Motel Makeovers, Marina, Boat Club, Cottages and Vacation Rental Redos by Jessy Moyer

Yes, I know I haven't written since April...where does the time go?  Be prepared for a long but fun post.  Gabrielle graduated high school and is getting ready to leave for college in a few weeks -- Wahhhhhaaaaa!  Thankfully, we had a great family trip before she heads out.  I'm not sure I'm ready but thankful I have some amazing projects to keep me busy.   

As you saw from the last post, it was an honor to be a part of the TruexCullins design team for the MOTEL MAKEOVER in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and their website is live.   Check it out... Mountain Modern Motel.   The MARINA store remodel at Gaines Marina, in New York is also finished! Visit their facebook page for all the fun things they do. 

I love that Motels are making a come-back.  Bringing these oldies but goodies back to life is one of my favorite things to do.  I'm currently mid-way through a ROADSIDE MOTEL renovation in Okemo, Vermont.  Stay tuned.

Looking for a VACATION RENTAL in Lake Fairlee, Vermont?  You will love the new kitchen design and the fabulous birch tree wall in the bedroom (already a huge hit on Instagram).  We are just days away from the completion of the remodel. I'll post the rental link when it's up! 

The remodel makeover continues at BASIN HARBOR CLUB  with more updated cottages to dream away in and the BOAT CLUB BATHROOMS were fun to design.   Check out the renovated LODGE ROOMS, LOBBY and CLUB ROOM...so much to see and do at BASIN HARBOR CLUB .  

STYLING WORK for Gardener's Supply Company, Eating Well Magazine, and Verilux Lights has continued to inspire me...check out the pictures below.

Next...I'm about to dive into a VACATION HOME renovation (barn converted into home), cool designs have begun for a TAP ROOM for one of your favorite Vermont specialty beer companies, early-phase of design connecting for a complete makeover for an INN in Maine, and beginning a RESTAURANT project for an incredible chef!   Don't forget to come and visit me at my upcoming DIY and Design PRESENTATION for the next COUNTRY LIVING MAGAZINE FAIRS (September in Ohio).   

PHEW...this should keep me from crying in my soup when Gabrielle packs her bags for college.   Who am I kidding?   I'm going to bawl like a baby.   

But enough words -- here are a few fun iPhone pics.  (Professional shots coming soon).    

xxoo

Joanne

One of the guest bedrooms in the vacation rental on the lake -- keeping the costs down with some really simple -- yet bold -- decorating ideas -- including a photo wall mural of birch trees! More to come on this as well. 

One of the guest bedrooms in the vacation rental on the lake -- keeping the costs down with some really simple -- yet bold -- decorating ideas -- including a photo wall mural of birch trees! More to come on this as well. 

This vacation rental redo will be really fun to tell you about soon!  Almost done.

This vacation rental redo will be really fun to tell you about soon!  Almost done.

With all the rain this summer, my peonies were amazing!

With all the rain this summer, my peonies were amazing!

The DIY's at the Country Living Fairs sponsored by Jo-Ann's Fabrics have been a huge success. I'm doing two more at the fair in Columbus in Septemeber. 

The DIY's at the Country Living Fairs sponsored by Jo-Ann's Fabrics have been a huge success. I'm doing two more at the fair in Columbus in Septemeber. 

We were able to get away on a family vacation and we sailed the Greek Islands on the Sea Cloud -- trip of a lifetime!

We were able to get away on a family vacation and we sailed the Greek Islands on the Sea Cloud -- trip of a lifetime!

I know, you guys rarely get to see my guy.  Here we are in Santorini!  :) 

I know, you guys rarely get to see my guy.  Here we are in Santorini!  :) 

Close Up Details of the Updated Historic Lodge Rooms at Basin Harbor Club. Again, apologize for the bad IPHONE pictures -- better pictures to come.

Close Up Details of the Updated Historic Lodge Rooms at Basin Harbor Club. Again, apologize for the bad IPHONE pictures -- better pictures to come.

The renovated lobby, including the new art gallery wall!

The renovated lobby, including the new art gallery wall!

The new boat club at Basin Harbor, including a large dock for 60 boats, has its very own bathrooms with showers and a lounge room. LOVED doing these spaces!  

