Friday, December 3, 2010

Mad About Tartan Plaid

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Have I mentioned how much I love tartan plaid?
My love for plaid intensifies this time of year!

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In fact, I'm a sucker for anything tartan all year 'round!

I even dress my dog in tartan! I know, weird.....

It's just that Dexter and tartan look great together, don't you think?
Wool throw from Ralph Lauren.

Tartan is starting to appear in our living room for the holidays.
Plaid toleware from TJ Maxx, years ago.
The book is vintage.

In Florence, I noticed tartan everywhere.

This display of tartan plaid at the Rinascente department store had my heart beating fast.
I thought I had died and gone to heaven. I only bought two potholders though.

They will go great with these towels that I found at Homegoods. They came with a matching tartan apron.

Pendleton Woolen Mills is a great source for plaid. They even have a Tartan Gift Shop here.

This lambswool throw is on sale right now for $39!

Some throws even have matching pillows.

If you are looking for tartan plaid plates for your Christmas table, Pendleton has this set of dessert plates for $48, all four with different plaid patterns.
Target also has plaid dishes right now too. They are inexpensive and selling out fast. Hurry!

Fabulous plaid napkins from Pendleton.

Fabulous tablecloth too!

Of course Pendleton is more famous for their wool clothing.
I'm thinking this is my Christmas Day outfit!

I found this amazing blazer from Orvis. I don't think Mr. A would wear this though, even if I think it is wonderful!

But he might wear this vest from Orvis. I think it would be perfect with a tuxedo as well as jeans. From decorating the tree during the day, then to the Christmas party at night!

There's even a store in San Francisco that sells tartan. Wm Glen & Son sells everything tartan from ties to kilts. I love men in kilts!

I'm quite positive Mr. A would never wear a kilt though....

There is someone though who would wear that blazer, and the vest, and probably even the kilt!
Scot Meacham Wood from The Adventures of Tartanscot.
He is an amazing interior designer in San Francisco who just happens to love tartan plaid more than I do!
Above is his living room all decked out for Christmas. He is the king of tartan!

Rue Magazine featured an article on Scot Meacham Wood in their latest issue on page 238.
Here is the accompanying video. Check it out--you will love it!

And just for laughs and giggles, check out this 5 minute video from BBC's The Graham Norton Show.
It will answer your ever nagging question of what DO men wear under their kilts!

I'm joining Laurie at Bargain Hunting With Laurie for Favorite Things Saturday!
On Sunday, I'm joining The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sundays. Be sure to check them both out for lots of seasonal inspiration.

Gentlemen--The Tartan

Here's to it!
The fighting sheen of it,
The yellow, the green of it,
The white, the blue of it,
The swing, the hue of it,
The dark, the red of it,
Every thread of it!

The fair have sighed for it,
The brave have died for it,
Foemen sought for it,
Heroes fought for it.
Honour the name of it,
Drink to the fame of it-

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Kathysue said...

Hey Kiddo, I was just taking a little lunch break and saw that you had a new post up!! I came right over to see all this wonderful tartan. I love how you mix it with the leopard and all your warm colors, it is so perfect for your lovely home!!! Have a great weekend. Lots to do around here!! Decorate, wrap and look at some recipes!!! All fun stuff!! I love Christmas,
Merry Christmas Ms. Tartan Plaid
xoxo Kathysue

Tardevil said...

Kohl's has a nice tartan plaid Chap's vest this year.

Nancie Mills Pipgras said...

Fabulous posts. That closing video is an absolute classic. Straight to facebook!

Olive said...

Love this post. My husband has a kilt, he paid a fortune for it, and he looks fabulous in it. His mother was an O'Brien from Ireland. I might just post a photo of him in that kilt one day. merry♥O

Anonymous said...

Beautiful images and cute dog!
Kisses and nice weekend.

Kathy Walker said...

Great post. Tartan plaids are classic!

Ames said...

Love the look of Tartan. I could collect that but never see any around here. The BBC video was too funny!~Ames

Simone @ Doberman's by the Sea said...

I like it if it isn't too much of it. And around Christmas, of course.

On Crooked Creek said...

What a cute post! Although I don't share your love of Tartan, I can certainly see why you do. . .especially this time of year! Your dog is adorable. Enjoy the Season, enjoy the Tartan. . .I'll keep enjoying your post!

Blooming Rose Musings said...

I love the expression on Dexter's if to say "Oh no, here she goes again with that camera"!!!
I agree with you. Tartan is fabulous. I especially love it at this time of year because it is so festive. You have to smile when you see Tartan. I don't have much but I love what I have. I adore how you have mixed the Tartan and the Leopard. It's sure looking like Christmas at your beautiful house.

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

I love tartan too...the video was great! Now I know - lol.

a quiet life said...

i love plaid too, i went hunting a few weeks ago and came home with nothing, time to hit the pavement again i see! it screams warm and cozy, snuggle by the fire, read a book and start sip something! loads of great images, and dang you dog is adorable~

netierose said...

very cute post...Had to laugh thinking about the MAN in a kilt...or that plaid sports coat!!! You are getting me in the spirit!!

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Delores,

Dexter looks adorable in his tartan! Your vintage book is the Mary Stuart tartan I have, just like the Orvis vest that Pieter owns for several years; that's lovely with a black silk bow tie! He gets lots of compliments wearing that.
The jacket is too much... Great for Carnival!
Fun blog and a great relaxing read for the evening.

Have a great weekend!

Mariette's Back to Basics

Wendy said...

