The tension between change and tradition
At the Covello garden in Sag Harbor, transparency is played with by pruning trees and shrubs in a way that allows a glimpse of what lies beyond. Abby Jane Brody

His spiral staircase is a work of art
From left: The newel post at the second floor landing shows Hans Hokanson’s chiseling and carving skill. The whole staircase can be seen in the round now that a wall between the living room and kitchen was removed.
Mortise and tenon joints rather than nails or screws guarantee a long life.

John Hall Wheelock sold his house to would-be owners who promised to keep it intact
The four-bedroom shingled house overlooks lush gardens in the center of East Hampton Village.
Jane Maynard looks down from the second-floor balcony, part of an addition designed by Robert A.M. Stern. She found the chandelier, made of antlers, at a Water Mill antiques store.
In the family room, a tapestry purchased at an antiques show at the Mulford Farm hangs above a leather Chesterfield-style sofa.
Cozy sitting rooms and working fireplaces abound upstairs.
Cast-iron beds with brass accents are just right in a guest bedroom.
Part of the second floor balcony and an intricate wooden door evoke earlier times.
The expansive kitchen was a busy place during a recent family reunion.
The old well on the front lawn no longer works.
A stark sculpture by Edwina Sandys guards the swimming pool.

Formal lines and balanced symmetry in a three-acre compound
Symmetry is a guiding principle in this French-style garden, with an obelisk and precisely manicured hedges and shrubs. Below, Craig Socia left the magazine world 24 years ago and never looked back.
The chair is a fine example of the designer’s signature twig constructions.
Serpentine paths wind through the grounds from this sculpture in one of the gardens; the tower is part of the house in which the designer lives.
The architecture of the main house is French Norman, and the garden’s symmetry is evident even in the bottleneck palms near the pool.
Left, adults would call this cedar limb playhouse a folly. Kids call it fun. Right, foliage and flowers in complementary shades mark a perimeter hedgerow.

By Justin Spring
By Justin Spring
The East Hampton Historical Society is offering up its annual bazaar this weekend at Mulford Farm
Travel posters, linens, art glass, and other unexpected items often make an appearance at the annual antiques show presented by the East Hampton Historical Society. Durell Godfrey

The right groundcover can transform a planting from simple to memorable
Evergreen Christmas ferns provide a memorable groundcover. Abby Jane Brody