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Tartan Plaid Potted Cyclamen

Using Fall Fashion’s Checks and Plaids Trend at Home

Though plaids and checks are pretty standard for fall and the holidays, there’s just something about about the cool air and brightly colored leaves that makes us reach for the cozy and familiar.

This year, checks, tartans and plaids dominated the fall / winter fashion runways – in everything from plaids at Stella McCartney, to buffalo checks at Dior.  It has been said, as fashion goes, so goes the rest of the world. In keeping with that sentiment, here’s a round-up of some easy ways to incorporate this year’s top fashion trend for fall and winter into your home.

The Bedroom

Ever since watching the first “Home Alone” movie many years ago, I’ve been intrigued by the idea of styling the bedroom for the holidays. What better way than with a cozy flannel tartan plaid duvet cover and shams?

Land’s End Velvet Flannel Plaid Duvet Cover and Shams in classic tartan plaid ($109 – $169)

Land's End Velvet Flannel Plaid Duvet and Shams

Photo: Courtesy of Land’s End

The Dining Room

There’s nothing quite like a festive table to set the right tone for a holiday meal. Spiking your dinner table’s holiday factor by ditching the formal silverware in favor of some plaid-etched flatware is a safe bet.

Plaid-Etched Flatware

Tartan-Etched Flatwear

Photo: Courtesy of Houzz

If you’re looking to make a statement with your holiday table not only this year but for years to come, consider investing plaid dinnerware.  Bright and cheerful, yet easy, plaid plates are the set it and forget it option that will work hard from Thanksgiving all the way to New Year’s Eve.

Lenox Plaid Plates $119 for a five-piece place setting

Lenox Plaid Plates

Photo: Courtesy of Lenox

The Tree

Because it’s just not Christmas without ornaments…

Waterford Green Plaid Heart Ornament

Waterford Plaid Heart Ornament

Photo: Courtesy of Waterford

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Suzanne Kasler Mackenzie Plaid Ornaments – Set of 12 $89

Suzanne Kasler Mackenzie Plaid Ornaments

Photo: Courtesy of Ballard Designs

Taking the Chill Off

Coming in from the cold is even better when you get to sip your favorite hot beverage in a plaid monogrammed mug.

Pottery Barn Plaid Alphabet Mugs $8 each

Plaid Alphabet Mugs

Photo: Courtesy of Pottery Barn

 

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Inspiring Interpretations: Color of the Year 2016

At the time of this writing, it’s been several weeks since Pantone’s announcement of Rose Quartz and Serenity as Color of the Year for 2016. What a surprise that was – choosing two colors instead of one. It’s a bold departure from the past, but it makes sense. In design, color trends typically end up in pairs, even though they don’t start out that way. Even monochromatic applications use multiple variations on the one color.  Continue reading

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