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Thomas Kuoh - Photographer

Aug 8, 2017 8:01:13 AM


When did you start taking pictures?

I was the high-school year book photographer, but even in elementary school, I remember blinking my eyes real hard pretending to take pictures with my mind. 

Why did you start being a photographer?

All my life, I've wanted to be an artist. I was always very visual, and I loved to draw and create. I got into photography because I loved the immediacy of it, and the ability to capture "reality" and freeze a moment in time and keep it forever. 

What are your inspirations?

I find inspiration in every aspect of my life. Which sounds totally cliche. But I've always had a certain "wonder" of the world. At a cocktail party, you might find me in the corner starring at how a particular piece of architectural decor is joined and carved. I also love classical art. I especially love the dutch masters, the renaissance, art nouveau and Greek/Roman figurative works. Additionally, I was hugely inspired by Japanese manga growing up, and I use that aesthetic in framing compositions and story telling. 

What do you like to photograph the most and why? people? places? rooms?

This is a tough question because I love each one for different reasons. Like, I could never say which of my children I love the most, because I love them equally for their own specialness. I love photographing people because I love capturing emotions, and because people are just naturally interesting. I love photographing well crafted objects because someone has created something beautiful and is technically demanding. And I love photographing antiques to preserve and share the lost memories that the piece contains. What's most entertaining to me, and I think is a common thread is "light." I just love how light and shadow can create mood and feelings and evoke emotions, and I love working with light - the various technical problems I get to solve. 

What is challenging about working at Aldea?

Every client has their own unique challenges. I believe obstacles inspire creativity and innovation. ...

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Meet Scott Welsh, Muralist

Jul 27, 2017 5:56:40 AM

 Baby and Home Murals

We are proud to have Scott Welsh on our floor as one of our design associates at Aldea Home + Baby. Not only a talented and skilled salesperson but an amazing designer. He designed the mural in the photo and we thought you might like to have a little peak into his inspiration and background.

Scott has been painting since the 5th grade, he began when he attended an art summer camp and learned that art was a way he learned he could define himself. He had an aunt who was an artist and she inspired him to follow his dream of pursuing the arts.

Scott's first mural work was at a kid's museum in a aquarium, he was inspired by that work and is excited to keep exploring murals.

When we asked Scott to work on this piece for us, one of the things that was a challenge was the time restraints that it presented. We are open 10 till 7 almost every day and it is challenging to work on a live floor when people are shopping around you. Scott said one of the best things about doing a "live" work are people's reactions to his work when they saw his progress.

We are working on the next mural for the store, this one will be in the window and will be a treehouse theme.

We are excited to offer this as an option to our new parents and see it as an exciting way to make your space uniquely your own. Create your own fantasy space or we can do it for you!

Please email us at johanna@aldeahome.com if you are interested in pricing.

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Hygge Inspired Nooks and Nests

May 17, 2017 3:36:55 PM


Hygge (pronounced hue-guh) is the Danish term used to describe the sensation or quality of cosiness and well being. It is a feeling of content and warmth within ones home, often created by the intimate atmosphere of the room. Here are a few of our suggestions when creating a room that embodies and becomes your own livable, comfortable, and cozy sanctuary. 

1. Textures - Soft and natural textures help create both the physical and visual sensation of comfort and warmth. 

2. Lighting - You can easily create an atmosphere of intimacy and relaxation with candles and lanterns.  

3. Games - Hygge is all about togetherness and appreciating small moments. Enjoying games and off-line activities helps bring everyone to the table to better appreciate intimacy and presentness.

4. Well being and wellness is one of the foundations of Hygge living. Surround yourself with objects that contribute to both your mental and emotional wellness. Whatever that may be, opt for objects that bring good vibes and that represent your individuality. Let go of clutter, and things that do not bring you pleasure. When decorating, look for special items that help you feel both comfortable and special in your own space.

5. Quiet time does not have to be alone time. Share your space with people you love.

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Five Nursery Essentials

May 9, 2017 2:17:04 PM

Nursery Tips

We know how difficult and essential it is to craft an inspiring and practical nursery. We’ve been though it a few dozen times and we’re here to help you with all the knowledge we’ve gleaned along the way.  

1. Your nursery should create a feeling of calm and contentment for you and your baby. We recommend choosing natural materials and neutral hues for furniture, walls and rugs. Use pops of color as accents elsewhere in the room, such as pillows or mobiles. Soon enough the room will be filled with colorful toys.

2. Start with the essentials: your baby needs a place to sleep and you need a place to change your baby. Choose a crib and changing station first and move forward from there. Don't let yourself get overwhelmed by secondary items like diaper genies, sleepers, and lovies. Prioritize what's essential for the space.

3. Make your changing station on top of your baby's dresser. This saves space and allows for diaper changing efficiency. Choose a changing tray to match your dresser finish for a sure design win. 

4. Leave room for growth. Limited storage will quickly be a problem if you do not plan for an inevitable wardrobe expansion. If your drawers are full from the get go, there will be nowhere for new items to go—and believe us it happens fast.

5. Consider the soothing comfort a glider or rocker can provide. Having a comfy, cozy, and convenient place to cuddle your baby or rock to sleep is vital. Babies respond to motion, and as a parent it will enjoys a comfortable pit stop to rest between parenting duties.

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Petunia Pickle Bottom Diaper Bag

Apr 12, 2016 9:49:12 AM

Petunia Pickle Bottom Diaper Bag 

Win a designer diaper bag from Petunia Pickle Bottom. Winner’s choice of one bag in stock at time of drawing (4/15/2016).


