Trend Spotting: Plaid for Autumn

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Fall 2008, from left to right: Y3, Peter Jensen, DSquared

This Fall's runway shows were uniformly heavy on tartans (check out style.com for more images), and it's starting to spread (see Kristen's tartan wall post from yesterday). We've always harbored a love for simple black and red buffalo plaid, so we thought we'd do a quick roundup of a few related products for the home. More images after the jump...

Using such a strong, historical pattern in the home can be tricky. More often than not, plaids summon up images of log cabins, flannel sheets and weekends in the country; but paired with uncommon pieces and finishes, we think incorporating the weave into a more urban setting creates interesting effects.

Ralph Lauren does this well in his stores, combining traditional, humble tartans with expensive materials like chrome and dyed alligator.

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If you can ignore the coffee table, carpeting and walls in the photo above (we are trying very, very hard), the use of buffalo plaid, especially where it's mixed with riveted leather on the Stagecoach sofa, is brilliant. Available through Cabin Fever Log Furniture, who create custom pieces tailored to suit rustic themes.

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The Scottish Weaver sells a variety of upholstery-grade cotton plaids, at a more than reasonable $16.95 a yard. They also make wool tartan ribbon, which we think would look amazing as wall trim (L.L. Bean makes a plaid duct tape which could be used in the same way).

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CB2 has jumped on the bandwagon as well, outfitting it's slim Dempsey chair in a grey and yellow.

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Country Curtains offers these Sturbridge Plaid tailored curtains (from $89.00 pair), and below, Ralph Lauren's Elm Check Ginham, around $500 a set.

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