You already know this South End boutique for its modern furnishings and home accessories. Now discover Lekker Home’s softer side, courtesy of a luxe linen collection with everything you need for a lifetime of pampering: Sasawashi scrub towels to keep your skin looking fresh, a super-soft Blacksaw throw for movie nights, and a crisp set of Area bed sheets to sink into later. 1313 Washington St., Boston, MA lekkerhome.com.
Be prepared to drop a bundle here: As soon as you spy the Zutano casualwear and fancy attire from European lines Petit Bateau and Deux Par Deux, you won't be able to resist stocking your kids' closets. 146 Front St., Scituate, MA 2066, bundleofhope.net.
Continuing their quest for the latest in clean, contemporary design, Lekker owners Natalie and Curt Carpenter have introduced several new lines to their store's stunning portfolio. John Derian's decoupage serving ware is a must-have, while the just-launched eco-friendly Central Station line is destined to become a classic. Lekker's selection of chic outdoor accessories (lanterns, bird feeders) and elegant tabletop essentials (coasters, serving trays), meanwhile, remains exceptional. 1317 Washington St., Boston, MA 2118, lekkerhome.com.
At this colorful Vineyard Haven spot, bright ceramic bowls, fine linens, and silverware are stacked high alongside quaint tabletop accessories. The knowledgeable staff will guide you through neat piles of gadgets and goods that make Leroux the best home (store) away from home. 62 Main St., Vineyard Haven, MA lerouxkitchen.com/.
There’s nothing wrong with a chunky necklace from J.Crew, of course, but if you truly want to stand out from the flock, snag a handmade feather collarwith elegant plumage that wowsfrom Nicole Rueda-Watts. The designer, who honed her metalworking skills in a Mexican artist community, fashions her eye-catching wares with semiprecious stones, leather, and beads. Catch the collection at her West Cambridge boutique Observatory, which also stocks arrangements from Laura Jean Floral & Design, as well as vintage furniture and home accessories. nyxstudio.com.
The shop’s name says it all: "Lekker" means alluring and enticing in Dutch. The family-owned company curates a selection of tempting goods (lush pillows and blankets made from natural yarn; French colored-glass vases; and mirrors with walnut pegs that hold keys, hats, and scarves) that strike the perfect balance between contemporary and traditional. 1313 Washington St., Boston, MA 02118, lekkerhome.com.
Whether you’re a Marie Kondo purist or a Diane von Furstenberg maximalist, the one thing we can all agree on is that for everything to be in its place, it has to have a place. Luckily, this South End standout has plenty of creative solutions for stashing your stuff. Start small with Thayer Design baskets and Muuto coat hooks, or get ambitious with a new Blu Dot bookshelf or roomy credenza—then watch as your ambitious to-do list shrinks a little bit every day. 38 Wareham St., Boston, MA 02118, lekkerhome.com.
Leighanne Henkenmeier likes to say her Scituate Harbor shop is for "the grandmothers," and indeed, a doting and sufficiently deep-pocketed nana could happily spend an afternoon in Bundle of Hope. Sunlight glows off the white-painted cupboards and armoires, which are filled with designer outfits (Clayeux, La Petite Ourse, Bebe Bonheur) as well as romping American cuteness (Bees & Dragons, Tadpole & Lilypad). With the further temptation of gifts like handpainted music boxes and organic Erbaviva skin care, nothing's-too-good-for-my-grandkid types are bound to drop a bundle of their own. 132 Front St., Scituate, MA 2066, .
Where you can find more than 60 styles to choose from in a pleasant atmosphere that smells of leather and polish. 109 Newbury St., Boston, MA .
Whether it's wingtips for work or a pair of loafers for a Saturday stroll through the Square, Cole-Haan has something for all occasions. 109 Newbury St., Boston, MA .
Clothing, accessories, furniture, and more: Bundle of Hope offers it all, with a delightful variety and a warm personal touch. Leave your kids in the play area while you peruse the high-quality offerings for infants and toddlers; have them try on clothes in the charmingly handpainted dressing room; even let them bring friends along for a tea party. The staff here is more than accommodating, wrapping gifts, making shipments, and setting up baby registries. 146 Front St., Scituate, MA bundleofhope.net.
If Louis Boston rented out sleeping space, there'd be no reason to ever leave. The four-story Newbury legend can clothe you (quite well, in Dries Van Noten and Mayle, and as the only place in town that carries Marni), accessorize you (with quirky jewelry from Mannin and Francisca Botelho), coif you (Salon Mario Russo, third floor), and feed you (from chef Pino Maffeo's on-site kitchen). The only part of the store you'd have little use for is the otherwise excellent home goods collection—your new address comes already very nicely appointed. 60 Northern Ave., Boston, MA 2110, louisboston.com.
The cache of fabulous handcrafted items, many of them one-of-a-kind, includes everything from fine jewelry to furniture—something for everyone. 36 Copley Place, Boston, MA .