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Talking Design with Joanne Palmisano

Joanne Palmisano is an award-winning interior designer, stylist, and author of two internationally acclaimed books, Salvage Secrets, Transforming Reclaimed Materials into Design Concept and Salvage Secrets Design & Décor. She believes that something discarded is simply something not yet found, and she loves merging the worlds of old and new to create stunning one-of-a-kind interiors.

Where do you find your inspiration?

As a designer who specialises in designing with unique salvaged and vintage goods, I usually find my inspiration at an architectural salvage shop or vintage fair, sometimes even the metal scrap yard.

What do you consider to be the most iconic design piece of the past century?

Wow…that’s a tough one. I don’t think there is just one. But the kitchen island is something new to this century… a centre piece for the family to revolve around. I love how creative they can get.

If you could choose any painting to hang on your living room wall, which would it be?

I love muted landscape pictures…so a really great artistic piece that encompasses that would work for me.

What’s your favourite room to decorate?

I have to say the kitchen…The possibilities are endless and you can use functional pieces as part of the décor.

Your favourite colour?

I’m an off-white (cream) girl. Of course, I use all sorts of colour, but I always go back to that as my personal favorite.

A material that you love exploring?

Anything old and reclaimed. The history, texture and depth of these pieces is hard to find elsewhere.

We all love the movies. Do you particularly love the interiors in any movie?

The kitchen in Something’s Gotta Give and the English Cottage in The Holiday are two of my favorite movie spaces.

London, Rome or Chicago?


Marilyn, Audrey or Jackie?


An online store you spend hours at?

Can I call Pinterest an online store?

A décor store you must visit often?

I love checking out Anthropologie stores and the Rejuvenation Stores for both their products and their amazing displays. Totally different looks.

If you were a fly, which designer’s wall would you perch on?

Jessica Helgerson

What’s the favourite space that you’ve designed?

Another tough one…I like them all. I’m going to have to say a recent project which was an old shed in an 1880’s farmhouse turned into an amazing open kitchen.

What’s the easiest way to update a room?

Paints and linens.

The biggest design faux pas a designer can make?

I think this is different for every designer. For me, it is putting a product in that the client wants that I know will not work at all in the space. I try very hard to not let that happen. Communication is key!

What’s the next renovation planned at your home?

Redo the guest Bedroom. It’s starting to look a little boring. Time to change it up!

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