Design pros will tell you that a great space isn’t just about how it looks, but also how it lives. I couldn’t agree more. And with the arrival of autumn, the allure of kicking through a leaf-covered lawn, curling up in chair by a flickering fireplace or nestling into a cozy window seat becomes irresistible. Experiences, as well as ambiance, draw us in. This issue does the same, enticing you with ideas and images to inspire living rooms of your own. 

Photo by Pepper Nix

The team at Imbue Design captures the raw beauty of the Bear River Range with a remote retreat that connects its owners with nature and simple, unplugged living. In Heber Valley, designer Caitlin Creer infuses a mountain home with inviting spaces and a palette inspired by duck eggs. How’s that for charming? Steve Tiek and Ali Henrie teamed to overhaul an Orem home’s obsolete ‘80s kitchen into a gathering space dressed in European farmhouse style. Meanwhile, McKenzie Dickson joined Jackson & LeRoy to transform an outdated Deer Valley ski home into a family’s high-style, newly fashioned vacation retreat. They couldn’t resist a fresh start, nor could the owners of a new Park City home, who enlisted Ezra Lee to create a modern-meets-mountain dwelling comprised of active gathering spaces, indoors and out. 

Photo by Pepper Nix

Looking for more ways to live large at home this fall? This issue is packed full of them. Decorating, entertaining, dining, travel, gardening—they’re all right here. Our co-founder John Shuff, who passed away this summer, passionately believed that it isn’t enough for us to showcase beautiful homes—we must also create content that inspires readers to live beautifully in their homes. He was right. His conviction fills these pages and will continue in issues that follow. Thanks, John. You are missed. 

This editor’s note was included in our Fall 2020 print issue. The magazine is available on newsstands October 1.

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