Habitat

Jolie Kelter and Michael Malcé welcome friends — and shoppers by appointment.
A chicken coop is now a shop with eclectic wares, including a huge baseball, jewelry, folk art, signs from old-time stores, and a framed catcher’s vest.
Above, collectible decoys and ceramics are shelved indoors.
Left, a lamp in the master bedroom has a vintage shade; the bedspread contrasts with hand-applied stripes on the wall. Right, 19th-century portraits and a distressed mantel create a comfortable mood in the dining room, with a hand-painted kitchen floor at left.
A friend may have had the Olympics in mind while painting a trompe l’oeil runner for the stairs.
Supermarket food stickers on the kitchen window trim is a zany and surprising embellishment.

An ascendant East End phenomenon By Lee H. Skolnick, F.A.I.A.
The humble ranch house offers a perfect base upon which to elaborate, within the considered bounds of taste, finances, and reason.

Two-story glass walls bring in lots of light
Arthur Beckenstein and John O’Rourke suggested earth tones for the interior of their house but discovered they also liked brilliant hues.
Floor-to-ceiling glass on two sides of the house allows for bright light and panoramic views.
A roughly 23-foot-long fireplace wall in the middle of the house is the backbone for the rooms on both the first and second floor. Three uniquely shaped mirrors bring in the outdoors.
Where possible, the roofs are planted with sedum, often changing color with the seasons.
The pool, built with water spouts to mimic nearby Springy Banks, stays open all year.
An antique dresser and midcentury modern chair almost steal the first-floor guest room’s view of Three Mile Harbor.
A photo Arthur Beckenstein took after Hurricane Hermine in 2016 became a 12-foot-long triptych placed over the bed. The headboard makes use of what is known as live-edge wood.
An unusual chair was made in Brazil.
A patio table near the kitchen is shielded by a stone wall that creates a barrier between the deck and steep slope toward the harbor.

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.