October 19th, 2011


As you can probably surmise from the above photo, we have some exciting news we would like to share! We are expecting a baby, due in early April!

I’m not going to lie, the first three month were pretty rough. Sheer exhaustion prevented me from doing anything but lay around and read Game of Thrones and nap. As a result, John had to manage the shop, blog and all the every day things by himself. Thankfully he’s been very supportive and I am now feeling a lot more energetic, so we’re hoping to get the blog back on track.

This news is why we dashed off to Japan again, to secure some new artisans and pieces for the shop before we can’t travel to far flung places for quite some time. While John picked up his usual gorgeous trays and cutlery, I had a more singular focus…


A set of handmade baby cutlery from Westside33 in Kyoto, and a natural maple baby rattle we purchased at an exhibition in Tokyo. The wood produces a really soft sound, and it makes a good shaker if you need some percussion.


This hang tag is given out in the Tokyo JR stations to expecting women so that people will know to give up their seat. Sadly, this didn’t work for me on the long train ride to Oji Masanori’s new home. My baby bump (aka food baby) wasn’t prominent enough. But it’s a nice idea.


A silk baby bonnet from Finland. I bought one of these during my first trip to Iceland because I saw it on all of the babies, and I wasn’t sure I would ever find it again. Of course, when we opened the shop we hunted some down, and they are available in store and soon online.


A baby bib by Akiko Ando, a clothing artist from Tajimi city. We have a small collection of her husband’s ceramics (Masanobu Ando) currently in our store.


A soft cotton blanket by Yumiko Sekine for Fog Linen.

We’ll keep you up to date on any big milestones, and maybe some design minded baby stuff we come into contact with, but don’t worry, this isn’t going to become a baby blog! We promise!!!

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  1. Congratulations. My advice (I have a 5 and a 8 year old) do not try to get everything (like stuff) before the baby is born. You don’t really need everything they ask you to get and some things they don’t ask you to get you do need. Take it as it comes. Everything about it. And of course you know the more you resist ugly plastic toys the more they will want them.
    Good taste is like good soil that is being plowed, the soil disappears under the ground but after a few years it comes back up again and then you profit from it. Have fun.
    Until then you gotta hang in there and give them some credit.


    20 Oct 11 at 5:36 am

  2. congratulations!

  3. that is going to be one stylish and classy baby! excellently edited collection. i’ve really come to enjoy this space, so glad to hear you will be posting more. congratulations!


    20 Oct 11 at 6:41 am

  4. Congratulations ! Félicitations ! It’s my first comment here, that’s a sweet new !


    20 Oct 11 at 6:59 am

  5. *** Congratulations ***
    Although i’m geographically far from your shop, i keep watching and reading your blog as i feel close in a design-addicted sort of way… I just discovered this japanese brand yesterday, maybe you already know them, but it definitely is a baby-orientated design-lover thing! And thanks for not turning your blog into a baby blog, i’m tired of those although some are really nice obviously… Best wishes from Paris!

    Bonjour Juliette

    20 Oct 11 at 10:26 am

  6. Oh sorry i forgot about the beautiful japanese brand link: http://www.kiko-kids.com/items.html

    Bonjour Juliette

    20 Oct 11 at 10:27 am

  7. Oh my god! Congratulations guys! This is very exciting news!!!! Yay! :) Just told Dan the good news. You’re gonna make us want to have one sooner than later ;) hopefully we’ll a chance to see you two soon.


    20 Oct 11 at 12:18 pm

  8. Congratulations John and Juli! Such exciting news!!!


    20 Oct 11 at 1:02 pm

  9. I’m so happy for you guys! Such lovely news! I love the cute baby stuff you got. I hope your energy only goes upwards from here. I am sending lots of happy energy and love your way. <3


    20 Oct 11 at 5:27 pm

  10. wow congrats!! love that bonnet.


    20 Oct 11 at 9:10 pm

  11. What wonderful news! I thought things had been a little quite around here. Many congrats to you both!


    20 Oct 11 at 11:54 pm

  12. Congratulations!
    I’m going to be an Uncle in 11 days..
    So Im kinda sorta in baby mania mode myself..


    21 Oct 11 at 1:41 pm

  13. Such lovely lovely news. I am so happy for you both from overseas. I am a mum of two wee ones ( one and four). It is totally the best things David and I have ever done. You will love it. Best best wishes. Jo xx ps I thought you were v quiet! xxx


    21 Oct 11 at 3:41 pm

  14. Congratulations! Beautiful baby items.

    la femme

    22 Oct 11 at 12:53 pm

  15. Hooray, congratulations!


    23 Oct 11 at 1:10 pm

  16. Congratulations! April is a wonderful time to have your first baby (my son’s due date was in the beginning of April). Meanwhile enjoy cuddling up and reading Game of Thrones throughout your pregnancy as winter is coming!

    Nikko Moy

    24 Oct 11 at 8:41 pm

  17. OMG, I have no idea how I missed this.

  18. Hooray! Glad to hear you’re feeling better – I was just going to tweet you to see how things were going. The baby things you picked out are adorable. A big congrats to you and John. xx bess

  19. Fantastic news! Congrats!


    2 Nov 11 at 5:07 am

  20. Congratulations! Lovely news.


    12 Nov 11 at 9:49 am

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