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.

Anchored to the land but like a ship at sea
The great room in Linda James’s house is classic Scheffer, with a vaulted ceiling, wide beams, brick-lined fireplace, and chandelier. Artwork, books, and memorabilia testify to family life.
Linda James’s wing juts toward Hook Pond. The meadow grasses, which are cut only once a year, evoke ocean waves.
The patio provides shelter from the sun and wind and an extensive view of the pond.
Grasses also undulate on this side of the house, in front of the kitchen area at right
The house is close to the lane, but the family rarely uses the front door.
Linda James’s desk gives evidence of the work she does.
An ample window seat in her wing offers respite and calm views.
The sitting room in the children’s wing is now used by guests. The living room can be seen through the door at right.
A needlepoint image of the house on the bag above was made by Dorothy Klotz Pardue and given to Linda James.
A blanket chest, Argentinean tools, and a miniature windmill built by Michael Sinclair for Deborah Light Perry in 1976 and won by Alexandra James at the L.V.I.S. Fair.

From copper watering cans to intricate tables and gates
The metalsmith is proud of this intricate gate on East Hollow Road. Courtesy of Bob Linker

An old barn is now an artist’s think tank
The bigger barn of two in the complex was moved from New England by the artist David Porter, who once lived and worked there. Lucy Winton is at left.
Left to right, “Axis Mundi,” which is in the sky lobby of 1 World Trade Center, is seen as a maquette. “Flume I,” of cast aluminum, is from Bryan Hunt’s Waterworks series. “Charioteer,” from the artist’s Waterfall series, was cast in bronze. Georgica Pond seems to encroach on the cast stainless steel “Calm II.”
A view through the living room to the dining room offers a sense of the house’s origin as a barn.
Bryan Hunt and Lucy Winton shared a laugh in the studio, which is now used as a think tank.
The front door opens into what had been a chicken coop, the smallest of three components.
The sculptor designed and built the dining table and the candlesticks.
Hand-embroidered portraits of the artists by Christa Maiwald are from her “Blue Chip” series.

Displaying the work of more than 30 designers
Covered porch, East Hampton Gardens, Gregory Shano
Family room, Lillian August Furnishings & Designs, Nancy Galasso and Richard Cerone
Bedroom, Rayman Boozer, Christian Lacroix wallpaper, Souvenir Italian travel plates
Master bedroom, M. Frederick Design, Matthew C. W. Frederick
Playroom, Grayson De Vere Design, Julia Nix;
Master bedroom, Eddie Ross for The Muse
Playroom, English Country Home, Chris Mead

The 11th annual East Hampton Antiques Show starts July 21
Mulford Farm provides a charming indoor/outdoor setting for the East Hampton Historical Society's Antiques Show. Durell Godfrey

The materials chosen connect the house to the landscape
The architect broke up the horizontality of the front of the house, above, by using different materials and moving elements away from each end. Below, the rear is almost all glass, with a wide staircase between the upper terrace and pool. Joshua McHugh photos
An Alexander Liberman painting leads the eye up a floating staircase.
A dropped slatted wood ceiling makes the dining and living spaces intimate, while allowing light to filter in. The niche for the wooden sculpture provides a view from one end of the house to the other.
The muted colors of the furnishings, selected by the interior designer Robert Stillin, are in keeping with the hard materials chosen for the house.
Steve Riggio’s guitar room is designed for displaying his collection as well as making music.
Stoneware sculptures by Toni Ross are in a niche next to the front door. Josef Albers paintings are to the left on the wall.
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