Itâ€™s official…It was a busy April and an even busier May so far. But that said, I want to share some amazing finds, DIYâ€™s and places to check out (and eat at) from my travels… So here is a quick recap ofÂ April…
First Week in April…Texas… (no particular order…)
Winflo Osteria…yummy and beautiful in Austin, Texas!
Loved this mural on a wall on South Congress Street in Austin, Texas! Yes…Iâ€™ll be your neighbor!
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!
Canâ€™t believe I didnâ€™t bring this home with me! Another great find at one of the side of the road shops near Round Top, Texas.
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!
Even the pies are bigger in Texas! We were regulars at JWâ€™s Steakhouse in Carmine, Texas, around the corner from our Bed and Breakfast!
This was on a dresser! So feel like Yosemite Sam sometimes!
This pile of goodies was in an antique shop in Carmine, Texas…
Working away…oh, poor me… my job is never done Marburger Farm Antique Show!
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)
I loved Totem Salvagedâ€™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.
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 1940â€™s home. Bev has a great eye and the beds were cozy and the breakfasts amazing!
Drinks at Hotel San Jose on South Congress Street. I love Liz Lambertâ€™s style…so excited to finally see one of her renovated hotels. What an honor! Hanging with my sisters!
Love the simple design and dÃ©cor of the outdoor space at Hotel San Jose…Very cool!
At airport…working on design projects as I travel. Bathroom concepts for Mad River Barn Annex Building…
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…
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. Iâ€™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. Canâ€™t wait to show you the final results…
Working in Vermont in the spring… (well, not me, but others…)
Salvaged dimensional lumber and antique reclaimed Douglas fir flooring picked up at the Rebuild center. Iâ€™m testing colors on my kitchen counter…always makes my family happy when we are trying to make dinner…
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.
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…havenâ€™t done that in a couple of years. Had a blast traveling with my BFFâ€™s family and my twin sister and her husband! Warm waters, blue skies and lots of sun!
Of course, even on vacation…Iâ€™m thinking SALVAGE! This old post office building — maybe my next “winter” office?!? Loved the vintage colors and patina! Virgin Gorda, BVIâ€™s!
Seriously! This was the view from the villa we rented. Dos Sols in Leverick Bay, Virgin Gorda! The most amazing place ever!
You all know me… Iâ€™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!
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.
Family and friends waiting for the lunch hour… Not a bad place to wait…
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 didnâ€™t see tons of sea glass on the beach myself! Awesome job!
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.Â 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.
This was just a piece of dÃ©cor at South Porch Antiques, but Karen and Patrick were willing to part with it — so I bought it Canâ€™t wait to show you what Iâ€™m going to do with it.
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.
The displays and vintage products where outstanding…again, South Porch Antiques!
There were lots of amazing presenters…the Beekman Boys, Cari Cucksey and Mike Wolfe, from American Pickers. Really a nice guy! We traded books :)
I donâ€™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!
Feel in love with these… wanted to bring them home. Donâ€™t have a project for them know…but hopefully soon! Recycled art!
Shipped 8 of these home for the Mad River Barn annex project! More old chicken feeders turned into light fixture!
Maybe next yearâ€™s Kentucky Derby hat??!!
My friend Mary, from my town, had her booth, Vintage Inspired…she was so sweet to bring my DIYâ€™s to and fro from Vermont! Thanks Mary!
Then I stayed longer and enjoyed Nashville…
The buildings, even the signs were cool!
LOVED THIS SHOP!!
and their mascot…
Merrideeâ€™s…my husband would have been in love with this place! Maybe next trip, Iâ€™ll bring him.
Stopped at antique shop after antique shop…
Mindful…of my little suitcase…I picked up smalls…
Luckily… this one was closed the day I was there…or I would have had to purchase a few suitcases!
Cool buildings…this was an old cotton mill.
Back in Nashville…stopped at the Barista Parlor. Loved the style of this place.
Check out the cool wood with the rough ends they have for the tables…character!
Nashville friend, Brandon, took me to Rolf and Daughters for dinner. YUMMY!!
Loved the look of the dÃ©cor as well!
Stopped by Mikeâ€™s shop, Antique Archeology as well. Loved the vintage finds in it.
Then we hit a few Honky Tonks on the main street in NashvilleÂ 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…
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…
Different attic…more finds…
Cleaning the finds…thanks Jen for all your help! Not really in the marketing job description…but I certainly appreciate it.
Then a little homework…repurposing all the old Basin Harbor Light fixtures…with a little rope!
Start putting all the pieces together… new and old…for a May opening.
and that was just April!
My best, Joanne