Objects and memories create happy spaces
The living room of the Wainscott house, which was built in 1986, displays items found near and far. The flying Pegasus was once on a Mobil gas station. Durell Godfrey
Dawn Lesh’s surprising rolling pin collection warrants a careful look. Photographs include the couple, the places they have visited, and family members. Durell Godfrey
A local carpenter’s workbench, with its original vise, has a place of honor. The master bedroom is filled with hearts John Czepiel has given his wife. Durell Godfrey
Two square sieves, gifts from a friend, are displayed separately from their round cousins, which came from around the world. Durell Godfrey
The painter Salvatore Gulla transformed the wooden table in the wine cellar with portraits of grapes more than 20 years ago. Durell Godfrey
The deck at the back of the house leads to gardens with plants that bloom in every phase of the growing season. Durell Godfrey
Even the garage is home to collections, including some vintage watering cans. Durell Godfrey

The owner of the late Ward Bennett’s estate has preserved the designer’s vision
The panels in the large ceiling skylight form a square that is echoed in the railings outside and in the floor plan of the room itself. The straight lines quietly set off the sweep of nature. Durell Godfrey
The sofa separates the room from the kitchen behind it. Durell Godfrey
The master bedroom looks out at the woods.Durell Godfrey
In the basement, a hot tub adjoins a room that leads to a sunken garden. Durell Godfrey
Asian furniture is set against a monster Mexican monstera.Durell Godfrey
"Seemingly incompatible" modern lines, redwood louvers, and old-fashioned awnings are original to the design, while a sculpture of an ancient Chinese warrior stands at attention. Durell Godfrey
A "moon gate" guards the entrance to the basement and a "rug" of small Chinese stones enhance Ward Bennett's penchant for squares. Right, one of two lions at the main gate commands respect. Durell Godfrey
A water course in a sanctuary for rescued turtles is protected by larger and heavier stones, which also were imported from China. Durell Godfrey
Tibetan flags and a rotating prayer wheel help define the estate's meditative environment.Durell Godfrey
A leather couch offers peaceful seating in the sitting room, where windows with nearly square mullions meet in the corners.Durell Godfrey

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