Habitat

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.

A beach house inspired by breaking waves
Breaking waves, not falling water, inspired this 1986 beach house.
The original owners asked for a breezeway from the front of the house to the beach.
The master bathtub nestles in one of the bays.
The living room and deck command a 180-degree vista.
A hanging beam contains the kitchen lights and echoes the curve of the counter.
The Gavalases revel in the white decor, which reminds them of Greece.
Towels hang on the wall of an outdoor shower tucked into the breezeway.
Even the kitchen work areas are black and white.
The round glass table, with a tree-trunk base, matches the huge kitchen porthole.

Robert A.M. Stern finds Bonac to his liking
The architect is seen on the stadium steps at the back of the house, which looks out on the garden.
Wavy shingles around the oculus on the gable, at right, are a Stern trademark, as is the tower.

From the top of a ridge to the wide Atlantic
The frame has an almost imperceptible glass railing. Paul Domzal
The entrance is up a flight of steps and through a nearly invisible glass box. The limestone wall conceals the bedroom wing.Paul Domzal
Paul Domzal
The living room brings cedar and limestone indoors.Paul Domzal
The master suite is behind the balcony, which curves over the dining area, and then heads outside for dining al fresco.Paul Domzal
The open skylight is reflected in the omnipresent glass.Paul Domzal

Evocations of Other Cultures
Through a gate from an old Chinese castle on a 20-acre wooded property in East Hampton, a marsh boat can be seen on the shore of a koi pond. The homeowner likes to let structures age and develop a patina.
A metal sculpture by Leon Allemon can be seen through the trees.
Mountain laurel squiggles up through some of the five acres of moss.
A suspended fish drum from southern China can boom loud enough when struck to bring a neighbor’s complaint.
A stone temple lantern from Japan became the centerpiece of one of the 31 gardens. And a Wollemi pine is a species dating back to the dinosaurs.
A foundation stone from a Connecticut barn rises like an obelisk.
A Japanese bamboo gate separates the inner and outer gardens.
Ancient columns from Carthage (what is now Tunisia) decorate a lawn near the main house, which is seen framed by trees. Steps from the house, a secret garden features an antique Italian statue.
Sun splashes a log bench in another garden.
A Japanese urn pitted with age collects water on top of smooth river stones. A mushroom is one of 80 different types throughout the grounds. A wheelbarrow and water wheel powering a small gristmill are in a garden with a farmhouse a la Provence.

To say the undertaking is even one-third finished would probably be stretching it
An electrician was busy last week installing wiring for a chandelier in the Studio. The upside-down transom is back from repair, still upside-down. Durell Godfrey Photos
The front of the house should be shingled by fall, in time for a big fund-raiser.

Purple works well on a small scale or in a large park-like setting

An eclectic house and garden have classic echoes
The roofline angles that lured Diane Blell, and the turret she added, overlook the all-green garden. Below, from left: An ormolu-framed mirror adds sparkle to a niche, and Planet the cat guards the entrance to the living room. Photos by Durell Godfrey
Dianne Blell shows a visitor a Horus-eyed chair and painted diamonds on the walls that evoke Picasso.
The culture of some of the countries she’s been to is evident.
Above, from left: A Keith Sonnier neon sculpture commands attention. The stairs, right, are original to the house; the railing came from Home Depot.
Chairs and decorative items await a photo shoot, with one of Ms. Blell’s artworks propped against the wall.
The studio is at the foot of the garden.
Left, one of her tableau photographs is hung over a Venetian desk. Center, the second floor of the turret is sometimes used as a sleeping porch. Right,the fireplace surround is antiqued mirror; the seat in front of it is from India.Photos by Durell Godfrey

The tour will take in five private gardens
Fred Stelle will open up his North Haven garden on Guild Hall’s Garden as Art tour Saturday. Durell Godfrey