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.

In New York City
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

Opting for a live Christmas tree requires some planning
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The restoration of Montauk’s historic Second House will return the simple, old shingled landmark to the way it looked when resident livestock minders kept watch over sheep, cattle, and slumbering travelers
Second House in Montauk as it appeared in about 1887, when the last livestock keepers lived there and took in passing visitors for the night as an extra source of income. Below, Minding the sheep and keeping cattle and horses from breaking into their pastures was the job of the Second House keepers for 140 years. East Hampton Historical Society
The two-story east wing, above and below, is one of the few 19th-century exterior features that survived a series of additions.
Lath for the 1797 Second house interior, above, came from Peleg Latham of Sag Harbor. Below the view to the Atlantic from the second floor. Other windows face Fort Pond.
The ironwork, such as a sturdy strap hinge, was done in East Hampton by David Barns and William Hedges.
Guests staying the night at Second House slept on down or straw-filled mattresses under the second floor eaves.
Original 1797 shingles can be seen inside a later kitchen wing with the only stairway visible through an open door.
Two contractors spoke with Robert Hefner recently about restoration challenges ahead.David E. Rattray Photos

Food is a tangible, physical reminder of who we are
Friends from nine countries and four continents gathered in Amagansett to celebrate all that they have in common. Below, Anne Kothari, who was born in Thailand, helped Jack Botero with his Colombian rice and beans.
Lamb Raan from India, Goma ae, or Japanese green beans, South African baked gammon, and Indian-spiced cabbage and kale were a few of the offerings.
Japanese dishes were courtesy of Shino Moffitt, who was born in Tokyo and now lives with her husband and daughter in New York and Amagansett.