The new boat club at Basin Harbor, including a large dock for 60 boats, has its very own bathrooms with showers and a lounge room. LOVED doing these spaces!  

Cringing at my bad info pic -- but you get the "picture". The new boat house bathrooms for the docks on Lake Champlain!

Cringing at my bad info pic -- but you get the "picture". The new boat house bathrooms for the docks on Lake Champlain!

Gaines Marina Store in Rouses Point, New York, is just about done in this picture. Needs a little styling touch -- which will come soon in another post with an awesome before and after of this dock side marina and boat store!

Gaines Marina Store in Rouses Point, New York, is just about done in this picture. Needs a little styling touch -- which will come soon in another post with an awesome before and after of this dock side marina and boat store!

CREATIVE CONSULTING, MOTEL MAKEOVER in JACKSON HOLE by Joanne Palmisano

What an honor it was to be asked once again by the amazingly talented folks of TruexCullins Architecture and Interior Design to be a part of their interior design team for a motel redo in Jackson Hole. Formely known as The Painted Buffalo Motel, it is now the amazingly cool, Mountain Modern Motel. This project was right up my alley-- budget-friendly project with fun and funky ideas, including reusing some of the materials already in the building. Thank you to Kim Deetjen and the entire team at TruexCullins and the folks in Jackson Hole for having me play a key role in this design process. I'm looking forward to seeing the finished product this summer. Wait till you see the LOBBY too!  #motel #makeover #consulting #design #budgetfriendly #Jacksonhole #salvage #reuse #hip #lodging

BEFORE PICTURE 

BEFORE PICTURE 

Photo from a great Country Living Magazine Blog Article about Motels Making a Come Back.  http://www.countryliving.com/life/travel/a42036/motels-are-making-a-comeback/

CHECK OUT THE GALLERY OF PICTURES on the NEW MOUNTAIN MODERN MOTEL (formerly known as the PAINTED BUFFALO MOTEL)  http://mountainmodernmotel.com/#

CHECK OUT THE GALLERY OF PICTURES on the NEW MOUNTAIN MODERN MOTEL (formerly known as the PAINTED BUFFALO MOTEL)  http://mountainmodernmotel.com/#

How Much Fun MAKING These DIY's for Apartment Therapy by Joanne Palmisano

I was thrilled to get a call from Apartment Therapy and their sister site, Kitchn, asking me to help them with some easy DIY's for their client Folgers. I headed down to NYC for a few days (with a suitcase full of felt, glue guns, and other craft goods) and we made three fabulous DIY's together. Their team is amazing, professional and fun. I can't wait to work with them again. Want to see the videos and the step by steps. Just click on the links (yes, still trying to figure out how to link a picture--hay--I have other skills!) Joanne

http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/how-to-make-hanging-wall-planters-from-coffee-cups-240699

http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/how-to-make-hanging-wall-planters-from-coffee-cups-240699

Succulents, Mugs and a Board...Equal a Wall Hanging Planter!

http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/how-to-make-a-buzz-worthy-hanging-wall-banner-240700

http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/how-to-make-a-buzz-worthy-hanging-wall-banner-240700

Felt and Block Letters...Say it with a Word Wall Banner

http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-make-color-blocked-trivets-amp-coffee-coasters-240706

http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-make-color-blocked-trivets-amp-coffee-coasters-240706

Block Print Patterns on a Tile to Make a Hot Plate Trivet! Easyee--Peasee

Pottery Barn Inspired Holiday DIY Decor by Joanne Palmisano

Who doesn't love flipping through their Pottery Barn catalog when it arrives in the mail. I do. It is so fun to see the amazing styling and design ideas. I especially love their lighting -- which I buy for many clients --and their holiday decor is always a blast to check out. So I made a few things that reminded me of their great holiday style -- using some yarn, fabric, pine cones, acorns...and some other goodies I found -- I created a Do-It-Yourself holiday wreath, mantel decor, table settings  and personalized custom made wrapping paper!  Hope you have fun making some of these too! Happy Holidays... DIY style!  HoHoHo...Joanne

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Pom Pom Garland -- how much fun was this to make with my mom and daughter. 

