Oh, What a Frill

Written by Niki D'Andrea Category: At Home Issue: February 2013
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Add some panache to your pad with these awesome home accessories

“Every room needs a slap in the face,” according to Geoffrey Ross, co-owner of New York-based Dransfield and Ross home furnishings. But if your D.I.Y. decor style runs slightly less pugilistic than knocking out walls and wrestling carpet away from concrete, you could play makeover instead and adorn your home with awesome accessories that upgrade the aesthetic of your rooms and express your personality – not so much a slap in the face as a dab of glitter on the cheeks.

Find a proverbial glitter guru at Bungalow AZ in Scottsdale, where associates ply high-end accessories like vintage rug pillows ($295 each), rustic studded lamps ($450), wicker ottomans that double as sylvan side tables ($250), and a vintage Turkish throw rug ($1,250) in Bungalow’s 12,000-square-foot show room. On the more cost-efficient side, customers can also find a variety of hardcover coffee table books, vintage-looking Bingo cards, and knick-knacks like candles and decorative bottles.  

Why settle for plastic light switch plate covers when you can dress your outlets in knotted pine and ashy timber? At Rustic Wood Studios, take your pick from hand-carved wood light switch plates and outlet covers in four standard designs – Old West (their most popular seller, with a distressed wood patina), Buckboard (with the woody look of an old wagon), Southwest (made from cactus skeletons, available for custom orders only) and Northwoods (made from pine and aspen, available for custom orders only). Phoenix-based artist and wood carver Mark Neracher started Rustic Wood Studios after building a summer lake house and hunting for plates to match the house’s heavy beams and planked flooring. Finding only resin pieces (“Resin as rustic just didn’t do it for me,” Neracher says), he began making and carving his own plates. “I propped an old piece of barn wood against the wall as a model and proceeded to carve along the grain until the finished product looked exactly as I had envisioned,” Neracher says. “That’s my Old West style.” Neracher also carves valences, mirrors, and picture frames to match the plates.

The little things may not seem paramount to a major room makeover, but like late pioneering interior designer Dorothy Draper said, “It is just as disastrous to have the wrong accessories in your room as it is to wear sport shoes with an evening dress.”

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1. Mohair rug
The limited edition Ben
Soleimani Talaa Mohair Rug is available in sizes ranging from 5 x 7 feet ($5,000) to 10 x 14 feet ($18,500).
Restoration Hardware
15054 N. Scottsdale Rd.,

2. Light switch plate covers
These austere adornments offer both “natural log” and “rustic barn” looks, and come in a variety of colors for custom orders, including charred timber, Sedona, black bear, red oak, and driftwood. $15-$43, depending on configuration.
Rustic Wood Studio
8050 N. 19th Ave., Phoenix

3. Topiary balls
Made from faux foliage, these decorative topiary balls ($9.99-$24.99) add a verdant splash to rooms. Decorative balls made from cement and yarn are also available.
Designer Blvd.
4895 S. Higley Rd., Gilbert

4. Door knob curtain tie-back
Available in clear crystal, dark purple, peridot and amber colors, these antique-finished door knob curtain tie-backs ($16) can also be used as hooks and coat racks. Hardware not included.
Urban Outfitters
Multiple Valley locations,