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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company (September 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393733394
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393733396
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 8.6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #604,639 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“[T]he ultimate guide to getting started…When you finish the book, you'll be armed and ready to search for your own trash-to-treasure find.” (HGTV's "Design Happens" blog)

“[A]n invaluable first step in the salvage-for-design journey.” (Fine Homebuilding)

“Even if you’re a permanent fixture at your local salvage shop, this book is worth a look for the envy-inducing design ideas alone.” (Old House Journal)

“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)

“It is an ideal book for anyone considering salvage in design.... Often books on design are either practical and plain or only full of photographs with little guidance on how to create the same look in one’s own home. Salvage Secrets by Joanne Palmisano, with photographs by Susan Teare manages to be a design book with both.” (Portland Book Review)

“Palmisano presents a thorough introduction to the world of salvage design, with just enough practical information to get even a beginner started. Dozens of color photos of interiors that include reclaimed elements help bring the author’s points to life…. Armed with ideas from the book and some great places to shop (or sift through), you’re well on your way to creating a unique, comfortable, earth-friendly home.” (SuCasa Magazine)

“If you are looking for a holiday gift for your favorite thrifter/do-it-yourselfer, this book is a must. It features hundreds of pages of repurposing inspiration.” (Goodwill Industries of Northern New England)

“[I]nspiring ideas for anyone planning on using salvaged materials in their own home.” (Scotland on Sunday, Style Bible (UK))

“In this age of recycling and conservation, it makes sense to use our creativity to find new ways of using what once would have been discarded without a second thought. Replete with appealing photos by Susan Teare, this is a visually attractive manual on how to turn someone else’s junk into our treasures.” (Woman Around Town)

“[O]ffers a wealth of ideas for using old objects and materials in new ways.... [S]hows the wide range of salvageable material available and what to do with it.” (Eye on Design by Dan Gregory blog)

“I was hooked immediately…Salvage Secrets kept me glued to every page…I do believe the secret is out: salvage is spectacular, in so many ways...and so is Salvage Secrets.” (Skaie Knox - DiggersList.com)

“I'd like to introduce you to your new best friend: Salvage Secrets. (It) goes beyond just idea inspiration. It provides a thorough examination of the materials one can salvage (wood, glass, metal, stone and lighting) then breaks down the questions to ask (both yourself and the professional you're working with) to ensure that you get the right materials for your project.” (SalvagedGrace.com)

“[A] great resource for professional or amateur designers who have a resourceful, green approach to design projects.... I would definitely recommend picking it up if you can!” (Apartment Therapy)

“Joanne Palmisano's new book, Salvage Secrets, shares sources, tips, and hundreds of beautiful photos of homes that have used salvaged materials in their renovations.... [L]earn more about how you can beautifully and elegantly incorporate salvage work into your home's renovation or everyday décor.” (casasugar)

“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 (www.shannonquimby.com))

“[G]oes beyond the usual applications. . . .From where salvaged materials can be used in a modern home to making them into unique designs, a 'must' for any home and garden or interior design library.” (Midwest Book Review)

“I wish I had read Salvage Secrets before undertaking a huge renovation project recently on our family home. I suppose I had heard of architectural salvage before, but I thought it was something only designers did, something much too complicated for us regular folk.” (Life@Home (Timesunion.com))

“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)

“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)

About the Author

Joanne Palmisano is an award-winning interior designer, a stylist for national magazines and catalogs, and author of the acclaimed book, Salvage Secrets, Transforming Reclaimed Materials into Design Concepts. She is a regular contributing designer for DIY Network, including an eight-part video series on salvage design. She also writes for William Sonoma's blog, Cultivate and presents across the nation on how to design with salvage. Visit her at salvagesecretsblog.com.

Susan Teare is an architectural and landscape design photographer whose work has been featured in numerous publications, including Fine Homebuilding, This Old House, Better Homes and Gardens, and Design New England, as well as in ABC’s Extreme Makeover—Home Edition.

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Customer Reviews

This book was given to me by a friend and I can't put it down!
Mendy Andresen
Congratulations on unique ideas and the interesting content of the book.
Betsy G
We will definitely be using this book when we renovate our house.
M Howard

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By rosie on October 10, 2011
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I love how this book shows that salvage can fit into an style....country, glamourous, modern, chic, cottage, etc. It's amazing how being green can give your home something no one else has and makes it that extra special. I love to tell stories about my design and decorating it gives my house so much more than just "and this is my white tile"... now I can say "this is my handmade white tile that I salvaged from a left over winery build". I'm now hooked on the salvage secrets blog...I'm going to give the wood headboard a try. [...]
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By aminla on January 29, 2012
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This book was a quick read with lots of good photo examples (albeit some were used repeatedly) showcasing successful home designs which incorporate salvaged materials. Whereas this book chronicles & devotes an entire chapter to a variety of materials (wood, metal, stone, glass, etc.), plus offers a resource listing in the back, it really is geared towards an absolute beginner at using salvaged materials.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Clark on September 25, 2011
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Beautiful book with fun ideas. As one of the artisan businesses whose products and designs were highlighted (Eleek, Inc. in Portland OR), I'm disappointed that the book doesn't credit the artisans or instruct readers on who to contact to have similar work done. There is a resource section buried in the back but it doesn't tell you who made what--kind of frustrating if you were hoping for this to be a reference to doing actual work rather than just a "dream book." Still it's a beautiful book and a great first effort from this author. I look forward to seeing what she does next!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sandra Nickel on May 21, 2013
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Had expected this volume to be filled with ideas for reusing discarded items in decorating. Instead it is dedicated to repurposing not things but materials. Good ideas but just not what I had expected.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SWW on May 16, 2013
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I had big expectations about this book and was disappointed when it arrived. First of all it is tiny and the text even more tiny. And, the ideas are so mainstream there is no secret to it! Very disappointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Hack on September 30, 2011
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What a great book!! I literally picked it up with only a few minutes to spare and couldn't stop turning the pages. As someone who is always trying out my own ideas I was pleasantly surprised by all the new ideas!! This is a great book for any designer or Do-it-yourself fan, I can't wait to gift it this holiday season!!
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By Fonfara on July 15, 2014
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Joanne has a good eye and creative ideas. Glad I picked it up.
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By EA Beck on July 6, 2014
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Great ideas. While not many may be directly applicable - I have started to think about transforming old things into something new - and this sparks new ideas.
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