Katleen Van Roost photograph by Douglas Friedman, styling by Rebecca Omweg
   
Belgian-born, British-based banker Katleen Van Roost bought and renovated her vacation house in the Hamptons with a plan to spend every July and August there. Rather than diving in to the go-go social scene, the Van Roosts enjoy a home where, at least during their vacation, they can check every concern at the door.

Take a tour of the Van Roost's Hampton's hideaway.

Katleen's Easy Living Tips
  1. Don't expect everything to be perfect the first time around. Decorating is an evolving process. Make changes if you feel they're appropriate and learn from your mistakes.
  2. When in doubt, be consistent. It's almost always easier to execute a design when you stick to one style.
  3. Have some fun. When you consider what children need to enjoy a home, hanging a tire swing on a backyard tree becomes as important as finding the ideal sofa.
  4. Not everything has to be newly invented. Find your inspiration in the world around you, whether it's in magazines, books, travel, or hotels.
  5. Select neutral colors and natural fibers. They consistently feel clean and will help create a peaceful environment.

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