Friday, November 5, 2010

Mad for plaid ...

I am not tall nor am I blond. I am not thin nor am I young. But, if I were all of these things (okay, just any of these things), I think I would go for a ride on a Palomino pony in my flowing plaid skirt!

Although I'm not aware of any Scottish heritage in my bloodline, I am beginning to become much more fond of plaid. Seeing this photo by Chris Nichols certainly ups the 'cool' factor of this simple tartan look.

While plaids were considered 'old school' for years, they have recently gained favor in the design community. And, yes, they are for the most part the red patterns that first pop into our heads.

Now, plaid upholstered pieces and accessories are a haute commodity. Just check out some of these beauties that are bringing new life to the textiles that have taken a very rich and historic journey from the Highlands to our homes.


You might not be surprised to see plaid used in upholstery, but above left, the Dedon Edinburgh Collection shows how their use of the tartan pattern creates a refreshing design perspective. Williams Sonoma Home gives the simple, crystal lamp (above right) a preppy styling.


For years, Ralph Lauren has been convincing us that plaid is perfectly suited to traditional as well as ruggedly masculine interiors. In the photo at left, Lauren uses tartan for simple table accents. But, check out his website to see fabulously elegant interiors sporting the pattern in a host of color combinations.  It would seem that the UK's House to Home took inspiration from Lauren for their cabin home styling pictured above right.

Elegance is what this room is all about. The plaid pillows give the space an approachable charm in this image (above) from The Skirted Round Table.


Is this the chamber of Mary, Queen of Scots? It sure looks like tartan is the royal treatment of choice in fabrics by Caroline Lebeau.  The chairs at right certainly sport the 'Burberry look' in this image from Martha Stewart Living.

I'm a simple lass, with no Palomino pony or flowing tartan skirt. But, if I weren't simply dreaming, I would ride to the treehouse in the Big Woods at Lady Cawdor's Castle and pull out the plaid tablecloth from my picnic basket before pouring some wine, just like this scene captured by photographer Guillaume de Laubier in the book Highland Living: Landscapes, Style and Traditions of Scotland. Ahhh!

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