If you recall from all my poorly photoshopped decor options the other day, I've been a bit stuck on what to hang in a certain spot of wall in my small upstairs bathroom.
Of all the ideas I shared, I kept going back to the Umbra wallflowers. I wasn't sold on the wallflowers themselves, but I was really drawn to the the way they looked in the space. I decided that I'd be happiest if I found something asymmetrical and open.
I got a lot of great comments and emails, and several of you suggested ironwork -- and while I do think it can be really attractive in a home, most of it isn't exactly my style (I guess I have a style?). I wanted something more casual and maybe even a bit quirky.
Then I saw this comment from an old friend:
The moment I read the word 'branches' my mind started racing -- and while it wasn't necessarily racing in the direction Teri described, I defitely owed my inspiration to her. Next I called my sister to interrupt her while she was working (her "real" job really cramps my style sometimes) and she suggested doing the same thing. The next thing I knew, I was trudging through my snowy backyard with a pair of pruning shears.
If people can turn pieces of driftwood into coat racks, I decided I could hang a branch on my wall and call it art, right?
I looooooooove it.
I have a thing for natural items in my decor, and I respect that not everyone might understand or agree with my design decision to chop a branch off my apple tree and hang it in my bathroom. But I don't care about that because I'm too busy frolicking on cloud nine with my new branch.
Granted, it wasn't love at first sight; I'm a discerning lady. I had to go through several rejects before I found my
prince charming branch.
Once I'd made a commitment to the apple tree branch, though -- everything just fell into place. It was oh-so-easy to hang. I just wrapped a few sections with clear fishing line, pulled out my trusty staple gun and stapled the line to the wall.
I pulled the fishing line taut so the branch would sit directly in front of the staple, tied several knots in the line to keep it in place and trimmed the edges.
And the end result is a branch that looks as if it's floating.
I couldn't be happier! For a project that cost me $0, it's grand -- and sure, I may replace it one day if I stumble upon a great piece of driftwood, but for now this works really well and fills the space.
My husband is even slowly warming to the idea, especially when I showed him how I'm decorating it for Christmas.
I'll share that later, but here's a peek:
Yes, I decorated my bathroom already. It's one room, friends... let me have one room.
I love Christmas (and my branch!) so. very. much.
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