Saturday, March 31, 2012

Join the Tartan Parade Here!

Welcome to the 
Tartan Parade 

Whether you 
are joining through
 Sarah's blog, 
or through a link at
  Upstairs Downstairs, Babs' blog,
or coming in through
Vignette Design
Delores's lovely site --- 
we are thrilled
you've joined us.

Does plaid dwell in your home?

Maybe it's the first thing
you see in the morning  
with your coffee?

Maybe you have it on your lap
 when you curl up to watch TV or read?

Do you catch a glimpse of it
with your afternoon tea?

Maybe you sit on it!?

If it's not part of your home,
maybe it is a piece in your wardrobe?

Love it.... via Pinterest.

Maybe you like it or maybe not.

Maybe it harbors too many
parochial school memories
for you to have it in your house?
(Had several bloggers secretly confess that to me! 
Don't worry --- no names mentioned! Promise.)

I love it 
more and more the older I get 
and since I started blogging,
I realize I'm in good company.
There are lots of you out there
sharing the same passion.

Here are a few pics of some of the
plaids and tartans in the house.
Some you may or may not have seen.

This is the outside of the trunk shown above.

This old vintage "Locker Lounger" comes with legs
and is large enough to make a great coffee table.

Do you have tartans in the art in your home?

Thanks so much 
for stopping by 
the Tartan Parade --- 
National Tartan Day 
a few days
early this month.

Tartan Resources you should know
for buying tartan fabrics and products:


Anonymous said...

Hi! Love your post. I'm glad I'm not the only one who loves plaid. I use to have an old plaid lunch box like the one you have there. Happy Tartan Day and Happy Tartan Parade.

Sarah said...

Alison, it's always a treat to tour Polohouse, but especially so with a nod toward the tartans. You have some fabulous pieces. Your home is full of charm! I'd love to be in that cozy plaid chair reading or blogging.
Looks like your lunch box group has grown. ;-) I only have a couple, but plan to add more if I find them. They are fun stacked up as you show yours. Love the little truck with its tartan load. Is that a new find?
Thanks for all the help with the linky thing. You are the best!
Let the Parade begin! ~ Sarah

Rattlebridge Farm said...

Oh, I'm in heaven, tartan heaven. I love, love, love your home. Surrounded in all of that lovely, historical plaid would be a dream. Your words and photographs are like the best comfort food. But they are also eye candy to my soul.

Connie (aka LOU) said...

Are you kidding, you have this much plaid in your house? Is there something wrong with me? I see no plaid in my all. Not even a car blanket. Hmmmm, this will be a challenge, but I have 4 days right? Did you do that for me? I will keep you posted.

Lynn said...

Love the trunk and two chairs! Never saw a picture frame in plaid before-that's really neat-enjoy:@)

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

I must admit that for many years I associated all things plaid with my high school uniform skirt--blue and gray pleated, rolled up at the waist under my sweater! But your tartans are beautiful. I had that very red plaid lunchbox, but I have never seen a red plaid frame before. You do have some wonderful items. Linda

Blondie's Journal said...

You really have the tartan and your home is just perfect for it! SO many pretty pieces and fabrics! This is the third blog I have been to in the party...what fun!


AntiqueChase said...

I can't think of a single piece of tartan in my house and now I have Tartan envy!!!!

Mary said...

Oh I'm having "Locker Lounger" envy~ what a great piece and I love your collection of lunch boxes! Thanks for the fun and leading the parade :)

Calypso In The Country said...

I was hoping I could find something in my house to contribute to your party. Now I just have to go shopping because I do love tartan! Your trunks are just beautiful! Have a great Sunday!

Diane said...

What a great Tartan post! I too have been falling in love with tartan as I get older. We are an equestrian family and I think I contact these two loves together. Very excited about this week's Tartan Parade, thank you for hosting my friend. Diane

andrea@townandprairie said...

These images are inspiring...although I do not have any plaid, my mother does. I sure would wear that coat!

Miss Kitty said...

I love all the tartan that you have in your home, Alison...thanks for sharing those great photos with us. I don't have tartans in my current house but I will enjoy your party by looking at other entries.

Babs said...

I'm drooling over your fabulous collection of tartan pieces. LOVE your red tartan chairs and the Locker Lounger is a great retro piece. I'm loving all of it...and feeling the urge to start collecting tartan lunch boxes.:)

NanaDiana said...

