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12 Holiday DIY Décor Ideas From Your Basement & Garage

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Sometimes you don’t have to go any further than a closet, basement or garage to create some new and interesting holiday décor or gift ideas! Here are 12 decorating and gift items I made from stuff around the house! Take about BUDGET FRIENDLY!  Enjoy! Joanne

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Here are some old stair spindles I had in the basement. I cut them and pulled some berries from a fake fall wreath. Instant Christmas tree ornaments.

second hand towel vintage ribbon joanne palmisano

Holiday dishtowels always get pulled out each year. This year, I tea dyed a couple and added some vintage ribbon I had in my sewing kit. I gathered the top a little, sewed the ribbon across it and created an instant apron.

silver and green wreath

Fake greenery and left over holiday décor — plus some plumbing handles I found in the garage. Glued them all on a wooden wreath (can use cardboard circle) and voilà — Christmas wreath for your front door.

Holiday DIY by Joanne Palmisano

You know the plastic and ceramic colorful figurines, Santa’s, angels, snowmen, that sit in the bottom of your holiday bin? Get your silver and gold spray paint out — glue on a hanger (I used some left over craft bells) and more tree ornaments.

Wreath Christmas MISFIT TRINKETS

This is what I call the bottom of the holiday bin wreath. Seriously! I pulled all my Christmas bins out and grabbed all the broken ornaments, scraps of ribbon, pieces of fake berries and even a holiday necklace (the hanger) and created the WREATH of MISFIT TRINKETS…which hangs on the door on the island of MISFIT TOYS. :)

Sea Shells by the Sea Shore Holiday Ornament by Joanne Palmisano

For all your coastal lovers — who doesn’t have a box or two full of shells you collected? Well, I just cut out a cardboard shape of a seahorse and glued on shells. A fun gift DIY for the cottage owner or beach lover on your list.

metal holiday ornaments joanne palmisano

We had even more plumbing handles in the garage. Add some ribbon, spray them and a little glitter and these become industrial style holiday décor.

Holiday DIY table setting place holders

This is really scrounging around the basement. More holiday figurines, some wine corks and left over tile from a project. Create some table setting name place holders.

table runner holiday

Dozens of mismatched glassware, jars and vases — not to mention a garland of fake greenery pulled apart and a old scarf and I’ve created an instant holiday table runner.

Holiday Mailbox DIY Joanne Palmisano

What to do with that old metal mailbox? Create a holiday card holder! Paint the whole thing white, then using painters tape and some gold spray and you have instant stripes! Letters to Santa is another way to use it!

chalk paint holiday DIY coasters Joanne Palmisano

Scrap lumber cut into coaster size, then add some chalk paint and draw on some fun holiday shapes! These make great holiday DIY gift ideas as well.

Holiday wool pillow DIY joanne palmisano

And old wool blanket, a left over pillow and a piece of a moth eaten hunter’s jacket (washed first, of course). I just hand stitched the pieces of wool together to give it a rough edge look! Instant holiday pillow with a hunter plain stocking on the front! Ta Da!

costume jewlery upcycled into christmas tree ornaments by Joanne Palmisano

Here are 19 MORE Inexpensive, rustic holiday ideas DIY’s I made for DIY NETWORK!

Special Holiday Offer on Salvage Books

BEST BOOK DEAL EVER! The Publisher (W.W. Norton) is offer a holiday special– 40% off when you buy both books. Use code…HOLIDAYSS…at the checkout! Get this great deal while it lasts!  Thanks.  Happy Holidays! Joanne

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Ideas by Joanne Palmisano

 

Design Books, Holiday Gift Ideas, Vintage, Inspired, Collectable, Style…

Holiday Design Book Ideas

There is something special about giving and receiving books for the holidays. Not only is it a great gift idea but they are easy to shop for (and wrap). I’m thrilled to say my books have received some amazing reviews here in the United States and abroad. Check out these inside pages and see what all the fuss is about :). There are many locations to buy them, including Amazon.  It would mean a lot to me, if you considered giving one or both of my books to your favorite designer, homebuilder, architect, or lover of all things vintage, antique and recycled. Published by W.W. Norton, Photography by Susan Teare.

