‘We realized we hadn’t built a house. We built a happiness machine.’
The combined kitchen and living room has sweeping views of the ocean. The ceiling resembles a beach umbrella.
The quirky hexagonal shape peeks through the Amagansett dunes.
David Netto paused on his second-floor deck for a recent portrait.
In the open-air master bedroom suite on the second floor, a bathtub by Blu takes center stage.
In 1974, as a young boy on Georgica Beach in East Hampton, Mr. Netto held hands with his parents, Eldo Netto and Kathryn Cosgrove Netto. . John Haynsworth
Books and cherished objects, among them a boat model and shells collected with his daughter Madelyn, surround a blue painted pole, wrapped in rope. At far right is a Finn Juhl Pelican Chair designed in 1936.
Downstairs, each of the three bedrooms are split into pie-sized wedges. The large hanging photo is by Karin Apollonia Muller from the series “Angels in Fall.” The smaller leaning photo is by Tony Caramanico from the series “The Surf Journals.”
Each bedroom door is painted a bright primary color.
One of the sweeping views of the Amagansett dunes and ocean
In the screening room and adjoining office is a custom sofa covered with blue-and-white-striped fabric by Jennifer Shorto.
A coir carpet salts down the formality of the pale yellow “first parlor.” The room is dominated by an Orlando Hand Bears portrait of Mary Hendrick, who is wearing black mourning jewelry, and a stole of China silk. Rousseau is on a pedestal, and Washington stands on the circular table beside the flowers. The honey and pale yellow silk taffeta draperies were designed for a New York Kips Bay Showhouse in 1987 by Ms. Lewis’s husband, the late interior decorator Robert K. Lewis, and came to Sag Harbor with the couple 20 years later. The New England Sheraton sofa, c. 1810-20, stands beside a neoclassical mahogany table with a circular drum top and “S” curved legs. The chair is 19th-century American.
Jay Lewis’s c. 1835 Greek Revival house in Sag Harbor
Bone tools carved by sailors, pointed fids used to undo knots, and scrimshaw on a whale’s tooth share space with a miniature-on-ivory painted by the Sag Harbor portraitist Hubbard Latham Fordham and a telescope wrapped in rope work and a teak log box, made in China, from the ship Wizard, which sailed from Sag Harbor.Jay Lewis’s c. 1835 Greek Revival house in Sag Harbor
A c. 1810 New York Empire desk/breakfront has an 18th-century Long Island journal on its pullout butler’s desk. Above the desk, left, is a columnar lamp that once burned whale oil. The small bronze is of Voltaire. Within the cabinet, under the linen tape, are books that had been owned by several generations of Dominy craftsmen of East Hampton. The framed assemblage of photographs below the books is a past pastor, elders, and deacons of the Sag Harbor Methodist Church.Jay Lewis’s c. 1835 Greek Revival house in Sag Harbor
Miniature artwork, framed memorabilia, and folk art pieces create a very personal wall display. A descendant of the Dominy family told the couple that the miniature 1930s alarm clock was found in one of the Dominy workshops, before it was moved to the Winterthur Museum in Delaware. The framed image to the right of the clock is made of human hair. A small impression of a metal watch, at left, is a chocolate mold. Framed profile paintings include Foster family watercolors. A small painting by Annie Cooper Boyd, whose house is now the headquarters of the Sag Harbor Historical Society, is one of their treasures.Glenn Purcell and Charles Keller’s house in East Hampton
The guest room is graced by a c. 1820 portrait painted by Abraham Dominy Tuthill of Orient. Fascinated by bringing the outside inside, Mr. Purcell and Mr. Keller found the curiosity domes filled with floral bouquets made from tiny shells. They have brought home coral from their travels and on one auspicious occasion found a large collection of faraway shells in Montauk. The etchings on the mantel include one, center, by Charles Henry Miller (1842-1922), a noted Long Island artist and landscape painter, whom the poet Bayard Taylor called “the artistic discoverer of the little continent of Long Island.” The edge of a Mary Nimmo Moran etching peeks out at left. Glenn Purcell and Charles Keller’s house in East Hampton
This year’s variety is M.5
Look closely as you go around town and you will see there is tremendous variation among kousas
“Chinese” Wilson introduced the kousa dogwood into the United States from seed he collected in China in the early years of the 20th century.
Abby Jane Brody
The garden of Rosalind and Ken Landis in Wainscott overlooks Georgica Pond.
The view of Georgica PondDurell Godfrey
The covered porchDurell Godfrey
The poolDurell Godfrey
A planter by the poolDurell Godfrey
The Hughes house in Bridgehampton overlooks Sagg Pond.Durell Godfrey
A patio covered with greeneryDurell Godfrey
The view to Sagg PondDurell Godfrey
The pool and its plantingsDurell Godfrey
Garden benchDurell Godfrey
This past winter appears to have been more difficult for hydrangeas than the winter of 2014
Those who expect a lot of blooms from their hydrangeas will likely be disappointed.
Abby Jane Brody
Cherished in a recent renovation, adze-hewn ceiling timbers in the living room reveal the house’s pre-Revolutionary origins. The painting is by Hilary Holmes.
The original saltbox, festooned in ivy (insert), remains visible despite additions, to the left, of an upstairs bedroom and a vaguely Victorian sunporch.
Uncurtained panes and a bay window added by an earlier owner lighten the living room — and one of the house’s wooden Stave jigsaw puzzles, in foreground at left and below.
Large and small saltboxes were added.
The master bedroom is kept tidy for guests’ tours. Below, a gargoyle among many in the yard and one of many joints.
A copper-topped counter connects the kitchen and breakfast room.
Windsor chairs and a Bernard Buffet painting grace the dining room.
The designers are all animal lovers who donated their time and expertise for the sixth annual showhouse event
John Stedila, above, and Tim Button teamed up to design a room.
A below-ground “ruin” is surrounded by a new meadow leading to three roundels.
The roundel: A tranquil respite after a sunny meadow.
Notice the ruin at the right in the photo above.
In the meadow Salvia Oxford Blue, in foreground, provides a painterly effect.
Aralia cordata Sun King and Lavender Phenomenal in Ruin Garden. Abby Jane Brody Photos