Every piece in your home tells a story. Make it a local one by decorating your space with Chicago-made items that place an emphasis on style. These six unique pieces promise to garner attention when guests come over, but, more importantly, you’ll love them on a day-to-day basis.
Add a mod pop to your living room with graphic décor. This made-to-order pillow features a bold cross print in simple black and white to shy away from being too in-your-face. Best of all: It's screen-printed in Chicago onto organic hemp fabric, so it has both local and good-for-the-earth appeal.
Local artist René Romero Schuler paints abstract figures that create stunning focal points in any room. The feminine, ballerina figure in “Magic” softens the bold crimson hue while never straying away from being statement-making. To that end, the three-panel oil painting comes in a 56x96" format, which makes it tough to be anything short of captivating.
SmitheCraft Living Room Callie Chair, Walter E. Smithe (custom order). 2009 N. Clybourn Ave., 773-528-7787
There’s no denying that the dramatic sloped arms and nail head upholstery add interest. But creativity really comes into play when you put on the designer hat and customize the chair, finding the wood grain and fabric color that best suits your home.
Swap out your floor lamp with one that packs hometown pride and eye-catching mid-century design. The Birdhouse Floor Lamp is hand-built from urban lumber, but the emphasis on local doesn’t stop there. Everything from the steel to the electrical components is locally sourced, too.
Stylish Wine Rack
Mod Wine Rack, M26 ($50). Neighborly, 2003 W. Montrose Ave., 773-840-2456
Store your vino in an eco-friendly bamboo wine rack. Hand designed in Ravenswood, the smooth grooves hold up to six bottles—marrying storage and style that elevates wine to art.
Carry the style over to Spike, too. Instead of tucking your dog bowls under the table to keep them out of sight, upgrade your pup’s dining setup with bowls worthy of some front-and-center attention. These Chicago-designed and -built bowls are made of sturdy powder-coated steel and add a pop of color to the room. They’re available in three sizes, so whether man’s best friend in your home is a Bernese mountain dog or a Maltese, you’ll find the right size.