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Finding collectibles was fun and serious at the same time
Bonnie Maslin, a clinical psychologist, relies on her sense of humor when she decides what to buy at yard sales and when she calls the collection the Museum of Low Taste.
The view of Gardiner’s Bay from Bonnie Maslin’s house in Springs, seen from the bathroom, offers respite from the intensity required to take in the countless ceramic figurines, lazy susans, and collectibles at the Museum of Low Taste, or MOLT. Even the bathroom is part of the museum.
The Museum of Low Taste contains commemorative ceramics, including some depicting President Kennedy and his family and Elvis Presley on a plate from an inn in Jerusalem.
Ceramic figurines and lazy susans are complemented by what Bonnie Maslin, the curator and tour guide, calls “church-lady handbags,” below.

A contemporary North Haven house departs from the norms
A sculpture of horses by Robert L. Hooke, an artist who lives in Sag Harbor, welcomes visitors to Susan Goldstein’s North Haven house. Her daughter is a professional equestrian. Durell Godfrey
A dramatic dining table was fashioned from two ancient cherry trees that were ready to fall. A glass wall of water creates soothing sounds and divides the living room into two seating areas.
The fixtures in a bathroom and its counter reflect distinctive taste. Custom-fabricated corner windows provide dramatic views while helping lower the cost of heating and cooling.Durell Godfrey photos
Projecting balconies and strong horizontal volumes bring Frank Lloyd Wright to mind. A dramatic, three-story rotunda is the axis of the house; the balcony leads to the bedrooms.Durell Godfrey photos
A fieldstone wall and tables using wood from the property’s cherry trees bring rusticity into the living room. The stair treads were also fabricated from the trees.Durell Godfey Photos

Did Anne Boleyn take shelter under these beams?
A birdhouse marks the view of the Tiedemanns’ house from the south.
Left, the “bones” of a 500-year-old barn come from the Boleyn family’s Hever Castle in England. Right, Georgica Pond in East Hampton can be seen from more than one side of the great room. Durell Godfrey Photos
The family enjoys the tranquil waters of Georgica Pond from one side of the house.
Dining in the sunroom, with its sweeping views of moors, Georgica Pond, and Georgica Beach, contrasts with meals at the formal dining room table, below left, which seems to await a feast for royalty.
Right: Books and a quirky folk art bicycle rider fill the center of the great room.
At left: Carl Tiedemann collected tools to make full use of the space between the beams. Right: A whimsical ladder is by the artist and studio furniture maker Tommy Simpson.
Tudor-style paneling geometrically complements a mantelpiece and its eclectic assortment.

Comparable in quality and quantity to public libraries
“I love learning,” said Michael Braverman, while sitting with his dog, Eos, below right, among the 7,500 books in the two-story library of his house. Durell Godfrey
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A couple rethink their possessions.
Front entrance to the house, with the katsera tree at left Durell Godfrey
Bedroom with closet at rightDurell Godfrey
View of kitchen and eating area from living room Durell Godfrey

Mr. Dobler, above, made the big metal doors behind him at his sheet metal studio in Northwest.
Mr. Dobler has been making furniture on the side for over 30 years. The base of the bench above is made of steel.Max Philip Dobler
Among Max Philip Dobler’s more visible commercial projects is the hot-rolled steel bar top at the newly opened Coche Comedor in Amagansett.Max Philip Dobler

House-proud on Cedar Street
It took a lot of thought and a little getting used to, but now David Steckowski wouldn’t have his pink house any other way. Above, he’s seen with his three dogs, Romeo, a Pekingese, Midnight, a Pomeranian, and Cali, a miniature pinscher. The roosters, bought in Thailand, are said to bring luck and money. Durell Godfrey
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A whimsical, color-coordinated friend gazes out at Cedar Street from the living room.Durell Godfrey

Southampton History Museum opens the doors to exclusive and historical residences
The house on Southampton’s Gin Lane known as the Windmill House is a favorite landmark and subject of photographers. In 1989 the current owners restored it and filled its interior, right, with modern conveniences while preserving its traditional design. Suzanne Caldwell

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A private garden in Coburg, Germany Enea Tree Museum

Contemporary English Designers and Visionaries of the Past
The Caplan Rose Cotswolds tour will visit Kiftsgate Court Gardens, whose centenary is being celebrated with a new book on its rich history and an exhibition at London’s Garden Museum. Marianne Majerus