You could go apple picking. You could stock up on decorative gourds. Or you could get into the fall spirit by checking out Design Harvest, this weekend’s West Town street fest for people with good taste. (That would be you.) Here are some of the best things you’ll see there.
Stop by local furniture and textile company Maya Mueble’s booth to buy home accessories made by Latin American artisans--like this festive, all-season cotton throw ($85) from El Salvador.
Stars and Bars
Flags--including Chicago?s iconic light-blue-and-red design--inspire many of the creations of local craftsman Chris Knight. This one-of-a-kind reclaimed-wood-and-Edison-bulb hanging goes for $400.
This indispensable cabinet ($2,400) comes from Tremont Steel, wood and steel worker Michael Hogan’s West Side furniture workshop. It’s designed for ultimate function: All sides are finished so it can be used as a room divider, and it can even be flipped upside down for a different configuration.
Reinvent your desk with elegant, vintage-inspired letterpress stationery ($15 to $30 a box), scented candles ($40) and tabletop accessories ($12 to $120) from Chicago company Mitchell Black.
Planning an upscale hoedown anytime soon? Use these quilted haystack covers ($195) with faux leather trim from Roscoe Village shop Workroom Couture to cut down on encounters with scratchy bits of dried grass.
River North rug showroom Organic Looms will display a selection of its richly colored wares, including this gorgeous ?Monsoon? Tibetan masterpiece made of wool and silk. The four-by-six-foot area rug goes for $2,112.