Some time back my husband took me to one of his favourite tea boutiques, a little place called San-Cha. It is a small shop designed in tea themed decor.
He loves his tea. So he immediately went to the tea shelves and started looking at all the boxes and cans. He wanted to smell this one, taste that one and had a million questions to ask.
I’m glad I went along with him, because I loved the shop the minute I walked in. It is a little space, filled with many little things, which all add up to a whole, greater than the sum of its parts.
The shop has very obviously been done in tea themed decor. A panel of inverted teacup lights runs along the center of the shop.
There is a small seating area on the right, above which they have used kettles for wall decor. The wall clock too, has a kettle-face.
They have a whole lot of different types of tea you can buy. In fact, the whole experience here is pretty awesome. I associate tea with leisure, a relaxed conversation, and slowing down for a bit. And that’s exactly what you get at San-Cha. The staff were more than willing to answer each one of hubby’s questions about every different tea he picked up. They brewed each one and let us taste it.
This was actually the first time I truly appreciated the different flavour of each leaf, because we could taste each one and compare it to the other.
But what I really enjoyed, between the sips of all the fragrant tea, was going through their wide range of tea accessories.
From brightly painted kettles to beautiful tea cosies. (Yes, you still get them!) From delicate blue pottery tea cups with built in infusers, to cutting-chai glasses. They had it all, and each piece was a pretty picture in itself. This tea themed room made even a coffee lover like me smile!
Which got me wondering. We’re a nation of tea lovers. Each one of us knows at least a couple of people who just LOVE their tea. (For me it’s hubby and mom.) So how come I don’t really see tea decor around me? A golfer might display his golf clubs and an animal lover might get some animal prints in, but I’ve never seen a tea lover’s room have tea themed decor. So this one is for the tea lovers…
Tea Themed Decor:
There are, of course, tea themed decor items that you can purchase from the market such as clocks and light fixtures. But here I’ve got 3 DIYs that you can easily do at home, and get a little bit of tea love into your room right now.
Tea Lover’s Frame:
There are a lot of lovely tea quotes you can find online. Download and take a printout of your favourite. Or type it out on Word using different fonts, colours and images. Then get it framed at your local vendor. I’d love to put one up in my kitchen!
Here are a couple of quotes that I really liked.
Teacup and Kettle Planters:
Take you favourite teacup.
Put in some soil, and any little plant.
I’ve put in a stem of money plant in this one. Only thing to remember is, that unlike the ready made planters you can buy at a store, this one has no drainage in it. So the plant will probably die if you over water it. It is a good idea to use a garden spray to water this instead of pouring water in it. It took me just a few minutes to put this together, and it looks lovely on any table or shelf.
You could do the same with a kettle!
Pic: Poppadum Art
Use any pretty teacup for this.
Pic: Hey Gorgeous
You get DIY candle sets in craft shops. You can use these to make a candle in your teacup. Else here is a step by step DIY tutorial for you.
If this is all too much, then simply stand a candle in the center of the cup, and you have your teacup candle!
I added a candle and a plant to this cup.
Put in some lucky-bamboo stems inside and drop little pebbles all around to make them stand. You could also use kids’ clay like Play-Doh at the base of the cup. It’s easy to stick anything into that!
Then push a candle stick in.
Voila! It adds life to the decor so simply!
(In this case it also adds Greenery… remember Pantone colour of they year 2017?)
So these were 3 really easy ways to add tea themed decor to your room.
Try one at home. Or gift a little tea planter to the tea lover you know! I’m gifting this one to my husband for his office. And now going to make another one for mom!
Until next time,