Made this Wisconsin style and it turned out absolutely perfect. Tips: find long enough nails with decent size heads to hold string, play with string color ( many colors and sizes at craft stores), and paint and antique (or add fabric) the background for the string to pop. I will continue to make these for presents for sure!
DIY. I keep thinking a deep bench like this, with a great big ottoman and trays, would work where we currently have the buffet. As a casual hangout and dining area kind of thing. Better than the useless desk and computer in that corner now.