Here in the South, cottage style is more than just a method of decorating—it’s a state of mind. One of the reasons it is so cherished, and so established throughout our region, is that it embodies a comfortable, deeply personal sensibility. In our second-annual Southern Cottages special issue, we bring you page after page of the best of this approach to decorating. Get ample inspiration with roundups focused on design ideas, finishing touches, and outdoor adornment. A collection of home tours spans elegant abodes and cozy, casual bungalows, from country-chic cottages with rural surrounds to waterside retreats that borrow from their serene settings, as well as unique nests tucked amid the suburbs. Each of these homes represents a distinctive take on cottage style yet feels perfectly on point. The beauty of cottage décor is found in this flexible, tailored ideology where your own style and your own story are at the heart of the design process.