Great post and photo's. I am going to need to rush to Target tomorrow! Thanks for the tip!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Love the red and green tartan plaid, especially used during the Christmas holidays. I have a throw somewhere - need to look for it. Dexter looks quiet handsome in his outfit. :-D
Have a great weekend.

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

What a great post. Plaids are certainly popular this year..
hugs ~lynne~

Debbie@Mountain Breaths said...

My heart just went pitter patter from all the gorgeous plaid. My mother used to dress my sisters and I in plaid jumpers with white blouses :o) I would also wear your Christmas outfit! Cute!

Christie said...

Oh, Delores! My heart is beating fast just looking at this post! I love, love it!! I posted some holiday decor at Laurie's (the white modern reindeer) and show a plaid blanket used as a table cloth...I collect them and love the comfort they exude! Such stylish blankets, too! You have amazing style! I have missed my visits over here (life has gotten very busy!!), but I will have to catch up on your past posts! Christie at Three Pixie Lane

Joan said...

Great post! I am using tartan wrapping paper this year!

quintessence said...

Oh I was also planning to do a tartan post! Yours is so wonderful - I'll have to see if I can create something that can hold a candle to your fabulous and fun post!!

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Delores, your home and sweet Dexter look so great with tartan. This was such a great post - so much tartain inspiration! Scott's home is absolutely stunning, and I am still laughing about that last video. Thank you so much for linking this to Favorite Things Sat. laurie

Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

HI Doleres! I love tartan too and especially loved seeing it paired with leopard print!!!! LOVED that! I ahve a tartan tablecloth, 2 runners and napkins, now I will have to do a table with them:) Loved all your photos! XO, Pinky

Tracy F. said...

Fun post! Love the kitchen towels!

Sevenbeads said...

I never thought to look at Pendleton's for plates. Of course they'd have plaid plates. Fun post!

Linda in AZ * said...

*** The plaids just "speak" to me, and I LOVE what they say! (I just recently "fell in love" with them, and bought some plaid china salad plates to mix with other dishes... sooo fun & warm!)...

Thanks, dear Delores!


Julio Muao said...

What a wonderfully plaid post Delores! I love all the images and agree that Dexter looks fabulous in his tartan. I also have no objection to sporting the jacket,vest and kilt. The video clip of Scot's home is terrific! I love every detail. Even his guests looked great and just fit perfectly in his surroundings. Thanks for the inspiration!

Sarah said...

Oh, tartan plaid makes my heart sing as well. I'd love a set of those plates. I may just need to do some shopping tomorrow. Love seeing all of this. Sheer joy!
~ Sarah

Marlis said...

There is just something about tartan that makes everything better. I love your links.. I forgot that Pendleton has plaid. Thanks for this inspiring post. love your planter.

The Tablescaper said...

Loving all of your plaidness! I must get to the Pendelton website. It sounds like it's the mother of plaid tables!

When you have a moment, do provide a link back to Seasonal Sundays so visitors can enjoy all of the entries. And thanks so much for being a part.

- The Tablescaper

Sarah said...

Delores, I'm back for another look before heading off to bed. I think I may love tartan plaid as much as you do. Can't believe you only bought two pot holders. LOL
Enjoy your Sunday! ~ Sarah

Lynn said...

I love plaid and especially at Christmas-Enjoy:@)

Mary said...

Mad for Plaid! Dexter is adorable sporting his plaid...loved the video, what a hoot :-)

Maggie said...

Christmas means tartan, from clothing to table settings, I love it too.

Jacqueline said...

Tartan is not only Christmasy, but warm and wintery too! What fun potholders. I love the photo of the living room with the tartan draped on the tufted couch. Makes me want to snuggle in. Have a wonderful Sunday.

Carol S. said...

What a fun and entertaining blog this morning! Where's the front camera shot, lol? I'm officially on the lookout for tartan. Great inspiration. My family room sectional is a red/green/yellow plaid from Ethan Allen...not tartan, but I'm drawn to those plaids and buffalo checks and herringbones too.


Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Love all the plaid, but not so sure about the blazer. Dexter looks mighty fine though.

Susie @ Step inside my home said...

Your love of plaids is infectious! As I gazed through your post at all the lovely plaids - I am hooked. I love them also! You have truly inspired me!

xinex said...

I would love to have those tartan plates! Pretty! Tartan is so classic too so it never goes out of style....Christine

Anonymous said...

Dolores: I thought of you last night: have you seen the ad on TV for "Hilfiger" home? It's their holiday ad: an old station wagon unloads in the country and they set up a table etc etc. But there were lots of plaids in evidence!!!
I'm also amazed you found plaids in Italy! Not something we associate together!!

Cyndia said...

Your post on tartan left me salivating! I absolutely love it, and yet have little of it in my home. You inspired me though. I was shopping the next day, and found tartan dinner napkins at Marshall's, and bought several tartan tins at Target for my husband's famous Christmas fudge, which he gifts every Christmas to family members. Now I'm on the lookout for more tartan!

Jewel Sauls said...

LOVE it! Feels like Christmas in Brigadoon!!!

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

I stumbled upon your blog and knew immediately that you were from California..and sure enough, San Francisco, my favorite city! Lived there and had my first apartment on Turk Street just around the corner from the Fairmont Hotel. I walked that city from end to end. My granddaughter lives there now and so does my daughter..but she is in Santa Cruz.
Your gorgeous. I am in the process of wallpapering my dining room and family room in plaid..I'm so excited. It's a dream come true for me. Your plaids are gorgeous.

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