On Katleen's peaceful patio, teak patio furniture by Dutch designer Piet Boon is covered in water-resistant fabric. The handmade clay planters are from the Belgian company Atelier Vierkant.
"For New Yorkers, I know—it's Manhattan on the beach," Katleen says. "We know lots of people who go to Sardinia or places like that—and it's hard to say no. Here, we're not forced to be part of the scene, which really gives us the ability to unplug."
Belgian-born, British-based banker Katleen Van Roost bought and renovated her vacation house in the Hamptons with a plan to enjoy a home where, at least during their vacation, they can check every concern at the door.
When her son Peter was killed on a hijacked plane on 9/11, Sally Goodrich concluded that life as she knew it was over. But then she found a new mission: building schools in, of all places, the harsh, violence-ridden land of Afghanistan.
Our December issue features Oprah's Favorite Things—as well as your chance to win them all! You'll also find our easy holiday declutter plan, Dr. Oz's guide to sleeping better (starting tonight) and the ultimate holiday menu.