Habitat

A large floral pillow provides Catherine Constance Cooper with cozy comfort in her grandmother’s house. Photos by Durell Godfrey
Hurricane lamps and flowers enhance the dining room.
Shabby-chic is epitomized in the sun room.
A postcard of French bathing beauties is among antiques on a mantel.
An old high chair sits in the corner of the parlor.
The sun room was a 20th century addition.
Valerie Smith takes a break from the Monogram Shop with Dixie, her golden retriever.

Creativity Runs in the Family
The cast concrete legs of Nico Yektai’s massive Bench #8 have intricate detailing. Gestural wood components make the bench, which is designed for the outdoors, unique.
The Pontus table is a functional sculpture.
The artist-craftsman’s hands are seen in motion as he shapes a piece of wood.
The Shore dining table has an undulating edge, defining where each person sits. Stainless-steel legs transfer the sculptural effect to a concrete base.
The Waves bench has curved, tapered, and angled cast concrete legs. The seat is bleached maple.
Custom wall-hung consoles blend art and utility. This console has drawers that open in unexpected ways.

Design, ecological, and economic benefits
Mats of low-growing sedum are wrapped in netting and transferred from pallets for installation. Arthur Beckenstein
The sedum is grown in “engineered” soil, and it requires little weeding.
The finished green roof augments the view of Three Mile Harbor.

The tour will include several houses as well as St. Andrew’s Church of the Dunes, the Thomas Halsey Homestead, and the 1708 House inn
William Merritt Chase’s “Landscape: Shinnecock, Long Island‚” from about 1896, is one of many plein-air landscapes he painted while teaching at his Shinnecock Summer School of Art. The Southampton Historical Museum’s house tour will include one of his student’s houses in the Art Village. Princeton University Art Museum
An East Hampton couple enjoys their collection
Audacious curves and shapes characterize many of the ceramic pieces. Durell Godfrey
From left: Lois Mander checks the guestbook next to just a few of the couple’s midcentury American vases. Mr. Pine is pictured with a niece amid a few pencil sharpeners from his formidable collection. A kitchen cabinet found in a Sag Harbor antiques shop holds bright “fiesta ware” and whimsical pottery. Durell Godfrey Photos
Max Pine and Lois Mander’s American ceramics collection is grouped by color and awash in shades of blue, among other colors soft and bold. Durell Godfrey

Improved systems — and affluence — make it possible
Stepping stones make feeding the koi fun; lily pads and small fountains please the eye.
An infinity pool has a dramatic waterfall.
This pond looks as if it has always been in its woodland setting.
Boulders and a small waterfall have been installed at Groundworks@Hren’s.

The house and garden tour includes six private properties in and around the village of East Hampton
Durell Godfrey

Our gardens would fare much better if they remained covered by a blanket of snow
Snakebark maple Phoenix. Abby Jane Brody Photos
Early crocus after six weeks under snow.

Tracing Heritage to Two Family Trees
This North Haven house, on “Sayre’s Lot,” is still in the family. Durell Godfrey Photos
This dour portrait is of the widowed Maria Payne,left, who married Jeremiah Sayre. Ann Sutphen’s grandmother, Gladys Houx Rusk, center, poses with Ann’s mother, Martha Rusk Sutphen, on her lap. And a portrait of an unidentified ancestor, right, dates from the turn of the last century.
Ann Sutphen, dressed for the cold in a room closed off for winter, poses with portraits of her three sisters.
A 19th century dresser, left, in what used to be the master bedroom is a coveted antique. The secretary in the morning room, right, is full of books ancestors handed down.
The view from a former maid’s room, left, is one of the best in the house. A ginger jar, right, has been in the house for generations.
A writing desk, left, with windowed shelves in the morning room. At right, hot-water bottles come in handy in old houses.