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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!

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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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!





Marburger Farm Antique Show at Round Top & West Elm in Austin!

At my book signing at the Marburger Farm Antique Show at Round Top, I’ll be raffling off these Long Horn vintage wood coasters I made, along with a vintage Vermont hunting vest. Stop by, say hi and enter to win! Looking forward to wearing my cowboy boots.

I can’t wait to go to Texas! I’ve never been to Round Top Antique Fair or Austin, so I’m thrilled to say, I’ll be heading to both. On Thursday, April 2nd, I’ll be signing books at Marburger Farm Antique Show from 9 a.m. to noon and EXCITING NEWS!…on Friday I’ll be giving a How to Design & Decorate with Salvage and Vintage Goods talk at West Elm in Austin from 5:30-8 p.m. (This was just announced, only 30 seats available. RSVP)

AT MARBURGER FARM ANTIQUE SHOW… I’m also bringing a little Vermont to Texas! Besides signing my books, answering your questions, you can enter your name in a raffle for a vintage hunter’s vest from Vermont and Longhorn coasters I made from wood from an 1800’s barn in Vermont. So stop by and say hi and enter to win. I’ll be near the Promenade (close to the café). Can’t wait to see you there!

You have got to check out their website. Full of amazing information about the show!

You have got to check out Marburger’s website. Full of amazing information about the show! Check out the map!

At West Elm on West 5th Street in Austin, on Friday, April 3rd…coming join me for a presentation, slideshow and Q&A about Salvage Design.

With over 75 slides of amazing salvage design and DIY projects, Joanne will show you how to add it and where to find it. Don’t miss out on the presentation. It will be fun, funny and filled with great design ideas!

More information and tickets available HERE! The Naples, Florida event sold out in a week, so don’t miss out! Tell your friends in Austin.

I’ll be talking more about Texas, styles, designers, and some inside scooping about shopping Round Top! Plus a DIY Post on how to make the Longhorn Coasters! So make sure you follow along on the blog (see the email sign-in on the right).

Till then…Y’ALL have a great day!

My best, Joanne

Shopping, Styling and DIYing in Sonoma, California!

Maple Frosted and Bacon Donut from Taylor Maid Farms in Sebastopol, California.  Ohhh and the vintage reclaimed wood top table, makes for a cool styling prop.

More of my favorite things…good friends, family, food and finds. Regina on the left, I’m in the middle, Rosanne on the right

Last week I travelled to Sonoma, San Francisco and Arizona for work and play. CHECK OUT places to shop, eat, and upcoming DIY’s and treasures we found along the way in the upcoming few posts. (Finds and Places to Shop in San Francisco and Arizona in the next posts…. click here to make sure you follow along.)

A hot air balloon rising over Martinelli Winery in Windsor, adding to the beauty of the vineyards.

The balloon rising over Martinelli Winery in Windsor, adding to the beauty of the vineyards.

My friend Regina Martinelli’s, of Martinelli Wines, is now emailing me pictures of salvage goods, and telling me that her brothers’ are now hiding their junk all thanks to me!  Yes, I have created a Salvage/DIY monster and I’m proud of it! Not only did my sister Rosanne and I stay on the winery, with amazing sunrises and sunsets, but we walked the working farm and found treasures. If you have never been to their tasting room…you have got to go!

Recognize the cement cylinders? Yep…from laying around on the farm to vases for the holiday…

You learn something new everyday. Both Regina and I thought that this was once outdoor patio tables…but someone just told her that is was the base of an old Royal Windsor Stove! So from stove, to outdoor table to now…a DIY ottoman.

Had a great time with my friend Regina, making two of these. I’ll keep you posted when the Step by Step DIY goes live! Until then, here is a little hint of the final project.

Maple Frosted and Bacon Donut from Taylor Maid Farms in Sebastopol, California. Oooohhh and the vintage reclaimed wood top table, makes for a cool styling prop.

My twin sister, Rosanne, showing you how big that donut really was (yes, we split it).  Travel times two (except when it comes to donuts — then we share :)

Loved the coffee house look at Taylor Maid…especially the hanging light fixtures. That would be a fun DIY.

I don’t even need to say a word do I? Just the name of this quaint, popular restaurant in Healdsburg-SCOPA!

This Salvation Army stop north of Healdsburg, had some great finds. Still can't believe my sister or Regina were not amazed at the price of this sofa and two chair set--$199.00! Can you picture this in a cool hip apartment? I can!

This Salvation Army stop in Lytton Springs, just north of Healdsburg, had some great finds. Still can’t believe my sister or Regina were not amazed at the price of this sofa and two chair set-$199.00! Can you picture this in a hipster apartment? I can!  BTW…My husband’s great, great, great uncle, William Booth, an Englishman, started the Salvation Army in England, in the eighteen hundreds, now it’s worldwide. Cool, right!!!