Pom Pom Garland -- how much fun was this to make with my mom and daughter. 

It is so easy to make an acorn cap heart. All you need is a drill and a stiff piece of copper wire. Add in some vintage brackets, pieces of old porch post (sprayed gold) and some vintage metal fencing and mini wheel -- and voila -- you have a gorgeous country living display.

Old jewelry pieces turned into ornaments. I did this DIY's for DIY NETWORK. One of the many holiday projects I did for them.

Table decor inspired by an apothecary look...These acorn lights are from Gardener's Supply Catalog -- a company I style for. Love them!!  

On my trip to Florida a couple of weeks ago, my Mom and I went shell hunting.  We could not believe our luck when we found all these (it was after the super moon...). Add some faux leaves and berries and created a fun Christmas table display for her Florida home.

On my trip to Florida a couple of weeks ago, my Mom and I went shell hunting.  We could not believe our luck when we found all these (it was after the super moon...). Add some faux leaves and berries and created a fun Christmas table display for her Florida home.

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This plaid feather wreath was easy. Cardboard wrapped in plaid wool fabric. glue on. Then add some painted white pine cones and then feathers. Love this project.

Add some pictures to a a poster board then bring it to your local blueprints shop -- and have them print them out on large blueprint paper...Instant personalized wrapping paper!

Add some pictures to a a poster board then bring it to your local blueprints shop -- and have them print them out on large blueprint paper...Instant personalized wrapping paper!

Many years ago, I made this driftwood wreath for DIY NETWORK -- it is still in style today. Photo by Susan Teare. Step by Step instructions on DIY NETWORK.;

Many years ago, I made this driftwood wreath for DIY NETWORK -- it is still in style today. Photo by Susan Teare. Step by Step instructions on DIY NETWORK.;

Another popular DIY NETWORK project. A birch bark wreath. So easy to make. 

Another popular DIY NETWORK project. A birch bark wreath. So easy to make. 

And who can forget my vintage inspired sign...Joy -- which I still put out every year! Step by Step on DIY NETWORK.

And who can forget my vintage inspired sign...Joy -- which I still put out every year! Step by Step on DIY NETWORK.

GREAT GIFT IDEA FOR THE HOLIDAYS... :)   

GREAT GIFT IDEA FOR THE HOLIDAYS... :)

 

HOLIDAY JOY SIGN and SIGN MAKING VIDEO by Joanne Palmisano

Had a great time at the Country Living Fair in Atlanta last week. One of the things I got to do was a LIVE video feed on how to make a vintage inspired sign. Can't believe it has over 86,000 views! You can follow this video for instructions on how to make your own sign. Or check our my step by step on DIY NETWORK for the JOY Sign you see here.  Either way -- just have fun! And show me your signs!   Joanne :)

LINK: https://www.facebook.com/CountryLiving/videos/

LINK: https://www.facebook.com/CountryLiving/videos/

DIY NETWORK step by step Link: http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/make-and-decorate/decorating/how-to-make-a-hand-painted-vintage-sign

Make and Take Workshop at the Country Living Fair -- WHAT A BLAST!! :)  Paint: Repurpose ReColor by Cari Cucksey!

Make and Take Workshop at the Country Living Fair -- WHAT A BLAST!! :)  Paint: Repurpose ReColor by Cari Cucksey!

13 Halloween Must Makes...Having Some DIY Fun! by Joanne Palmisano

Seriously...who doesn't love Halloween?!?  It seems like it gets early and early that people start to see products for it. But me...I'm still a last minute seat-of-my pants gal. So, if you are like me, you are just scrambling to get your stuff out. So here are some fun, easy DIY's that I've made for myself and many I made for DIY NETWORK (link through for the Step by Steps). Pumpkin Topiaries, Creepy Signs for Your Walkway, Lanterns to Light it Up, Wreaths, Dream catcher, a fun party bar, and much more! Have a spooky and fun Halloween. Stay in Touch!  (See my social media links)  XOXO Joanne    

This easy Halloween Entrance Post is made from a vintage railing and some craft pieces. See it here on DIY NETWORK. http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/make-and-decorate/crafts/how-to-make-a-haunted-hotel-sign-for-halloween

