At last, my third design book, Styling with Salvage, has released. On Tuesday, April 3rd, thousands of books will ship to folks and I'm soooo hoping they will love it as much as I do. :) Putting a book together is a lot of work and a lot of joy! From weeks of interviewing, scheduling, flights, driving, styling, photographing, to writing, rewriting, and rewriting about 4 more times to final proofs and the long wait for the printing. :) My absolute favorite part is meeting all these amazing folks who use salvage in their design, work and artistry. They are incredibly creative and I'm honored they wanted to be a part of the book. Thank you again for coming along on this journey. Thank you Susan Teare for the amazing photos and Countryman Press for publishing and Sharon Bowers for being a thoughtful and kind agent.
Who doesn't love a good before and after story. So here it is. I have about 10 other projects I have not had the chance to get photographed yet -- so hopefully, there will be a sequel to this soon. But I thought it would be fun to compile a few of the fun renovation stories in the hospitality industry that I've been involved in. I love redoing, renovating and refreshing old outdated motels, boutique-size hotels and teaming up with amazing firms like TruexCullins Architecture and Interiors (who I've done 5 fun projects with so far and looking forward to many more) on design projects and refresh projects. These are just a few of the projects I've had the privilege of designing for -- whether it's just a budget-friendly refresh or an all out -- let's take it down to the studs -- I'm game! If you know of an amazing motel, small hotel, inn or bed and breakfast, that could use a little love -- let me know -- I'll help bring it back to life! xoxo Joanne
It has been busy here! So thrilled and excited with everything that is going on: First copy of Styling with Salvage book should arrive today, just named "one of the country's top creative people" by Country Living Magazine, design work --Bear Mountain Inn in Maine renovations started, Lawson's Finest Tap room is going up as I write this, the renovations to the bakery/restaurant now owned by James Beard Award Winner, Christain Kruse, Vergennes Laundry by CK, is complete, vacation barn/house redo mid-construction, Aspenti Health office spaces almost complete, and many more projects. But today, I'm exciting to share with you -- Main and Mountain Motel in Ludlow, Vermont! (insert drumroll). Eliza and Justin have opened the bar and are about to open their motel rooms. This place used to be called All Seasons and it sits on Main Street, just down the road from Okemo Mountain, the ski area. So hence the awesome new name, Main and Mountain, Bar and Motel. Notice the Bar comes first...that is because is has the most amazing lounge/bar in town. We turned a tiny lobby and the managers apartment in a fabulous space for everyone to enjoy. We are even turning the overgrown front lawn into a hangout spot, with gas fireplace and all. I can't wait for you all to see it... Opening January 2018!
If you are looking for a last-minute easy gift idea -- look no further than my latest book. It comes out in April but the PRE-ORDER is available now :) I've made a fun postcard (that gives the content chapter titles for you as well) and a holiday greeting from me. It is as easy as a click to order your copy today! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. xoxo Joanne
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).
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
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/
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
Succulents, Mugs and a Board...Equal a Wall Hanging Planter!
Felt and Block Letters...Say it with a Word Wall Banner
Block Print Patterns on a Tile to Make a Hot Plate Trivet! Easyee--Peasee
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
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!!
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.
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 :)
DIY NETWORK step by step Link: http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/make-and-decorate/decorating/how-to-make-a-hand-painted-vintage-sign
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
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.
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.
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
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!!
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! 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!