Habitat

“Orange is the new black” is the way one visitor described a dominant trend at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show in London two weeks ago. Chelsea is to the gardening world what Paris is to high fashion.
The Animal Rescue Fund Thrift and Treasure Shop will hold its annual Designer Showhouse and Sale, now an institution, this weekend, likely bringing relief to many who may have expected it to be held at what had been its traditional scheduling on Memorial Day weekend.
Down a long, narrow driveway running past the historic Thomas Halsey Homestead in Southampton, Leslie and George Biddle’s weekend and summer retreat is a rambling Victorian full of quirky and fanciful details in its many rooms, porches, and spaces.
It is possible, in undertaking a renovation of a house that dates to an earlier time, to respect its architecture and to also reflect the character of new owners.
Gardening worldwide is undergoing a sea change as ecological considerations become more influential in our garden-making decisions.
There are few places in East Hampton Town that have updated their look without sacrificing their history. Old Stone Highway is one of those places, with careful renovations and restorations of classic Springs buildings and gardens aplenty.
While much grander houses have sprung up around it in the 53 years since Tinka and the late Bud Topping transformed an 1811 barn in Sagaponack into a family home, none of them speak as much to place and history. Mr. Topping’s family...
“Since the 1950s, American families have gotten smaller while homes have nearly doubled in size.”    —Yale University Architectural Team With no apparent slowdown in the making of megamansions, a book has just...
Don and Kathy Ashby first saw the house at 177 Main Street in East Hampton in the spring of 2012 as prospective buyers of what they might find at a tag sale. Mr. Ashby, a fashion photographer, collects books and photographs, and the house, which has...