Habitat

Lake Huron meets Hook Pond on Hither Lane
The simplicity of the front porch decorations offers a hint of the festive yet restrained approach throughout the house. Durell Godfrey Photos
Left, Ms. Lasersohn’s ample ornament supply fills the boughs with keepsakes and memories from Christmases past in East Hampton and Michigan. Two large nutcrackers at the fireplace in the entryway, center, are part of a collection she began when her daughters were little. Right, although Lilee Fell was responsible for most of the greenery, Ms. Lasersohn took on the decoration of a corner cabinet herself.
Left,the tartan theme of the Lasersohns’ house is picked up in the library. In the sunroom, center, a lighter touch is achieved with a lone wreath. Right, one of many Christmas ornaments reflects the living room.
A wallpaper mural in the dining room is complemented by green lampshades and a cookie spread featuring her grandmother’s Christmas mugs. Durell Godfrey Photos

A slightly absurd aesthetic informs an eclectic collection
Mr. Lindenfeld selected black bowling balls from his collection of more than 100 to accent the grounds of his house, which is on Cooper Lane in East Hampton Village and was built in 1911. Durell Godfrey Photos
Left, A hexagonal table holds a trove of thrift shop and antiques store treasures, including gleaming examples of fine Murano glass. Right, A painting of East Hampton scenes by Michael J. Smollin, later famous for work on “Sesame Street,” was found at a yard sale.
The poodle is one of many dog paintings and canine-related objects in Alan Lindenfeld’s house, which he shares with a Kerry blue terrier.
Blazer, a Kerry blue terrier, enjoys a restful moment.

Evergreens protected from wind, sun, and snow
Durell Godfrey Photos

Dual views and constant renewal fulfill a dream
The Macklowe house faces West End Road and Georgica Pond, and a path leads up to it from the shingled garage. Flowers are in bloom along the retaining wall from April to September Durell Godfrey Photos
An oak Arts and Crafts sideboard has stained-glass insets above. A French ceramic tile, circa 1900, decorates its shelf, the phrenology bust is porcelain, and the vases are early American bulb-forcing jars.
An early American divan made of mahogany is in the entry foyer. Photographs of flowers by Ms. Macklowe are on the wall.
A wooden eagle, metal tractor seats, and old caps for downspouts are among the couple’s collections
The family enjoys the cozy second-floor library.
An Art Nouveau armoire in the master bedroom reflects a midcentury Scandinavian lounge. Center, A silver fruit server sits atop a side table in front of Arts and Crafts chairs covered in fabric with a William Morris design, at right, Georgica Pond can be seen from the kitchen, where antique American copper molds are placed above the windows.
The view of the ocean from the living room was obscured by a floor-to-ceiling fireplace when the Macklowes bought the house. The swan on the 1940s cabinet is a reproduction weather vane, the side table is Biedermeier, circa 1900, and the lamp is Mexican blown glass and filigreed metal.

Jerusalem artichokes are extraordinary by any measure
The Jerusalem artichoke flowers hadn’t reached their peak when, from left, Hiroyuki, Cosmo, and Rock Hamada posed for this photo. Durell Godfrey

Before going digital, Ms. Macklowe carried up to 10 pounds of film on each trip, returning home with 6,500 undeveloped images
Barbara Macklowe at the East Hampton Library Authors Night

Design that is nontoxic, safe and green, and can still be chic
The designer has stockpiled appropriate fabrics.

An almost 175-year-old house is brought into the 21st century
The circa 1840s house was in the Osborne family and at the corner of Main Street and Dayton Lane.
The front elevation and historical front entry are seen today, with a retrofitted covered porch.Durell Godfrey
The renovated living room dates to the 1950s. Durell Godfrey
The rear elevation of the house shows the 1950s screened porch and rose garden. Durell Godfrey
The new master bathroom has a retro theme.Durell Godfrey
An antique breakfront, found in the house, was repurposed. The renovated dining nook overlooks the rose garden.Durell Godfrey
The front parlor remained intact, with the original mantel. Edwardian antiques were collected by the Forbeses over the years.Durell Godfrey
The newel posts, carved railing, and balustrade were restored. The back porch, and inviting wicker seating, can be reached through the historic Dutch door in the original dining room.Durell Godfrey

An architect plays with perspective
A sunken courtyard off the lower level and cantilevered overhangs off the library and master bedroom, add outdoor living space. Matthew Carbone Photos
Architect Descending a Staircase: Left: Maziar Behrooz in the gallery of the Berty house in Wainscott, a showcase for the couple’s collection of modern and primitive art. Right: The addition, with planted rooftops and playful lines, “hinges itself open,” Mr. Behrooz said, as it departs from the older part of the house, designed by Alfredo De Vido.
Where the original house meets the addition, the architect continued its formal geometry, then slowly let it loosen up.
Marie-Eve Berty in the library.
The lower-level, with a bar by Michael Hastalis, includes a dining area with curved silver and gold-leafed walls.
A portrait of the Bertys’ daughters by Serge Clement hangs in the master bedroom, where sliding doors tuck completely into the walls to let the outside in.
The pool picks up the addition’s geometry; planted roofs can be seen in the foreground.

The gift that keeps on giving