I recently moved away from the progressive playground of Portland, Ore., which among other things, is a city at the center of the “creative repurposing” trend. Strolling through any of the many quaint neighborhoods, you’re certain to discover some sort of clever, maybe-crazy application of “old junk” into “new awesomeness.” A bicycle to trellis flowering vines? Old tires to serve as vegetable planters? An entire fence made from salvaged doors (what's up, Portland garage door contractors ... save me some scraps, eh?), or a greenhouse constructed patchwork-style out of antique windows? Yes, yes, and oh, yes. It’s all pretty amazing, not to mention beautiful. But most importantly: it’s very eco-friendly.
1. Use branches to create garden edging. You can simply lay them down single file along borders, to create a representative break. Or, if you have a lot of them, you can stack them to create a functional barrier. Either way, it will lend your yard a charming, rustic vibe.
4. You can move inside with the hook idea as well. Natural wood is showing up everywhere in the design world, from tree stump stools to cross section coasters. So try a few branch hooks (again, using a length of branch that has a natural fork) in the kitchen (think oven mitts or large utensils), bathroom (think towels or even toilet paper!), or elsewhere (like hanging jewelry in the bedroom, or coat hooks in the entryway).
5. You can use larger branches to build a beautiful, nature-inspired decorative headboard for your bed. Just use a piece of plywood as a the backing, then screw or glue the branches either vertically, horizontally, or if you feel up to it, in a random patchwork pattern for a more artistic take.
6. So obvious I almost consider it cheating to include this, but here goes: Use a relatively straight tree branch as a stand-in for a curtain rod.
What’s your favorite way to bring a bit of nature into your home? Please share in the comments below!
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