Whatever you seek this new year—more cultural involvement, better organization, maybe just more quality time with family and friends—we hope you’ll find encouragement in this issue filled with fresh ideas and stories that exude the warmth and vitality of the South. It is our tradition to start the year with our annual decorating issue, and in these pages you’ll find inspiration aplenty. Tour well-appointed homes and go behind the scenes with designers, or pick out a few new pieces of your own from some of our featured Southern artists. And once your newly adorned home is ready for show, we’ve got loads of entertaining ideas—from an Oscar-worthy dinner menu to a pretty-in-pink dessert party, and even a new column aimed at simplifying the life of the Southern hostess. Despite all this talk of interiors, we don’t forget the great outdoors. Bask in the beauty of south Florida’s Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, the first stop in our yearlong travel series showcasing the region’s most extraordinary gardens.