3. Branch Towel Bar
The inspiration: Twiggy wallpaper
The project: After homeowner Jane Ackerman finished the powder room in her Norwich, Vermont, house with tree-themed wallpaper and a secondhand sink, her fiance, Randy Kerr, took salvaging a step further by scooping up birch branches, cutting them down with a Japanese pull saw, sanding the edges, and fashioning a towel bar—and a matching handle for the plunger. "The trick is to find the right branch," he says. "If it's a good piece of wood, the bark stays on."
The payoff: A cottage look that isn't too twee