This easy Halloween Entrance Post is made from a vintage railing and some craft pieces. See it here on DIY NETWORK. http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/make-and-decorate/crafts/how-to-make-a-haunted-hotel-sign-for-halloween

Seriously creepy spider topiary -- so fun to make! See all the topiaries I made for DIY NEWORK here. http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/make-and-decorate/decorating/halloween-pumpkin-topiary-with-spiders

Seriously creepy spider topiary -- so fun to make! See all the topiaries I made for DIY NEWORK here. http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/make-and-decorate/decorating/halloween-pumpkin-topiary-with-spiders

This Halloween Walkway Lantern is one of my very favorite I've done for DIY NETWORK. This was so easy -- some recycled picture frames, printed vintage bats, skulls and more, and some duck tape...you got it...duck tape.  See it here...http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/make-and-decorate/decorating/how-to-make-halloween-lanterns

This Halloween Walkway Lantern is one of my very favorite I've done for DIY NETWORK. This was so easy -- some recycled picture frames, printed vintage bats, skulls and more, and some duck tape...you got it...duck tape.  See it here...http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/make-and-decorate/decorating/how-to-make-halloween-lanterns

A friend and I went out into the woods and got some vines, cut them down and wrapped them around a wooden floral form with wire. Then I sprayed it all black and hung some plastic spiders off of it...Seriously simple! Halloween wreaths...gotta love it!

A friend and I went out into the woods and got some vines, cut them down and wrapped them around a wooden floral form with wire. Then I sprayed it all black and hung some plastic spiders off of it...Seriously simple! Halloween wreaths...gotta love it!

This is truly an ancestor of mine. Not sure who it is...my Mom would know...Anyway...all I did was print it out with a vintage look (just changed the saturation of the color) and then squeezed in some moss and a spider than slide it all back together. This is at the entrance way so when the neighbors come by, they grab a cookie and a look at my genetic history!! :)

This is truly an ancestor of mine. Not sure who it is...my Mom would know...Anyway...all I did was print it out with a vintage look (just changed the saturation of the color) and then squeezed in some moss and a spider than slide it all back together. This is at the entrance way so when the neighbors come by, they grab a cookie and a look at my genetic history!! :)

I call this my nightmare catcher. You can make them from an old bicycle tire rim, a vintage dollie painted black, some yarn and scraps of fabric. Hang them in the trees around the house, great for a Halloween party.

I call this my nightmare catcher. You can make them from an old bicycle tire rim, a vintage dollie painted black, some yarn and scraps of fabric. Hang them in the trees around the house, great for a Halloween party.

This Halloween Skull wall hanging took me less than 2 hours. I used a scrap of plywood we had lying around-- painted it black and then outlined a skull head in chalk, then using my drill, screwed in screws (only 1/2 way) and then wrapped the screws in orange yarn! Is there glow-in-the-dark yarn? Hmmmm...that would be cool too! 

This Halloween Skull wall hanging took me less than 2 hours. I used a scrap of plywood we had lying around-- painted it black and then outlined a skull head in chalk, then using my drill, screwed in screws (only 1/2 way) and then wrapped the screws in orange yarn! Is there glow-in-the-dark yarn? Hmmmm...that would be cool too! 

I used an old restaurant cart for this project. A perfect bar cart for a Halloween party! See instructions here...http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/make-and-decorate/decorating/how-to-create-a-spooky-halloween-bar-pictures

I used an old restaurant cart for this project. A perfect bar cart for a Halloween party! See instructions here...http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/make-and-decorate/decorating/how-to-create-a-spooky-halloween-bar-pictures

This pumpkin topiary I made for DIY NETWORK does double duty-- great for the fall, Thanksgiving and Halloween. So pretty. http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/make-and-decorate/decorating/6-ways-to-make-a-pumpkin-topiary-pictures

This pumpkin topiary I made for DIY NETWORK does double duty-- great for the fall, Thanksgiving and Halloween. So pretty. http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/make-and-decorate/decorating/6-ways-to-make-a-pumpkin-topiary-pictures

Let's get this party started...with a faux pumpkin bonfire! This way you can bring it out year after year! http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/make-and-decorate/crafts/how-to-make-a-halloween-pumpkin-faux-bonfire

