Friday Find: Mad for Plaid

I think it’s no secret that I’m pretty traditional.  My Type A personality likes things that are neat and organized and in control.  It’s constantly at war with my creative and short attention span, but whatever.

When it comes to fabrics and patterns, my traditional tendencies really shine through. Give me a stripe, houndstooth, or preppy plaid and I’m a happy girl!

So when I saw this idea in the October issue of Better Homes & Garden, I instantly fell in love.  BHG offered up using a plaid blanket as a table cloth.  Swoon!

BHG Tablescape |

Hello gorgeous… what’s not to love?! It’s cozy and preppy and the perfect backdrop for a great fall table.

And so I started searching for plaid blankets.  But I was having a hard time finding one that I liked and I wasn’t completely feeling it since I don’t normally use a table cloth.

I do, however, like to use table runners.  You get the pop of pattern and color, while still enjoying the table surface.  And what resembles a table runner? This baby!

Plaid Scarf |

True confessions: I have a scarf addiction.  I constantly wear them and they are reason #27 of why I enjoy living in a cold weather climate.  But I promise this is the only time this one will be around my neck.  This scarf is strictly for home decor because using pieces of my actual wardrobe to decorate the house with would just be… weird.

So wanna see what I did with it?

Table Runner |

I had it laid out on our dining table and I’ve recently moved it to our kitchen island with some of my other Halloween decorations.

Table Runner - Detail |

It absolutely makes me happier than a table runner really should!

Plaid Tablescape |

And this next part… I completely blame on BHG.  Because if I wouldn’t have been looking for plaid for my table that THEY featured in THEIR magazine, well, this wouldn’t have happened.

Rampage Boots |

Oh… Marshall’s you know how to entice a girl.  These Jaime Boots by Rampage are so comfy and for $30 they screamed “Take Me Home Tonight!”

What’s that you say, Marshall’s? You have MORE footwear that I NEED in my life.  Oh be still my preppy heart!

Preppy Aerosoles |

These came home with me too.  Good thing I’ve been saving up my mad money or this girl would’ve had some explaining to do.

Is there a pattern or style that gets you every time you see it?  Have you done any decorating utilizing things in a non-traditional way?  Why is it that some shopping trips are fruitless and others leave you wanting to take home one of everything?


  1. the home tome says:

    LOVE the scarf as table runner idea! It does look great for fall! My step mother has a beautiful silk scarf draped over an old chest in her living room – so I don’t think decorating w clothes is strange at all. When I was in high school I covered a whole wall of my bedroom with dark green plaid fabric – it was really dark in retrospect but it looked pretty cool.

    Fave pattern? Polka dots. But I am really trying to kick the habit. 🙂

    Nice boots 🙂

    • Danielle says:

      You’re right! I have a friend that has a scarf over an old chest too and it’s beautiful. I think I need to think outside the box more.

      I LOVE polka dots!! But I have very little of it. Hmmm… I might need to rethink that. 🙂

  2. Pam says:

    Love the table scarf. It looks maaahvelous! I love it with fall colors. It work s for Halloween and Thanksgiving. Love the boots too.

    • Danielle says:

      Thanks! It’s been fun for our Halloween decor and I’m looking forward to transitioning into our Thanksgiving stuff too. If I’m not tired of it, I might keep it around through January; it just says “cozy”, especially with the cold weather on the horizon.

  3. Victoria Elizabeth Barnes says:

    That is a weirdly good idea. Weird because I wouldn’t think of using clothing as part of a tablescape. But it doesn’t actually look like a scarf. It really does look like it belongs there. The black is great with your Halloween décor, but it will still work when you swap out your table stuff for Thanksgiving and the red will be nice for the holidays…

    p.s.- those flats are adorable.

    • Danielle says:

      It IS a weird one. When I saw it in BHG, I was totally struck by it. We served a ton of food on it last night and it cleans up surprisingly well. Who knew?!

      The flats are Aerosoles and are equal parts adorable and comfy. Thanks!

    • Danielle says:

      Ha… I know! I need to head back to Marshall’s this weekend and I’m wondering if I’ll find anything more that I can’t live without. 🙂

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