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Giving Thanks! Happy Thanksgiving

It has been another amazing year of family, friends, new places and new faces. Here are a few that I want to share with you. There are so many more and I hope to share with you some incredible folks, their work and designs over the next few months. Until then, thank you for your support and kindness. My best, Joanne

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Ohhhh…the places we go… shopping for salvage, vintage and recycled goods…

My daughter, Gabrielle, and I, set up a booth at the Vintage Bazaar. What a great experience. Gabrielle learned so much about making things (like these signs), selling them, and loading and unloading cars. She meet so many people and had an amazing time. It was a special mother and daughter trip!

Another great and crazy couple of months, but I can’t help but be awed, inspired and renewed by some of the most amazing folks, I’ve meet along the way. I’ve been to quite a few vintage bazaars, country markets, and antique fairs to see that those who have booths (the sellers) are truly passionate about their design, products and lifestyle. Please give a round of applause to some of the hardest working folks I know and enjoy pictures of all their amazing finds, creations and wares…I hope you get a chance to visit the booths one day!  Here are a few from the Vintage Bazaar and the Country Living Fair. (click on the pictures to see these folks websites…)

I have a new found respect for those folks who set up booths at outdoor events. It is a lot of work and lots and lots of lifting!

I have a new found respect for those folks who set up booths at outdoor events. It is a lot of work and lots and lots of lifting!

My daughter, Gabrielle, and I, set up a booth at the Vintage Bazaar. What a great experience. Gabrielle learned so much about making things (like these signs), selling them, and loading and unloading cars. She meet so many people and had an amazing time. It was a special mother and daughter trip!

My daughter, Gabrielle, and I, set up a booth at the Vintage Bazaar. What a great experience. Gabrielle learned so much about making things (like these signs), selling them, and loading and unloading cars. She meet so many people and had an amazing time. It was a special mother and daughter trip!

Cari Cucksey, is not only supremely talented, but her new paint line is outstanding... She travels to a few hand-picked shows and gives amazing demonstrations. She has become a good friend...another reason to visit these shows often -- you really get to know some great folks!

Cari Cucksey, (owner of the Repurpose Shop and of the show, Cash and Cari) is not only supremely talented, but her new paint line is outstanding… She travels to a few hand-picked shows and gives amazing demonstrations. She has become a good friend…another reason to visit these shows often — you really get to know some great folks!

Karen and Patrick of South Porch Antiques are truly the best of the vintage fair lifestyle is all about. They travel from show to show, with their daughter, and truly show us how to be kind, caring and talented all at the same time. I bought that tumbleweed in Nashville and they brought it all the way to New York for me! Thank you guys!

Karen and Patrick of South Porch Antiques are truly the best of the vintage fair lifestyle is all about. They travel from show to show, with their daughter, and truly show us how to be kind, caring and talented all at the same time. I bought that tumbleweed in Nashville and they brought it all the way to New York for me! Thank you guys!

Not only do they have cool things to sell, but the displays in these booths are very unique. Stashstyle created these fun pom poms!

Not only do they have cool things to sell, but the displays in these booths are very unique. Stashstyle created these fun pom- poms!  I can only imagine how long those took — what a great display.

Then there are the incrediable artisans... Karyn Shonk, owner and designer, or Karynshonk Designs. Vintage and recycled and found objects turned into one of a kind jewelry pieces.

Then there are the incredible artisans… Karyn Shonk, owner and designer, or Karynshonk Designs. Vintage and recycled and found objects turned into one of a kind jewelry pieces.

S.D. Meadows... his work was so fun! scrap metal made into wall art -- you can check out his folk art gallery online as well. Thanks for sharing your talents S.D.

S.D. Meadows… his work was so fun! scrap metal made into wall art — you can check out his folk art gallery online as well. Thanks for sharing your talents S.D.

Then there are the nice ladies form Cutlery Couture...their booth was packed all weekend at the Country Living Fair in Rhinebeck. Bumped into them at breakfast at the inn and we sat together and chatted up a storm. That's the kinda folks you meet at these events.

Then there are the nice ladies form Cutlery Couture…their booth was packed all weekend at the Country Living Fair in Rhinebeck. Bumped into them at breakfast at the inn and we sat together and chatted up a storm. That’s the kind of folks you meet at these events. Talented, optimistic and outgoing!

