8 Fun Home Finds From A Shopkeeper Who Should Know

It's no secret that we're obsessed with LEIF. Click through any of our decor slideshows and there's bound to be a piece from the Brooklyn-based e-commerce boutique. It's our go-to for affordable, colorful, and modern accents that scream fun, not fussy. So, we knew the tastemaker behind the shop, Stacy Longenecker, had to be an aesthetically minded inspirer.
While she's been selling knickknacks on the internet since she was about 13 — everything from homemade cookies to old clothes — she officially launched her chic shop in 2011. We tapped her for down-to-earth decorating tips, entertaining hacks, and cheap-thrill travel ideas. Click ahead and get ready to upgrade your spring like a pro.
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What do you love about running your own shop?
"I love every part of the process: finding a product that people might not have seen before, to photographing it, to putting it up on the site, to sending it off to its new home. Although, after three years of packing up every order myself, I'll admit I'm starting to get a little sick of that part."
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How would describe your design aesthetic in three words?
"Colorful, playful, modern."

If someone's afraid of color, how would you recommend dipping a toe in?
"Color (especially pastels and neons) can be really effective as an accent when paired with neutrals. A pale peach or bright pink pillow looks awesome on a grey or tan couch. A linen table runner goes great with a neon yellow edging on a wooden dining table. Accessories-wise, a playful and colorful statement necklace pairs well with jeans and a crisp, clean-lined, white top."
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What's the last home item you bought for your own pad?
"These unfinished wood and raw leather chairs to put at my dining table."
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Photo: Courtesy of Wave Hill.
Favorite cheap thrill?
"A day trip to Wave Hill, my favorite place in the city. A $5 round-trip on the subway and $8 admission = $13."
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What spring decor trend or DIY project are you currently loving?
"Neon accents are definitely having a moment, and I love it. I'm a terrible DIY-er, though. Seriously, so bad at it. I guess that's why I sell things other people make."
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What are some other decor stores you can't get enough of?
Most of my favorites are all Scandinavian, which was the inspiration behind the name LEIF. Hay, Stilleben, Illums Bolighus (all in Copenhagen). Their clean, bright, airy, and clever aesthetic most closely matches my own. I haven't found my dream shop in the U.S., yet. I do about 95% of my shopping online, and it's usually from Etsy or somewhere kind of random, like Overstock (great rugs and furniture). Oh, and I do really, really love Heath Ceramics."
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You have so many great containers on your site, any spring organizing tricks you want to share?
"Storage can be both decorative and functional. Don't just think of it as ugly, plastic bins! I have a bunch of baskets and boxes in different patterns, colors, and textures scattered throughout my apartment, so they're both practical and pretty. These are some of my favorites."
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Photo: Courtesy of Tulum.
Where do you escape to for inspiration?
"I recently took a trip to Tulum, Mexico and found all the color there (the amazing blue sea, pink-painted palm trees) to be really inspiring. Going to a new place and just taking photos with my phone really refreshes my mind. Next, I'd like to go to Morocco or Vietnam."
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If you had $50 and had to decorate a table for spring where would you go?
"Probably Target. I love their collection of party supplies — really cute (and cheap) printed paper napkins, plates, etc."
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Who's your dream client or shopper?
"Jenna Lyons or Emma Stone."

If someone's throwing a shindig together really fast what's something they shouldn't forget?
"Fresh flowers, a nice candle lit in the bathroom, and a jazzy playlist."
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