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Finding collectibles was fun and serious at the same time
Bonnie Maslin, a clinical psychologist, relies on her sense of humor when she decides what to buy at yard sales and when she calls the collection the Museum of Low Taste.
The view of Gardiner’s Bay from Bonnie Maslin’s house in Springs, seen from the bathroom, offers respite from the intensity required to take in the countless ceramic figurines, lazy susans, and collectibles at the Museum of Low Taste, or MOLT. Even the bathroom is part of the museum.
The Museum of Low Taste contains commemorative ceramics, including some depicting President Kennedy and his family and Elvis Presley on a plate from an inn in Jerusalem.
Ceramic figurines and lazy susans are complemented by what Bonnie Maslin, the curator and tour guide, calls “church-lady handbags,” below.

A contemporary North Haven house departs from the norms
A sculpture of horses by Robert L. Hooke, an artist who lives in Sag Harbor, welcomes visitors to Susan Goldstein’s North Haven house. Her daughter is a professional equestrian. Durell Godfrey
A dramatic dining table was fashioned from two ancient cherry trees that were ready to fall. A glass wall of water creates soothing sounds and divides the living room into two seating areas.
The fixtures in a bathroom and its counter reflect distinctive taste. Custom-fabricated corner windows provide dramatic views while helping lower the cost of heating and cooling.Durell Godfrey photos
Projecting balconies and strong horizontal volumes bring Frank Lloyd Wright to mind. A dramatic, three-story rotunda is the axis of the house; the balcony leads to the bedrooms.Durell Godfrey photos
A fieldstone wall and tables using wood from the property’s cherry trees bring rusticity into the living room. The stair treads were also fabricated from the trees.Durell Godfey Photos

Did Anne Boleyn take shelter under these beams?
A birdhouse marks the view of the Tiedemanns’ house from the south.
Left, the “bones” of a 500-year-old barn come from the Boleyn family’s Hever Castle in England. Right, Georgica Pond in East Hampton can be seen from more than one side of the great room. Durell Godfrey Photos
The family enjoys the tranquil waters of Georgica Pond from one side of the house.
Dining in the sunroom, with its sweeping views of moors, Georgica Pond, and Georgica Beach, contrasts with meals at the formal dining room table, below left, which seems to await a feast for royalty.
Right: Books and a quirky folk art bicycle rider fill the center of the great room.
At left: Carl Tiedemann collected tools to make full use of the space between the beams. Right: A whimsical ladder is by the artist and studio furniture maker Tommy Simpson.
Tudor-style paneling geometrically complements a mantelpiece and its eclectic assortment.

Earth Is the Raw Material
Lane’s ceramics take many forms, sometimes blending the functional and the ornamental
After making bowls for 10 years, Ms. Lane decided to also make vases, filling them with native vegetation from her property.
Alison Lane’s ceramic flowers are sometimes affixed to found objects like driftwood, creating decorative pieces. An old wooden birdhouse, found at the Ladies Village Improvement Society’s thrift shop, now explodes with color.
Today her bowls are glazed with various colors, but sunshine is a theme, along with sunflowers — “Alison flowers,” as they are known at the cooperative.
Poppies

‘The Little Ranch House That Could’
The dog, Bertie, just happens to be black and white, in keeping with the interior of what had been a 1960s ranch house.
Chris and Russ Patrick enjoy their surroundings.
Above and below: The exterior of “The Little Ranch House That Could” proves the black theme, making it unique in a Sag Harbor enclave that was developed in the 1940s.
Inside, it’s black and white all over. Most of the couple’s furniture came from their former 4,000-square-foot house.
The Patricks call the dark patio off the dining room, designed by the late Jack deLashmet, their secret garden.
A floor-to-ceiling mirror helps create an illusion of endless space in the dining area, with a black table and chairs.

The Sky’s the Limit
Music and video blend in this Bridgehampton house. Attention to detail is key, with every product chosen to perform without sacrificing the beauty of the space. Photos courtesy Crescendo Designs
The owners of this Sagaponack house can access all the systems from one easy-to-use touch panel. And they can press a button for the away mode.
The­ Bridgehampton house has all of the audio, video, and automation equipment in one climate-controlled location. The proper environment assures reliability and longevity.

Monte Farber and Amy Zerner
Beet salad
Grilled branzino with zucchini medallions

Anchored to the land but like a ship at sea
The great room in Linda James’s house is classic Scheffer, with a vaulted ceiling, wide beams, brick-lined fireplace, and chandelier. Artwork, books, and memorabilia testify to family life.
Linda James’s wing juts toward Hook Pond. The meadow grasses, which are cut only once a year, evoke ocean waves.
The patio provides shelter from the sun and wind and an extensive view of the pond.
Grasses also undulate on this side of the house, in front of the kitchen area at right
The house is close to the lane, but the family rarely uses the front door.
Linda James’s desk gives evidence of the work she does.
An ample window seat in her wing offers respite and calm views.
The sitting room in the children’s wing is now used by guests. The living room can be seen through the door at right.
A needlepoint image of the house on the bag above was made by Dorothy Klotz Pardue and given to Linda James.
A blanket chest, Argentinean tools, and a miniature windmill built by Michael Sinclair for Deborah Light Perry in 1976 and won by Alexandra James at the L.V.I.S. Fair.

From copper watering cans to intricate tables and gates
The metalsmith is proud of this intricate gate on East Hollow Road. Courtesy of Bob Linker