Luann, 52, reveals she was first drawn to her Sag Harbor house due to the beautiful water views, but adds that she ultimately decided to purchase the 5-bedroom, 5-bathroom home in 2014 for its cottage charm.
“It was a blank canvas of perfection,” Luann tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue. “It was just white, simple wainscoting, an old whaling captain’s home. When I walked onto the property I knew that this is where we would live.”
Luann, who has a passion for design, spent some time updating and decorating the beach retreat with collections from her past travels and heirlooms from her first husband Count Alexandre de Lesseps, 68. “My former father-in-law was an ambassador to Monaco, so I have a lot of French antiques from that part of my life,” she says.
She also reveals she loves unwinding at her beach house following her divorce from ex Tom D’Agostino as she currently doesn’t have an apartment in New York.
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