Then there was dinner with these 2 (actually 3) chixs and a barn. Seriously... they could have a stand up comedy show besides selling unique vintage pieces at shows and in their barn.

Then there was dinner with these 2 (actually 3) chixs and a barn. Seriously… they could have a stand up comedy show besides selling unique vintage pieces at shows and in their barn.

 

Of course, there are a ton of people to meet... but I did also spend some time shopping :)

Of course, there are a ton of people to meet… but I did also spend some time shopping :)

Here are some tips for shopping at Flea Markets and similar types of events. Thank you Yahoo Makers for having me be a part of your article.

Here are some tips for shopping at Flea Markets, Vintage Bazaars, Antique Shows, Fairs and more. Thank you Yahoo Makers for having me be a part of your article.

My best, Joanne

April Adventures and Finds…Texas, Caribbean, Nashville and More!

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It’s official…It was a busy April and an even busier May so far. But that said, I want to share some amazing finds, DIY’s and places to check out (and eat at) from my travels… So here is a quick recap of  April…

First Week in April…Texas… (no particular order…)

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Winflo Osteria…yummy and beautiful in Austin, Texas!

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Loved this mural on a wall on South Congress Street in Austin, Texas! Yes…I’ll be your neighbor!

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Prost Wine Bar in Round Top, Texas was fabulous… great location, amazing building, tasty wines and good friends! Here I am with my friend, Joseph from Totem!

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Can’t believe I didn’t bring this home with me! Another great find at one of the side of the road shops near Round Top, Texas.

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Big thank you to the folks at Marburger Farm for inviting me to do a book signing there during the Round Top spring show. What a blast! Thanks!

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Even the pies are bigger in Texas! We were regulars at JW’s Steakhouse in Carmine, Texas, around the corner from our Bed and Breakfast!

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This was on a dresser! So feel like Yosemite Sam sometimes!

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This pile of goodies was in an antique shop in Carmine, Texas…

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Working away…oh, poor me… my job is never done :) Marburger Farm Antique Show!

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What a small world…a friend from many years ago had a booth at Marburger. Great to see you Annie. (My sister, Rosanne, me, Annie, my sister, Julie)

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I loved Totem Salvaged’s booth at Marburger. I was proud to be walking around with my Totem bag, that Stephanie custom made for me a couple years back.

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Bev at Bel Soles Bed and Breakfast in Carmine took great care of my sisters and I. What a blast to stay in this very cool renovated 1940’s home. Bev has a great eye and the beds were cozy and the breakfasts amazing!

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Drinks at Hotel San Jose on South Congress Street. I love Liz Lambert’s style…so excited to finally see one of her renovated hotels. What an honor! Hanging with my sisters!

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Love the simple design and décor of the outdoor space at Hotel San Jose…Very cool!

 

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At airport…working on design projects as I travel. :) Bathroom concepts for Mad River Barn Annex Building…

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Thank you Lisa for making the great event at West Elm Austin so fun! Loved the store and all the folks who came to the event. It was an honor to meet such amazing interior designers from Austin!

Texas was a blast… it was hard to leave that great weather to head back to chilly Vermont…but I did and worked away for a week on some amazing design projects…Mad River Barn and Basin Harbor Club and a coffee house…

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The Mad River Barn project is up and running again…this time it is the Annex that is getting renovated. There are 8 rooms in this building and Heather and Andrew are renovating 4 of them. I’m thrilled to be designing for them again. We will keep with the general theme as with the Barn itself, but change it up a little bit. Can’t wait to show you the final results…

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Working in Vermont in the spring… (well, not me, but others…)

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Salvaged dimensional lumber and antique reclaimed Douglas fir flooring picked up at the Rebuild center. I’m testing colors on my kitchen counter…always makes my family happy when we are trying to make dinner…

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Big thanks to my neighbor and friend, Brett, for picking up reclaimed barn wood with me for the Mad River Barn project. Really excited about these pieces of gorgeousness.

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Off to Basin Harbor Club. We are renovating 8 of the cottages this year and bringing in some really fun unique custom pieces, including this great pillow with the Basin Harbor Adirondack chair on it.

That was the second week of April, now we are finally off to a family vacation…haven’t done that in a couple of years. Had a blast traveling with my BFF’s family and my twin sister and her husband! Warm waters, blue skies and lots of sun!

