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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 owners — a married couple with two children — are kite boarders, windsurfers, and sailing enthusiasts
A glass walkway connects the H-shaped house in the Amagansett dunes near Gardiner’s Bay.
A cantilevered roof shades the dining room.
Wood panels above the fireplace, at left, conceal a custom-made cabinet. The PK22 leather chair is by Poul Kjaerholm for Fritz Hansen. Right, Venting panels along the beams circulate the wind. Spoleto chairs by Knoll ring the dining table.Bates Masi + Architects

Erling Hope’s handmade wooden boxes are beautiful artistic riddles, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma
Erling Hope, in his workshop on the Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike, has shifted his focus from sleekly ingenious custom furniture pieces to a one-man production line of decorative “Purkinje boxes.” Durell Godfrey Photos
Using sustainable materials — scrap wood, for instance — is important to Mr. Hope, who strives to create objects of both beauty and utility.
Examples are available online, alongside his remarkable furnishings (lecterns, bed frames, folding tables, benches, shelves at custommade.com/by/erlinghope.

A Grand Old Dame Restored With Love
This Bluff Road, Amagansett, original had been abandoned and was dilapidated. Durell Godfrey Photos
The McSpaddens survey the living room from their portrait even when they are not in residence.
Although the kitchen appliances were updated and a marble counter installed, the room is redolent of the past.
Family photos line the long third-floor hallway leading to a bedroom.
An antique bed encourages dreaming.
And the sun porch, with the diamond-pane windows Ruth McSpadden favored, is quintessential.

it was all the rage to see who could get their guacamole to turn into a taller plant than the neighbor’s
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An industry of holiday decorators for indoors and out has put down aromatic pine roots on the East End
Jim Frankenbach
Lights at the William Rudin residence on Ocean Road in Bridgehampton have attracted notice and gawking from passing drivers and pedestrians. Durell Godfrey
Some of the familiar sights of the holiday season, courtesy of the professionals who light up the South Fork. Jim Frankenbach and Durell Godfrey Photos