Shop These Locally Made Goods

Makers in our community offer fresh, creative accents for home and more.


An abstract-painting-turned-textile-sample for fabric or wallpaper (Mira Jean Designs)

It may not feel like fall yet—if the swampy weather is any indication—but with the kids back in school and the return of seemingly ceaseless traffic, the season is definitely descending on us.

If spring is when we sift through closets for ill-fitting trousers in need of donating and scour bathroom drawers for three-year-old Chapsticks in need of chucking, what is autumn known for? Why, it’s for purchasing new items to line those closets and drawers, or to add a lively accent to the living room, or to brighten a friend’s birthday, of course. We reached out to some local makers for inspiration.

Mira Jean Designs

Arlington-based Mira Jean Designs, which specializes in textiles, paintings and pillows, got off the ground about four years ago. In the process, owner Kate Hougen has fused her marketing background with her interest in design and the outdoors. With wallpaper currently riding the wave of a big comeback, Hougen says her custom wallpaper is one of the company’s most-requested items.

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