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!

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.

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!

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!

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

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. :)

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

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!

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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!

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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After…

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…

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!

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…

How happy am I? Craft coming right up!

 

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!

 

 

 

 

Salvage Secrets T-shirt Fundraiser for JDRF

Once a year a do a fundraiser for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) . This year, we created cool t-shirts and here my daughter is modeling them for you (short and long sleeve — see below for sizing info). Only $25 to benefit JDRF. Want one? Just go to my Etsy Shop. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!  My best, Joanne  Only 30 left!

Salvage Secrets T-shirts

Get a Great T-shirt, Help a Great Cause!  THANK YOU!

Short Sleeve S, M, L, XL (Gabrielle is wearing a small)

Long Sleeve (buttons on the sleeves) S, M, L, XL (these run very small — if you wear a small, you will want a medium or large ) (Gabrielle is wearing a small but it’s snug)

Both are 100% cotton.
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Pop Sugar Post…How to Create a Wooden Ladder Light

Thank you Pop Sugar for asking me to share how to create your very own Wooden Ladder Light. When Mad River Barn asked me to be their designer for the renovations of their Inn, Restaurant, Pub and Game Room…I knew this was my chance to create this light! Follow this easy step by step tutorial on the Pop Sugar site. You’ll be thrilled on how budget friendly it is!  Have fun…and send pictures of your light. My best, Joanne 

Mad River Barn Restaurant Design by Joanne Palmisano

Not only is the light made from a vintage ladder but the farmhouse tables are made from reclaimed wood and old porch posts. The chairs were reused but painted a fun red color and the wall paneling is old paneling from the bedrooms. Lots of fun salvaged and vintage fills the restaurant at Mad River Barn. Photo by Susan Teare

Here is the tutorial...

Here is the tutorial…

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Turn a Kitchen Cabinet Door into a Vintage Sign

The after vintage inspired sign -- easy to make and friendly on your budget!

I’m going to be lazy today — I’ll admit it! But it is such a glorious Saturday here in Vermont that I can’t waste it inside on my computer. So since I just did a great GUEST BLOG POST for Mad River Barn, about how to create a Vintage Sign using a $5 kitchen cabinet door, I thought I’d link over to them and let you see how to do it on their site. Not to mention, you’ll get to see one of my interior design projects as well.

But I’ll tease you with the before and after :)

Happy Summer Weekend! My best, Joanne

The $5 before kitchen cabinet door...

The $5 before kitchen cabinet door…

The after vintage inspired sign -- easy to make and friendly on your budget!

The after vintage inspired sign — easy to make and friendly on your budget!

Ohhhh…the places we go… shopping for salvage, vintage and recycled goods…

My daughter, Gabrielle, and I, set up a booth at the Vintage Bazaar. What a great experience. Gabrielle learned so much about making things (like these signs), selling them, and loading and unloading cars. She meet so many people and had an amazing time. It was a special mother and daughter trip!

Another great and crazy couple of months, but I can’t help but be awed, inspired and renewed by some of the most amazing folks, I’ve meet along the way. I’ve been to quite a few vintage bazaars, country markets, and antique fairs to see that those who have booths (the sellers) are truly passionate about their design, products and lifestyle. Please give a round of applause to some of the hardest working folks I know and enjoy pictures of all their amazing finds, creations and wares…I hope you get a chance to visit the booths one day!  Here are a few from the Vintage Bazaar and the Country Living Fair. (click on the pictures to see these folks websites…)

I have a new found respect for those folks who set up booths at outdoor events. It is a lot of work and lots and lots of lifting!

I have a new found respect for those folks who set up booths at outdoor events. It is a lot of work and lots and lots of lifting!

My daughter, Gabrielle, and I, set up a booth at the Vintage Bazaar. What a great experience. Gabrielle learned so much about making things (like these signs), selling them, and loading and unloading cars. She meet so many people and had an amazing time. It was a special mother and daughter trip!

My daughter, Gabrielle, and I, set up a booth at the Vintage Bazaar. What a great experience. Gabrielle learned so much about making things (like these signs), selling them, and loading and unloading cars. She meet so many people and had an amazing time. It was a special mother and daughter trip!

Cari Cucksey, is not only supremely talented, but her new paint line is outstanding... She travels to a few hand-picked shows and gives amazing demonstrations. She has become a good friend...another reason to visit these shows often -- you really get to know some great folks!

Cari Cucksey, (owner of the Repurpose Shop and of the show, Cash and Cari) is not only supremely talented, but her new paint line is outstanding… She travels to a few hand-picked shows and gives amazing demonstrations. She has become a good friend…another reason to visit these shows often — you really get to know some great folks!

Karen and Patrick of South Porch Antiques are truly the best of the vintage fair lifestyle is all about. They travel from show to show, with their daughter, and truly show us how to be kind, caring and talented all at the same time. I bought that tumbleweed in Nashville and they brought it all the way to New York for me! Thank you guys!

Karen and Patrick of South Porch Antiques are truly the best of the vintage fair lifestyle is all about. They travel from show to show, with their daughter, and truly show us how to be kind, caring and talented all at the same time. I bought that tumbleweed in Nashville and they brought it all the way to New York for me! Thank you guys!

Not only do they have cool things to sell, but the displays in these booths are very unique. Stashstyle created these fun pom poms!

Not only do they have cool things to sell, but the displays in these booths are very unique. Stashstyle created these fun pom- poms!  I can only imagine how long those took — what a great display.

Then there are the incrediable artisans... Karyn Shonk, owner and designer, or Karynshonk Designs. Vintage and recycled and found objects turned into one of a kind jewelry pieces.

Then there are the incredible artisans… Karyn Shonk, owner and designer, or Karynshonk Designs. Vintage and recycled and found objects turned into one of a kind jewelry pieces.

S.D. Meadows... his work was so fun! scrap metal made into wall art -- you can check out his folk art gallery online as well. Thanks for sharing your talents S.D.

S.D. Meadows… his work was so fun! scrap metal made into wall art — you can check out his folk art gallery online as well. Thanks for sharing your talents S.D.

Then there are the nice ladies form Cutlery Couture...their booth was packed all weekend at the Country Living Fair in Rhinebeck. Bumped into them at breakfast at the inn and we sat together and chatted up a storm. That's the kinda folks you meet at these events.

Then there are the nice ladies form Cutlery Couture…their booth was packed all weekend at the Country Living Fair in Rhinebeck. Bumped into them at breakfast at the inn and we sat together and chatted up a storm. That’s the kind of folks you meet at these events. Talented, optimistic and outgoing!

Then there was dinner with these 2 (actually 3) chixs and a barn. Seriously... they could have a stand up comedy show besides selling unique vintage pieces at shows and in their barn.

Then there was dinner with these 2 (actually 3) chixs and a barn. Seriously… they could have a stand up comedy show besides selling unique vintage pieces at shows and in their barn.

 

Of course, there are a ton of people to meet... but I did also spend some time shopping :)

Of course, there are a ton of people to meet… but I did also spend some time shopping :)

Here are some tips for shopping at Flea Markets and similar types of events. Thank you Yahoo Makers for having me be a part of your article.

Here are some tips for shopping at Flea Markets, Vintage Bazaars, Antique Shows, Fairs and more. Thank you Yahoo Makers for having me be a part of your article.

My best, Joanne

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