Thursday, February 17, 2011

Mad About Irish Plaid for The Home

                                                                                    Bedding by Ralph Lauren

It's that time of year! Time to celebrate everything Irish!  With a name like Shannon and a strong Irish heritage, you know I'm in heaven:)
I love plaid, and I REALLY LOVE Tartan plaids, so I couldn't resist a post dedicated to using Tartan Plaids in the home.

                                                           Dessert Plates by Pendelton
                                   4 for $48.00 
Pair these dessert plates with White Dinner plates for an elegant and cozy tablescape 

                                                                           Lamp by Williams Sonoma Home

There's something warm, cozy, and inviting about Tartan Plaids. It can be used with vintage lace, rustic woods, or in the case of this Berksire lamp, clear glass. It's possibilities are endless.
My favorite designer, Ralph Lauren, has a fantastic selection of Tartan Plaid bedding, furniture, fabric, and table linens.

Wallpaper by Ralph Lauren

Have you ever seen a more beautiful powder room than this vintage bathroom wallpapered in Tartan Plaid.  They've even framed swatches of other tartans and hung them around a large print of Elks.  You feel like your in a Scottish hunting lodge :)

                                                                                  Pillows by Ralph Lauren Home

This is my favorite combination and shows the complete versatility of plaid. By simply adding a floral pillow and a white lace pillow the plaid has taken a romantic turn, I love it.

                                                                     Table Linens by Ralph Lauren Home

Let Tartan Entertain you with lovely table linens. This is a great way to add a touch of tartan to your life :)

This mix of plaids has a cozy rustic feel.  I love the platter of fresh apples to bring out the red and green.

Of course you knew I had to come up with a way to add plaid to flowers. Ribbon is another way to add a touch of plaid to your decor :)

Consider covering a vase or candle votive with tartan plaid paper.  It's a great, and inexpensive way to add plaid to your decor

                                                   Desk  Set by Williams Sonoma Home

Everyone knows that plaid makes you look smarter, but it also makes you look more fashionable. I love this Tartan plaid desk set:)

Make guests feel warm and pampered with plaid. Here a rustic trunk is filled with a plaid pillow, blanket, slippers and a vintage plaid thermos filled with Chocolate milk. You may have trouble getting them to leave :)

                                                            $2.00 yard by bessiemary.com

I thought you might enjoy this beautiful ribbon at a great price. Wrap it around votives, vases, use it to tie on guest towels, baskets, or wear it in your hair.

                                               $1.60 per yard by bessiemary.com
You will also enjoy this blackwatch plaid ribbon, for a real touch of Irish Green

I've saved the best bargain for last:) If you would like some fun tartan plaid paper goods, look no further than Oriental Trading Company. A set of 24 cups is $2.49
Matching Napkins are 48 for $5.99
They also carry gift bags and other co-oridinates for this line


  1. Wow, these plaids are simply beautiful Shannon! You have such good taste my friend! I can't wait to show your blog to my granddaughter's, Morgan and Brittany, who just love plaids for decorating. Did I share with you that Morgan is heavily thinking of design as her college Major? :-)

  2. Thank you ladies,
    Donna, how exciting, won't it be great to have your own designer in the family. I cannot get enough of these Tartan Plaids, they just make feel happy and cozy :))

  3. Oh Shannon you know how I love plaids too. I need to get going on my Scottish Bedroom downstairs with the four poster bed I showed you when you visited. You inspire me to finally get it finished. Love all your beautiful pictures too.

  4. Absolutely beautiful post. I don't say that very much. Plaid really can be more versatile than I thought. Thanks for the great ideas.

  5. Thanks Shannon for your nice comments on my blog. I make my own rosettes. Of course I would do a tutorial on your blog if you like. I sell them as necklaces on my Etsy shop but they are beautiful on wreaths too. Just let me know when you want me to do a post for you. Thanks for the offer. I am always impressed with your creations on here, so I am touched that you like my work. As far as the give away, I have my 3 piece apron set give away going on now, hope you enter. I might be able to swing a necklace give away at the end of the month we could do a tutorial at the same time if you like and we could focus on Spring colors.

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