Holiday Design Book Ideas

Holiday Design Book Ideas

Sample Pages of SALVAGE SECRETS DESIGN & DECOR

Commercial spaces with unique salvaged and vintage décor.

Commercial spaces with unique salvaged and vintage décor.

Salvage Secrets Design & Decor

You will walk away with hundreds of decorating ideas for your own home.

Salvage Secrets Design & Decor by Joanne Palmisano

Full of color, spaces and unique ways to decorate.

Salvage Secrets Design & Decor Book, W.W. Norton, Joanne Palmisano, Susan  Teare

Stunning DIY ideas that cost next to nothing. Step by step pictures included.

Salvage Secrets Design & DEcor -- Book

Romantic, Bohemian, Rustic, Country, Modern…all these styles and more are featured in Salvage Secrets Design & Decor

Salvage Secrets Design & Decor

She sheds are so hot today…this shed turned guest cottage, is just one of the bright and cheerful spaces featured in this book.

Salvage Secrets Design & Decor

Modern Farmhouse is hot right now and this home is a stunner. There are over a dozen homes featured in the book, with details on how they got their style and where they shop for their treasures.

Salvage Secrets Design & Decor by Joanne Palmisano

More DIY’s and ways to style your table tops and salvaged finds.

Salvage Secrets Design & Decor by Joanne Palmisano (W.W. Norton)

This Southwestern Home and Northeastern home show two totally different ideas — but a common theme — can you guess it?

Salvage Secrets Design & Decor, by Joanne Palmisano

You have got to love this cottage on the water outside of San Francisco. Quaint, cozy and oh so, creative. See the whole house in the book.

Salvage Secrets Design & Decor

Glamorous uptown New York City apartment shows that you can use all vintage, salvage and reclaimed and still look like a million bucks! You don’t want to miss the rest of this apartments and the homeowner/designers favorite places to shop in NYC.

Sample Pages of SALVAGE SECRETS

Salvage Secrets, Transforming Reclaimed Materials Into Design Concepts

Lighting…this book shows how using salvaged and recycled materials can create some of the most unique lighting available today.

Salvage Secrets, Transforming Reclaimed Materials Into Design Concepts, by Joanne Palmisano

From reclaimed wood floors to vintage gates as décor, this book goes from A to Z when it comes to adding salvage, reclaimed, recycled and vintage to your home.

Salvage Secrets by Joanne Palmisano, Photography by Susan Teare

Design ideas, romantic settings and amazing photography by Susan Teare, this book will inspire you.

Salvage Secrets by Joanne Palmisano Photography by Susan Teare

List of Tips, Design Ideas, Where to Shop and how creative you can get…

Salvage Secrets Joanne Palmisano (W.W. Norton)

Sometimes it just takes one unique piece to create a focal point. Also — details on materials — how and when you should use them.

Salvage Secrets Joanne Palmisano

Houses from East to West are featured in this book. Each with their own style.

Salvage Secrets Book, Joanne Palmisano

Retro, Rustic and Places to Shop

Salvage Secrets book, Joanne Palmisano

Sometimes the styling can be simple if the design is gorgeous all on its own. Recycled cabinets and sink make this kitchen a stunner!

Salvage Secrets, Joanne Palmisano, Photography by Susan Teare

How to use reclaimed stone to adding special touches to your kitchen.

Salvage Secrets book, Joanne Palmisano

Even the smallest piece of wood can be reclaimed. This book is all about the simplest ways to make recycling fun, creative, unique and good for the earth.

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Tips on picking wood and furniture for that next home project

Here I am, looking for salvaged wood for a mantel project.

Seeing the Forest through the Trees, Some tips on picking eco-friendly wood for that next home project.

