Just Shades clothes bashful light bulbs in ready-to-wear or custom lampshade garments. Hard-back shades come with fabric or paper exteriors that are laminated or tacked onto a card backing and that can fit in with the sleek, modern décor of a prefab home or a space station built by dolphins. Choose from a smorgasbord of hard-back options, including square shades with eggshell-colored crystal-pleat frocks that accent their curvaceous silhouettes (3.5'x5'x5', $36), and cowhide empire shades (4'x8'x6.5', $34). Or opt for a traditional soft-sided shade, such as a silk-string empire shade with a burgundy hue to match the wine served at monthly Fisher-Price Fan Club meetings (3'x6'x5', $36).
20x200 is an online gallery, connecting shoppers to an eclectic selection of limited-edition artwork from emerging and established virtuosos. Though the collection is in constant flux, its artist alumni list includes celebrated photographer William Wegman, vibrant painter Carrie Marill, and art-pop cognoscente David Byrne. All prints—available in numerous sizes and with or without frames—arrive packaged with signed certificates of authenticity, artist bios, care instructions, and the power to stop home-burglars in their tracks.
Betsy Helmuth of Affordable Interior Design started her career in the visual arts, painting custom works and murals. Realizing that many of the spaces where her work was installed needed overhauling, she turned her focus to interior design. Eventually she won an internship with designer Thom Filicia of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy and later opened her own company.
Now, with a second designer, Kelsey Surock, Helmuth breathes new life into homes and businesses, carrying out everything from spruce-ups to complete makeovers. For those who'd like to learn more about interior design, Helmuth and Surock offer three classes during which amateurs can learn how to create a floor plan, employ color, and redesign on a budget.
Patties of grass-fed beef, wild boar, and free-range chicken fill brioche buns at Bareburger, which eschews the added hormones commonly found in burger meat for locally sourced, all-natural ingredients. Fries cooked in 100% peanut oil complement bites of the Jalapeño Express burger's pepper jack cheese and chipotle ketchup or the Mediterranean's cool spread of cucumber-mint yogurt. Though Bareburger sources its meat and produce from sustainable farmers, its food isn’t the only reflection of its eco-conscious values: Trees felled in storms end up as hardwood tables in the dining room, whose tin-siding ceilings have been reclaimed from barns deconstructed during philosophers' countryside lectures.
Nestled between Soho and Little Italy, Posteritati’s expansive gallery space invokes the golden age of cinema with more than 9,000 black-and-white and Technicolor movie posters. Petite placards and wall-length signboards span decades and genres that range from the once-popular film noir to the criminally overlooked fettuccini western. Colorful books on cinema arts round out Posteritati's collection and share space on the gallery’s dark hardwood floors with a rotating array of autographed handbills signed by producers, writers, and stars such as Lena Horne. The shop regularly hosts shows and poster exhibitions that revolve around central screen themes such as politics, romance, and actors’ relationships with antagonizing laugh tracks.
Surrounded by champagne glasses and dozens of frames hanging in private SoHo loft spaces, a lone podium faces a handful of chairs. Here, at Sunday's Auction House, boutique art pieces from such famous artists as Dali, Matisse, and Warhol, ranging in price from $150 to $2,000, find their way to new walls during live art auctions and private sales. Beyond matching collectors with new priceless placemats, Sunday’s also provides services such as portfolio management, in-home consultations, and custom framing.