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Refreshing Changes…Updating Your Rental Property, Inn, Restaurant and Home

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As I happily run around trying to finish up two great design projects — a burger/grill restaurant and an advertising agency’s creative offices, I realize how much I love working with clients who want to bring unique design to their spaces. Many of my clients budgets are snug so we need to be creative with what we have and our design ideas — which I think is one of the best things about my job!

With simple and/or moderate changes, the properties I work with become fresh and inviting without losing their character or branding, which made them unique in the first place. So, keeping your design in line with your branding, the property’s architecture and the surrounding community, will help you think about how you can create stunning spaces that your guests will be thrilled with.

Since I specialize in budget-conscious residential rental properties, small inn, restaurants, and resort projects, I know how to use what’s already there– to its best advantage as well as finding affordable, unique pieces and design ideas.

So here are a few of my recent projects (before and after pictures) that prove, with some changes (and some larger ones) you can bring your make some changes for the new year!

The words that go with the pictures are part of my printed portfolio — so they are hard to read on the website — sorry about that.

Want some help? Give me a shout!

renovation of bar pub vermont joanne palmisano

closet bar modern and hip joanne palmisano


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Update your AirBnB rental would be so simple! A few changes and you can stand out!

Update your AirBnB rental would be so simple! A few changes and you can stand out!

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Four Reminders This Holiday Season

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As I bustle through the holidays I’m reminded about four simple things that are important to me and they always bring my heartrate down and allow me to bask in the joy of the season.

1. I’m so lucky for my family — these FAMILY PICTURE DIY HOLIDAY Coasters I made for my husband are a constant reminder of how lucky we are. They also remind me how important recycling is — and how much fun it is to make homemade gifts.

2. That I get to do what I love for work — and many times I get to work with friends–is truly a blessing! Here I am assisting my dear friend Karin — stylist extraordinaire — at my close friends, Kim & Cliff’s incredible house — for Traditional Home Magazine. Photography, John Bessler, was not only fun to work with, but did an incredible job. Styling, DIYing, Writing, Speaking and Designing — I love them all and am honored that my passions are also my work.

3. I’m reminded during the crazy “sales”, “get this”, “get that” days that it really doesn’t take much to make us happy– and if we just remember that — we can enjoy ourselves a lot more during the holidays.  Gabrielle’s own cardboard sleigh is a reminder of simpler times.

4. I’m lucky where I live. Yes, there are days that the winter feels long — but how amazing I live in a place that has four distinct seasons and each one is beautiful in their own right.

What are your FOUR Things?

Happy Holidays to you and yours!

My best,




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Travel by Design…California, Sonoma County

Vintage Suitcases

Seriously…I love to combine work and play…when I’m traveling I’m always on the look out for cool salvage shops or interesting design ideas, so it is no surprise when visiting my twin sister in California for a little vacation…I squeezed in some work :)

Vintage Suitcases

These vintage suitcase were a gift from my girlfriend, Regina. I cleaned them and shipped them back to Vermont — where they are now proudly displayed. Thank you! Regina!

Fremont Diner Sonoma Californa

Seriously, my sister and I ate at the counter at the Fremont Diner in Sonoma, and that was sitting in front of me the whole time! Crazy yummy food. The place is an ICON! You must visit there when you are traveling in Wine Country.

Fremont Diner

Diner mugs… you gotta love them! This display is something I’ll keep in mind for future kitchen design ideas.

Vintage Ford Explorer Truck Yellow

Just in case, you were wondering what I want for my birthday… a vintage Ford Explorer Truck will do!

Cafe Scooteria

This is a fun stop in the town of Sonoma, California. Café Scooteria, where you can drive up and they’ll serve you coffee at your window. Or hang out at the shop — and enjoy it there. Rosanne and I road our bikes there. I mean really who could resist Italian style coffee drive-thru located at a vintage scooter mechanic’s shop? Not us!

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Rosanne relaxing, while I check out all the vintage bikes…

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Now… work time… yes, you can see we take our work seriously. Rosanne (pictured here) is working on a design project for a villa in wine country so I’m helping out for a couple of days.  Rosanne was making sure, Regina Martinelli, from Martinelle Winery, measured up to helping out for the day as well. Turns out she does. :)

Giants Stadium San Francisco

I’ll admit, I haven’t been to a lot of ballgames — but really is there a pretty stadium than AT & T Park in San Francisco? WOW!

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Into the city of San Francisco we go! For a ballgame that is! We were taking our lives in our own hands wearing our St. Louis Cardinal’s gear in the Giant’s stadium. Gorgeous day! Beautiful spot.

Pladra Clothing Line USA

Shopping in San Francisco’s, after a yummy breakfast at … Pladra, a very cool custom flannel clothing line made in San Francisco, has a very cool Pop Up Shop on Hayes Street. Loved their displays. Again… great ideas for a rustic Americana entrance way look!

