Home interiors help

If you're planning to redo a room or are hunting for furniture, here's an opportunity to show your photos, fabric samples, Pinterest boards and Houzz ideas to Gabberts pros at "Coffee With a Designer," 10 to 11 a.m. Oct. 29. Coffee and treats will be served. The free event is at Gabberts in the Galleria, 69th St. and France Av. S., Edina, and at 3201 Country Dr., Little Canada. Upholstery experts also will offer ideas and answer questions about reupholstering furniture or ordering a new custom sofa at "Let's Talk Upholstery," 10 to 11 a.m. Oct. 29 only at the Edina location. Call 952-927-1500 or go to gabberts.com.

Stylish holiday shopping

Ready to get a jump start on holiday shopping? Find unique clothing, accessories, jewelry, household items, gourmet foods and more at the sixth annual Benilde-St. Margaret's Knightsbridge Boutique Event. This shopping experience, inspired by London's upscale retail district, will offer more than 60 boutique shops and market stalls. The event is free and open to the public. Shoppers who purchase a $10 VIP wristband will have access to "Royal Offerings" (special deals) and will receive a reusable tote. The Knightsbridge RoyalTea Room will offer treats and beverages. The event will be held 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 5 at Benilde-St. Margaret's Haben Center, 2501 S. Hwy. 100, St. Louis Park.

Menswear fabrics for fall

Ready to make your interiors cozy and cuddly for fall? Menswear fabrics are just waiting to be transformed into upholstered furniture, pillows, bedding and table linens.

Think Harris tweeds, houndstooth checks, pinstripes, herringbone and plaids. Throw in some leather and velvet.

Consider covering your sofa in a beaded pinstripe. Or take a relaxed upholstered piece, then add a pile of plaid pillows in some of fall's most sensuous shades of olive, rust and camel.

Mary Carol Garrity, Tribune News Service