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Do you ever dream of an old-fashioned beach house? A house with casual imperfection, simplicity, and no worry about sunscreen staining a custom sofa’s imported fabric? A house where you sit anywhere, put anything down wherever you want, sweep the...
Tucked inconspicuously on Dayton Lane Extension in the Village of East Hampton is a small house with a long history. Now owned by Uwe Kind, an educator who invented
Jason Norris may have a landscaping crew at his command, but that doesn’t mean he sits behind some particleboard desk, plastic hunk of phone pressed to his ear, staring into the half-distance as he lines up the next property for his Norris Organics...
Anyone who has ever had to clean out a much-loved family home containing several decades’ worth of meaningful objects will understand how hard it was for Kathleen M. Doyle when she put her eight-bedroom Lily Pond Lane house in East Hampton on the...
The purple martins had just returned from South America on May 3, when Andy Sabin showed off 10 gourds in each of three colonies he had set out for them.
At the recent Architectural Digest Design Show, a panel about daring design evolved into a discussion of trends, clients, art, backgrounds, and big budgets, much to the delight of the audience.
When Paul Masi and his colleagues at Bates Masi and Architects in Sag Harbor design a house, they focus first on its key elements. “We try to understand what the essence of it is,” Mr. Masi said. “We know that it’s going to be a pretty house, but it...
Erling Hope is a woodworker who has built exquisite cabinets and furniture for many years, and who has also built a specialized career creating liturgical altars and fixtures. About five years ago, he started tinkering with wood from a stand of...
The old house on Bluff Road in Amagansett was severely abandoned. When I pulled up, on a cool October day, it looked forlorn and haunted. The white paint was peeling and scattered among the overgrown weeds. But there was majestic beauty in the main...

The 1970s, when I lived in a rent-controlled Columbia University apartment, were a cool time. Macrame and tie-dyed T-shirts were in, and we all seemed to gravitate toward avocado plants.
Too busy, too cold, too klutzy, or aesthetically challenged to get into a Christmas decorating groove? More like Chevy Chase’s Clark Griswold than Martha Stewart?

The Star’s hunter-gatherer, Durell Godfrey, loves shopping for people she knows, for those she might know, and those whom...