I have always loved plaid. My grands go to school where they wear plaid skirts, or jumpers depending on the grade they are in. I don't think there is anything sweeter than a child in plaid. Your collection is wonderful.

I am happy to say that when I clicked on today I got NO WARNINGS! Yeeaaaaa. I am so glad you got it fixed. xo Diana

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Alison, you have such great tartan pieces in your gorgeous home. You would think I would have some in the sitting room, but think I only have one small pillow with it.

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh the plaid frame is amazing. Great post.

I am so glad your problem is solved, every time I would come here I would get a warning notice and my security would kick me out. Nice to be able to see your posts again.

Hugs, Marty

Becca Bertotti said...

You always have the best collections ... plaids and tartan being another example! And, a reminder of how I FAIL when it comes to gathering beautiful collections. LOL. And, as always, love seeing your gorgeous home.

vignette design said...

Hi Alison,
Your post just makes me happy! Your home is so wonderful with all your plaids. I would love a tour someday! I would be in tartan heaven! Thanks for all your help with the link. I think I figured it out! This is so much fun! Happy Tartan Day! I'm going to the flea market and guess what I'm looking for ? Tartan! Vintage tartan, just like you have displayed! ~Delores

Decor To Adore said...

Oh I just adore plaid. Your darling post has made me blissfully happy.

Thank you for hosting!


I'm still sorry for not buying a few years ago, a great set of tartan dishes in green and red!! I said then...WHAT FOR ANOTHER SET OF DISHES! I guess I wasn't blogging that's it! When I was a kid in Astoria-Queens, NY, I had a thermus, a lunch box and even my mom had a luggage piece in red plaids! Oh werll, I will make a point of finding something now, even a tablecloth, lol..thanks for your lovely visit, I'm loving the mugs! Happy Palm Sunday.

Pamela Gordon said...

What a wonderful collection of plaids/tartans you have! Is that the Gordon tartan in the second last picture? Pretty close looking any way. Fun post! Pamela

Salmagundi said...

I so want a stack of plaid lunch boxes - yours are wonderful. Must keep looking!! Thanks for hosting this fun get together. Sally

The French Hutch said...

Hi Alison, Wow, love your fabulous collection of Tartan Plaids. The lunchbox collection is amazing. This tugged at my heart, my son used one when he was young. I still have it somewhere. What a sweet pup under the tartan and those chairs, love them! I love the Burberry plaid too, and the coat has my name all over it. Great Parade of Tartan!
Thanks for hosting Alison.

The French Hutch

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

Allison, thank you for inviting me along for the party, but - as you know- I've been a bit distracted. I just adore your beautiful home! It really has a lot of the same feel as Waveney's home. So pretty all decked out in plaid. LOVE those plaid chairs, my friend!

Thanks for sharing your gorgeous home with us girls.


Susan Freeman said...

Hi Alison and fellow Tartan lover! This is just the perfect party for us mad for plaid girls. What fun and thank you so much for hosting! I am crazy about all of your plaids.

Big Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

michele said...

i do love a tartan, and you display yours with exceptional style, alison!

loved seeing you show off the polo brooch!!!

smiles to you, and i will check out your party-goers!


Alycia Nichols said...

I will proudly admit to having worn plaid to within an inch of its life during my Catholic school days. TWELVE LONG YEARS of that!!! I wasn't so fond of it back then, but now I can look back at it fondly. I actually carried one of those plaid lunchboxes, too! Plaid has always been a part of my wardrobe (those nuns indoctrinated us to wear it for the rest of our lives!!!), and always look forward to the winter months when I can put on a long plaid skirt with a classic cut wool jacket. It's all just too deliciously Ralph Lauren! :-) You have some wonderfully fabulous plaid pieces throughout your home! I love the classic look!

Debra@CommonGround said...

I think there are alot of us plaidaholics out here, great post and fun party, just linked up!!

Kathleen said...

I love Tartan plaids at Christmas time, not so much for warmer weather. I went to Parochial school from grade school through graduate school, and my 4 gkids go now, so no complaints from me! I guess it is pretty good if people are willing to pay so much to go as well as pay high school taxes. :)
You have beautiful plaids and a lovely home. We have Polo matches here in Southampton in the summer.
Thanks for the party!

Anonymous said...

