Dubbed the "Queen of DIY", P.S. — I Made This . . . founder Erica Domesek has a simple plan of attack — she sees it, she likes it, and she makes it. Whether she's applying an ombré painting technique to her walls or bedazzling a classic trench coat with spiked studs, her knack for crafty customizations never ceases to impress us. While Erica's given us a tour of her NYC loft and talked about her killer deal for her newly published book, P.S. — You're Invited . . . , featured in our September Must Have Box, we were still dying to know more about the things she can't live without. Keep reading to see the items that are topping Erica's must-have list this season!
If you believe in the importance of a good first impression, then practice what you preach with a doormat that says it all. These stylish options are guaranteed to add personality to your doorstep. After all, why should your interiors do all the talking?
Forgo the expected "welcome" for something that will give guests a giggle, like this "Sup" doormat ($50).
The colorful geometric pattern on this Arya doormat ($40) would delight any decor buff.
Capture a cabin-in-the-woods vibe with this stacked-logs doormat ($20).
You don't have to be Popeye to appreciate a nautical-decor score like this anchor-print mat ($29).
For the subtly sentimental who believe home is where the heart is, this "Home = Love" doormat by Commune ($50) says it all.
The Unabashedly Quirky
If you've caught yourself humming "Little Bunny Foo Foo" before, then chances are you'll appreciate the playfulness of this pink bunnies doormat ($17).
Many of us use our phones to get out of bed, but there's something to be said for traditional alarm clocks. They're reliable, they have just one job (unlike your phone), and they make for stylish accents on a bedside table. See the 13 we wouldn't mind waking up to!
—Additional reporting by Angela Elias
If you've pinned your fair share of feathery juju-hat wall hangings, but if you're looking for something slightly less expensive and a bit different, then allow us to introduce you to our latest obsession. Tiffanie Turner's larger-than-life chrysanthemums are $299 each and capture a similar texture, only with paper petals instead of feathers. We love how romantic yet avant-garde these big blooms feel! Which would you rather hang: feathers or flowers?
Lately we have noticed a proliferation of beautiful handmade wooden cutting boards. While we would consider purchasing them on looks alone, it turns out that wooden cutting boards are actually very useful. In fact, they might be the one perfect serving piece for the holidays. Set them out topped with cheese, charcuterie, or small hors d'oeuvres, and you suddenly elevate your party to the next level. The best part? Unlike most table top pieces, cutting boards only improve with age. Check out some of our current favorites!Broom Cutting Board ($125) Baguette Cutting Board ($96-$168) Bird's-Eye Maple Cutting Board ($170) Live Edge Cutting Board With Knife ($59) Minnow Cutting Board ($122) Wave Cutting Board ($205)
Halloween may only last for one day, but that doesn't mean you can't celebrate this wholeheartedly sartorial holiday all month long. With these spooky wares, infusing your everyday ensembles with a hint of the supernatural will become as easy as swapping shoes or popping on a pair of earrings. Just be sure not to let your bat clutch fly away from you.Clockwise from top left: Charlotte Olympia Book of Spells Clutch ($1,284), Rarities collection with Carol Brodie Spider Bracelet ($330), ASOS Bat Clutch Bag ($30), Charlotte Olympia Bat Print Pumps ($875), Elizabeth Charles Bernard Delettrez Articulated Ring Green Eyes ($449), MKL Accessories Spiderweb Earrings ($16, originally $40), Charlotte Olympia Fancy Bat Clutch ($630), Monserat de Lucca Skeleton Cuff ($158), Charlotte Olympia Trick-or-Treat Suede Slippers ($745), Venessa Arizaga Half Moon Necklace ($425), Yazbukey Knives Earring ($145)
Since we believe high style can be achieved on any budget, we found 50 accents under $50 that are the perfect accompaniment for the cooling weather. Cozy pillows, animal print cocktail napkins, and gorgeous metallics — we have it all! Plus, we've found decor fit for every room in the house, so there’s guaranteed to be something for you. Click through to meet your match!
— Additional reporting by Emily Bibb
The piece: ASOS Cat London Cloche with Ears
The price: $36
Why we want it: The eared-accessories trend is a tough one: although we love ourselves some animal sweaters, donning actual bunny ears or cat ears on hats or hoodies has sometimes felt a little too whimsical for anyone on the far side of 5 years old. But, if there's one time to try out the rising trend (yep, even Nicole Richie has added them to her fashionable lineup this season), it's today. Kick off Halloween with a nod to its unofficial mascot with this cat-eared cap by a London-based brand that counts cool girls Kate Young and Alexa Chung as fans. We think this wool version, with its smaller, more subdued ears, is a grown-up version you'll want to wear well past the holiday.
The piece: Baggu Dipped Tote
The price: $45
Why we want it: It's no secret we're huge Baggu fans here at POPSUGAR (just check out our August 2012 Must Have box!), but when we heard about the brand's new partnership with West Elm, we just about lost our minds. While these totes may not fold into a tight pouch like their tiny nylon counterparts, we have a feeling they'll get just as much use! Aside from scoring durability and eco points (they're made from 100 percent recycled cotton canvas), the striped pattern and latex-dipped bottoms are so chic, you won't want to tuck them away.
Although they are best known for their large selection of customizable cards and invitations, Minted is also a great source for affordable art. With a wide selection of pieces, from abstractions to photography, Minted literally has something for every space and every taste. Believe it or not, the great choices are not even our favorite part! Each of the limited-edition prints are available in tons of sizes, ranging from small (eight by eight inches) to large (44 by 44 inches), all of which can arrived at your door framed and ready to hang. It is the closest you can get to having a piece of art made just for you and your space! Check out 10 of our favorites that we can't wait to order.