California design meets a Scandinavian aesthetic in Brooklyn

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If you asked Grace and me to name our favorite online shop for home accessories, it wouldn’t be tough to come up with the answer. We’ve been huge fans of Leif since it opened in June 2011. Owner and founder Stacy Anne Longenecker  (also an occasional contributor to Design*Sponge) has an enviable knack for finding things that feel special and unique – little things that are easy to implement into your home (or your person – Grace got me this beautiful scarf from Leif as a present.). We love Leif because it feels bright, happy and fresh and we’ve been hounding Stacy to share her home with us for a couple of years. I’m so grateful that she’s thrown back the curtain today to let us into the Williamsburg, Brooklyn apartment that she shares with her pup Cash. There are only three apartments in this building and (contrary to New York stereotypes) Stacy has become friends with the other tenants. Last Saturday night, everyone came down to Stacy’s apartment, and they all played Scrabble together Scrabble together!. -Amy

Image above: Over the summer I got my first “real” dining table (in other words, big enough to seat more than 4 people). I had to have it delivered about 3 times and then not even a month later ruined it with a huge water stain, so it already feels like quite the heirloom. I keep citrus and ginger candies on the table at all times. Half of the furniture and the rug in this room is from overstock.com, my not-secret-anymore guilty pleasure. The two prints are by Garima Dhawan. The Mongolian throw on the bench came from this etsy shop.

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Image above: I think my bedroom was intended to be used as an office, but its tiny size makes it cozy and having the bed tucked away in there makes the rest of the apartment feel much bigger. Duvet, nightstand and rug are from West Elm.

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See more of Stacy’s Williamsburg apartment after the jump!

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Image above: I always have so many pillows on the couch that it’s not even easy to actually sit on it — apparently my weaknesses are plants and throw pillows.

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Image above: This is basically where I stash all the things from the shop that I couldn’t resist keeping for myself. I have about 10 of these reclaimed wooden shelves scattered throughout the apartment, (from Elmwood Reclaimed Timber). The watercolor painting is from Erik Barthels and the black and white photo is one of my favorite photos of my grandmother.

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Image above: The always wonderful Stendig calendar, and a console table that is my only great Craigslist find ever.

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Image above: A very plant-filled corner. I had the window boxes custom made by someone on eBay and I think they’re one of my favorite parts of the apartment. That Ikea cabinet is a lifesaver — it holds so much and hiding behind it is an ugly Swiffer. There is basically no storage in this apartment for things other than clothes so I’ve had to get a bit creative.

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Image above: This rug belonged to my grandmother, it’s not something I would buy for myself but I love its history and the character it gives. The art wall is a never-ending work in progress (some of the artists up there: Courtney Price, Malissa Ryder, Erik Barthels, Michael Cina, Emily Rickard, Britt Bass, Mia Christopher). The big geometric piece in the middle was a Brooklyn Flea find that I’m still crazy about years later.

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Image above: Art, clockwise from top center: Claire Desjardins, Beth Hoeckel, GeometricInk, Emily Rickard (x2), Mia Christopher, Britt Bass. A miraculously ever-thriving philodendron.

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Image above: Artwork by Fede Saenz, bulb vase from Heath Ceramics (something I want to start collecting), a collection of gems and minerals. In that little glass jar behind the vase is my mom’s rock collection from when she was a little girl.

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Image above: That hutch was a great find from Furnish Green. It houses about 3 types of gin, my booze of choice.

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Image above: This triangle mirror is definitely a favorite purchase, from MFEO.

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Image above: These HAY storage boxes are the best. The little shelf from Ikea I think costs about $4.99; I painted it white and spray painted the brackets in copper.

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Image above: The entryway for all things coats, keys and dog leashes. There apartment only has 1 closet so that storage bench is where I keep all my bedding.

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  1. Megan says:

    I love this SO much. So inspired.

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