Let's get this party started...with a faux pumpkin bonfire! This way you can bring it out year after year! http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/make-and-decorate/crafts/how-to-make-a-halloween-pumpkin-faux-bonfire

Craft time with the kids! This Halloween craft is so easy. Love making these! Recycled jars, paint the caps black. Spooky Terrariums!! Glue the stuff to the caps and inside the jar! See it on DIY NETWORK...http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/make-and-decorate/decorating/how-to-make-halloween-terrariums

Craft time with the kids! This Halloween craft is so easy. Love making these! Recycled jars, paint the caps black. Spooky Terrariums!! Glue the stuff to the caps and inside the jar! See it on DIY NETWORK...http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/make-and-decorate/decorating/how-to-make-halloween-terrariums

Don't forget the flowers! These Halloween craft recycled bottles and jars are so fun to make. I just used yarns and a hot glue gun. If you are going to a party -- it makes a great gift and some awesome decorations.

Don't forget the flowers! These Halloween craft recycled bottles and jars are so fun to make. I just used yarns and a hot glue gun. If you are going to a party -- it makes a great gift and some awesome decorations.

Birds of a feather...stick together! Hope you enjoyed the blog post. This wreath is just one of dozens I've made for DIY NETWORK. This is an easy fall wreath. Recycled chicken wire, feathers and some faux birds! Want to make it creepier? Add some fake crows instead. Have fun and stay in touch! Joanne    http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/make-and-decorate/decorating/how-to-make-a-wreath-from-chicken-wire-and-feathers

Birds of a feather...stick together! Hope you enjoyed the blog post. This wreath is just one of dozens I've made for DIY NETWORK. This is an easy fall wreath. Recycled chicken wire, feathers and some faux birds! Want to make it creepier? Add some fake crows instead. Have fun and stay in touch! Joanne    http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/make-and-decorate/decorating/how-to-make-a-wreath-from-chicken-wire-and-feathers

I'd be pleased and honored if you wanted to PIN, FACEBOOK SHARE or LINK to this site for this post. Feel free to use this picture :)  Thanks! Joanne

I'd be pleased and honored if you wanted to PIN, FACEBOOK SHARE or LINK to this site for this post. Feel free to use this picture :)  Thanks! Joanne

The Making of a Giant Wall Mural -- Ice Cream Scoops, of Course! by Joanne Palmisano

The final shot -- Photography by Susan Teare

The final shot -- Photography by Susan Teare

I'm so excited that after years of dreaming about doing this design idea -- I actually got to do it in a recent project -- a giant wall mural. And even better, I got to do it with ice cream. 

So how it began. Tim Williams, the owner of Archie's (a burger restaurant that I also designed the space for) asked me if I was ready to design an ice cream shop next door. Of course I was ready! HELLO! I was born ready...

First, I collected antique ice cream scoops wherever I went. If I was at a fair, I picked some up...at a volleyball tournament and stopping by an antique shop, I got some. It was easy because, for my salvage, vintage design presentations and book signings, I was at a lot of these places shopping anyway. It was fun to have a particular item to search for.  

Once I had them all, I picked out anantique board from my large board/prop collection -- I use a lot of these for backdrops for photo shoots. Then I laid the scoops on the board and marked their exact positions with a pencil dot under them.

Tim made some sample batches of the HOMEMADE ice cream to be used in the photo shoot. He wanted to make sure it was his ice cream we used and not just the flavors he was selling.

Then Susan Teare, my dear friend and photographer, came down to my house and we did some math -- or to say -- LIndsay Raymondjack (who photo-shopped the picture) and Kevin McGrath at Offset House (who was printing it) -- did the math. You see -- we could not take it as ONE giant picture--because where were blowing this up to 20 feet by 5 feet -- so the photo would have been too pixiilated (spelling?) and the picture was being put up as panels. So once the size and DPI was determined correctly, we went to work on measuring the board and putting everything into position.

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AND -- the ice cream would have melted by the time we scooped the last few. 

So with a board that was taped off in sections -- we took photos of 3-4 scoops at a time. We had to make sure we slide the board down the floor on the EXACT same line.

