it was all the rage to see who could get their guacamole to turn into a taller plant than the neighbor’s
Durell Godfrey
Durell Godfrey

An industry of holiday decorators for indoors and out has put down aromatic pine roots on the East End
Jim Frankenbach
Lights at the William Rudin residence on Ocean Road in Bridgehampton have attracted notice and gawking from passing drivers and pedestrians. Durell Godfrey
Some of the familiar sights of the holiday season, courtesy of the professionals who light up the South Fork. Jim Frankenbach and Durell Godfrey Photos

Beth Eckhardt, in her eclectic Amagansett shop, finds working with blooms creative and joyful.
Rebecca Jens helps Anastasia Casale of Sag Harbor Florist, far left, get it all together.
Amagansett Flowers by Beth has vintage vases, pots, and finds from nature at the ready.
Flowers create a fine tableau.
An elegant vase completes the floral picture.
Anastasia Casale enjoys flowers all year long.

Joe Nahem’s Amagansett retreat is filled with personality — and artwork
A two-story stone fireplace divides the living room. The art is by Dirk Skreber, left wall, George Condo, fireplace, and Herman Bas, right wall. The coffee table, left foreground, is by George Nakashima. Vintage American armchairs covered in linen, below, are beneath a Massimo Vitali photograph in the master bedroom.
Vintage reed armchairs, a Moroccan wool rug, a bench by the French designer Alexandre Loge, French floor lamps, and a painting by Aya Takano, a Japanese manga artist, also enliven the living room, as does Josie, a Jack Russell terrier.
The kitchen has its own den, left, with a Shaker wood-burning stove, vintage Scandinavian rug, and Milo Baughman tub chairs. The black walnut counter in the cooking area, right, was made by Mira Nakashima.

Technology has made decorating more versatile
Matthew Charron
Patricia Sales
Durell Godfrey Photos

Before the doors opened at 10 a.m. Friday, the line already stretched down the street. Durell Godfrey
Bundles of Grey Gardens stationeryDurell Godfrey
Would-be buyers peered through the windows at Grey Gardens as they waited for the doors to open on Friday morning.Durell Godfrey
Some went with purpose, others were merely there to shop. At left, Dyanna Nesbit held a parrot figurine, purchased for a friend who believed it had belonged to the Beales.Durell Godfey
People were asked to wear blue booties as they traipsed through the house.Durell Godfrey
A flock of early birds waited for the clock to strike 10.Durell Godfrey
Browsing the offeringsDurell Godfrey
A sign on a bedroom doorDurell Godfrey
The documentary and a photo reel played on a TV in one of the rooms.Durell Godfrey
"There's quite a bit of wicker," Susan Wexler of Behind the Hedges said earlier this week. Durell Godfrey

Featuring five houses ranging in style from traditional to modern
An East Hampton Village house on the tour combines French interior accents with an exterior reminiscent of an English cottage. Landscape Details

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.