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Of course, even on vacation…I’m thinking SALVAGE! This old post office building — maybe my next “winter” office?!? Loved the vintage colors and patina! Virgin Gorda, BVI’s!

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Seriously! This was the view from the villa we rented. Dos Sols in Leverick Bay, Virgin Gorda! The most amazing place ever!

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You all know me… I’m not normally camera shy — but I had some great hives going so I let my husband and our daughter, make the most of this shot! Hanging out on Saba Rock!

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This new restaurant (only a couple years) has a great eco and recycled theme about it! Great location, right on the beach in Spanish Town.

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Family and friends waiting for the lunch hour… Not a bad place to wait…

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Even the bar counter top is made with recycled aggregate from sea glass that washed up on shore… I would not have believed it if I didn’t see tons of sea glass on the beach myself! Awesome job!

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Till next time, British Virgin Islands! Love ya!

Nashville… Straight from the amazing vacation I fly to Nashville, Tennessee to participate in Country Living Magazines first FAIR in Nashville.  What a huge success it was for them. Despite the severe weather warnings…the weather was great and there were tons of happy folks there.

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This was just a piece of décor at South Porch Antiques, but Karen and Patrick were willing to part with it — so I bought it :) Can’t wait to show you what I’m going to do with it.

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My friend Crystal, who is in marketing at Country Living Magazine, was a busy gal…but luckily we got just enough time for a quick photo opt before my first presentation on the main stage.

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The displays and vintage products where outstanding…again, South Porch Antiques!

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There were lots of amazing presenters…the Beekman Boys, Cari Cucksey and Mike Wolfe, from American Pickers. Really a nice guy! We traded books :)

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I don’t know how Cari and her husband Vincent do it! They were straight out busy at the show with their booth, paint line and presentations…but they still made time for friends! Hanging out in their very cool airstream!

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Feel in love with these… wanted to bring them home. Don’t have a project for them know…but hopefully soon! Recycled art!

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Shipped 8 of these home for the Mad River Barn annex project! More old chicken feeders turned into light fixture!

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Maybe next year’s Kentucky Derby hat??!!

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My friend Mary, from my town, had her booth, Vintage Inspired…she was so sweet to bring my DIY’s to and fro from Vermont! Thanks Mary!

Then I stayed longer and enjoyed Nashville…

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Loved Franklin, TN!

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The buildings, even the signs were cool!

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LOVED THIS SHOP!!

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and their mascot…

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Merridee’s…my husband would have been in love with this place! Maybe next trip, I’ll bring him.

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So in his honor…

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Stopped at antique shop after antique shop…

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Mindful…of my little suitcase…I picked up smalls…

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Luckily… this one was closed the day I was there…or I would have had to purchase a few suitcases!

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Cool buildings…this was an old cotton mill.

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Back in Nashville…stopped at the Barista Parlor. Loved the style of this place.

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Check out the cool wood with the rough ends they have for the tables…character!

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Nashville friend, Brandon, took me to Rolf and Daughters for dinner. YUMMY!!

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Loved the look of the décor as well!

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Stopped by Mike’s shop, Antique Archeology as well. Loved the vintage finds in it.

Then we hit a few Honky Tonks on the main street in Nashville and I was wiped out! Note to self…more time in Nashville next year!

And then it was back home to more design work at Basin Harbor and Mad River Barn…

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Pennie Beach, one of the owners of Basin Harbor Club, and I scour the attics at the resort, finding old family heirlooms to put into the rooms…

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Different attic…more finds…

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Cleaning the finds…thanks Jen for all your help! Not really in the marketing job description…but I certainly appreciate it.

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Then a little homework…repurposing all the old Basin Harbor Light fixtures…with a little rope!

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Start putting all the pieces together… new and old…for a May opening.

and that was just April!

PHEW!

My best, Joanne

 

Research…Getting Ready for Round Top, Texas

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Packing up, pages from my books, my walking vintage Frye’s and my custom made vintage fabric, ToTem handbag, that I can sling over my shoulder.

I love research, I mean if I didn’t I would not have been able to write two books, that’s for sure. So as I prepare to do a book signing at Marburger Farm Antique Show at Round Top, Texas, I want to make sure I get all my ducks in a row for the extra time I have for SHOPPING! I’m going to spend Wednesday shopping and Thursday morning, 9 to noon is my book signing (hope you drop by). I’ll also be raffling off some cool stuff!