Here are stacks of gorgeous reclaimed wood at Mason Brothers Architectural Salvage Shop.

Here are stacks of gorgeous reclaimed wood at Mason Brothers Architectural Salvage Shop.

Are you building a home, adding a floor or purchasing a table? Well you don’t have to give up being environmentally friendly just because you need wood, a slow-growing renewable resource, for the project. Instead follow a few of the tips below and you can leave your environmental guilt at the (salvaged) door. Have fun! My best, Joanne

The coffee table is built from reclaimed wood from an old weaving loom.

The coffee table is built from reclaimed wood from an old weaving loom.

Think Antique, Second-hand Furniture, Custom Made:

Furniture is obviously big part of wood industry. Even upholstered furniture needs wood for framing. Going the route of antique pieces, furniture made from old wood, or second-hand furniture prevents the need of using new wood. Or consider having a piece made out of reclaimed wood, for example, my coffee table is made from an old weaving loom. Many local woodworkers will make custom pieces. You can ask one of your local salvage shops or reclaimed wood centers for a list of names of carpenters who work with reclaimed materials. For second-hand furniture you can easily find it at your local furniture consignment shop, antique shop, Habitat for Humanity, Goodwill or even online on Craigslist or Front Porch Forum. ebay.com or craigslist.org or do a search for locally made furniture with reclaimed wood. You’ll be surprised what is available to you.

 

All the cabinets in this kitchen are from reclaimed Douglas Fir from the old Port Authority Building in Portland, Oregon built by Cabinet Maker George Ramos.

All the cabinets in this kitchen are from reclaimed Douglas Fir from the old Port Authority Building in Portland, Oregon built by Cabinet Maker George Ramos.

Consider Recycled and Salvaged Wood:

Reclaimed wood can be anything from 2 x 4’s just taken down from a recent house to vintage 1880s floorboards.. Old wood, doors, and other wood-salvaged materials not only keep you from using new wood but it also keeps these products out of our overflowing landfills. My island top is made from 1880’s Douglas fir that was from a railroad building. Wood is as different as your designs are, so choose wisely…thicker wood for island tops, thinner wood for wall paneling, tongue and groove for flooring…etc.

 

The floors are local cherry wood from a certified forest and the table is a vintage Stickley dining set. Both great examples of new and reclaimed wood.

The floors are local cherry wood from a certified forest and the table is a vintage Stickley dining set. Both great examples of new and reclaimed wood.

Shop Local:

When purchasing wood for a building or other projects consider local first. Purchasing your wood from a sustainable managed local forest, whether or not it is certified, is good for the forest, the watershed, the community. A forest that is managed correctly, following sound forestry practices, will have an environmental impact far greater than simply good management of the trees themselves. A well managed, and/or a certified forest, will positively impact area watersheds, for example. Added bonus of buying local wood?  Transportation needs go down, which is also good for the environment.

 

Here I am, looking for salvaged wood for a mantel project.

Here I am, looking for salvaged wood for a mantel project at the rebuild center in my town.

Certification:

When you shopping online, at a larger retail store, or you if are not sure about your local forests’ sustainability practices, always look for certification. There are many types of certification. One of the most credible forest certification programs is Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). It is an independent, international nonprofit organization that sets a strict environmental and social standard for sustainable forest management. Their website, http://www.fsc.org, gives you information about their organization and places to find local FSC products and services. Look for their logo or ask for FSC certified wood.

 

Even the smallest pieces of wood don't have to go to waste. This gorgeous cutting board made from a variety of reclaimed wood species took the artisan about a couple of weeks to make.

Even the smallest pieces of wood don’t have to go to waste. This gorgeous cutting board made from a variety of reclaimed wood species took the artisan a couple of weeks to make.

