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Style at Home: Going mad for plaid

One of our favorite table hacks is to use a throw blanket as a table covering. It is beautiful and easy to wash after your dinner party. (Handout/TNS)
One of our favorite table hacks is to use a throw blanket as a table covering. It is beautiful and easy to wash after your dinner party. (Handout/TNS) TNS

Have I mentioned how excited I am that it’s officially plaid season? I could blame my obsession with plaid on Brandon’s Scottish heritage, or perhaps it’s my background and admiration for sewing, quilting and weaving, where I see the true art that goes into creating the patterns. Regardless, I am a year-round lover of plaid – tartan, gingham, check, houndstooth, tattersall – I will take them all! The autumn and winter months are when this trendy but timeless textile gets the most attention. I am so excited to show how we incorporate this beautiful pattern into our decor.

As you may know, the patterns found in plaids were originally crafted to serve as a marker for the different clans and families in Scotland. As colorful as the highlands themselves, plaid is now a popular fabric that has been reinvented over and over. Its rich history just makes me fall even more in love.

One of our favorite places to feature plaid is our tabletops. Pops of plaid can have a great impact on your table in plenty of spots. From seat cushions to accessories, the possibilities are endless. A plaid tablecloth makes for a bold foundation for your holiday tabletop. For a softer touch, we use our favorite plaids by mixing and matching table runners and napkins to create a look full of depth and texture.

A versatile way to bring this fantastic pattern into your home is with a classic throw blanket. Just think about curling up under a warm and stylish plaid, a cup of hot tea in your hand and your favorite fall scent burning nearby – pure cool-weather heaven. Besides the obvious comfort, plaid blankets are a beautiful addition to chair backs and sofas alike. At Mary Carol’s cottage, she stacks them up high by her fireplace to create a gorgeous and functional display. Another trick for a throw is to toss it on your table. That’s right, a throw blanket makes a creative table cover! And yes, you can mix plaids, so don’t be afraid to toss some plaid pillows in with your throw on your sofa or favorite chair.

There are so many ways to incorporate plaid into your home, from upholstery to bows and ornaments, even bookshelves! This is a pattern that won’t fade with the holidays – it will stick around all season to bring warmth and richness to your rooms. Have no fear year-round plaid lovers – there is always madras for when the weather turns again!

Adapted from nellhills.com. Katie Laughridge is the owner of Kansas City interior design destination Nell Hill’s. For more information, contact Katie at info@nellhills.com.

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