Category: Discovery and Exploration

Living in a Work of Art: Mackintosh’s Hill House

From magnificent fairytale castles to highly decorative home interiors, Scotland is an architecture enthusiast’s dream. Ornate details are everywhere you look, with grand Art Nouveau flourishes gracing many of the country’s historical structures and monuments. Our latest Tea prints celebrate the Art Nouveau spirit in lovely detail, and Kirstin Bridier of The National Trust for Scotland Foundation USA is here to share a behind-the scenes look at one of the movement’s most iconic masterpieces.

Inside Scotland’s Fairytale Castles

Image by David Ross Photography/Britain Express

The National Trust for Scotland Foundation USA collaborates with citizens from across America to preserve Scotland’s legendary beauty and cultural heritage. Follow Executive Director, Kirstin Bridier, on a tour of Scotland’s fairytale castles.

Catching up with the Kios

Kios in Scotland

We know that Benjamin left Scotland with his first set of bagpipes – How’s it going?

Benjamin was determined to find kid’s bagpipes as his souvenir from our trip. We didn’t get back from the photoshoot before the shops closed though, so when LaDonna was kind enough to pick up a set she found for him, we were all so touched and grateful. He was so excited to bring them home that he insisted on carrying them, inside their cardboard box, in his arms, through the airports and on the planes to make sure they were safe. I remember watching the little plaid box going through the X-ray security screenings. And when we boarded the first plane, another passenger saw Benjamin carrying the box and said, “You’re not going to be playing those on the airplane, are you now?”

FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT: Finding Home in Hamburg

Foreign Correspondent Quandt Family

Guten Tag from Germany! Meet Kristina Quandt, mom and long-time lover of Tea who recently packed up her family’s Bay Area life and set out to find home in the unfamiliar city of Hamburg. As a Tea Foreign Correspondent, Kristina is here to share how she, her husband and their two young daughters are growing accustomed to life in a new country. Follow along!

Be Your Own Maker: Weave A Work of Art

scottish hand weaving diy

Take a trip back in time, when hand-weaving was a way of life in the Highlands, and follow our steps below to create your own hand-woven patterns!

Scottish Beasties: An Inside Scoop on Scotland’s Iconic Animals

From rugged mountains to rolling green hills, to its expansive vistas of sea and islands, Scotland (though a relatively small country) is famous for its incredibly diverse landscape. And its colorful history is rich in tradition and symbolism.

But it’s not all tartan kilts and bagpipes. Many of Scotland’s oldest, most well-known symbols feature wee beasties, both real and fabled. From the cheerful Scotty dog to the heraldic leòmhann (that’s Gaelic for lion) to the country’s mythical mascot, the unicorn, get the inside scoop on Scotland’s iconic animals.

Scotland Royal Coat of Arms

Adventures in Japan: How to Hanten

Grace in Japan

To help everyone at Tea “go there,” we make a yearly contribution to each employee for international travel and exploration. Upon their return, our Tea travelers write a blog post to share their adventures with all of us (and the world)! We’re so excited to introduce you to Grace, our Assistant Designer for Girl. This past spring, Grace traveled to the small artisan town of Fujino, Japan where she had the unique opportunity of attending a 2-week workshop on how to sew traditional Hanten (a quilted, kimono-style jacket worn as a winter staple since Japan’s 18th-century Edo period). 
Follow along as she shares her adventures!