Habitat

Gimme: Carpe Diem

The Star’s hunter-gatherer, Durell Godfrey, wishes everyone a safe start of the summer season. While you’re at it, she suggests you shop locally and drive carefully. Enjoy yourself, keep calm, and carry on.
 

May 28, 2019
Max Philip Dobler, Man of Steel

Sheet metal runs in Max Philip Dobler’s blood. His grandfather, who immigrated here from Germany in 1925, was a sheet metal worker, and among his father’s projects was a copper roof for the Montauk Lighthouse.

May 23, 2019
A House Tour Spanning Four Centuries

The Southampton History Museum’s house tour this year will open the doors to eight houses that illustrate Southampton’s architectural history from the 17th century to the present.

May 23, 2019
Pretty in Pink

It’s a hearty pink, vibrant, almost the hue of those Hostess Sno Ball snack cakes, if you’ve ever dared to indulge, or a flamingo fresh from its latest inhalation of shrimp.

May 23, 2019
Between the Pages

‘I have about 7,500 books in this library, and approximately an equal number downstairs,” said Michael Braverman, while seated in the biggest room of his East Hampton house, where wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling shelves are filled. “I don’t buy a lot of books anymore.”

May 23, 2019
Agricultural Reserve Sprouts Tiny House

Even though New York State says new houses have to measure at least 800 square feet and existing ones being renovated must be at least 600 square feet, Matias Whitmore and his companion, Nikki Seelbach, have one that comes in at only 575 square feet.

May 23, 2019
A private garden in Coburg, Germany Madoo’s ‘(De)Constructing Paradise’ With Enzo Enea

A talk, reception, and benefit with Enzo Enea will be held on April 4 in Manhattan.

Mar 12, 2019
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. A Cotswolds Gardens Tour

Caplan Rose, an East End travel company that organizes private tours of gardens and cultural destinations in rural England, has announced its summer 2019 excursions.

Jan 15, 2019
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. Migrateful Over the Holidays

So farewell then, multiculturalism. It seems you’ve been dumped, alongside pet rocks and fondue sets, as yet another 1970s fad.

Nov 21, 2018
Five Hometown Artisans Help Make Shopping a Pleasure

The search for perfect holiday gifts can test your imagination, shopping stamina, and, above all, patience.

Nov 21, 2018
Buying a Christmas Tree? Join the Live Tree Trend

Christmas is coming and garden shops and nurseries already have begun selling fir trees. You’ve seen them everywhere. For the most part, when the holidays are over they are allowed to dry out on firewood piles, used by municipalities to shore up dunes, or taken to the dump.

Nov 21, 2018
Barbara Toll has two gardens, a large one, between two sides of the Watchcase factory, and a smaller one on the opposite side of her apartment. Cozy Refuge in an Old Sag Harbor Factory

When Barbara Toll, an art adviser and former gallery owner, sold her Sag Harbor house and moved into a two-bedroom condominium in the Watchcase factory in 2015, she was eager to give up the maintenance responsibilities that come with homeownership, but she wanted to retain some of the aspects of her former, beloved home.

Aug 30, 2018
Cigars, whether inexpensive or high end, are stored in a climate-controlled room. Smoke ’Em If You Got ’Em

Customers come from near and far and at this point the general manager of London Jewelers in East Hampton can often spot them the minute they walk in. They are almost always men, and when they look at the cases of glittering jewelry and watches and rings, they suddenly seem unsure they’re in the right place. Then, with a quick glance, they see “Humidor” in big letters on a glass door to the right and shelves of cigars inside a climate-controlled, walk-in room.

Aug 29, 2018
This model bathroom for aging-in-place has grab bars and an open, curbless shower with a sturdy seat and a hand-held shower head. (The plant stand was put in place by the unknown photographer.) ‘Aging in Place’: An East End Phenomenon

Universal Design, the design of products and environments suitable for everyone, from children to the elderly, is a term increasingly heard on the East End, where retirees continue to swell the population. Put simply, it is intentionally planning houses and public spaces to meet changing needs, design that allows “aging in place.” And it is happening here.

Aug 29, 2018
James Grashow describes his sculpture as a cross between a garden and an aquarium. Fleurarium: A Gift for a Fishy Fellow

What she could possibly give her husband as a 25th wedding anniversary present was on Yusi Gurrera’s mind about a year and a half ago when she came up with a perfect solution. She would ask a friend who is a sculptor, James Grashow, who lives in Connecticut, to create something that would epitomize her husband’s main interest — fish.

Jun 28, 2018