Take a good look at the walls of Keith Brunel and Jules Javernick's new Golden home (page 100 in the magazine), and you might be surprised to find they're made out of straw bale and mud. Built by hand, using local labor, renewable resources, and environmentally thoughtful methods, the couple's 2,800-square-foot contemporary home isn't just green—it's natural. It may also be the future of Colorado building. Click here for a complete list of the designers and contractors who built this house. Plus, get the facts on straw bale—from how it's made to a breakdown of benefits.
What is Colorado style? Surely not the antler-heavy, Lincoln-log and wagon-wheel clichés they use up at the mountain resorts. True Colorado style is more complex. Its influences a nod to our past (the bungalows, mining shacks, cowboys), and its innovation a nod to our urban sensibilities—a style we at 5280 refer to as rustic contemporary. And what better way to illustrate this than through products made right here in Colorado? From a forged-steel and saddle-leather chair to an alpaca-fleece throw pillow, we found 26 incredible designs for your home, all made by Colorado artisans. Plus, we introduce you to three interior designers defining what's "next" in Mile-High style.
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