Last week we posted on the guest rooms at Table on Ten in upstate New York; the detail we most admire? A graceful tree branch used as a handrail in the attic stairwell.
The biggest challenge, of course, is finding a perfectly formed branch (walks in the woods will be required). You'll need to remove the bark with a draw knife, dry the branch for a couple of weeks, sand it, and finish it with oil (or a coat of polyeurethane). For more detailed instructions, go to How to Make a Handrail from a Branch. And for a detailed tutorial on stripping and sanding a branch, go to Pretty Handy Girl.
Above: We did a quick search for handrail brackets and became obsessed with these Vintage Cast Aluminum Brackets from Olde Good Things.
Above: The couple painted a dark gray runner on the stairs.
Above: A detail of the finished handrail.