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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.

The 11th annual East Hampton Antiques Show starts July 21
Mulford Farm provides a charming indoor/outdoor setting for the East Hampton Historical Society's Antiques Show. Durell Godfrey

The materials chosen connect the house to the landscape
The architect broke up the horizontality of the front of the house, above, by using different materials and moving elements away from each end. Below, the rear is almost all glass, with a wide staircase between the upper terrace and pool. Joshua McHugh photos
An Alexander Liberman painting leads the eye up a floating staircase.
A dropped slatted wood ceiling makes the dining and living spaces intimate, while allowing light to filter in. The niche for the wooden sculpture provides a view from one end of the house to the other.
The muted colors of the furnishings, selected by the interior designer Robert Stillin, are in keeping with the hard materials chosen for the house.
Steve Riggio’s guitar room is designed for displaying his collection as well as making music.
Stoneware sculptures by Toni Ross are in a niche next to the front door. Josef Albers paintings are to the left on the wall.
Lee Skolnick Durell Godfrey

A covetous retreat on Gardiner’s Bay
The late architect Francis Fleetwood helped create the perfect artist’s studio. A wall of glass doors runs the length of the building, making the most of the sky, the light, and the view of beach and bay.
The studio doubles as a home away from home, with a fireplace made of Montauk stones for winter, a kitchen and bathroom, and a loft bedroom for those occasions when Lucy Cookson simply cannot put away her artwork.
Seen from the beach, the studio displays the architect’s commitment to the shingle style and love of swooping gables.
The smokestack is all that remains of the Devon Colony’s power plant. Ospreys have found it to be a handy nesting place.
The base of the smokestack as seen from inside.

Erik Engstrom, left, works part time for Fireplace Farm helping Paul Hamilton. Durell Godfrey

The best in design and architecture from colonial chic to beach house modern
This Shingle Style residence is the latest addition to Foster Crossing in Southampton, a modern family-centered home that looks as though it has always been there. Emma Ballou

A beach house dream realized in the ’50s
The house today is much the same as seen in these contemperaneous photos. David Allee Photos