Habitat

Andy Sabin is a renowned conservationist who was a founder of the South Fork Natural History Museum
Andy Sabin is proud of the many-colored eggs his exotic chickens lay.
One of his Flemish giant rabbits gets a treat.
The goats are friendly and eat bananas as well as carrots.
The sign in this pond on his Amagansett property might more aptly read Beware of Attack Pig.
A newly arrived purple martin has many houses to choose among.
The male of a white peacock couple would not reveal the spread of his tailfeathers.

A panel about daring design and other topics
Fern Mallis, right, led a discussion of daring and dramatic design and so much more with, from left, Jason Oliver Nixon, John Loecke, and Joe Nahem at this year's Architectural Digest Design Show at Pier 94 in New York City. Jennifer Landes

The owners — a married couple with two children — are kite boarders, windsurfers, and sailing enthusiasts
A glass walkway connects the H-shaped house in the Amagansett dunes near Gardiner’s Bay.
A cantilevered roof shades the dining room.
Wood panels above the fireplace, at left, conceal a custom-made cabinet. The PK22 leather chair is by Poul Kjaerholm for Fritz Hansen. Right, Venting panels along the beams circulate the wind. Spoleto chairs by Knoll ring the dining table.Bates Masi + Architects

Erling Hope’s handmade wooden boxes are beautiful artistic riddles, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma
Erling Hope, in his workshop on the Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike, has shifted his focus from sleekly ingenious custom furniture pieces to a one-man production line of decorative “Purkinje boxes.” Durell Godfrey Photos
Using sustainable materials — scrap wood, for instance — is important to Mr. Hope, who strives to create objects of both beauty and utility.
Examples are available online, alongside his remarkable furnishings (lecterns, bed frames, folding tables, benches, shelves at custommade.com/by/erlinghope.

A Grand Old Dame Restored With Love
This Bluff Road, Amagansett, original had been abandoned and was dilapidated. Durell Godfrey Photos
The McSpaddens survey the living room from their portrait even when they are not in residence.
Although the kitchen appliances were updated and a marble counter installed, the room is redolent of the past.
Family photos line the long third-floor hallway leading to a bedroom.
An antique bed encourages dreaming.
And the sun porch, with the diamond-pane windows Ruth McSpadden favored, is quintessential.

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.