“I ALWAYS SAY if you can’t sleep in it and can’t go out in it—I don’t want it,” says fashion icon Donna Karan. The longtime East Ender has made this mantra extend to her Hamptons homes—or compound, rather, where she and her late husband built a series of homes for their family, including one for her daughter, Gabby Karan de Felice, and her family. “We have four houses all on the water here, and each house is totally different,” explains Karan.]
Much like her simple yet sensual, globally inspired collections for Urban Zen, the homes are stripped down and streamlined, showcasing the raw beauty of the materials, and the stunning landscape and seaside outside. “That’s what I love about the house most,” Karan explains of the indoor-outdoor focus. “I never stay inside—I’m an outside person.” Washed linens, weathered Balinese woods and neutral palettes are punctuated by Karan’s late husband’s artwork. The focus on wellness is not mere branding. Karan practices what she preaches: Her home is outfitted with an Iyengar yoga wall as well as meditation areas—“I have a whole studio that’s a spa and a yoga room,” she says.
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