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.

Our photographer publishes a coloring book

‘Cool,’ whether or not it’s the oldest
Settled at 64 Union Street, the house was originally a “half house,” with two windows to the left of the front door. Durell Godfrey
Left, the French farm table is antique, as are the chairs under the dining room windows. Contemporary paintings by Judy Nathanson and Jeanne Dural in the living room contrast with the Ushak rug and original ceiling planks and beams.Durell Godfrey
The second-story bedroom was enlarged and the dormer added, but the original beams remain.Durell Godfrey

She lives and entertains in a shoe box
Sunsets and cloudscapes over Montauk’s Fort Pond Bay dominate the outdoor deck. Durell Godfrey
No curtains block the nighttime stars, though an outside awning can extend to give summer shade. Durell Godfrey
In the kitchen nothing intrudes on sightseeing when standing behind the counter. Durell Godfrey

A shingled guest cottage on Drew Lane looks rather average from the street but offers many surprises from its two story rounded veranda, above, on the rear of the house and its sunny living room, below..

It is colorful foliage, fruits, and berries that we look to for a stunning climax to the gardening year
Enkianthus perulatus J.L. Pennock Abby Jane Brody Photos
The fragrant flowers of false holly, Osmanthus hererophyllus
Coral bark maple
Kousa dogwood fruit

Marketing house and garden products
Dianne Benson, a former fashion designer and East Hampton resident, has been selling gardening tools and accessories electronically since 2009. She is phasing out her business after finding that customers don’t make many repeat purchases when the goods are of such high quality. Christine Sampson
Judi Boisson designs American folk art quilts, pillows, and other household accessories, below, from her home in Southampton. She traded brick-and-mortar stores for an Internet site in 1995. Durell Godfrey
Each soy candle in the Hamptons Handpoured pyramid represents a hamlet or village on the East End. They are created by Brittany Torres, a Southampton native. Brittany Torres and Christine Sampson Photos
Steve Judelson, who owns Amagansett Sea Salt with his wife, Natalie, has an online store that draws about one-third of sales. A one-ounce bottle starts at $9.95. Finishing salts, below, bring out the flavors of a dish rather than serve as a primary ingredient.Christine Sampson

After buying the house in 1995, the Gersteins immediately set about doing nothing to it.
When David and Janellen Gerstein traverse the foyer into the light-filled center of their Norman Jaffe house, the soaring angular ceiling and picture windows looking out onto abundant grounds give them a great sense of arrival and tranquility. The couple added philodendron to give the space warmth and a more human scale and placed objects from their travels, such as a Southwestern blanket over a railing, throughout the house to assert their personalities and history. Ms. Gerstein’s harp and piano, below, occupy the space in front of the great room’s window.
Much of the exterior of the house is obscured by plantings.
Mr. Gerstein’s key collection
The dining room table and chairs are original.
Southwestern dolls and Sagaponack turkey feathers
A school of trophy fish
A golf green on the property gives the Gersteins a chance to practice.
A pergola marks the entrance to the patio and pool deck at the front of the house.
Jaffe’s signature narrow door