Elegant Colorado House


In the living room, an antique, Biedermeier-style chaise is right at home beside sofas from B&B Italia. Art over the fireplace is by Michael Raedecker; the colorful photograph is by Thomas Struth.

A Vik Muniz painting of Bacchus on a wenge-paneled wall dominates the dining area, which features a table by Larry Laslo, Barracuda dining chairs from Holly Hunt and a vintage starburst chandelier (the cube in the foreground includes self-portraits by John Lovett and Alessandro Codagnone).

The back of the house, with its many windows and doors, offers uninterrupted mountain views. Courtney Lord’s home office, a 16-foot-high tower of rammed earth, stands between the living/dining wing and the master suite.

Larry Laslo designed the imposing table in the living/dining area with a geometric bronze base crowned by a slab of crystal—not glass, he explains, so that the edges of the tabletop wouldn’t look green.

Karen Lord sits in the kitchen, which she wanted to be practical as well as glamorous. For materials, Laslo chose wenge, marble, stainless steel and copper.

In the den, Laslo used a shag rug—they’ve lost their Age of Aquarius associations, he says—and a sofa of his own design. The “bench table,” by Harush Shlomo, is made of hammered soda cans. Outside are terrace furniture by Richard Shultz and a sculpture by Bruno Romeda.

The master bath, with its freestanding tub and a double shower, has clerestory windows made of Kalwall, a lightweight, translucent fiberglass favored by environmentalists.

Designer Larry Laslo in the “very Busby Berkeley” master bath

In the bedroom, a leather Paris Archive club chair from Nienkämper and a table made of materials left over from the dining table

Landscape designers Bluegreen dyed the concrete patio to match the building’s rammed-earth walls. On the wall, Courtney Lord hung an artwork that seems to show a wheat field at sunset, but is actually the corroded interior of a metal drum (it’s by Aspen artist Mark Cesark). The cat is called Oliver.

Architect Scott Lindenau designed the stairway to the basement with thick treads of Botticino marble—the same material used on the house’s three fireplaces. The kaleidoscope painting is by Chip Richardson; the water-bottle artwork (through which liquid actually flows) is by Thomas Glassford.

Interior hallways have bare concrete floors. In one of them, the Lords hung a series of photos of Washington, D.C., taken in the 1950s by artist Peter Costas.

Designer Larry Laslo created this centerpiece using the “largest succulents I could find.” While impressive, it’s low enough to permit cross-table conversation under a vintage midcentury chandelier.

A black granite fountain in the backyard was designed by Bluegreen. Its infinity edge makes its surface extraordinarily smooth, the better to reflect the Aspen highlands. The views are also framed by a sculpture by Bruno Romeda.

For the powder room, Laslo set a plain mirror into a wall of mirrored mosaic tile. The concrete sink and mahogany base read as simple horizontal stripes. Laslo even picked the guest towels, which are a middle ground between paper and terry.

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