Double Partners Desk

We drove by this desk sitting on the side of the road for about three days before I finally said- “that’s it — we need to see if they are trying to get rid of it.” We went inside and asked and they said take it — it’s free! We grabbed a truck from the farm and this double sided solid oak partners desk is now cleaned up and going into my friend’s house. Can you believe it! I still can’t. But it’s true — because I remember how heavy it was! This was the find of the entire trip! 

My sister was looking at homes and rentals in Sonoma, so we spent some time in Sebastopol, California. The new hip hangouts, the Goodwill in town, the second hand and vintage shops, are just a few of the reasons, I wanted her to buy a place before we finished our donut and coffee. The entire Sonoma area was beautiful, with history usually just parked in the backyard. I was in heaven!

What till you see what we do with her grandfather’s old lamp shades… till next time from Sonoma…


Ohhhh….The Places We Go!

What a thrilling and world-wind trip out west.  I just want to show a few highlights, some amazing places you have to check out if you are in the area…and a huge thank you to those who invited Susan Teare and I!  My best, Joanne 

The National Kitchen and Bath Association, Northern California Chapter invited Susan and I to give a talk.  We had meet Charlene Rouspil, of Dacor, last year, during our talk at Rejuvenation in Berkeley and she invited us to chat with her association — thanks Charlene. What a great group of people! The meeting was in the new Miele showroom in San Francisco.  Hope to see you all again next year!


Then Susan and I headed up to wine country, Windsor, California, to visit a friend at Martinelli Winery! OMG AMAZING!!

Then Susan and I headed up to Sonoma—WINE COUNTRY.  Here we are in Windsor, California, to visit a friend at Martinelli Winery! OMG…AMAZING!!

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It was truly a special place, and I haven’t felt that relaxed in a while. We are honored to have stayed there. Thank you Regina and Peter!

Thrilled to help with this Renovation Project of this Northern California home. Look at how fabulous it looks on the outside! Now we just have to tweak the inside a bit :)

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The inside — so fun but needs some TLC and updating!

REALLY!! Who was in Piggy Heaven seeing all the cool stuff in this basement? That’s right! ME! Can’t wait to bring some of these vintage family piece out to the light of day for the renovation project!

Then it was back into the city — to the Rejuvenation Store in Berkeley to be exact. Christopher and the whole team made me feel so welcome. Thank you! I love this store — they have some really unique pieces, top of the line new furnishings, lighting to faint over, and some WOW salvaged pieces as well!

Really fun to meet lots of people there, including one of my sister’s dear friends who lives in the area! :)  

If I could have fit this Blue Painted Vintage Counter in my carry one for my flight that was leaving later that day -- I would have. That would make an amazing kitchen island!

If I could have fit this Blue Painted Vintage Counter in my carry-on for my flight that was leaving later that day — I would have. That would make an amazing kitchen island!


Then it was off to Rejuvenation in Portland, Oregon, this one has an entire salvage department, including an outside courtyard filled with goodies.  So fun to give presentations here. Loved the way they set up the space for me -- thanks again Staciy, Karen and the folks at Rejuvenation in Portland.

Then it was off to Rejuvenation in Portland, Oregon. This store has an entire salvage department, including an outside courtyard filled with vintage stuff, antiques and garden goodies. So fun to give presentations here. Loved the way they set up the space for me — thanks again Staciy, Karen and the folks at Rejuvenation in Portland.

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They now have advance copies of my second book --in case you can't wait till May 20th!

They now have advance copies of my second book -in case you can’t wait till May 20th!

Now time for a little R&R and head over to Bend, Oregon with my dearest friend Shannon Quimby, to see another long-time friend, Marty. Of course, Shannon had to introduce me to Joe’s Donut Shop in Sandy, Oregon. Now I dream of the donuts!

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Of course, we had to stop at the ReStore in the town before Bend. If I lived near by — I would have bought a truck load of stuff that day — amazing stuff there!

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At Marty’s house in Bend. Of course, I’m in love with the bird feeder made out of recycled glass bowls — I need to figure that one out!

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Yes… that is really a wild horse along the side of the road, as we drove across the High Desert of Oregon. There were a dozen of them along the drive. I had never seen anything like it. It makes me feel like I’ve gone back in time. 

Back to Portland, I always stop in Wallace Books in South East Portland. They have an amazing collection of second hand books. Now, I only have a few of the vintage Nancy Drew and Hardy Boy books left to find. I know, I could go online and get them…but then that changes the whole thrill of the chase thing for me.

Thank you Tracee, for hosting such a lovely gathering of folks who are in my second book who live in the area.  It was a blast to see everyone again. Tracee's bar is in the book -- as you can see it is filled with salvaged material.

