If this past season had an anthem, Nat King Cole’s hit “Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days of Summer” certainly strikes the right chord. And while my summer had many high notes, I’m ready for a less bouncy autumn. From what I hear, I’m not alone.

For many of us, the leaf-kicking days of fall are an ideal time to catch one’s breath and slow the tempo before the rhythms and rituals of the holiday season take over. They’re also a period when we turn our attention back to our homes and enjoy a little decorative daydreaming and even-measured doing. We composed this issue to inspire both.

As captured on our cover, autumn’s golden light spills through the expansive windows of Tom and Shelby Andra’s new Alpine home. There, designers Parker Lamborn and Brynne Flowers orchestrated a compelling mix of at-ease colors, organic materials and masterful details that root the décor to the home’s pastoral site. In a nearby Utah County home, a palette of layered whites melds with rustic and relaxed elements to shape a welcoming family retreat. 

And in Millcreek, a dream team created a stately Colonial-style residence that nods to the past amid an up-to-the-minute floor plan and ultra-livable details. “Our clients wanted a timeless, traditional home that functions for modern living and entertaining,” says architect Bradford Houston. Mission accomplished. 

Throughout this issue you’ll also find tips on choosing and using color, finessing fabrics, tracking trends, arranging memorable floral arrangements and adding a few new dishes to your fall menus. And even if you’re not good with a hammer, the savvy advice of local design pros will tempt you to curate a spirited gallery wall that will personalize and enliven your décor. 

Enjoy! These pages are as varied and inspiring as the autumn season itself. 

Editor-in-Chief @brad_mee on Instagram.

This editor’s note was included in our Fall 2021 print issue. The magazine is available on newsstands October 1st.

Photo by Malissa Mabey