Tea, Our Comfort From an Imperfect World

Writing a blog seems a bit odd given the gravity of this week's events in Paris. Like you, dear readers, I am dismayed by the senseless violence against innocent people enjoying their lives, doing no harm to anyone, but nevertheless falling victims to a hatred that seems illogical and sinister. During times like this I tend to retreat to my room, reading great writers and poets, looking for the more profound meaning of life, and nurturing my soul with meditation, music, memory evocative fragrances, and soothing teas. These simple pleasures certainly don’t solve the horrific problems of the world but they do afford comfort and a small sense of hope that there will always be beauty in the world. I offer here three of my favorite teas from Europe, two from Paris and one from the legendary Fortnum & Mason in London. Here as well is a particularly healing quote from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

                “Darkness cannot drive our darkness on light can do that.

            Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

                                                                                Martin Luther King, Jr.

Fauchon Tea, founded in Paris in 1886

Fauchon Tea, founded in Paris in 1886

Fauchon's Fruit Infusions are a Rare Treat not to be missed.

Fauchon's Fruit Infusions are a Rare Treat not to be missed.

Fortnum & Mason's custom blend is a stunning tea and beautiful packaging.

Fortnum & Mason's custom blend is a stunning tea and beautiful packaging.

Tea being carefully weighed at Fortnum & Mason, established in 1707.

Tea being carefully weighed at Fortnum & Mason, established in 1707.

All the great teas of the world can be found at Fortnum & Mason.

All the great teas of the world can be found at Fortnum & Mason.

Afternoon Tea at Fortnum & Mason is an Art Form!

Afternoon Tea at Fortnum & Mason is an Art Form!

Elevation of Mariage Freres in Paris, founded in 1854 and still making splendid teas.  

Elevation of Mariage Freres in Paris, founded in 1854 and still making splendid teas.

 

Like Fortnum & Mason, Mariage Freres offers a wide range of teas, each leaf imparting a distinct and memorable experience.

Like Fortnum & Mason, Mariage Freres offers a wide range of teas, each leaf imparting a distinct and memorable experience.

An Assortment of Tea Pots at Mariage Freres

An Assortment of Tea Pots at Mariage Freres

Have a Cup of Tea, it does help.

Have a Cup of Tea, it does help.

Travers Trims Debuts Place Vendome

One the most joyful aspects of being a professional designer is having the world's best tradesmen arrive at your doorstep with exquisite designs and treasures. And so it was yesterday when our Zimmer-Rohde sales rep brought in the elegant trims from Travers. The new Travers trim collection was inspired during a retrospective celebration of the 160-year history of a famed French jeweler at the Grand Palais in Paris. The jeweler's eldest son developed a particular interest in the colorations of the ballet costumes during a performance in Paris of the Russian Ballet in 1910. The color and jewel pairings, coupled with geometric designs established the unique style, which is still known today. Here are some dazzling examples of the art of passementerie.

Travers- Place Vendome Collection

Travers- Place Vendome Collection

The colorful trims of Travers Place Vendome Collection

Travers Trims

Travers Trims

Travers Trims

Travers Trims

Travers Trims

Travers Trims

A Candy Store for Designers

A Candy Store for Designers

Glorious Blues from Travers Trims

Glorious Blues from Travers Trims

Travers Trims

Travers Trims

Travers Trims

Travers Trims

Travers Trims

Travers Trims