Summertime in the South often means taking a long-awaited vacation, perhaps to the beach or the mountains. The moment we step inside the doors of that vacation home, the chaos of everyday life seems to melt away, replaced with a sense of relaxation and peace. But what if our own homes could induce that same mood on a daily basis? The beautiful retreats featured in the May/June issue of Southern Home offer all the inspiration you need to create the feel of a luxurious escape inside your own house. On a pastoral Kentucky horse farm, architect Tom Wilmes and designer Dale Trice team up to build a stately home that pays homage to its 1812 predecessor yet offers plenty of modern amenities for a young family. Mississippi designer Lisa Palmer draws inspiration from the Caribbean and Europe to create a tranquil retreat overlooking a swan-filled lake. And in Washington, D.C., antiques dealer Loi Thai teams up with architect Stephen Muse to turn his own home into a European-style masterpiece. Plus, extend that vacation vibe to the outdoors with the latest trends in luxurious alfresco furniture. Then grab your sunglasses, a good book, and a cold drink, and start enjoying your everyday escape—right in your own backyard.