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Living With Sticks, Stones, and Steel; Slanty Tables and Chairs

Here now, Curbed National's weekly dissection of the NYT's Home & Garden section. Brace.

Is it just us, or did the Times' Home & Garden section look a little dour this morning? The headlines seemed a bit more sober than usual, from "Building With Sticks and Stones" to "One Relationship, Times Two" to something or other about a "seed library." Oh! But things started to look up with "A Texas Artist Plans to Rotate a House 180 Degrees" and the word "table" spelled as "taible." Now that's the stuff. The rest of it here:

· Most writerly simile: "I had decided I was kind of a log-cabin frontier person,” said Mr. Dougherty, who is now 65, and an ebullient and rapid speaker whose sentences unfurl and coil around one another like vines."
· Best huh? quote: "I like working with sticks, but it’s really an excuse to have these experiences. One is to be bad and play out some kind of stick thing in a public place, like pulling your pants down, and another is this huge outpouring from people who don’t know you and walk up to you and say, ‘What is this?’”

· Best hick sentence lead: After setting aside part of the bean harvest for his neighbor Flossy...
· Most risque description: "The designs were fresh and naughty and irreverent,” she said of the illustrated packets. “It wasn’t the ‘ye old seed company’ look.”
· Biggest duh moment: “In densely developed neighborhoods, where vacant lots are tightly hemmed in between other homes, you’ve got to be imaginative about every inch you build.”
· Worst headline: "Trays"
· Most un-Elle Decor quote from one of Elle Decor's Five Designers to Watch: "Trays are really useful for holding all your remote controls."
· Scratch that: "It’s more than just an object,” she said, running her hands over the carved contours. “It’s a piece of furniture.”
· Most badly placed art: See photo, above.
· Most stereotypically "Brooklyn" story subjects: Emily Nemens, the communications director for the Center for Architecture/AIA NY, and Benjamin Shuldiner, founding principal of the High School for Public Service
· Best. Life. Ever: See text block, above.
· Best Q&A interview question: If turning a house 180 degrees is art, what do you call a house being driven down a highway?
· Most awkward furniture design: The Train to Dijon table...which tilts 12 degrees and looks as if it might topple over.
· Most egregious price point: $7,000 for a student-designed screen.
· Hardest-to-pronounce store: Mxyplyzyk

· Home & Garden [NYT]