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Salvage Secrets

Salvage Secrets

Salvage Secrets

Palmisano, Joanne; Teare, Susan;  
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A striking how-to guide and four-color visual tour presenting design possibilities using a range of salvaged materials.

Sustainability and conservation are buzzwords in the construction and renovation of homes today. It's therefore no surprise that "salvage design"—reusing old building materials and other types of recycled goods—is becoming a popular technique, both for its environmentally friendly functionality and for its unique design aesthetic.

Here is an inspiring, practical guide that is also a striking visual tour of the full range of interior design possibilities incorporating salvaged materials. From using recycled wood as vintage flooring or accent beams to reclaiming stone as a kitchen island or fitting salvaged tiles into a bathroom backsplash, the book covers a range of materials and design concepts for different rooms and supplies technical information about what to keep in mind (size, shape, color, structural needs, etc.), how to use the salvaged materials most effectively, and where to go to find them.

For more information check out the Salvage Secrets blog  to explore the online world of all things salvaged, recycled, upcycled, vintage and reclaimed. 200 full-color photographs and 15 black-and-white drawings

About the Author

Joanne Palmisano is an award-winning designer and marketing consultant for Peregrine Design/Build, and a designer for TruexCullins Architecture and Interior Design in Burlington, Vermont. She is a freelance writer and scouts homes and gardens for stylists for national magazines such as Better Homes and Gardens, Country Gardens, Renovation Style, and Country Living.

Susan Teare, an architectural photographer, lives in Essex Junction, Vermont.


Page after page of beautiful photographs by Susan Teare combined with inspiring design stories illustrates how creative and highly aesthetic the world of salvage architecture and design can be…. Joanne demonstrates throughout her book the ease with which recycling and reuse can be incorporated with function and style. Architects, designers and do-it-yourselfers should all have a copy of this book in their home design library. (New England Home Magazine )

Drawing on her personal experience as well as advice from a posse of experts, Joanne Palmisano shows us that being sensitive to the environment does not mean sacrificing style or good design. Recycled, reclaimed, and salvaged materials and furnishings can be chic, beautiful, and sustainable. Salvage Secrets is a must—an innovative design resource filled with unique and affordable ideas. (Kim Deetjen, ASID, principal, TruexCullins Interiors )

A sustainable builder’s bible... Page after page of homes whose owners have included architectural recycling into their design proves that building from salvage materials can create jaw-dropping beauty and help save our environment at the same time. Salvage Secrets shares everything you need to know about what, how, and where materials can be identified, found, and reused. Not only will this book be a resource for those in the building industry, but inspiration for anybody who believes a hammer and some creativity go hand in hand. (Shannon Quimby, former HGTV designer and salvage design expert ( )

A highly inspiring design book with everything you need to know about integrating recycled, reclaimed, and salvaged materials into your home. Whether you're tackling a small, do-it-yourself project or overhauling your entire house, Joanne Palmisano offers innovative strategies to transform your interior design ideas in both big and small ways with a little salvage creativity. (Karin Lidbeck-Brent, photo stylist, producer, and contributing editor, Renovation Style and Better Homes and Gardens )