Once the 4 pictures where done --Lindsay worked her magic (took out some board holes and splits, and fixed any small stray pieces of ice cream, etc... then got the images to Kevin at Offset and he then made sure they all lined up (with a small overlap on each picture to line them up. 

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Then they where hung -- very carefully.

IPHONE PIC...Soon better ones to come of the whole shop :)

VOILA! By far the biggest hit in the shop (after the ice cream of course).

HAVE FUN MAKING YOUR OWN WALL MURAL--Thanks to OFFSET HOUSE, VERMONT, SUSAN TEARE and LINDSAY RAYMONDJACK and Tim Williams, THE SCOOP, SHELBURNE, VERMONT.

My best, Joanne

 

 

BEST FRIENDS AND FAMILY DEAL EVER! by Joanne Palmisano

So thrilled that W.W. Norton, the publisher of my books, has offered a special SUMMER SPLASH deal! You can get the books for 50% off! That's right 50% off (you get the wholesale price). AND EVEN BETTER, you get free shipping.  If you buy the book set, then you get 60% off (because the set is already 10% off) -- HOW AMAZING IS THAT. I don't know how long this little FRIENDS AND FAMILY DEAL will go on -- but I can't think it will last more than a week or two. SO DON'T MISS OUT!!  Go to their website -- wwnorton.com --- pull up my book (or books) and TYPE IN THE CODE: JOANNEP at the CHECKOUT in SPECIAL PROMO BOX.  (THAT'S RIGHT...I HAVE MY OWN CODE).

THANKS W.W. NORTON, You Guys are the BEST!!

Ciao, Joanne

 

REFRESHING BEDROOMS...Small Changes...Big Results by Joanne Palmisano

As the somewhat-still-new decorator/designer for Basin Harbor Club, I love the opportunity to make some refreshing changes while keeping the charm of this 130 year old family-owned resort on the shores of Lake Champlain. Slowly and carefully, we are going through all the cottages, lodge rooms and public spaces and making changes that will reflect what Basin Harbor Club is, while ensuring we enhance today's guest's experiences. This winter (when the resort is closed) we got to work on a few of the lodge rooms, cottages and the town hall. Hope you enjoy these pictures of the simple transformations of a couple of the bedrooms -- one in the lodge and one in a cottage. Visit Basin Harbor Club (www.basinharbor.com). It is truly an amazingly unique and special place!

This guest lodge room is very cute -- and has all the guests need. Cottage style room overlooking the lake -- but with a few minor changes, it was transformed. 

Same side tables, same bed, same chair, just a few small changes. The wainscoting was added -- which serves as a headboard -- the wallpaper was removed on a new one was put on the bed wall only. The carpet was updated as well as the bed skirt and and the nautical vintage-style lamps really give the room a nice goal. On the opposite walls (painted a calm blue) are old frames found throughout the resort's multiple attics. Photo by Susan Teare.

This is the not the actual before picture (since I forgot to take one) but very similar. Again, such a nice bedroom in one of the cottages -- that is perched on the edge of the lake -- but with some small changes -- big results happened in the Birches cottage.

The side tables were just painted--lovingly referred to as Basin Blue -- the vintage life throws I found at a vintage market -- the lamps are a great nautical look and the Vermont vintage-style map is a great interactive piece for the guests. The platform bed was made by a local Vermont company. Wallpaper removed and a calming tan color brightens the room. Photo by Susan Teare.

Hope you enjoyed the simple transformations...keeping what is so special about Basin Harbor...special!  I'll see you there!

My best, Joanne

ROAD TRIP! Country Living Fair, Rhinebeck, New York! by Joanne Palmisano

ROAD TRIP! June 3, 4, 5 -- Country Living Fair in Rhinebeck, New York!

I love this location of their New York fair because folks from New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire can get there mighty easily! So grab the gals (or the guys) and join us. The fair is much more than just amazing vintage stuff, crafts, custom made jewelry, specialty foods...it is also filled with workshops, presentations, cooking demos and displays that will really inspire you. I'm honored to give two presentations on Friday and Saturday -- but even more excited to shop and visit with some amazing people. 

I'm doing a ticket giveaway on my Public Facebook page! Don't miss out!!

