Talking Stock: Lekker Home

Founded seven years ago, Natalie Carpenter's European design mecca remains ahead of the curve.

Here’s the question: did Lekker create the South End, or did the South End create Lekker? Amsterdam native Natalie Carpenter says the area was already a “centrifuge of creativity” when she opened shop in early 2003; many others in the design community credit her with sparking an artsy retail revolution that revitalized the neighborhood. Either way, today Carpenter serves as inspiration to a new generation of boutique owners — and her clean-lined European goods remain as cool as ever. We asked her to show off a few favorites. 1317 Washington St., Boston, 617-542-6464,

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