The idea of summertime brings all kinds of familiar images to mind. Days spent on the beach, at the lake, or grilling in the backyard. Visiting family and friends across the country or just across the street. Taking the time to work in the garden or try out that new recipe you’ve been saving. While our world has been through a challenging time so far this year, we can hold on to the simpler, sweeter things and embrace the warm weather and brighter days ahead. It is the hope of the Southern Home team that this issue brings you some welcome inspiration and helps you transport yourself to the beautiful retreats we’re featuring. Escape to the mountains and admire the beautiful Virginia property designed with three generations of guests in mind. Or maybe you love a lake house—one story shows off a stunning Lake Martin abode in Alabama. We hope you’ll find a little respite in the pages of this issue and find new ways to welcome summer into your own home. The Southern Home team wishes you and your loved ones health and happiness!