I remember doing an exhaustive search for just the right coat hooks for my entryway. And even though they are covered by coats 70% of the time (this is San Francisco...coat season is year round), I still dislike them. They are all about utility and not about form. This hanging coat rack combines both form and function in a beautifully earthy way.
Using a fallen branch and some chain, this DIY is relatively simple and requires no fancy tools. While this branch is painted white and would look great against a contrasting wall, white walls would benefit from a contrasting branch in black or bold colors like fuchsia or yellow. A topcoat of varnish would also help to keep the hangers from damaging the paint job.
This lovely coat rack manages to do what most other coat racks can't: remain visible while being used. Also, when not in use, it's far from being an eye sore.
For full instructions, visit Canadian House & Home: DIY Hanging Coat Rack.