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Home is Where the Men's Club, German Lighthouse Used to Be

At long last! Mystery, intrigue oddities ripple the headlines of the Times's Home & Garden section this morning. There's nothing remotely boring about the notions of living in a space that was once a men's club, or a lighthouse; there's something equally fascinating about an NYC bar that's designed to resemble a jewelry store and a sculptor who crafts cherries out of bronze. And bird feet out of stainless steel. On that note, on to the index:

· Gulliest living sitch: Mr. Hurlbut’s home in downtown Atlanta had been built in 1884 as a grocery store and was being used as a crack house when he bought it.
· Trendiest design aesthetic: Mr. Hurlbut, who describes his aesthetic as “neo-Gilded Age steampunk,” has furnished the vast interior mostly with “big castle-y furniture” purchased at auctions.

· Most empathic: “I was surprised how much I really care about the bees,” said Mr. Barrett, 49, a systems administrator for New York University, in reflecting on his inaugural season as a beekeeper.
· Most interesting detail: Nationwide, hives are being tucked into small backyards and set alongside driveways; even the White House has installed some.
· Most beautiful lede: With each year, my childhood house grows bigger in my mind, each nook and corridor casting a longer shadow.
· Most adorable man/dog duo: See photo above.
· Most holiday-decorating zeal: See text block above.
· Biggest don't-we-all moment: After years of designing for other people, Ms. Phillips said, they wanted “a challenge without corporate boundaries and “something with environmental value and more meaning to society."
· Most honest interview question: What do you think of the adage that Washington is not very glamorous, that it’s Hollywood for ugly people?
· Most apropos of nothing: In Washington, people dance.
· Most incredible restaurant descript: Beyond the rear door is the Beauty part — the restaurant, which has a 17-foot-tall chandelier suspended over a spiral staircase and walls covered in white horsehair.
· Most egregious price point: $148 for a coffee mug.
· Artsiest: The feet belong to no particular species. “I made them up,” she said. “I imagine them to be pigeons.”