Decorative pillows from The Arlington Design Center

The Arlington Design Center, a small northwest suburban version of the Merchandise Mart, is opening its doors to the public. Following the lead of the Mart, the center, which features Kravet/Lee Jofa, C.A.I. Designs, Chicago Design Team, and other showrooms in its three buildings, is allowing consumers to buy floor samples or order merchandise through a designer on call. Look for open-to-the-public events and sales in coming months. 3441 N. Ridge Ave., Arlington Heights, 847-394-1373,