Decorating Lesson: We’re Mad for Plaid!

November 13, 2012 | By | Comments (6)

Full disclosure: Growing up, I wore a plaid uniform to school everyday for 12 years. So, there’s something about plaid that always gets my attention. It’s also a quick and chic way to enrich any space. It does for rooms what horn-rimmed glasses do for people — adds the smart factor. Here’s a quick round-up of our favorite plaid finds this fall.

Ralph Lauren Ottoman

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I can’t get enough of this handsome upholstered bench from the Ralph Lauren’s new Willowwood Road Collection with Havertys! When it comes to plaid, Ralph knows what he’s doing — check out how he uses it in his clothes. I’d love this bench used as a coffee table in a library or tucked at the foot of the bed. Really, he can go anywhere with the charming casters on his feet.

Pendleton Weekender Bag

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On my dreamy fall weekend (that does not revolve around the SEC schedule), I’m headed to a leisurely mountain getaway with friends and I have all of my luggage tidily packed in one bag –the Weekender Bag from Pendleton. This bag is only going to look better with age as the leather straps turn to a shiny caramel. Worn-in leather + plaid = Forever Bag.

New Ravenna McIntyre Plaid Floor

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Do you like plaid enough to have it set in stone? The creative minds at Virginia-based New Ravenna tile company do! They just launched a Plaid and Ginghams collection. Done in black, gray, and white the McIntyre pattern is a crisp and classic option for floors.

Barbour Flask

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If I am going to a fall football game, this hip flask is coming along!  It definitely has a “borrowed from the boys” vibe, but that’s the unexpected part that I like about it. Also, it’s from Barbour — the legendary British outfitter — so you know it’s going to last for years.

Plaid Bolsters

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I’ll take any of these bolsters from Schoolhouse Electric. They look like they could have come off the set of Wes Anderson’s latest movie, Moonrise Kingdom. I’m a little torn on how I’d use them. I am a pattern fanatic, should I mix two patterns together or keep the look more minimalist and only use one?

Help! What would you do? 


  1. Cassandra

    My mother always sewed for my brother and me when we were little. We have a photo of the two of us looking like twins in our matching camel plaid outfits on a Christmastime Sunday morning before church. Plaid is homemade warmth.

    December 21, 2012 at 7:04 am
  2. Rosemary Simm

    I found an old plaid necktie from Scotland in a yardsale. It was calling my name and I took it home and with a few twists I made a piece I can use as a belt, or accent piece to my clothing.
    Plaid just invokes a comfort and joy when wearing.

    November 27, 2012 at 11:22 am
  3. Joye Gulley

    I love plaid, there is something so cozy and homey about plaid. Any of the items are great and would be a welcome addition at my home.

    November 23, 2012 at 9:27 pm
  4. Poplin & Queen

    We adore plaid – Throw blankets are our go-tos for the colder months!

    November 15, 2012 at 6:24 am
  5. m00ncake

    Except in a (plaid) flask…

    November 13, 2012 at 5:31 pm
  6. m00ncake

    I too am mad for plaid. And my madness will not be contained…

    November 13, 2012 at 5:30 pm

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