Welcome to the issue that has been a quarter of a century in the making. With this issue, we celebrate 25 years of Utah Style & Design, and we couldn’t be more excited. It’s hard to imagine that when publishers John and Margaret Mary Shuff signed off on our first issue in 1997 that the delight of living in Utah seemed an insiders’ secret. In those days, not many in the media were bragging up our beautiful homes and gardens and the talented pros that were designing and creating them. But we jumped in with both feet. During the past quarter of a century—including the last 20 years that I’ve been at the editorial helm—we’ve shouted from the rooftops (OK, from our pages and more recently also our website and socials) extolling the breadth and depth of Utah’s extraordinary architecture and interior design. Today, it comes as no surprise to us that both are revered far beyond our borders.

Certainly, the magazine in your hands (or aglow on your iPad) has evolved since our first issue. We’ve seen lots of changes and growth, not only in the world of design, but also in this magnificent state we call home. What hasn’t changed is our commitment to finding and featuring the very best design Utah and its talented creatives have to offer. 

To kick off our anniversary celebration, we dusted off the archives for a story that spotlights 25 spirited spaces that have graced our pages over the years. Ready to revel in the past? We also focus on the now: the new and noteworthy in our Style File; tours of three spectacular homes from across the state; a stylist’s tips for decorating your rooms; plus much, much more. Thanks for joining us on our 25th anniversary. For us, it’s not the number of years that makes this milestone so special, but the number of talented people and special spaces we’ve met and shared along the way. We look forward to celebrating many more. 

Utah Style & Design's Anniversary
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This editor’s note was included in our Winter 2022 print issue. Read the full issue here.

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