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!

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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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Create Your Own Holiday Deer Head Graphic T-Shirt — DIY Project

Here is Gabrielle wearing the deer t-shirt. Easy DIY holiday gift idea!

Okay, I’ll admit I started with Bigfoot, then I decided not everyone is a huge Bigfoot Fan (not sure why, but true) so then I decided my friend’s would love deer shirts for the holidays. So here is an easy DIY T-shirt project you make can make for your friends and family. Make a deer, a snowman, a turtle, bigfoot…whatever your heart desires! (Maybe even a heart!)  Enjoy! Joanne

Here is Gabrielle wearing the deer t-shirt. Easy DIY holiday gift idea!

Here is Gabrielle wearing the deer t-shirt. Easy DIY holiday gift idea!

DIY Deer Head T-Shirt Joanne Palmisano

Using self-adhesive drawer lining paper (mine happens to be polka dotted), I printed out a picture of a deer head and then cut it out. Then I outlined it on my drawing lining paper. Then I cut that out. Phew!

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If you want — you can use a tiny bit of photo adhesive to keep the paper deer head from moving on the liner paper while you outline it with a pen. Up to you!

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Okay! So here is the deer head cut out on the self-adhesive drawer lining paper.

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Now, I’ll get the t-shirt ready. Note about the t-shirt. I went to Goodwill bought a bunch — washed them all. Then I found out that some take the bleach and some don’t. So pick t-shirts that have mostly cotton in them — that will up your odds to making this a success. Then add some cardboard inside the t-shirt so when you spray it — the bleach does not go through the back. Make sure to do this in a protected area (wearing work clothes).

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Now take off the protective backing from the deer head — and adhere it to the t-shirt.

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Make sure it is straight and centered before you press it down — if not, lift it back up and do it again. Then press all the sides down firmly.

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I added bleach to an old spray bottle. I like the misting type bottles. As you can see, some t-shirts turn colors right away and others will take about 10 minutes. Go light on the spray-just a few spritzes — you can always add more later.

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Let them dry for a while, then pull up the adhesive. If you are careful, you’ll be able to use it again and again.

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Once done, wash them in cold water and dry them. DO NOT WASH THEM with anything else — just together. Make sure not to get the bleach on anything before they have been washed and dried. Every t-shirt will bleach differently. Some will bleach white, red, or off-white…totally depending. So make a bunch. Have fun!

I’d love to see what you make. Send picture to my facebook page!


T-shirt DIY by Joanne Palmisano

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Holiday Styling Work…Mantels and More


As a stylist, I get to style for some incredible companies and style my own DIY NETWORK projects. Here are some Holiday Styling ideas, mantels, wreaths and more, that I think will help you get in the spirit!  Enjoy! Joanne

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Styling and DIY project for DIY NETWORK. Photography by Susan Teare




Romantic painted jars — budget friendly project for DIY NETWORK. Loved styling this one. Photography by Susan Teare


Styling for Gardener Supply Company — Holiday Lights… Photography by Jeff Clarke.


Romantic Holiday Ornaments — Gardener Supply Company


More romance for Gardener Supply Company Holiday Product Line.


Let’s have a holiday party…Gardener Supply Company vintage style cart.


Gardener Supply Company trays for all occasions.


These Gardener Supply Company paper snowflakes are gorgeous.


Creating a little village…Gardener Supply Company


Derby Glass Display…Gardener Supply…


Retro Holiday Look for DIY NETWORK.


Loved making this yarn wreath and setting the stage for it. DIY NETWORK.


Birch Bark Wreath — DIY NETWORK.


The infamous JOY sign for DIY NETWORK.


More retro mantel décor — are those GoGo Boots! Yup! DIY NETWORK.

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Romantic Lights for Gardener Supply Company. Photography by Jeff Clarke.

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Outdoor lighting display! Gardener Supply Company



12 Holiday DIY Décor Ideas From Your Basement & Garage

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.

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. :)

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.

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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.

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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


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