Boston’s South End is a colorful, cultured neighborhood, filled with storied brownstones, local businesses, and renowned restaurants. It’s no wonder that when Marriott and American Express teamed up for their Shop Small Pop Up program, they included three local shops from my favorite part of Boston. The goal is to expose travelers to the local businesses and give them the opportunity to enjoy what the city has to offer, regardless of their schedule. By inviting local shops to pop up in the lobby of The Boston Marriott Long Wharf, Marriott and American Express are opening the doors to greater opportunities for both retailer and customer.

You don’t have to be a guest of the Marriott to enjoy the Shop Small Pop Up! The pop-ups are open to the public until November 30th for your perusal. Can’t make it in time? Not to worry, I was able to meet up with three of the local businesses to shed some light on their visions and storefronts.

Lekker Home is one of the local businesses featured in the pop up series. Though it is located on one of the more commercial streets of the South End, the store still captures the neighborhood comfort in its decor and atmosphere. The interiors store was founded by Natalie van Dijk, a Dutch native who grew up surrounded by a fashion design family. After studying textile engineering, Natalie worked in home design for Ralph Lauren. Since founding Lekker Home in 2003, Natalie has watched her store transform into a true source of inspiration for many home owners and aspiring designers. 

While visiting the space, I was able to chat with Operations Manager Katie (who coincidentally helped coordinate the South End pop-ups with Marriott) about the day to day of Lekker Home. “I would say that we offer a fresh take on the post-modern/classic look of home furnishings,” Katie told me. “Because of our price point we see a lot of older couples and home owners investing in unique pieces. What’s really cool though is watching people visit the store for the first time as college kids and then seeing them come back as adults. We have seen some start by gaining inspiration for their apartments and maybe buying a candle. Then, when they’ve matured in their careers [and in life] they come to us to purchase their first big piece.”

My experience with Lekker Home was nothing but positive and enjoyable. The employees were friendly and welcoming, eager to answer all of my questions regarding the furniture and store history. As someone who thrives on gaining inspiration from other creative people, it was a pleasure to explore the space and consider different design ideas. The price point is admittedly higher than my budget at the moment but I can absolutely see myself being one of those return customers that Katie was telling me about! 

If you, or someone you know, is doing some re-decorating for the Holidays or New Year, I suggest pointing them in the direction of Lekker Home! You can find them at the Boston Marriott Long Wharf Shop Small Pop Up until November 30th and after that at their store location in the South End. 

Marriott Long Wharf Hotel

296 State St.

Boston, MA 02109


 Lekker Home

1313 Washington St. STE 117

Boston, MA 02118



Gracie Finn | Lekker Home | Flock

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  1. Inge Speemanns

    I live in The Netherlands, and it is awesome to see that they are doing so well!

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