Bodega Bay California

Bodega Bay…early, early in the morning… surfers, fog and us. Really doesn’t get any better!

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When we were not hiking, or doing design work…we were…busy meeting people and drinking their wine — which was outstanding! Here we are having a blast at Buena Vista Winery. I felt like I was back in Italy! The nicest people there — they took such great care of us!

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LOVED the private lounge, party area upstairs at Buena Vista — someone rent that out for me for my birthday please! And the Champagne Lounge downstairs was fantastic as well.

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Rosanne and I getting a private tour — we were honored! Thanks for making us feel so special. It was a great day.


Artefact Design & Salvage

Rosanne and I shopping at Artefact Design &Salvage in Sonoma…Love their displays and vintage finds… amazing shop for anyone who wants to add something special to their home design.

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And Rosanne says I’m the one with the bad sense of direction… Lost again, on the trails through Sonoma… Here is Rosanne showing me the way out.

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Once again, hiking in Sonoma, who would have thought an amazing Redwood forest in the middle of wine country

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Visiting Martinelli Vineyards…the back side of the vines…gorgeous day! If you have not tried their wines — I insist you run out and get a bottle — my fav — the Pinot Noir.

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Here is Rosanne again…this time we stuck to the trail at Bartholomew Winery Park. LOVED the Redwood forest in the middle of the hike. It was a great trail system.

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Here I am, helping Rosanne out with her design project. Don’t worry when she comes to see me, she helps me with all my projects as well.

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Seriously, I should have picked this up. $20 at Republic of Thrift (benefiting the public schools), a second hand shop in Sonoma. It would have looked so cool framed in a huge frame hung in a living room — Adobe style house… Love all the second hand shops out West!

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Being from Vermont — I’m sure you can understand how much I appreciate an amazing Mexican food meal. Here is a hidden gem in Sonoma…El Molino.  The before picture…

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A house for sale in Sonoma comes will all the parts and pieces you could ever want… LOVED this place. Housing hunting with my sister…

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The backyard at Artefact Design & Salvage. LOVE the extra large blue industrial pot…looks like an old smeltering pot turned into a garden container. I can see it in a very large sunroom with a huge orange tree growing out of it. The fair wheel is fun too!

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Rosanne’s friend… has the original…salt and pepper in old toy trucks… or at least that is where she got the idea, and I got the idea from her… and other’s got the idea from me… and so on and so on…

Sand Dollars at Bodega Bay

How happy am I? Craft coming right up!


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A DIY Craft I made from my memories of my trip… sand dollars from Bodega Bay. Lots and lots of fun!


I didn’t get here but I will next time! Sonoma Nesting Company and many other interesting places to visit… I’ll be back!





Upcoming Event…The Vintage Bazaar

Hope you will join us!

Hope you will join us!

Looking forward to presenting How to Design & Decorate with Salvage and Vintage Goods, plus DIY’s and book signings…at the amazing, spectacular Vintage Bazaar! Plus, I’ll have a booth this year! Lots of goodies will be for sale! See you in Salisbury, Mass, on June 20 and 21! (Only 30 minutes from Boston)  My Best, Joanne

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Win These DIY Long-Horn Coasters or Make Your Own

Win these coasters and vest. Enter to win at my book signing table at Marburger Farm at Round Top from 9 a.m. to noon on Thursday, April 2nd!

Win these coasters and vintage vest!

Next stop on my fun Salvage Secrets Book & Presentation Tour is Marburger Farm Antique Show, Round Top, Texas! Big Thank you to Tara for inviting me! I’ll be signing my Salvage Secrets books on Thursday, April 2nd, from 9 a.m. to noon near the Promenade. Come by, say hi and enter to win these coasters and vintage Vermont hunting vest!MarburgerFarmFall2014Map[1]In honor of my Texas outing, I made these Long Horn Texan Coasters out of reclaimed wood. If you can’t make it to Round Top…here are the DIY instructions to make your own! Enjoy!  My best, Joanne

making your own reclaimed wood coasters

These 5″ boards from a 200 year old farmhouse in Vermont are just perfect. Using a chop saw, I cut the board the same width, to create the squares. Then hand sanded them –don’t forget the sides and edges.

Long Horn Coasters

An easy web search came up with a drawing of a long horn steer head which I copied and pasted to a word document and then sized down to fit the coaster. Then I cut it out and using a pencil, I traced it onto the wood.

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Using a small art sized paintbrush, I carefully outlined the drawing in white paint. Then I filled in the middle with paint and let dry. Then I added a second coat. Once dried completely I rubbed the whole coaster with watered down white paint and wiped off, to give it a white-washed look. I let dry and then sealed with a polyurethane. Then I added some felt feet to the bottom so they won’t scratch the table!

Your very own Western Long Horn Texas Coasters! Use any design you want! Seahorses, deer, or even fish!

Your very own Western Long Horn Texas Coasters! Use any design you want! Seahorses, deer, or even fish!

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