Touch of Class

The cushiest throws, sleekest furniture, gleamingest silver, and other gorgeously affordable luxuries

luxury home furnishings found in Chicago stores

1 Nate Berkus’s chunky wool and acrylic knit throws make your couch a hard place to leave. They come in chocolate, ecru, and turquoise, $79.99, at Linens ‘n Things, 2 Re-silverplated vintage hotel flatware from Great Britain makes any meal a four-star experience, $74 for a five-piece place setting; oversized hotel-quality cotton napkins with huck-weave borders, also from England, $5 each; at P.O.S.H., 613 N. State St., 312-280-1602. 3 What’s Swedish for savoir-faire? This streamlined aluminum Ceremoni candelabrum, $12.99, at Ikea in Bolingbrook and Schaumburg, 4 Glamour, at your service: faux snakeskin vinyl tray, 19 by 13 inches, $42, at Jayson Home & Garden, 1885 N. Clybourn Ave., 773-248-8180. 5 Elemental casual china by Pier 1 (here, in sand) has a handmade look and an easy elegance. Dinner plate, $7; mug, $6; cereal bowl, $6; salad plate, $6; at Pier 1 Imports,


luxury home furnishings found in Chicago stores

6 Crisp geometry and rich solid cherry wood make this modern armchair a cool-minded classic, $199, at Urbanest, 5228 N. Clark St., 773-271-1000. 7 Under-bed storage too lovely to hide-now you’re talking. Twelve open-weave baskets, $14.95 each, hold socks, T-shirts, shoes, magazines, whatever you like. They fit neatly under the queen-size oak veneer Sleepy Hollow platform bed, $699, at CB2, 800 W. North Ave., 312-787-8329, and 3757 N. Lincoln Ave., 773-755-3900. 8 Wild thing: richly textured looped-wool zebra rug comes in four sizes, $89 to $459, at West Elm, 2155 W. 22nd St., Oak Brook, 630-368-3591, 9 Light fantastic: Jonathan Adler’s Parker floor lamp with a polished nickel and frosted cased-glass shade sits on a marble cube base, $495, at Jonathan Adler, 676 N. Wabash Ave., 312-274-9920.


Photography: Leonard Gertz