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Photo by Meghana Gandi, Full Article, Huffington Post

According to an article from The Huffington Post, Round Top, is the best antique fair in the world! “Touted as the largest antiques fair in the United States, the event, which has been around since the 1960s, attracts more than 2,000 vendors who descend upon a 25-mile stretch of Highway 237 from Burton to LaGrange.”

Yikes, I don’t think I gave myself enough time to check it out! Next year…

The Howdy by Marburger Farm Antique Show

The Howdy is the program for the Marburger Farm Antique Show. Here is just one of the many pages…

But for those of us who love more than antiques, will be thrilled, because the show has everything…antiques, vintage, retro, modern, crafts, architectural salvage pieces, repurposed materials, and flea market goodies. A cornucopia of beautifully displayed salvage goodness! At Marburger Farm, where I’ll be this time, they have a program called the Howdy, which lists all the dealers, where they are and gives helpful tips and information to all who visit.

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I always try and wear a hat, that covers my face but isn’t cumbersome, when I’m at shows, fairs and flea markets.

So what am I going to bring, water, cash, checkbook (some dealers don’t take credit cards) and a great attitude! Looking at the maps (which I love by the way) I have found where I want to stop for food, where I can ship stuff and how I can get some WIFI, since I hear reception can be spotty. I’ll check the weather in advance and bring the sunblock (I am coming from Vermont, where the lake is still frozen over) and a jacket I can wrap around my waist if need be. I’m bringing along my sisters as well, more hands to carry stuff (but don’t tell them that).

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Bev, the owner of Bel Sole, is a salvager as well, and has transformed this home into a beautiful B&B. I can’t wait to see it!

Thankfully, I’ve book at room at cute B&B, less than 10 minutes away, Bel Sole, so I’ll be well rested and fortified for a second day of treasure hunting.

Here are some other folks articles about what to know about visiting Round Top. Hope to see you there!  My best, Joanne

Rachel Ashwell’s Tips

Country Living Magazine’s Guide to Round Top

The Vintage Round Top Best Tips

 

Marburger Farm Antique Show at Round Top & West Elm in Austin!

Winner Long Horn Coasters and Vintage Hunting Vest

At my book signing at the Marburger Farm Antique Show at Round Top, I’ll be raffling off these Long Horn vintage wood coasters I made, along with a vintage Vermont hunting vest. Stop by, say hi and enter to win! Looking forward to wearing my cowboy boots.

I can’t wait to go to Texas! I’ve never been to Round Top Antique Fair or Austin, so I’m thrilled to say, I’ll be heading to both. On Thursday, April 2nd, I’ll be signing books at Marburger Farm Antique Show from 9 a.m. to noon and EXCITING NEWS!…on Friday I’ll be giving a How to Design & Decorate with Salvage and Vintage Goods talk at West Elm in Austin from 5:30-8 p.m. (This was just announced, only 30 seats available. RSVP)

AT MARBURGER FARM ANTIQUE SHOW… I’m also bringing a little Vermont to Texas! Besides signing my books, answering your questions, you can enter your name in a raffle for a vintage hunter’s vest from Vermont and Longhorn coasters I made from wood from an 1800’s barn in Vermont. So stop by and say hi and enter to win. I’ll be near the Promenade (close to the café). Can’t wait to see you there!

You have got to check out their website. Full of amazing information about the show!

You have got to check out Marburger’s website. Full of amazing information about the show! Check out the map!

At West Elm on West 5th Street in Austin, on Friday, April 3rd…coming join me for a presentation, slideshow and Q&A about Salvage Design.

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With over 75 slides of amazing salvage design and DIY projects, Joanne will show you how to add it and where to find it. Don’t miss out on the presentation. It will be fun, funny and filled with great design ideas!

West Elm Presentation Joanne Palmisano Austin Texas

More information and tickets available HERE! The Naples, Florida event sold out in a week, so don’t miss out! Tell your friends in Austin.

I’ll be talking more about Texas, styles, designers, and some inside scooping about shopping Round Top! Plus a DIY Post on how to make the Longhorn Coasters! So make sure you follow along on the blog (see the email sign-in on the right).

Till then…Y’ALL have a great day!

My best, Joanne

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