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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.

Dan Rizzie does much of the cooking in the new kitchen
Carrara marble counters, above, white subway tiles around large windows, and open shelves define the new kitchen. Below: Dark cabinets in the old kitchen made it feel even smaller. Durell Godfrey Photographs
Beans and lentils soak under a Randy Lerner artwork.
Dan Rizzie chose a versatile faucet for one of two sinks.
Mr. Rizzie traded a painting for the figure in the living room, found in a Sag Harbor antiques shop.
Susan Lazarus-Reimen, who like her husband is an artist, poses with him near his “Piccolo Fiore,” mixed media on paper.

A vicarious look at the new New York
Fifth Avenue tree beds are packed with Queen of the Night tulips.
Ornamental cabbages provide months of color and interest on Park Avenue.
Yellow and purple violas fill a built-in handrail at a townhouse.
Planted pots define a path through a plaza at the Flatiron Building.

An illustrious fashion designer finds inspiration in Sagaponack
Beams from an old barn, brought down from Vermont, help create a traditional feeling in this contemporary house. Two standard garage doors bring air and light into the living room. This one, which faces the pool, is often left open. The table in both photos was designed by Joe Durso. Douglas Friedman Photographs
As can be seen in the living room, above, ease of living was the goal for Eli Tahari’s house. Tom Flynn, below, the interior designer, found a pair of rattan chairs from the 1940s in a Paris flea market, left, while a French red oak chair of the same vintage, right, designed by the late Maurice Pre, one of his favorite French furniture designers, came from Russ Steele Antiques in East Hampton. Eric Piasecki Photographs

‘Color Your Happy Home’ is for adults
Durell Godfrey at a Feb. 4 book event at BookHampton in East Hampton Dell Cullum

Call it what you will, the cats are happy
Maria Matthiessen’s cats, Prudence, left, and Tangawezi, right, enjoy the enclosed play space she had built for them a few months ago. A ramp leads out from the house. With several different platforms on which to jump and frolic or from which to simply observe the great outdoors, they are happy cats.

Once a carriage house and stable, an architect and her husband call it home
Eloise poses beside the stone turret, which, like the nonfunctional windmill above, was characterized by Greta Weil, the owner, as a folly. The interior of the turret, below, opens off the dining room.
The exterior of this Georgica Association house, seen from the north, remains unchanged since 1902, when it was built as a carriage house and stable on the Hendrick family’s estate.
To one side of the dining area, a wall of the former horse stall is still intact.
From left, a Dutch door, original to the stable, allowed horses to take the air. The interior of the windmill connects the two wings of the house. The former carriage house was redesigned in the 1960s with ample living areas.
Greta Weil takes takes in the view from the dining area into the spacious, high-ceilinged living room. Her taste for white necessitated painting over the walls of the living room, which originally were chocolate.
The long hallway on the second floor of the east wing, above, runs past several bedrooms to an open sleeping area reached by a bridge. Below, a wood staircase twists its way up the windmill.
Looking at the west wing from the south, one sees an American flag on spectacular fall day.