A Sag Harbor writer jettisons a Jacuzzi in favor of bookshelves
On one of Sag Harbor’s trademark little lots, Suzanne McNear has scaled back. Durell Godfrey
The homeowner’s green thumb is evident in the shadow of the red brick elementary school across the street. Durell Godfrey
The brand-new built-in bookshelves are fit for a writer’s life.Durell Godfrey
The country kitchen was relatively untouched in the redo.Durell Godfrey
The second-floor features a landing barely wide enough for the homeowner’s King Charles spaniel, Gus. “That lace curtain drives me crazy,” she said, “but I can’t get to it.” Durell Godfrey

Artworks have found temporary homes in places on the market
The Modern Barn off Hand’s Creek Road in East Hampton is one of the first houses Esperanza Leon has used as a gallery. Above, the painting on the dining room wall is by Astolfo Funes; the artwork in the hall is by Hermann Mejia. Edge Media
A painting by Miquel Salem brightens the master suite bathroom.
Furniture by Jeff Muhs was placed in a house on Koala Lane, East Hampton; from left on the walls are works by Fulvio Massi, Barbara Groot, and Casey Dalene.
The small paintings to the right of the fireplace in a house on Maidstone Lane are by Darlene Charneco; a Maria Schoen painting is on the wall.
Works by Maria Schoen enhance the modern barn’s hall; works by German Tagle and Ms. Charne­co can also be seen.
In an Amagansett house, two black panels and a sculpture on a table are by Jesus Matheus; small works on the right wall are by Dennis Leri, and Venezuelan Yekuana Indian baskets are on the floor.

You have to be a bona fide East Hamptoner to own a house here
The screened-in porch of what may be the smallest “camp” at Lazy Point doubles as the living room. Durell Godfrey
A bit of Gardiner’s Bay is glimpsed beyond the shrubbery that surrounds the deck, which is protected by a deer fence.Durell Godfrey
The quintessential Lazy Point cottage is steps from a pebbly beach.Durell Godfrey
A few favorite things are among the sparse decoration. Durell Godfrey
he Star’s food writer has mastered “simple cooking with limited equipment.” The silverware lives in a flower vase.Durell Godfrey
A paddleboarder moves across the bay at sunset.Laura Donnelly

By George Biercuk
Blossoms of butterfly weed. Durell Godfrey
Large marigolds. Durell Godfrey
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A handsome dahlia. Durell Godfrey
Orange daylilies are ubiquitous if the deer don’t get them.Durell Godfrey
The red and yellow of ornamental pepper.Durell Godfrey
Orange can be found in tulips.Durell Godfrey
Most offerings are tonal and rather tame, even as they are also quite beautiful
Midcentury-inspired design continues to be popular, as in this rec room by Melanie Roy.
A library, designed by Robert Brown demonstrates how richly black and white can be layered in a room without looking cold.Durell Godfrey Photos

Word began leaking out that there were ever-blooming roses at the garden that were gorgeous, highly disease-resistant, and often fragrant
The pink climber Jasmina rose features “large cupped flowers and lots of them throughout the summer, with a light fruity scent.” Justin Spring