We’ve written before about using tree branches as sculpture indoors (see
Accessories: Trees & Branches as Decor). But lately we’ve been noticing branches crop in other, more functional uses throughout the house, from the kitchen to the stair rail. Here are a few useful, budget-friendly, and subtly rustic ideas. In the Kitchen Above: Portland-based blogger Eva Kosmas Flores repurposed a branch from a dead birch tree in her yard into a simple pot rack that suits the moody interiors. See more in A Food Blogger’s Rustic DIY Renovation in Portland, OR, Dark and Moody Edition. Above: Another variation on the theme in Beth Kirby’s Chattanooga, Tennessee, kitchen by Jersey Ice Cream Co. This one is curved driftwood found at a “ramshackle” salvage shop in Chattanooga. (Kirby notes that she also uses branches as curtain rods.) See The One-Month Makeover: Beth Kirby’s Star-Is-Born Kitchen. Above: A hewn beam becomes a sophisticated pot rack in Kitchen of the Week: Artist Graham Carter’s Upcycled Hackney Kitchen. Above: Julie spotted this rustic Knife Rack from Buchholz Berlin, in which “nature dictates the shape of the knife branch.” (We previously featured it in Modern Primitives: 6 Kitchen Accessories with a Rustic Edge.) In the Closet Above: A particularly artful use: branch as clothes rack in The Joshua Tree Casita: A Stylish DIY Remodel, Budget Edition. Above: Another iteration: a painted branch put to use as a place for display; see A High Concept Store in Amsterdam. In the Stairwell Above: We love the subtlety of this long branch repurposed as a stair rail at Table on Ten: A Room with a View in Upstate NY. For the how-to, see DIY: Tree Branch as Hand Rail. “The biggest challenge, of course, is finding a perfectly formed branch (walks in the woods will be required),” Julie writes.