Where will the long days and warm weather of summer take you and your little citizens? To the beach? The mountains? Or maybe even a new city? Some of our favorite summer adventures have been road trips with many stops along the way, lazy days near a lake or barbecues with friends and family in the backyard.
Late last year, my sister was awarded the International Affairs Fellowship from the Council on Foreign Affairs, which required her to relocate to Tokyo for the immediate future. The whole family decided to take advantage of her overseas assignment and in March, we arrived in Japan seeking a cultural experience though food and fellowship.
Museums, markets, city centers, parks… These are all places you might find Tea designers out and about snapping photos and taking notes for our collections. Another place you may find them? In the lobby of their hotel. To make the most of each trip, we search high and low to find interesting places to stay. From boutique hotels outside of Jaipur to eclectic Airbnbs in Berlin, we make an effort to stay in places that are unique to that specific destination.
None of the places we’ve stayed have inspired us quite like the Parco dei Principi Hotelin Sorrento, Italy. From the tiles seen throughout the hotel to the clean lines of the mid-century furniture in our rooms—we just couldn’t get enough. Here’s an inside look at the hotel that inspired dozens of the styles in our summer collection.
Dreaming of sunny beach days and backyard barbecues? Summer will be here before we know it. The reality? The kids will be out of school and after just a few blissful days… they’re going to be “so bored”. We’re sure you have the basics lined up – camps, babysitters, play dates, maybe even a week-long vacation if you’re lucky, but we’re here to help you think outside the box. We want to help you make the foreign familiar in your own home. Across the globe, we travel to bring inspiration back home to you. Across the street, we’re showing you ways to have fun summer adventures inspired by our travels through Italy!
Take a stroll along the Italian coastline and there’s no doubt you’ll find a few gems — tiny pieces of ceramic tile, seashells, sea glass and driftwood — a treasure trove of things to collect! Stella’s favorite thing to do while she was in Italy was collect smooth stones, bits of tile and unique rocks.
Dinners aren’t always easy. In our house, the more veggies we introduce, the more blank stares we receive. Always a winner for us? Pasta. Sometimes we can’t fight it and I reach for the box. Seeing Stella make pasta with her family in Italy made it us think… Is this something we could actually do as a family in our own home? Turns out it is! The entire family had a ton of fun and the results were absolutely delicious. Give it a try and let us know what you think.