I'll be giving two presentations -- On Friday -- A BEFORE AND AFTER SLIDE SHOW of AMAZING TRANSFORMATION USING SALVAGE, VINTAGE and RECYCLED GOODS! Saturday will be a demo (with some slides and props) on HOW TO MAKE 15 - 20 EASY DIY's!  

I'll be signing my books after each presentation! Country Living has an fabulous discount price to attendees of the show -- so they are perfect for gifts for the holidays as well as for yourself.

And, you'll see me out there shopping for clients and grabbing stuff to make for more DIY NETWORK projects -- I know...the hardship...  :)   

SEE YOU IN RHINEBECK!

Best, Joanne

BEFORE AND AFTER: OFFICE SPACE by Joanne Palmisano

Whether you work in an office or have an office in your home, there is no reason it can't be fun! I've had the pleasure of working on three different offices in the past six months and I'm excited to say -- all 3 are unique and inviting. HMC Advertising asked me to design their creative spaces -- which included a garage bay. Thanks HMC -- it was fun! After pictures by Susan Teare.

So here is the before of the garage bay. This space was occupied by another company before HMC took over. Instead of using it for storage -- this bay was to become the creative/hang out kitchen area for the team.

So here is part of the space now. We used the couches they had upstairs in their offices and I found an old table base and painted it black and a vintage sign I turned over and with duck tape (yes duck tape) created the top. The "BRIGHT IDEA" bulb was created to cover all the electrical panel stuff in the garage bay. My friend Brett built it for me and then I had all the fun drilling the holes and inserting the holiday lights in it. You really have to get that just right to have the lights stay in it. 

So here is what the old renters used one of the office spaces for...kinda boring right!?!?! 

With some clever pieces -- this room turned into a fun and inviting conference room. The table legs are old saw horse legs, the wooden chairs picked up at Habitat for Humanity. The vintage clipboards exhibit the companies work, the metal table top was made by MetalWorks and the live edge shelving and table base I picked out from a local mill. Thanks Brett for making the table for me.  

Sometimes I have no where to go but up...

I'm told that the clients of HMC want to move into their new space :) That's the biggest compliment ever! Using a piece of metal from the scrap metal yard -- baby pictures of the team are on display. The table was made with an old car rack. The couches and chairs where brought from their upstairs offices -- the maple buckets hold greener which soon will stream down the walls, the old door was beefed up and used to create a doorway to the creative garage bay area -- where a vintage industrial table (picked up at Barge Canal) sits with old Singer Industrial chairs on a vintage Persian Rug. Pops of Vermont plaid made from Johnson Woolen Mill wool, add some warmth to the space. Simple, affordable touches, and the space is transformed.

"Nobody puts Baby in the corner..." Okay I just had to say it :)  Anyway...here is how the old tenant used this office space -- this corner is just sad and uninviting and right next to the entrance door -- so it had to have a wow feature.

A little more inviting to get creative! There are two chairs (moved one for the picture). I wanted to do a fun printed wall -- so I had the words picked by the advertising team.  The custom made wood and pipe shelving gives loads of space for the advertising books and movie exchange. 

Creative spaces encourage creative thinking!  Have fun with your own office space.

Big Thank you to Susan Teare, www.SusanTeare.com  for the great pictures!

Thanks! Joanne

 

Practicing What I Preach...Adding Salvage and Recycled Materials Into Design Work by Joanne Palmisano

As I'm about to head off for two weeks -- book signing in Texas, Salvage Design Presentation in Naples, Florida and a hotel renovation in Jackson Hole, Wyoming with the TruexCullins Architecture and Interiors team, I'm thrilled to say that throughout these journeys I get to talk about salvage, vintage and recycling...

