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First he harnessed the power of Oprah, next he became a household name--and then, inevitably, a brand with a book and a Target collection.

Now the charismatic Chicago-born designer Nate Berkus--his firm is still headquartered here, though we hear his sights are set on the West Coast these days--has a new fabric line at the 75-store chain Calico. (Remember the Calico Corners textile fairyland of yore? Well, it’s unofficially dropped the “Corners” and gone more upscale and modern.)

The 24 fabrics in the collection capture Berkus’s rustic-chic style--think a mix of sparkly metallics, rough-hewn linen burlap, ethnic-inspired jacquards and menswear-esque herringbone.

At $15 a yard, they’re an affordable way to breathe new life into a piece of upholstered furniture and can also be used as wall coverings, window treatments or lampshade recoverings. (If you’re a first-time DIY upholsterer, pack your old chair into the car and learn the basics at a Recovered Interior class--or just turn the work over to a pro.)

Accessorize your newly upholstered couch with a few pillows from Berkus’s spring line at Target, and you’ll be living among “the things that matter” in no time.

Calico, 105 S. Green Bay Rd., Wilmette, and other suburban locations; 847-256-1500 or

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