Maybe it was all those years of having to wear a school uniform, but I was off plaid for a long time. After years spent avoiding anything remotely tartan, I've started noticing fresh new interpretations that range from bold and dramatic to soft and pretty.
Fun fact that I learned in Edinburgh years ago from a kindly shopkeeper: "Plaid" is actually just a term for gathered material, like "blanket"; tartan is the pattern of interlocking stripes that we often refer to as plaid.
Fun fact that I learned years ago (but forgot) from Vivienne Westwood's designs: tartan doesn't have to mean ultra-traditional. It can be toyed with in all kinds of exciting ways.
Fun fact that I learned more recently while perusing Chicago-based shop Brimfield (a local haven of tartans): a little tartan can make any room look smart and feel warm.
- Plaid Mauve Purple Throw Pillow from Etsy seller Pillow Throw Decor
- Molly Indoor/Outdoor Rug from Dash & Albert Rug Company
- Multi-Blues Plaid Duvet Cover available from District 17
- Vivienne Westwood "Tartan" Wallpaper for Cole & Son
- Bent Maple Wool O' The West Armchair, available from Washington-based, sustainable home store, NuBe Green.
- Lenox Bench in Windowpane Plaid from Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co.
- Pendleton Americana Plaid Merino Throw
- Yellow Anderson Pouf from Etsy seller Aleta Fae
(Image credits: as linked above)