So, there is only one day left of 2012. Another year is about to end and a new year is about start. It feels it was only about a few months ago when I sat down and wrote this post a year ago....

2012 has been a mix of bitterness and sweetness for me, but in the last quarter an unexpected opportunity arose and I had a big challenge of opening up a shop(!) which was the most amazing thing that happened to me this year. There is no doubt that 2013 will be an even more challenging one especially with my shop and I am looking forward to it.

I'm sorry I could not update my blog so much or to have been so behind in following blogrolls (my google reader constantly told me that I had 1000+ unread feeds *snort*) this year, but I am hoping to be back here more often in the new year! (New Year's Resolution Number 1!)

Even though I had not been around here much I always read each of your comment sent to via Email and was always given smiles and got encouraged. I hope you know how much I appreciate your thoughts and words.

I wish you all and the world a happy and healthy new year!

With many many thanks and lots of love from Tokyo,

P.S. I will be having a New Year Sale at my online store, it will officially start and be announced on the New Year's Day but if you are ready to shop here is the coupon code only for my blog readers - HAPPY2013 . Enter the code at checkout and you will receive 13% off* entire store. ENJOY!

*13% off will only be for pre-sale for my blog readers and after the official New Year Sale starts on New Year's Day the discount will be changed to 10%.
Also, free shipping upgrade will not be applied during the sale.
Recently, on Instagram - December

Wishing you all a Holly Jolly Christmas & Happy Holidays!

Love from Tokyo,

P.S. So excited that I now have beautiful pot holders and seat cushions by Renilde of at-swim-two-birds! I LOVE THEM!!!!

Here are some of the lovely shops in Tokyo which I visited in the last couple of months which I think some of you might also love. If you click each address it links to google map.

1 & 2: Otsu Furniture (Gakugeidaigaku/Meguro) - a shop in the neighbourhood I like to visit now and then, they sell Japanese vintage furniture at relatively reasonable prices.
Address: 1-4-9 Takaban Meguro-ku

3 & 4: doinel (Aoyama-Gaienmae) - gorgeous little shop selling imported homewares and zakka. i love their great selection of bio wines too!
Address: 3-2-9 Kitaaoyama Minato-ku

5: cloth + cross (Jiyugaoka) - beautiful linen items, home & tablewares in lovely interior.
Address: 2-14-11 Jiyugaoka Meguro-ku

6 & 7: B+B (Shimokitazawa) - new & fun book shop where you can also enjoy beer while browsing books. (beer + books) they sell not only books but also zakka items and even all the furniture they use in the shop. really great shop i wish it was somewhere closer to me!
Address: 2-12-4 Kitazawa Setagaya-ku

Hope you like them!


My blog was included in the "6 blogs to bookmark" in the current issue of one of my favourite Australian interior magazines Inside Out! I feel so flattered and happy....! Thank you so much Inside Out and Lee Tran for including me along with other amazing blogs!