August 6, 2014

Traditional + Classic

Germany

Can you name a traditional German musical instrument? Did you guess the bagpipe, zither, krummhorn, hackbrett or konzertina concertina?

German music has a long tradition that is incredibly diverse. Volksmusic and oompah music are two traditional genres that have become synonymous with Germany. What better way to get into the spirit of Germany than with a playlist?

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August 4, 2014

German Goods

Made in Germany 1 eikon lamps // 2 ruhla mechanical clock // 3 glass tea pot // 4 slowmo tote 5 seil marschall hiking pack // 6  kerosene lanterns // 7 nivea creme // 8 dansk fjord flatware // 9 birkenstock
10 sandwichbikes

If you find a product that’s “Made in Germany”, it is likely you’ll feel confident about your purchase. German products are known for their high quality and reliability. From a trusted beauty cream to sleek and modern lamps to a bike crafted out of german wood… we’ve found a little something for everyone.

Our list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning our favorite German candy, Haribo gummy bears! Fun fact: Apple flavored Haribo gummy bears are only found in Germany. The green colored gummies you’re eating in the United States (which are made in Turkey) are actually strawberry flavored. Editors note: I’m currently snacking on apple gummy bears from Germany and I wish I could share them with each of you!

July 29, 2014

Destination: Germany

Tea Collection

Every thread of our new collection was inspired by the art, color and energy of Germany. We travel from the blue harbor of Hamburg to the bold and bright streets of Berlin, from the fairytale feel of the Bavarian forest to the steep slopes of the German alps. Sparkling snowflakes and gilded opulence, cozy fireplaces and Bauhaus color theory – we brought it all home in classic silhouettes, primary colors, vintage prints and modern style.

Keep an eye on our inspiration page throughout the season. With each new delivery, we’ll update this page to share the stories behind the designs!

July 21, 2014

Passport to Jack n’ Jill Shop

Each month Studio T  features one of our retailers. This month we caught up with Laura, owner of Jack n’ Jill Shop. Learn about the story (and city’s) rich history below!

Have you always lived in Birmingham?
I was born to military parents while they were stationed in the Panama Canal Zone. When I was 3 we moved to Fort McClellan, Alabama.  When I was 4 my dad retired from active duty and we moved to Homewood, Alabama, a suburb of Birmingham. I graduated from Homewood High School in 1992 and then attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham for the next 4 years.  My husband, son and myself live in Hoover, a suburb of Birmingham.

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July 17, 2014

DIY Bauhaus Inspired Stained Glass

Stained Glass Craft

Inspired by the sharp shapes and bold colors of Bauhaus, here’s a craft that’s sure entertain. Bonus: Use this stained glass craft as a teaching moment for your little ones. Create warm and cool color schemes. Layer primary colors over each other to create secondary colors, you’ll be amazed by what they come up with!

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July 15, 2014

Around the World: Family Friendly Beaches

Beach

We’ve teamed up with Kiwi Crate and The Honest Company to bring you over $500 worth of beach essentials! You could win a Tea 5-piece set, an Honest beach gift set and $125 to shop Honest.com, a $50 gift card to shop KiwiCrate.com and a six-month Kiwi Crate subscription. Where would you take all of your winnings? We’re dreaming of these five family friendly beaches…

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July 11, 2014

A Back-To-School Tradition

Kindercone Long ago, German parents told their children they would know it was time to go to school when the fruit was ripe on the Schultütenbaum (school cone tree). The “fruit” was actually  bright paper cones called schultüte (“shool-too-teh”) that parents filled with sweet treats and hung on a metal tree at their child’s school.

More than 200 years later, this fun back-to-school tradition is still going strong. Today’s schultüte (or KinderCone) can be as big as 35 inches tall and contain practical school supplies as well as treats. In honor of this long-standing back-to-school tradition, local Tea retailers are hosting a KinderCone event you won’t want to miss.

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June 26, 2014

Moroccan Gallery Wall

Emily Meyer

When we moved into our house 4 years ago, there was a cozy, sun-filled room adjacent to the kitchen that I felt would be a great mini-play space. I envisioned the kids creating artwork in this space and proudly displaying their creations on a large wall inside the room – it would be their very own art gallery! We covered the wall with magnetic paint and then added a few layers of chalkboard paint. (The kids still don’t know that the wall is actually one large chalkboard… too messy and dusty near the kitchen!) At first, we tried to mount the kids’ paintings with magnets, but they didn’t stick well (most likely because we have chalkboard paint over it), so the artwork is now mounted with colorful tape.

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