Rethinking Design Can Mean Less Waste:

Most woods have a variety of grades. Knowing which grade creates the least waste can help save wood and lower your costs. Number one common (sometimes called third grade, or rustic wood) cherry, for instance, is a more basic grade of wood with more knots and color variation, then for example, clear or first grade, which is free from most visible defects and discolorations.  Each wood has variations in their grading system, grain and cut, so take a few minutes to learn about the wood you want.  But no matter which wood you choose, opting for a more “perfect” wood will result in more waste. Remember, that older salvaged wood is from a natural forest where the growth rings are tighter which makes the wood much harder than wood that is grown faster in a managed forest…so even when it is a softwood – if it is from an older tree – it can be very hard…get to know your options and your woods.

 

reclaimed wood comes in all shapes and sizes. These old porch posts have a new lease on live as farm house table legs at the Mad River Barn.

Reclaimed wood comes in all shapes and sizes. These old porch posts have a new lease on life as farm house table legs at the Mad River Barn.

Avoid the Endangered List:

Teak and mahogany from old growth forests in Brazil or Indonesia are places that suffer from over-forestation that not only devastate the forests but the communities around them as well. With the number of sustainable wood and non-wood options, there is no need to continue to support over-forested woods.  If you must use Teak, make sure it is reclaimed or certified.  These same types of wood, from certified managed forests, can be just fine to purchase. This is where certification is important — do not use a tropical or exotic wood that are not certified. And stay away from endangered forests.

Never Judge a Piece of Wood by It’s Cover

I always tell folks to never turn their backs on ugly reclaimed wood — because there is a swan underneath all that grim and years of oxidation. If you are looking for wood — bring a piece of sand paper with you and a water bottle. That way you can sand a bit of the top off and then moisten (to get the feel of what it will look like with polyurethane, shellac or a wax sealer on it.)

Here is what the wood looked like before we made sliding barn doors out of it.

Here is what the wood looked like before we made sliding barn doors out of it.

 

Here is the design project "after" the wood was sanded and cleaned and sealed.  Mad River Barn design project.

Here is the design project “after” the wood was sanded and cleaned and sealed. Mad River Barn design project.

Demand Action:

First and foremost, get involved. If you (or even your community) are building, remodeling or purchasing lots of wood, do it with a conscious decision to choose the right kind by following the above guidelines.  Also, avoid pressure treated, or chemical treated wood, much of the inexpensive wood (including particleboard), contain toxic substances that can off gas and are not good for you or the planet. Encourage your retailers to carry wood from well-managed forests. Remember, it is all about supply and demand. If you demand protected, well managed forests, then you’ll get them.

Salvage Secrets and Salvage Secrets Design & Décor.

Salvage Secrets and Salvage Secrets Design & Décor. Internationally acclaimed books by Joanne Palmisano, Photography by Susan Teare.

For more information about wood, designs and other great ways to decorate using reclaimed wood and other earth-friendly ideas, I hope you check out my books, Salvage Secrets and Salvage Secrets Design & Décor.

 

 

 

 

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.

Joanne shopping at vintage fair

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

 

Combo Deals…Interior Design Book Set Holiday Discount Offer

Salvage Secrets Books Joanne Palmisano

You think only chain fast-food restaurants have combo deals? It’s not true! I’m happy to announce, the publisher of my books, W.W. Norton (New York/London) has a great holiday offer. They are offering over 30% off if you buy the Salvage Secrets 2-book set with the DISCOUNT CODE…SALVAGEX2

When you go to BUY Books and Check Out  type in the special discount code in the check out section. The discount will show up once you ordered.

Salvage Secrets Books Joanne Palmisano

(yes, it is snowing on the books and yes, that is my potted holiday tree)

If you know someone who loves looking through interior design books, flea market magazines, DIY projects and antique, salvage & vintage design decor ideas–they will love this holiday book package gift offer! 

Architectural Digest, Apartment Therapy, HGTV, and many, many more magazines, online sites and top newspapers have loved the books!

The total for both books will be only $52.00 (+ ship). Easy Holiday Gift Idea for the Interior Design Book Lover on your List.

Thanks! Happy Holidays Joanne

 

 

 

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