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

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…)

Winflo Osteria…yummy and beautiful in Austin, Texas!

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

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.

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 JW’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…

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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 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.

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!

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!

Love the simple design and décor 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…

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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…

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…

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. I’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.

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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!

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!

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… 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!

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 didn’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.  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.

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 :)

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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!

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!

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

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…

Loved Franklin, TN!

The buildings, even the signs were cool!

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and their mascot…

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

So in his honor…

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 décor as well!

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…

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


UPCOMING! Basin Harbor Club, Country Living Fair and The Vintage Bazaar

Looking for some fun things to do in the next few weeks — hope you put one of these events on your calendar!   My best, Joanne


MAY 31st, Basin Harbor Club, Vergennes, Vermont, 3-6 p.m.

salvage secrets design & decor

From 3 to 6 p.m. at Basin Harbor Club, I’ll be showing some fun pictures of salvage design & decor, giving you some easy DIY projects to do, talking about where I get my salvage material in Vermont and signing copies of my new book. We’ll have tea, coffee and goodies! Basin Harbor is a gorgeous place to visit — come for an afternoon drive and stop by and say hi! It will be fun! 

Basin Harbor Club!


JUNE 6,7,8, COUNTRY LIVING FAIR, Rhinebeck, New York


Outdoor party lighting with vintage mason jars, candles and sand

The Country Living Fair in Rhinebeck, New York, June 6,7,8, is a blast — so much to see and do. I’ll be giving a presentation on Friday and Saturday — including some amazing salvage design ideas and DIY Projects and I’ll be signing books!  I’ll also have a BOOTH this year — so look for me — I’m bring all sorts of cool stuff — including salvaged material and Repurposed Decor.  See you there! 



June 21, THE VINTAGE BAZAAR, Salisbury, Massachusetts

Honored to have been asked to be a part of this great popular Bazaar at Pettingill Farm in Salisbury, Massachusetts. Cari Cucksey, of RePurpose and HGTV,  will also be there. She is a great gal!

Honored to have been asked to be a part of this popular Vintage Bazaar at Pettingill Farm in Salisbury, Massachusetts. Cari Cucksey, of RePurpose and HGTV, will also be there. She is a great gal! I’ll be there all day Saturday giving short presentations, demos and signing books!




Basin Harbor Club, Their New Designer…Yippee!

There are some pretty special days in my life lately and one of them was when I was at the Mad River Barn, finishing up some design details, when a lovely women came in and and said how much she loved what I did with the place; that through the design, I kept the charm and character, while updating and making it fresh and had design ideas that reflects the new owners, Heather and Andrew, taste and style. PHEW!  Well, thank you!! That was the plan!

She came in because she wanted to pass my name along to Basin Harbor Club, because their current decorator was retiring.  Well, I interviewed, just like everyone else, and I’m thrilled to announce I will be their new decorator/designer. (Which means for a few weeks a year-mostly in the winter, when it’s closed to the public, I get to have some serious fun at Basin Harbor.)

If you don’t know about Basin Harbor Club, this slice of heaven in Vermont, you’ve got to check it out. Open in the spring, summer and fall, this 700 acre place of history, beauty and charm, along the edge of Lake Champlain, has dozens and dozens of things to do and see. I’ll SLOWLY be adding my touches to the cottages, homestead, restaurants and public spaces in the next few years, but starting this winter, I get to play with… I mean…work on a few of the cottages, some of the homestead, and touches in some of the public spaces.  Thank you Basin Harbor for having me be a part of your amazing place!  I already feel like family :)  My best, Joanne

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No one gets to see this amazing place in the winter, so I thought it would be fun to share a few of the quiet winter shots while I was walking throughout the property.

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