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Aldea Home and Baby Stores Merging

Aug 26, 2015 12:35:00 PM

We're Having a Baby

We are delighted to announce that Niños store will be merging with Aldea Home at 890 Valencia Street in September. We will focus on curating the best nursery products in the context of a well designed home. We will continue to offer inspiring home, spa and garden accessories. We want every part of your home to be designed with care and filled with love.

We sincerely thank you for the love and support you have shown us throughout the last ten years as we have grown and adapted. 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

We welcome your feedback, and hope you will be patient with us as we move things around and redecorate. 

Thank you so much and hope to see you soon.

Aldea Home + Baby

Aldea Home + Baby

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Ranier Living Room

Mar 28, 2014 6:26:01 PM

Have an unforgettable piece that’s the diva of your home furnishings? Whether it’s a furniture piece or even an accessory, create an effortlessly harmonized space by using this principal piece as the foundation that dictates the style of a room. Our Lazar pieces, in particular the striking Ranier Sofa and versatile Ranier Chair, lend themselves particularly well as both striking focal points and stylistic complements as the fabrics are entirely customizable, ranging from exquisite patterns to refined, subtle hues. Give the space a whimsical feel by centering the composition of your room around smaller accessories such as rare, worldly artifacts from your travels.

Shop the Ranier Living Room online.

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Aldea Introduces: Lazar Furniture

Jan 2, 2014 12:00:00 AM

The first time we sat on a Lazar couch, we thought simultaneously, ‘Ah, this redefines comfort’ and ‘I am never getting up. Ever.’ What we came to learn (after we reluctantly got up) was that behind the mind-melting coziness of the furniture is a company that is as devoted to eco-friendly ethics and sustainable business practices as they are to physically and visually pleasing design.

Exactly how visually pleasing, you ask? Imagine sitting, snuggling, heck, eating on a striking piece of art that you won’t be afraid to use (their synthetic materials make cleaning a snap) and from which you won’t have to ban the kids. Yes, everyone in San Francisco is enamored with mid-century modern right now, but since first setting eyes on Lazar’s offering, we’ve fallen for contemporary art deco. Beginning with the Lazar line, we’re introducing an entirely new aesthetic to Aldea, one that has a strong contemporary edge and will demand an opinion from people, good or bad.

The intelligence that Lazar applies to their sustainable practices is also something that resonates with our own beliefs and mission. Not only do they assemble their products in the US so the entire construction process is kept in the community, the shipping of their products becomes simplified, more affordable, and quicker (not to mention eco-friendly).

Along with Lazar’s memorable designs and patterns, we also absolutely adore the fact that all the materials they use are kid-friendly and durable. After all, what good is a gorgeous couch if your family can’t hang out on it? So, sit back and get ready for some serious eye candy from the newest member of our family, Lazar.

Terra Chair
Need an earth-friendly place to lounge? This 'precycled' Terra Chair can be that sustainable solution. Need to take some extra downtime? Easily transform the Terra into a bed with the sleeper option for that extra shuteye.

Clooney Chair
Handsome design and sustainability done right. Now just cue up a rerun of ER for the full Clooney experie...

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Geo-Organic Shapes & Patterns

Oct 3, 2013 6:02:42 PM

We’ve been envious of babies lately. More specifically, we wish shapes were new to us again, that we could be hyper-aware of the things that connect the tactile with the visual. So this week, we’re going back to basics—we’re reconnecting with the building blocks of design, as well as embracing that magical moment when shapes expand and repeat to become glorious, sensational patterns. Here is a selection of our favorite products that explore everything shapely from friendly squares to updated chevron patterns:

Graphic Frame*: A subtle update on the striking and iconic chevron pattern, these Graphic Frames are as timeless as the moments you capture in them.
Two-Tone Photo Frame*: Frame your most memorable travels in the exotic patterns of these sizzling, two-toned frames.
Orange Quill Lumbar Pillow*: Have it all—combine glamour and comfort with this vibrantly designed Orange Quill Lumbar Pillow.
Magnetic Sketch Wall: Never mind a new paint job, change your wall decor on the fly with these modular magnetic boards. Sketch doodles, pin to-dos, and rearrange to easily freshen up a room.
Infinite TreeThis sapling's modular design is based off of the Golden Ratio, and allows a limitless amount of variations so your little one can create every species of tree imaginable.
Grimm's Wood BlocksBuild the world with your baby using these wooden, handmade tactile puzzles, or even use them as vibrant decor.


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Here at Aldea, we love our local Californian designers. The abundance of talent aside, being loyal and buying local does many things to improve the community around you. First and foremost, regionally-crafted goods involve consumers in the education of the manufacturing process—with a good local product, you'll always know it was ethically sourced and humanely made. The other important reason that drives our advocacy for Californian designers is that it directly supports the community we call home. These locally-designed and made products are stimulating the neighborhoods and families in which we're surrounded, and at Aldea, that's what we're all about: community. 

Check out some of our favorite mindfully-made products from California:

Baby Necessities
Lion Roar PlateWhimsical, hand-drawn illustrations on earth-friendly, recycled materials; based in San Francisco
Orbit Baby Strollers & Accessories*: Designed by Stanford Product Design graduates turned dads

Petit Collage Mobiles & Art Cards: Laser-cut from sustainably harvested bamboo, an earth-friendly renewable resource in San Francisco

San Francisco Rocks Glasses: Designed and made in Los Angeles, printed with organic inks
Vintage Stadium Bottle Opener: Incorporates actual, authentic tokens, coins, icons and artifacts from Bay Area stadiums and sports teams; based in Berkeley

Back-to-School Jersey Bedding Sets: 100% organic cotton bedding produced using fair–labor practices designed by studio founded in Point Reyes
Labyrinth Duvet Cover
: 100% organic cotton bedding produced using fair–labor practices designed by studio founded in Point Reyes
Lace Percale Duvet Cover: 100% organic cotton bedding produced using fair–labor practices designed by studio founded in Point Reyes

Books & Stationery
The Conductor*: Chronicle Books, based in San Francisco
Edible Schoolyard
*: about Alice Waters' Edible Schoolyard Project in Berkeley; Chronicle Books, based in San Francisco
The End Card*: Hand-drawn and letterpressed on 100...

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America's Cup Window Displays

Jul 25, 2013 9:30:54 AM

Ever wonder what inspires our window displays? Aldea Manager Dave talks about the America's cup, ghost hunting, and more!

The nautical theme inspiration for the current windows started a couple of months ago when we did the Dining by Design nautical theme, and we wanted to design a display to celebrate the America's Cup happening in our city.
I was also really inspired by a recent ghost hunt on the USS Hornet, which is a ship in Alameda. It's supposedly haunted and we went on an overnight ghost hunt there. Our tour guides gave us access to unauthorized areas to different parts of the areas in the dark, and the spaces, like the bunks and the anchor room, were claustrophobic, but really interesting. Being in the anchor room was really inspiring, with interesting elements like massive anchors and chains. And the history of the ship, it's been out of commission since 1970 and is now a historical landmark, so that history and the whole experience was very inspirational.
While working on the window I feared making it either too modern or too Nantucket, but I think there's a nice balance, and I think Aldea offers a wide range of product to support that balance. Adding pieces from the store with a sense of humor helps bring it to life too. 

View the Aldea Galvanized Desk

The Galvanized Desk is my favorite piece in the window—it reminds me of an old airstream trailer.

View the Sutro Tower Wood Kit

And I love the Sutro Tower Model, which we even have a DIY wood kit for.

Come stop by Aldea Home to see Dave's display through August!

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