Photo: Courtesy of vendors; Illustration by Christina Park
Besides all the big box stores you have to hit up when you register for the basics (and sometimes beyond), it's fun to also peruse some of the smaller more niche stores for extras that will round out your registry. Leif has its brick and mortar in Brooklyn, but it's also a popular online destination for unique and colorful home goods that are handmade (or have that vibe).
Besides the usual décor suspects, like tableware and soft goods, Leif also carries some beautiful original art, as well as prints ready for framing. (Art is such a good thing to register for, something brides often forget about!) We love this watercolor print — beside the poppy, happy colors, it also comes in several large-scale sizes that are the perfect solution if you want an easy statement piece in your new home.
Among the tableware, we love this lotus pitcher for its sleek Scandinavian design, and these bronze bamboo spoons that would just look perfect peeking out of a cup of coffee. Plus, we're loving the serving set thanks to the polka dot-wood combo. Also, this super modern triangle soap would look beautiful in a pretty little soap dish in your guest bathroom. If you're in need of extra storage, this woven basket is a far cry from your standard under-the-bed plastic container. Lastly, check out the bright woven rug, which also doubles as a blanket.
Though Leif doesn't have it's own wedding registry, there are tons of online sites that offer universal registries like Blueprint.
Above: 1. Bolivian Frazada Rug/Blanket, $288; 2. Lotus Pitcher, $88; 3. Bronze Bamboo Spoons, $12; 4. Equilateral Soap, $10; 5. Confection Woven Basket, $64; 6. Batik Serving Utensil Set, $40; 7. "So Mysterious" Print, $44.