As we have learned over the past year, customizing our homes to suit our needs and preferences is more important than ever. While living and working from home has presented challenges, it has also allowed us to view our spaces through a new lens. It gave us the opportunity to take a hard look at our surroundings and create functional yet beautiful solutions. Within the pages of this special Before & After issue, you’ll learn how homeowners, designers, and architects worked together to turn dreams into realities. Travel to Atlanta where an architect worked to update a classic home and give it fresh life for his young family. A Virginia-based designer takes on the challenge of making a new build feel classic and full of charm. In New Orleans, a designer marries elegance with eclecticism to enliven a historic home, and an older Birmingham home is remodeled to allow the owners’ antiques to blend seamlessly with contemporary elements. We show off our new dream destination—The Colony Hotel Palm Beach—and we catch up with designer Matthew Bees. It is the hope of the Southern Home team that you’ll find your own inspiration for the new year within these pages.