Today is National Tartan Day—yes, it’s an official holiday—when we celebrate Scottish heritage in the United States.
Nine of the 13 governors of the original colonies were Scots, as were about a third of the signers of our Declaration of Independence and more than three-fourths of U.S. presidents.
We like to think of specific tartans associated with Scottish clans, but that’s merely a Victorian affectation. Highland tartans are more accurately products of specific regions or districts, based on the weavers’ tastes and abilities, local tastes, and natural dyes available. All of which means you can wear, decorate or identify with any ol’ plaid that strikes your fancy.
And while plaids get a bump in popularity every fall, they’re not just for winter. If you can take your eyes off the hotties in the above photo for a moment, feast your eyes on these breezy, blowsy, bright, beautiful and summery plaid rooms and scenes.
Pink and blue bump
|Nick Olsen/Pieter Estersohn|
|Hues and Cues|
Black-and-white and plaid all over
|Wiseman and Gale Interiors|
|Keller + Keller via Domino|