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

DIY Coloring Book Style Easter Egg Basket by Joanne Palmisano

DIY Coloring Book Style-- Metal Easter Egg Hunting Basket by Joanne Palmisano

DIY Coloring Book Style-- Metal Easter Egg Hunting Basket by Joanne Palmisano

Coloring books are so popular now. I love them -- they're so relaxing -- and you're never too old to color!  Last year, I drew on some metal buckets for the kids to color before they headed out for the Easter Egg hunt. (Kids...as in my teenage daughter and husband.) Seriously -- who doesn't love an Easter Egg hunt! (Of course, I'm not sure the math research quiz scavenger hunt I had go along with it was as big of a hit--oh well...)

So here is how to CREATE an easy COLORING PAGES STYLE BUCKET!

I had a metal bucket that I picked up at the rebuild center (you can get a metal bucket in the paint section of your hardware store as well). I used white primer spray paint to give it that rough mat look--any white paint will do. Then I used a Sharpie to start creating patterns -- I just winged it (story of my life). 

I colored in some of the areas with the black Sharpie -- but you can leave them all open to be colored.

As you can see by the time I got to the bottom of the bucket, I needed a cup of coffee. It's not hard...just time consuming. 

Next time, I'll get pictures of them coloring them. But here is the end result! Fun...right!  Hope you make some of these for your Easter gathering this year.  You can skip the Math Quiz Scavenger Hunt if you want...

My best, Jo

 

 

 

 

52 REASONS I LOVE YOU LIKE CRAZY... by Joanne Palmisano

As a designer, I spend a lot of time thinking about layouts, fabrics, furniture, salvaged and recycled materials and how to make spaces happy and comfortable. But when I think about what I would grab if my home was on fire, besides my family of course, it would be one thing--a deck of cards. 

Last year, my daughter, Gabrielle, made me a DIY gift that she created using a deck of playing cards--52 reasons I love you like crazy.

The joy this homemade gift brings me everyday is immeasurable. It's more precious to me than anything else I own. The care and feeling that went into these 52 deeply personal and insightful reasons still astounds me. 

And although, it's nice to  have a home that is beautiful, warm and welcoming, this deck of cards proves to me that it is way more important on how we treat ourselves and others, that we give and receive love unconditionally, and that we know we can make a difference. Thank you Gabrielle for this amazing gift you have given me. 

Everyday we should express joy, gratitude, happiness and love to those in our lives, not just on Valentine's Day (even though that is a good time as well).

Happy February...

X0X0, Joanne


Old Sweater Turns into Botanical Love! Valentine's Day DIY by Joanne Palmisano

Nothing says I LOVE YOU...more than a succulent in a sweater...

Nothing says I LOVE YOU...more than a succulent in a sweater...

I know...there are road trips to discuss, places to shop, things I've seen...but I really wanted to show you this DIY first. Promise, next blog post will be about cool places to go! So who doesn't have a wool sweater that they accidental shrunk (no worries, Mom, you can still do my laundry when you come to visit). Or a sweater that the moths got to? Holes everywhere! Well, fear not...you can turn that old sweater into a botanical cozy container! Here is how I did it.

Holes and Shrunk! This sweater was ready for a repurpose!

Holes and Shrunk! This sweater was ready for a repurpose!

Or you can put it in the washing machine on hot, hot, hot. I kinda like to boil it on the stove till it felts. Then rinse in cold water if you don't want it to stretch out again. Each sweater is different, some will totally felt up and others will just shrink a little more...

Or you can put it in the washing machine on hot, hot, hot. I kinda like to boil it on the stove till it felts. Then rinse in cold water if you don't want it to stretch out again. Each sweater is different, some will totally felt up and others will just shrink a little more...

I started with a sleeve...

I started with a sleeve...

Then I just used some embroidery thread and hand stitched a piece for the bottom and a heart on the sleeve.  

Then I just used some embroidery thread and hand stitched a piece for the bottom and a heart on the sleeve.  

I wrapped the plant in wax paper and slide into the sleeve! 

I wrapped the plant in wax paper and slide into the sleeve! 

Check out what I did with the neck of the sweater...lots more to make...have fun!

Check out what I did with the neck of the sweater...lots more to make...have fun!

 

 

STARTING SMALL...DIY with OLD BASEBALLS by Joanne Palmisano

The beauty of repurposing the small things... This feathered baseball is not only easy, it's fun! 

The beauty of repurposing the small things... This feathered baseball is not only easy, it's fun! 

I know...there could be a thousand blog posts I could start my new JO BLOG with...my recent design work, fabulous places to shop, trips I've recently taken...but I realized that when working with vintage, salvaged, recycled and repurposed things...it's best to start small. Understanding that every little thing matters. Every decision we make has a ripple effect. I don't want this blog to be me just blasting from the mouth so I can get search engines to move me up in the ranks. That doesn't matter to me (I'm sure it should but it doesn't). What matters to me is that you're inspired! Have fun! And look at all things old, used and recycled differently! I'll start with baseballs and feathers... Jo

 Sometimes winter makes me want to be a DIY hermit. So I find things that are laying around the house and put them together. These old baseballs have been around for about 10 years--I picked them up at Goodwill and as you can see, the price tag still on them, they never got used. (Turns out Gabrielle loves basketball, volleyball and lacrosse.) The feathers, left-over denim from shortening my jeans and the rope of cotton, all in the basement and up for grabs.

 Sometimes winter makes me want to be a DIY hermit. So I find things that are laying around the house and put them together. These old baseballs have been around for about 10 years--I picked them up at Goodwill and as you can see, the price tag still on them, they never got used. (Turns out Gabrielle loves basketball, volleyball and lacrosse.) The feathers, left-over denim from shortening my jeans and the rope of cotton, all in the basement and up for grabs.

That's right...my handy-dandy hot glue gun. You can see that it is well used. I didn't even bother taking the Goodwill sticker off. Start with the larger feathers...

That's right...my handy-dandy hot glue gun. You can see that it is well used. I didn't even bother taking the Goodwill sticker off. Start with the larger feathers...

Then just layer them on top of each other, working slowly from one side of the baseball up. You may have to cut some of the feathers to give it a flat bottom. 

Then just layer them on top of each other, working slowly from one side of the baseball up. You may have to cut some of the feathers to give it a flat bottom. 

So here are my finished projects with the winter light shining in on them. What do you have at home that you could use to cover up old unused baseballs? Buttons, costume jewelry, Bohemian fabric? I wish I had more baseballs...I could do this all day!

So here are my finished projects with the winter light shining in on them. What do you have at home that you could use to cover up old unused baseballs? Buttons, costume jewelry, Bohemian fabric? I wish I had more baseballs...I could do this all day!



I'VE MOVED...My WEBSITE & BLOG by Joanne Palmisano

I've MOVED my WEBSITE AND BLOG to this shiny new space!  Welcome to JoannePalmisano.com. This is where you'll see samples of my work, contact me for services and I'll host my new blog. I'm working on getting all the details ironed out -- but since I'm a very slow ironer (actually, to be honest, I rarely iron) it will be a little bit till I get all the old blog posts over to this site. Till then, you are welcome to look at my blogs on my old site. SalvageSecretsDesign.com.  I'd love to get your thoughts on my new website! Hope you following along (as soon as I figure out how you'll do that)

Joanne :)

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