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The best in design and architecture from colonial chic to beach house modern
This Shingle Style residence is the latest addition to Foster Crossing in Southampton, a modern family-centered home that looks as though it has always been there. Emma Ballou

A beach house dream realized in the ’50s
The house today is much the same as seen in these contemperaneous photos. David Allee Photos

Where an ugly duckling became a swan
The original 1970s Amagansett house was grandfathered in to become the Treehouse, circa 2015, allowing views from the third story. Matthew Carbone Photos
The living room of the Treehouse.
An indoor/outdoor bathroom experience.
The unobstructed view from the top.
A light-filled, architecturally pleasing staircase.
Andrew Catapano, the owner.

Mary Nimmo Moran's gardens here may have been inspired by American Impressionist paintings

Every May, the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons stages its own show house
Tamara Fraser wanted to create a serene environment for relaxing after a long day at the beach. To that end, she used mostly beige, gray, and taupe. Durell Godfrey
Iris Zonlight’s snug bedroom reflects her predilection for black and white. Jai, her former ARF dog, seems comfortable with her design choices. Durell Godfrey
Michael Murray and Tim Cronenberger put some final touches on the rooms in the barn for Rachel Ray Home.Durell Godfrey

By Cathie Ireys Gandel
Kyoto-style hibachi made of keyaki wood with a copper lining. Below, wood and bamboo utensils for the kitchen.
Left, a step tansu would be used for stairs and storage. Right, an elaborate merchant’s chest would impress customers.
A selection of blue-and-white dishes with traditional motifs
Black lacquer storage boxes are handmade.

The old dairy barn has history of its own
The plaque on the boulder, below, commemorates the Springs Fire Department’s first home — George Sid Miller Jr.’s dairy barn. An image of a Native American appears in one of its open doors. These assemblages of found objects testify to Thomas Whitehill’s particular alchemy.
Simple furniture cedes the limelight to collectibles on the living room walls.
The drip-painted bass, above, is among the complex objects and often witty constructions in the barn, below.
An old industrial fan, above, is embellished with Japanese fans, tassels, and what have you. Below, a fallen tree was decorated rather than carted away.
The artist Hedda Sterne built the house after making the barn her studio.
Mr. Whitehill is seen at right; he found one side of a fanlight window at the Sag Harbor dump.

It takes over a month to prepare my house
The table is set for last year’s Seder. The artichoke, orange, and banana on the second Seder plate are symbols of contemporary life, and a child’s death.