Oh, wow! Look at all of the plaid! I don't think I have any - I'm deprived.
Be a sweetie,
shelia ;)

Anonymous said...

Oh, wow! Look at all of the plaid! I don't think I have any - I'm deprived.
Be a sweetie,
shelia ;)

Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

Your home is so gorgeous and PERFECT for your tartans!!! Love the chairs and sofa. It is always SUCH a treat to see your collections. XO, Pinky

Marigene said...

Those chairs in front of the library table are to die for...gorgeous! I really need to add more plaids to my home. Thanks for hosting.

SImple and Serene Living said...

some wonderful examples of plaid. I have always loved tartans.

Debbie@Mountain Breaths said...

You have beautiful plaids that go very well with your home. I wish I had kept the plaid lunchbox and thermos that I had :-)

bj said...

My goodness, you do, indeed, have the most luscious collection of plaids I've seen. Your chairs and pillows and is all just beautiful and I am so full of PLAID ENVY, I could just spit.
xoxo bj

Marlis said...

I am awestruck by your trunk! That is a fabulous piece. As are all the lunchboxes and the art.. wow. It's been such a treat to find your blog and enjoy all the pretties you share.. thanks for hosting.. xo marlis

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Oh so much fun! I see our family tartan!!!! There is always something upscale and so stylish going on at the Polo House!

Barbara Bussey {The Treasured Home} said...

Hi Alison, no plaid here, but I just sent you an e-mail. Hope to hear from you soon, my dear!

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Look at all this Tartan goodness...beautiful photos, Alison!

Karena said...

Alison, I usually think of tartan plaids for fall and winter. There are some wonderful Springtime ideas here though!

I hope you will Come and enter my amazing Cross Bottle Guy Giveaway!

Art by Karena

Debbie O said...

Hi Alison, I'm enjoying the Tartan parade on everyone's blog. I looked around for Tartan in my house and - - none! And that's in spite of me have Scottish Collies. Must remedy this asap. Next junking trip for sure. I did some junking last week and saw a vase you might like and linked you on my blog last week. Enjoy the spring! - Debbie O at Scratch Where It Itches

xinex said...

I love your tartan collection. Everything is so beautiful. Love the chairs especially..Christine

Tammy@Beatrice Banks said...

Awesome! The plaids are so pretty. I always love looking at all of your decor details. Can't get enough of it!

Richard Cottrell said...

Ms. Polo, I am not a tartan kind of boy, but you'res is the bomb. Great ideal. Richard from My Old Historic House. PS, Happy Easter

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

You are definitely the Queen of Tartan!...You have such a beautiful collection of all things tartan...however, those lunch boxes are the best...I am so loving them..Now I need to go on the hunt for them..

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

Hi Alison, Love all of your plaids! The display with your gameboard and all of the lunch pails is to die for! Love, love the tqs. one. I wish I would've checked in earlier and had been prepared for this party. I linked an old post. It's my porch at Christmas. Kind of weird showing it in April, but oh what the heck! I can see from your post that i need more plaid! lol! I do have a cute rectaglular tqs. plaid tin in hubby's office. It says sportman which fits him to a Tee. Must admit, I like it better than him.

Anonymous said...

GREAT PARTY! Seeing all these images of amazing tartans was such fun...bringing back memories.
My fellow Canadians will relate; when I think of tartans I include MacIntosh toffee candy box (tartan). It was a bar of caramel toffee that you traditionally chilled then smashed into pieces to share with friends - that's how Canadians enjoyed this treat.
Thank you to all that shared your tartans with us. I love tartan/plaid!

Sue said...

I especially love your plaid frame with the horse print...and those gorgeous plaid side chairs....Your home looks beautiful!.....Thanks for hosting this great party...

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Oh I love your tartan furniture. Those chairs are gorgeous! What fun tartans you shared. I had that metal locker when I went to camp back in the early 60's (without the legs)! I have no idea what happened to it, but there have been so many times I wished I still had it. I adored it. Thanks for the party! laurie

La Maison des Plaines said...

Hi! Alison,

Omg! what a fun post! I just love everything in your photos. lol

The Tartan picture frame is awesome! As a child, my favorite piece was my little Tartan kilt. O' soooo loved it!

Thank you so much for sharing this post and the valuable links you provided. I found tons of historical info. Merci!

Have a beautiful Easter! Joyeux Paques!

Blessings & Hugs,