In a recent issue of Martha Stewart Living magazine (March 2010? April 2010? anyway, recent), there was a how-to article on adding gilded dots to a plain lampshade. Basically, they are giant polka dots of gold:
It looked pretty simple: plot out circles around the lampshade, trace them in pencil, paint an adhesive within the circles, and lightly tamp thin sheets of gilding over the sticky circles:
The result is a lamp that is fun, modern, and very chic:
And the most recent White House/Black Market mailing I received had this beautiful, black-and-grey polka-dot dress on the cover:
Not to mention this gorgeous, strapless number on the inside:
BTW, I don't get many catalogs in the mail. For years now, I've eliminated most brochures from my life by signing on to a free website, Catalog Choice. It's a good way to help the environment, one less mailer at a time.
Anyway, I let the White/Black catalog slip through because every one has a nifty coupon in the back, good for 20% off, or $10 off, or stuff like that.
That, and the fact that if somebody held a gun to my head and said I could only shop at one store for the rest of my life, I'd choose White/Black.
It's that yummy.
I won't be gilding any lampshades or shopping at White/Black any time soon, though. My days are still consumed with chasing a refuses-to-be-housebroken puppy around the house.