The new year beckons us to look ahead while relishing winter days in the warm confines of home. This issue teems with ideas for setting beautiful tables and hosting loved ones as well as crafting floral arrangements sure to brighten any space during these blustery months. Settle by the fire for espresso beverages and scratch-made delights or plan a spirited jazz brunch that takes cues from New Orleans’ signature bravura and culinary flair. As we whisk you away in our 2022 travel series Waterfront Escapes, the first stop is Florida’s seashell paradise, Sanibel and Captiva Islands. A small town enlivened by modern-day shops and eateries awaits in Rome, Georgia, north of Atlanta, where we tour the fresh interiors of an empty-nester abode. Design mavens, soap makers, and more share inspiring journeys to business ownership across the pages of our annual Southern Entrepreneurs feature. A roundup of hearty dishes brimming with seasonal veggies will comfort all who gather to indulge in life’s simple pleasures with those who mean the most.