Finding collectibles was fun and serious at the same time
Bonnie Maslin, a clinical psychologist, relies on her sense of humor when she decides what to buy at yard sales and when she calls the collection the Museum of Low Taste.
The view of Gardiner’s Bay from Bonnie Maslin’s house in Springs, seen from the bathroom, offers respite from the intensity required to take in the countless ceramic figurines, lazy susans, and collectibles at the Museum of Low Taste, or MOLT. Even the bathroom is part of the museum.
The Museum of Low Taste contains commemorative ceramics, including some depicting President Kennedy and his family and Elvis Presley on a plate from an inn in Jerusalem.
Ceramic figurines and lazy susans are complemented by what Bonnie Maslin, the curator and tour guide, calls “church-lady handbags,” below.

A contemporary North Haven house departs from the norms
A sculpture of horses by Robert L. Hooke, an artist who lives in Sag Harbor, welcomes visitors to Susan Goldstein’s North Haven house. Her daughter is a professional equestrian. Durell Godfrey
A dramatic dining table was fashioned from two ancient cherry trees that were ready to fall. A glass wall of water creates soothing sounds and divides the living room into two seating areas.
The fixtures in a bathroom and its counter reflect distinctive taste. Custom-fabricated corner windows provide dramatic views while helping lower the cost of heating and cooling.Durell Godfrey photos
Projecting balconies and strong horizontal volumes bring Frank Lloyd Wright to mind. A dramatic, three-story rotunda is the axis of the house; the balcony leads to the bedrooms.Durell Godfrey photos
A fieldstone wall and tables using wood from the property’s cherry trees bring rusticity into the living room. The stair treads were also fabricated from the trees.Durell Godfey Photos

Did Anne Boleyn take shelter under these beams?
A birdhouse marks the view of the Tiedemanns’ house from the south.
Left, the “bones” of a 500-year-old barn come from the Boleyn family’s Hever Castle in England. Right, Georgica Pond in East Hampton can be seen from more than one side of the great room. Durell Godfrey Photos
The family enjoys the tranquil waters of Georgica Pond from one side of the house.
Dining in the sunroom, with its sweeping views of moors, Georgica Pond, and Georgica Beach, contrasts with meals at the formal dining room table, below left, which seems to await a feast for royalty.
Right: Books and a quirky folk art bicycle rider fill the center of the great room.
At left: Carl Tiedemann collected tools to make full use of the space between the beams. Right: A whimsical ladder is by the artist and studio furniture maker Tommy Simpson.
Tudor-style paneling geometrically complements a mantelpiece and its eclectic assortment.

Rapid construction, locked-in price
Punit Chugh and Anjali Gupta display a model of a premade wall. Below, this modernist Davinci Haus was custom designed. Durell Godfrey
Aman Developers’ new office will be in a Davinci Haus to the east of the traditional building that is its office now. State-of-the-art technology will reduce the carbon footprint. Bill Chaleff of Chaleff and Rogers
The Eden Mountain Estate in the Swiss Alps is a Davinci Haus.

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.

‘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.