Peek Inside Our Southern Cottage Special Issue

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The Glory of the Garden

rose garden

Nearly 20 years ago, Sherry Eldridge and her husband moved to a new home, and they began almost immediately to create a backyard garden that mirrored the cottage-style décor of their house. Hardscapes were installed—white trellises, picket fencing, lattice walls, and charming one-of-a-kind birdhouses and bird feeders. Then Sherry went to work putting in the plants. She didn’t start out with roses, but once she found a nursery specializing in antique roses, she fell in love with the old-fashioned garden plants it offered.

Relaxed Living in the Big Easy

living room
Photography by Jim Bathie

For New Orleans, Louisiana, interior decorator Donna Maselli, a home is an organic living thing. “A house truly speaks to me when I enter it; it tells me what it wants to be,” she says. “A home should always reflect its inhabitants but should not be overly decorated or stuffed with too many sentimental objects.” For Donna and her husband, Joe, that reflection is found in a 1900s Greek Revival home layered in creamy neutrals, serene spaces, and a generous dose of natural light.

Coming Home

cottage exterior
Photography by John O’Hagan

After sitting empty for five years, this cozy cottage was a diamond in the rough just waiting to be discovered by someone with a discerning eye. Following 25 years of living in Atlanta, Georgia, this business professional decided to move back to her hometown. She had lived in a new house in Atlanta but was hoping to find a home in her parents’ charming, well-established neighborhood.