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Bitsybow Baby Clothing

Mar 17, 2016 11:21:42 AM

San Francisco designer Cherry Lao sat down with us over coffee and answered a few questions about her Bitsybow clothing line. We are excited to be carrying her fun bibs and onesies.

Bitsbow Bib

What were your inspirations for creating the line?

Bitsybow was a passion project I started with the idea of cute and playful illustration. With my design background combined with my mother's experience making kids clothes, we decided to create Bitsybow. I get inspiration from my surrounding, things I do and places I visit. The first set of graphics was food related. I love food, so I created fun drawings of meatballs, egg and bacon.  

What is the most rewarding aspect of what you do?

The most rewarding aspect was seeing our customers excitement when buying Bitsybow for their little ones or as gifts for their friends little ones. 

What is the most challenging aspect?

The most difficult aspect was the production. I am a perfectionist and have high expectations, so getting the product exactly the way I wanted is crucial. Despite the challenges I am happy and proud of what we created for our customers.

Why should a customer purchase your products?

Bitsybow was curated and crafted with lots of love and care. We wanted to share our cute and playful designs and spread the smile through comfortable outfits.

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Blast from the Past!

Oct 14, 2015 10:55:14 AM

bed from the past

Now that we are approaching our 10 year anniversary I wanted to write a little bit about what Aldea has meant to me.

When I started Aldea I had just moved to San Francisco and did not have a community. I left my family and friends and wanted to start a new life in SF. Opening a store seemed like the perfect recipe for meeting new people and learning about the city. Working in the Mission for the past 10 years has been quite a ride. I have had to opportunity to grow with the Mission in its many phases. 
We have been happy to been a part and want to thank our many customers that have come to all our renditions of Aldea Home + Baby. Today I want to share with you some photos from the very beginning when we opened in on 17th Street. 
- Johanna
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We're Moving... Down the Street

Aug 26, 2015 12:35:00 PM

We're Moving... Down the Street

We are delighted to announce that the Niños store will be merging with Aldea Home at 890 Valencia Street in September. We’ll be sad to leave our cute space full toys and memories. But we're happy that we'll to be able to offer you more value in a larger space. Soon you will find all the nursery, home and gift products you love under one roof.

We want to thank you for all the love and support the community has offered us throughout the years. Your business means everything to us. As we embark on the new and exciting chapter in our lives, our name will officially change to Aldea Home + Baby. Some of the changes to look forward to are a super cool play area and a massive (Shhh it’s a secret) basement showroom.

We welcome your feedback, and hope you will be patient with us as we move things over. Please check our Facebook for updates or call ahead to with any questions about where to find what.

Thank you so much and hope to see you soon.

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Beatrix Tiger Backpack
backpacks combine contemporary school cool and playground tested durability. Adorned with clever and colorful animal characters, these tough school bags are a big win with parents and kids alike. Architect and graphic designer Claire Theobald and former creative advertising director Marcus Woolcott are the savvy duo behind the concept, creativity, and production of Beatrix. 

beatrix backpack
The New York based team has boosted Beatrix’s popularity through quality of design and manufacturing. The heavy duty nylon and cotton products withstand the active lifestyles of their young clientele. Backpacks are made of easy to clean laminated cotton and nylon made from recycled water bottles. Beatrix backpacks are specially designed to hold textbooks, crayons and colors, pens and pencils, lunch, and even a laptop. Backpacks have padded shoulder straps and back panels for comfortable wearing. The insulated lunch boxes maintain freshness due to their nylon and non-toxic EVA film lining and provide practical needs of a name tag and a zipped pocket.

Join us for a back to school event featuring Beatrix, Bixbee, So Young and Skip Hop on Saturday July 25th, 11 a.m.– 4 p.m. Please note: this event will be at 890 Valencia Street—our main store!

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Bixbee Backpacks with a Conscience

Jul 7, 2015 11:47:22 AM

bixbee backpacks and lunchboxes

Bixbee’s new collection of imaginative backpacks and matching lunch boxes are here in time for back to school. Kids love the fun animal designs — some with LED lit wings! Parents will appreciate their horizontal ergonomic design and superior quality. When you buy a Bixbee bag, another bag full of essential supplies is given to a child in need. Now that's a win-win in our book.

 bixbee backpacks and lunchboxes

We asked Bixbee CEO Luis Manuel Garcia a few questions to learn more about his popular and socially conscious line of kid’s bags:

What were your inspirations for creating the line? 

Have you ever stopped to have an actual conversation with a kid? Their imagination serves as an endless source of inspiration for my work. Wings, sparkle, sharks, zombies in a smart design combined with our buy one, give one mission makes for a feel good, ‘gotta have it’ product.

What is the most rewarding aspect of what you do? 

Educating children is a fundamental part of securing their future. This belief is at the heart of Bixbee’s core values. Besides our customers’ happiness, making a lasting impact on children in need is our biggest reward.

Bixbee give back

What is the most challenging aspect?

We understand brand awareness takes time so we encourage our supporters to spread the Bixbee buzz as much as possible though social media and word of mouth.

Why should a customer purchase your backpack? 

Our designer backpacks bridge function and durability with fashion and fun! These bright and tough-built backpacks are specifically designed for kids’ unique measurements. Our patented horizontal design with ergonomic attributes is designed to carry weight at waist level.

bixbee backpacks and lunchboxes

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