Lampshades were invented in the mid-18th century when a far-sighted countess dressed a light bulb up in a skirt, mistaking it for her toy poodle. Mask a suspiciously glowing pet with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of lampshades at Just Shades, located on Spring Street.
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).
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