But I don't just talk about it...I really do it. I've had the honor of working on some pretty amazing designs lately and have a few more in the bucket coming up.  Here are some ways I Practice What I Preach in using these age-old materials into today's modern design.  I hope you follow along for more these amazing ideas in future blog posts for your own home, business, restaurant, resort or office.  Ciao! Joanne

recycled lamps and rope
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Basin Harbor Club Resort on the shores of Lake Champlain. If you have never been here, you had better mark your calendar for a week away this summer. This resort is in a class by itself. It has been around since 1887 and with over 100 buildings and barns, and a 130 years of -- they never throw anything away -- you can bet I'm having some fun! For example-- these lamps -- once in the cottages or tucked away in the housekeeping building are perfect working order -- except they are a little blah. So I asked the folks to run around to the dock buildings, marine and boat storage shed (I did mention this resort is on a lake) and the bin you see is the collected old ropes (or lines -- for you sailors). Well, with some assistance from my lovely daughter (que the daughter in video) we created some amazing lamps that will go back into the cottages -- this time with a story and a history unsurpassed. Recycling and Upcycling their own things...that's what I'm talking about!

Use old boat lines to upcycle a table lamp.

Next, let's talk about HMC Advertising. If you check out the entire project on my work page, you will see it is filled with upcycled, recycled and vintage material. We reused the couches and chairs they had in their upstairs space that noone used and set them in a configuration that was conducive to team work. Then we add some funky recycled pieces -- an old industrial base turned into a work station table, industrial shelving for storage, old maple buckets for plants, vintage flag, rug, chalkboard and signs add to the charm. Sometimes it is as simple as using rusty old nuts and bolts to create magnets. Throughout the space we used recycled, local or vintage pieces --proving that old stuff is very cool!

You all know about Mad River Barn, where  I pretty much went to town with salvaged and recycled goods! You can't swing a ... well, something, without hitting a recycled piece. But some of the salvaged and recycled goods are not glamorous but just as important. Such as using the left over pieces of plywood and carpet batting made from recycled fibers to create the headboards. Or recycling all the old sinks and then picking up other recycled sinks to take their place. If you want to see the whole project check out their website and my work page. Thrilled it was just named one of the top seven hotels/inns in Ski Country by Outside Magazine! 

Mad River Barn Room Design by Joanne Palmisano
mad river barn bathroom design by Joanne Palmisano

Archie's Grill -- a local favorite -- has reopened to a new location across the street from its former spot. I was honored to be asked to design the new restaurant. Working with local talent -- we were able to bring in locally milled lumber and custom pieces. But again, the things that were repurposed and reused, sometimes aren't as exciting as the decor but just as important. For example. All the benches were reused -- with a fresh coat of paint and cover. All the chairs were used again and the tables -- which the bases were sprayed red and the tops wrapped in metal or replaced with a beautiful reclaimed wood top.  It is these small gestures of repurposing and reusing that will change the way we design hospitality spaces, restaurants and offices.

Archie's Grill Vermont Design by Joanne Palmisano
Archie's Grill Design by Joanne Palmisano

Currently I'm working on a few projects -- a 5000 square foot office, another great office space, a coffee house, a lake house, and three small renovation projects and more Basin Harbor Club. All of them will have unique salvaged and recycled features. The offices will have gorgeous work stations from Exterus -- including recycled fabric to funky vintage pieces brought in for common areas. The coffee house will be filled with vintage barn board and antique pieces and the lakehouse and other projects-- just beginning to dream on those! 

Can't wait to share those. But until then, let's all practice what we preach.  

Ciao! Joanne

P.S.  Having some issues with LINKS -- arrggghhh... will get them in ASAP! 

 

 

Think Spring! 3 EASY DIY's! by Joanne Palmisano

As I woke up to fresh snow this morning, I couldn't help but sigh. I'm ready for spring, flowers popping out of the ground and some green grass! Here are three DIY Ideas that will get us through till it truly does arrive. Have FUN! Think spring! My best, Joanne

Painted Rug by Joanne Palmisano for DIY NETWORK

This is one of my favorite projects I did for DIY NETWORK. I used a remnant rug and painted it with upholstery spray paint. Love the spring colors. http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/make-and-decorate/decorating/how-to-paint-carpeting  Photo Susan Teare

Nothing says spring like lilacs...another project I did using an basic glass vase I picked up at Goodwill and wrapped in chicken wire and a vintage brooch. Photo Susan Teare

This simply dresser that I picked up at a garage sale for $10 was transformed with some paint. This repurposed furniture redo is just one of many I've done for DIY NETWORK. Here is how you do it. http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/make-and-decorate/decorating/how-to-paint-a-geometric-design-on-a-dresser