Habitat

Earth Is the Raw Material
Lane’s ceramics take many forms, sometimes blending the functional and the ornamental
After making bowls for 10 years, Ms. Lane decided to also make vases, filling them with native vegetation from her property.
Alison Lane’s ceramic flowers are sometimes affixed to found objects like driftwood, creating decorative pieces. An old wooden birdhouse, found at the Ladies Village Improvement Society’s thrift shop, now explodes with color.
Today her bowls are glazed with various colors, but sunshine is a theme, along with sunflowers — “Alison flowers,” as they are known at the cooperative.
Poppies

‘The Little Ranch House That Could’
The dog, Bertie, just happens to be black and white, in keeping with the interior of what had been a 1960s ranch house.
Chris and Russ Patrick enjoy their surroundings.
Above and below: The exterior of “The Little Ranch House That Could” proves the black theme, making it unique in a Sag Harbor enclave that was developed in the 1940s.
Inside, it’s black and white all over. Most of the couple’s furniture came from their former 4,000-square-foot house.
The Patricks call the dark patio off the dining room, designed by the late Jack deLashmet, their secret garden.
A floor-to-ceiling mirror helps create an illusion of endless space in the dining area, with a black table and chairs.

The Sky’s the Limit
Music and video blend in this Bridgehampton house. Attention to detail is key, with every product chosen to perform without sacrificing the beauty of the space. Photos courtesy Crescendo Designs
The owners of this Sagaponack house can access all the systems from one easy-to-use touch panel. And they can press a button for the away mode.
The­ Bridgehampton house has all of the audio, video, and automation equipment in one climate-controlled location. The proper environment assures reliability and longevity.

Monte Farber and Amy Zerner
Beet salad
Grilled branzino with zucchini medallions

Anchored to the land but like a ship at sea
The great room in Linda James’s house is classic Scheffer, with a vaulted ceiling, wide beams, brick-lined fireplace, and chandelier. Artwork, books, and memorabilia testify to family life.
Linda James’s wing juts toward Hook Pond. The meadow grasses, which are cut only once a year, evoke ocean waves.
The patio provides shelter from the sun and wind and an extensive view of the pond.
Grasses also undulate on this side of the house, in front of the kitchen area at right
The house is close to the lane, but the family rarely uses the front door.
Linda James’s desk gives evidence of the work she does.
An ample window seat in her wing offers respite and calm views.
The sitting room in the children’s wing is now used by guests. The living room can be seen through the door at right.
A needlepoint image of the house on the bag above was made by Dorothy Klotz Pardue and given to Linda James.
A blanket chest, Argentinean tools, and a miniature windmill built by Michael Sinclair for Deborah Light Perry in 1976 and won by Alexandra James at the L.V.I.S. Fair.

From copper watering cans to intricate tables and gates
The metalsmith is proud of this intricate gate on East Hollow Road. Courtesy of Bob Linker

An old barn is now an artist’s think tank
The bigger barn of two in the complex was moved from New England by the artist David Porter, who once lived and worked there. Lucy Winton is at left.
Left to right, “Axis Mundi,” which is in the sky lobby of 1 World Trade Center, is seen as a maquette. “Flume I,” of cast aluminum, is from Bryan Hunt’s Waterworks series. “Charioteer,” from the artist’s Waterfall series, was cast in bronze. Georgica Pond seems to encroach on the cast stainless steel “Calm II.”
A view through the living room to the dining room offers a sense of the house’s origin as a barn.
Bryan Hunt and Lucy Winton shared a laugh in the studio, which is now used as a think tank.
The front door opens into what had been a chicken coop, the smallest of three components.
The sculptor designed and built the dining table and the candlesticks.
Hand-embroidered portraits of the artists by Christa Maiwald are from her “Blue Chip” series.

Displaying the work of more than 30 designers
Covered porch, East Hampton Gardens, Gregory Shano
Family room, Lillian August Furnishings & Designs, Nancy Galasso and Richard Cerone
Bedroom, Rayman Boozer, Christian Lacroix wallpaper, Souvenir Italian travel plates
Master bedroom, M. Frederick Design, Matthew C. W. Frederick
Playroom, Grayson De Vere Design, Julia Nix;
Master bedroom, Eddie Ross for The Muse
Playroom, English Country Home, Chris Mead