Author: Photographs by John M. Hall

In his Midtown East apartment, Brian Leighton casts a photographer's eye on contemporary living.

On less than a quarter of an acre in Wainscott, Joseph Tyree designs a garden that’s a world apart.

If you’re a hard-core garden Anglophile and a sucker for the tumbling cacophony of lush mixed borders barely contained within a tidy pattern of low, clipped box, then this is the garden for you. Jane Ellsworth’s Garden has the breezy confidence of a seasoned traveler and the subtle eye of a true artist.

If you’re a hard-core garden Anglophile and a sucker for the tumbling cacophony of lush mixed borders barely contained within a tidy pattern of low, clipped box, then this is the garden for you. Jane Ellsworth’s Garden has the breezy confidence of a seasoned traveler and the subtle eye of a true artist.

In the real estate market, square footage reigns supreme. But is it true that bigger is always better? Not necessarily, according to architectural designer Ritch Holben of RH Designs.

"When it came to designing the interiors," writes Jeff Lincoln of his Southampton cottage, "I decided to embrace the cottage-y style of my house, rather than try to make it into something it’s not. While I am very decisive about what’s best for my clients, I am less so when it comes to my own place. It’s a fairly common conundrum for interior decorators: Confronted with so much choice for themselves, they often don’t do much in the end.

"When it came to designing the interiors," writes Jeff Lincoln of his Southampton cottage, "I decided to embrace the cottage-y style of my house, rather than try to make it into something it’s not. While I am very decisive about what’s best for my clients, I am less so when it comes to my own place. It’s a fairly common conundrum for interior decorators: Confronted with so much choice for themselves, they often don’t do much in the end. Therefore, I declare my house to be “eclectic,” that convenient design-speak catchall, though it is a thorough representation of the great decorative items to be found in some of my favorite local Hamptons antiques and home accessories shops. As Hillary Clinton says, it takes a village, and one of the rewarding aspects of being an interior designer in the Hamptons is working with so many talented and wonderful people.

Fashion executive Ken Wyse lends a contemporary touch to his traditional-style home in East Hampton.

In East Hampton, Randy Slifka practices the act of artful living, both indoors and out.

There were a number of challenges to creating a garden, including a serious lack of water and tricky topography. Under Katie Brown’s watch, the landscape has become a winding patchwork of calm and cozy, discrete garden spaces, shifting in character from one to the next.

There were a number of challenges to creating a garden, including a serious lack of water and tricky topography. Under Katie Brown’s watch, the landscape has become a winding patchwork of calm and cozy, discrete garden spaces, shifting in character from one to the next.

Known for sumptuously spare, elegant interiors and an artist's eye for a sublimely edited mix of ornate and minimal furnishings, Diaz-Azcuy embraces a "less is more" aesthetic. For this home, his clients wanted a fresh, young, new attitude for...

Known for sumptuously spare, elegant interiors and an artist's eye for a sublimely edited mix of ornate and minimal furnishings, Diaz-Azcuy embraces a "less is more" aesthetic. For this home, his clients wanted a fresh, young, new attitude for...

When Ann Conrad Stewart decided it was thyme for a change in her New Canaan property, she gave peas a chance.