A great night of wine and new friends at Corkscrew Wine Bar. Thank you Tracee… for hosting such a lovely gathering of folks who are in my second book who live in the area. It was a blast to see everyone again. Tracee’s bar is in the book — as you can see it is filled with salvaged material.


Shannon took me to meet Mike, the owner, of Aurora Mills Architectural Salvage. What a nice guy and his shop is filled with top of the line salvage material, furnishings and fixtures — building after building, plus buildings on the east coast and an online shop. Now this is a serious architectural salvage shop. They are listed as one of the resources in the back on my book — so it was great to finally get to visit the shop. Thanks Mike for the great tour!

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What a trip…Big Huge Thank You to everyone who made it so special. I’ll be back!



Phoenix, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Salvage, Vintage, Designers, Artisans, Flea Markets and More!

WOW! What a trip (or two).  Starting on October 24 and ending yesterday November 9th, Susan Teare (the photographer for my books) and I have been traveling the nation, photographing homes and business, doing book signings, talks, visiting fairs and more. On November 1st we landed in Phoenix, then drove to L.A. and then drove to San Francisco/Sausalito-all in 8 days! It was an incredible journey and I want to share some highlights — especially some amazing places to check out and designers to watch for!  We really cannot express our gratitude enough to all the individuals who opened up their homes and hearts — we are truly in awe! (more details below the pictures)

Lights at Sweet Salvage — wanted to take them home so badly!!
The nicest ladies ever! Kim and Katie, owners of Sweet Salvage
A detail in Dana’s garden in Phoenix — I could shop with this lovely lady!
Totem Salvaged-If you haven’t seen Stephanie’s work-you have to check it out!
Rummage Sale at Fairfax High School in Los Angeles, every Sunday!!!! I feel cheated that I didn’t get a whole day there!
At Rejuvenation in Los Angeles (say hi to Doug for me).  Loved this designer, Scott Coppersmith Designs. He uses salvaged wood inside the metal letters-very cool!
PaliHotel — very fun hotel — great coffee shop/cafe hang out spot!
Susan Teare gets her doggy fix :)
Rough Linens — love them!
Rob at Industrie Denim is a great guy! Thanks for putting up with us Rob!
Happy we are not running to another shoot and can enjoy a glass of wine with the homeowner of this amazing cottage, Tricia of Rough Linen.
Susan Teare and I signing books at the Rejuvenation event in Berkeley — what a great store!


“Words with Friends” on my balcony at CASA MADRONA in SAUSALITO
Christopher, Susan, Me, Aaron, Liz and Gordon — You all rock!


Annie’s husband’s boot — a true cowboy-ahhh!

Weather — gorgeous! Food — same local Mexican joint every night!  My visit: Sweet Salvage and say hi to Kim and Katie — they are open only 4 days a month and worth every minute of it — the stuff —I have the shakes just thinking about all the things I wanted to bring home!

Homeowners and designers alike: Renee, Annie, Teresa and Dana — thank you talented ladies -I can’t wait to share your stories and salvage secrets in the next book!

Joel from the Weld House— totally cool stuff — I want one of those tables!!!! What till you see the pictures of you working away — sparks everywhere — YIPPEE!

Who knew you could make so many shapes in milk froth — healthy food every day — weather — perfect!  Fairfax High School rummage sale every Sunday only a block from my hotel and I only had 20 minutes — can you feel my pain??????!!!!!!

Talented folks: Stephanie at TOTEM — you have to check out her stuff!  Jennifer Segal — her style rocks — she is an amazing architect.

Rejuvenation in Culver City — one of the most beautiful stores every — Doug Grooms is the nicest guy — you have to stop and say hello!

What a cool drive (especially without traffic). Roadside Mexican food stand- half way there — does it get any better? Luxury hotel — Casa Madrona — overlooking the bay — I felt like a queen. Tricia Rose, Rough Linen, her cottage over the water, her style, her kindness and of course, her high quality linens — what a day!  Industrie Denim in San Francisco — opened a year ago — the best denim collection — not to mention the nicest manager — Rob!  Bancroft Hotel at Uof C, Berkely — I felt smarter just being there!

Rejuvenation event with Designer’s Market Place and William Sonamo — the highlight!  I had no idea how the event would go- Both Susan and I walked away elated!  Nicest people ever, very enthusiastic about salvage and more to come in the future!!  Yippee!!


P.S. While I was traveling DIY NETWORK sent out an email about a GREAT WREATH RIVALRY CONTEST- Three of my wreaths are in it.  White wire wreath, bicycle rim and picket fence — hope you can take a second and vote for one on pinterest (link is below).  You have a chance to win $100!!!

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