Is there any season as pushy as spring? Like an alarm clock, it jolts us from winter’s state of serenity and slumber, propelling us into a world of activity. Look around. It feels like everyone is renewing, remodeling or refreshing. We’re here for it. This issue celebrates the desire to do, and there’s inspiration everywhere. 

Utah Style and Design Editor Brad See

Whether it’s on fashion runways or in high-style rooms, springtime flirts with a little more leg, brighter colors and lots of attitude. This issue’s cover captures this fun-loving spirit, as designer Cara Fox and her fashionista client Emily Jackson strike a pose. Jackson’s Alpine home is a statement of calming classic style punctuated with the theatrics of dazzling Gracie and Gucci wallcoverings, checkered marble floors, breathtaking window walls and a mix of blue tones threaded throughout (page 98). “Of course, we had to add some dramatic moments,” Fox explains. 

Designer Jessica Bennett’s response to a client’s “no-gold” directive is equally enthralling. Cool metals and icy finishes gleam throughout the renewed decor (page 84). “I see the nickel, silvered and chrome finishes in an edited, chic way,” Bennett says. And she delivers. So does Brit designer Sophie Robinson, whose delightful new collection of exuberant fabrics and wallpapers was influenced by her English garden and love of color (page 29). Fair warning: It’s practically impossible not to smile when you see it. The same goes for Katherine Chandler and Jeffrey Sherlock’s new modern home, where the Golden Gate Bridge and a Moroccan house inspired bright red doors and vibrant Majorelle blue cabinets (page 128). “I’m obsessed with bright colors,” Katherine confesses. 

Similarly compelling are three featured remodels: Designer Andrea West turns a dark and dated kitchen on its head, making it a light-filled, function-forward space teeming with style—and ideas to steal (page 70). Designer John Eyring generously nods to many of Utah’s talented craftspeople as they help him transform a tired Bountiful residence into an elegant home dressed with classic charm and contemporary allure (page 118). And beneath the shadow of Mt. Olympus in SLC, designer Doug Smith leads the meticulous restoration of a historically significant and strikingly modern home designed by renowned Utah architect John Sugden (page 108). 

We created this issue to inspire and possibly prompt a boost of your own spaces, whether through a little finessing or a complete overhaul. Now it’s your turn. Spring has arrived and it’s time to do.

Browse the Spring 2024 issue here.

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Brad Mee
Brad Mee is the Editor-in-Chief of Utah Style & Design Magazine.