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Mr. Lindenfeld selected black bowling balls from his collection of more than 100 to accent the grounds of his house, which is on Cooper Lane in East Hampton Village and was built in 1911. From the Sublime to the Ridiculous

    A modest bungalow dating from 1911 on Cooper Lane in East Hampton is populated by pictures and objects that have been found at galleries, yard sales, and thrift shops. Before the owner, an architect and interior designer, takes anything home, he asks, “Does it speak to me? Is there a quality that’s interesting or amusing or wonderful? Or is it unbelievably awful?” He collects for each of those reasons.

    The show begins in the house’s driveway, which, in a kitsch salute to the traditional cannonball lawn ornament, Alan J.

A birdhouse marks the view of the Tiedemanns’ house from the south. Touch of Old England in East Hampton

Posts and beams, roughly hewn some 500 years ago and showing adze strikes still, have a suitable new home, an unpretentious second home resembling a hunting lodge, what with its ample wood paneling, stuffed game birds, paintings of foxes and hounds and fly-fishing streams, fireplace just right for a curled-up English spaniel, and suggestive of cigars, snifters of brandy, long guns propped in a corner.

Gimme: Heart and Soul


The original of this replica on tin was made for a royal banquet in London in 1851. Charming enough to go on a wall, serve petit fours to 10-year-olds, or for picnics. Other patterns available. Not for the dishwasher. $12. The Monogram Shop, 11 Newtown Lane, East Hampton.


Modern Concepts Informed a Springs Renovation

When Glenn Leitch saw the house in Springs, he was smitten. “It was in pretty bad shape then, and most people would have torn it down,” he said. But he “loved the lines of it. It reminded me of Jackson Pollock’s house.”

The simplicity of the front porch decorations offers a hint of the festive yet restrained approach throughout the house. In Time for Christmas

    East Hampton may seem a long way from Michigan but for someone like Jill Lasersohn, who grew up on a farm near Lake Huron, the landscape looks remarkably like home. And like her childhood Christmases, Ms.

Stepping stones make feeding the koi fun; lily pads and small fountains please the eye. Want a Water View? Build a Pond

    For the garden that has everything, or so you thought, you can always give it a pond. Not everyone has a water view even though the East End is surrounded by water, but it is possible to create your own by building a pond. And many do.

    There’s something romantic about a pond: the lily pads, the scurry of fish, the croaking of frogs. So-called water features, which now ornament many a South Fork estate, come in many shapes and sizes.

Audacious curves and shapes characterize many of the ceramic pieces. Americana of the Ceramic Kind

    Tucked away in East Hampton’s Georgica Estates condominium community, a light, bright, and airy house is aglow with the vivid colors of a formidable collection of midcentury American ceramics.

    For Max Pine and Lois Mander, who bought their house in 2003, the joy is in the objects themselves rather than their historic or monetary value.

This North Haven house, on “Sayre’s Lot,” is still in the family. Ancestors Abide in a 19th-Century House

Every nook and cranny in Ann Sutphen's North Haven house is filled with history, although like most old houses, it has been revamped and added to over the decades. She is either the sixth generation of her family to live on what was once known as “Sayre’s Lot,” or the eighth, depending on how you look at it.

The cast concrete legs of Nico Yektai’s massive Bench #8 have intricate detailing. Gestural wood components make the bench, which is designed for the outdoors, unique. Art and Craft That Flaunts Convention

Deep in the woods near Crooked Pond in Sag Harbor, where he lives and works, Nico Yektai took a break recently to consider what had given rise to his creative bent. “The idea that furniture could be just like sculpture, or painting, seemed very natural to me,” the artist-craftsman said. He referred again and again to the towering influence of his father, the Abstract Expressionist Manoucher Yektai.

Mr. Yektai works primarily in wood, which was leaned against or stacked amid power tools and work tables, and uses concrete, too.

In an Era of Teardowns, a Case for Preservation

Preserving and loving a house on land granted in 1650 to William Mulford, one of the original East Hampton settlers, filled with shabby-chic furnishings and treasured mementos of family life.

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. Innovative and Sustainable From Top to Bottom

    Were George Washington alive today, he wouldn’t have to apologize for cutting down the cherry tree: He would repurpose it. That’s what Susan Goldstein did with two cherry trees that were in decline on her North Haven property, one of which was more than 100 years old. Instead of letting the wood end up in a landfill, she challenged Will Paulson, a Mattituck cabinetmaker, to find uses for it.

Climbing roses almost conceal the main house, left, and the guesthouse. A Rose-Covered, Rambling Original

The house shared by Liz Robbins, a well-known Washington lobbyist, and her husband, Doug Johnson, a former news anchor for WABC-TV, reveals itself gradually. Though in the estate area of the Village of East Hampton, it isn’t visible from the street, hidden not by manicured hedges but by a profusion of shrubbery and trees. A short gravel drive leads to an inauspicious parking area. The front door is all but hidden by climbing roses, which cover the shingled facade and were in bloom on a recent visit.