworker Rick Maddox fashioned the tables and chairs from cast-off cottonwood.
Photo By Povy Kendal Atchison
The family spends wintry evenings playing games and talking by the fire in the cozy living room, just off the kitchen hub. "Seeker of Harmony," a shamanic metal sculpture by Santa Fe, New Mexico, artist Bill Worrell, presides over the space.
Photo By Povy Kendal Atchison
The master bathroom's recycled-copper tub has a soothing mountain view.
Photo By Povy Kendal Atchison
Peter and Snowball perch in Adam's bedroom loft, which is supported by a cottonwood trunk and accessed by a ladder created by local artist Peter Kettle.
Photo By Povy Kendal Atchison

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