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One Giant Sobfest of Beauty, Hope, and Unconditional Love

What a deeply touching experience awaits those arriving at the Times' Home & Gardenland today, for the section is rife with beautiful, if at times heartbreaking, prose. There's the cover story about a terminally ill man who has clad his home, where he has chosen to die, in colorful neon masks. Gorgeously written and stirring, one first-person essay reveals how a writer's love for his daughter has helped redefine his notion of "home." A charming innkeeper shares what she knows best—guest rooms, of course—and designer Andrew Corrie, who just opened a new NYC store for his Canvas home-furnishings and accessories line, happens to be in the business of supporting emergent artisans. Whew. That's a lotta good will packed into a few short column inches. To the index we humbly go.

· Most poignant: “I love it,” he said. “Whatever I happen to paint that night, I’ll sit there and kind of stare at it and eventually fall asleep. Anything beats crying myself to sleep.”
· Runner-up: “All I could think of was in the winter of their discontent, he brought an endless summer.”
· Second runner-up: I love landscapes of the imagination, less so the topographies of the so-called real world.

· Most obvious: Plants need water, you know.
· Most stylish use of Ikea furniture: See photo of bedroom, above.
· Best bathroom descript: A glass wall separates Antón’s bathroom and bedroom; a retractable metal mesh blind shades the windows.
· What not to ask a restaurant designer: Do you have a special interest in how food is cooked and served?
· Most intense descript. of eating risotto: See text block, above.
· Most philanthropic: 10 percent of the profits go to nonprofit artisan organizations.
· Most questionably pronounceable headline: The Egle Table Lamp From Artemide
· Most highly functioning: The diffuser rotates 300 degrees, and the stem rotates vertically and horizontally. The base, which is slightly concave, doubles as a reflector and a jewelry tray. The 10-watt LED bulb, which throws out a circle of light some two feet in diameter, provides both direct light and—if you aim the diffuser so the light reflects off the base—an ambient glow.