Step into summer warmth and stunning design with Utah Style and Design editor Brad Mee.

As is my habit, I’m composing this letter on the cusp of finalizing this issue, but I’m wrestling with distractions. For weeks, I’ve been poring over edited pages of summer-splashed content, but now I’m losing focus as sunlight streams across my desk, and the aroma of freshly cut grass wafts through open windows. C’mon, pay attention. I only need to complete this editor’s note, but my mind keeps drifting to the season and thoughts of reimagining gardens, revitalizing patios, refreshing interiors and so much more. Summer is definitely a season for doing, not dreaming, and we created this issue to fill your head with ideas and inspiration.

A few pages back, Courtney Little embarked on a simple kitchen renovation, but she and her team of pros ended up transforming her entire 1942 cottage and gardens into a contemporary haven brimming with comfort and personal style. Daring black exterior and dual pergolas? You bet. Meanwhile, designers Kimberly Rasmussen and Elizabeth Wixom Johnsen drew inspiration from Scottish heritage to reimagine a client’s Millcreek residence, infusing it with fresh timeless style, exemplified by a deep green Scottish Highlands paint that delivers surprising contrast and character throughout. Sparano Mooney architects orchestrated a stunning swap for a downsizing couple, replacing a dilapidated house with a modern, sustainable marvel on coveted golf-course frontage in Salt Lake City. A house that’s both stunning and smart; you have to love that. And in St. George, Lorna Mildice and Andy Brown’s team crafted a desert-modern masterpiece, capturing jaw-dropping views of Snow Canyon with expansive windows, bold angles and a super-savvy floor plan. 

Equally captivating are Emily Brooks Wayment’s classic gardens, lush with timeless style and breathtaking beauty. Plus, our curated selection of curvaceous outdoor furnishings adds a soft touch to outdoor living. Need more? Explore a chic eatery in Sandy, indulge in a refreshing melon cocktail and discover the marriage of haute and healthy at Metrodora Institute in West Valley City. And don’t miss the golden yellows that warm this season’s sunniest palette. This is your guide to summer style, ready to inspire. 

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