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BOOK REVIEW: Salvage Secrets Design & Decor by Joanne Palmisano
Salvage Secrets Design & Decor shows that helping out the environment does not mean compromising on style. With nearly 300 pages full of beautifully crisp photographs, resources, and design tips, Palmisano’s book offers a wide sampling of the many ingenious ways to repurpose materials and save them from ending up in the rubbish bin. Whereas her first book, Salvage Secrets, tackled the more technical and how-to side of salvage, this book helps guide readers through design decisions with beautifully photographed examples.
From bathrooms to kitchens and chandeliers to countertops, there is a seemingly endless amount of detail and nuance captured in the rich interior photographs that adorn every glossy page. By inviting readers into the homes of DIY artists from all across the country, Palmisano explores the beautiful and limitless possibilities of using reclaimed materials from bedsprings repurposed as candleholders to a shipping container guesthouse. The message is strong: beauty can be found in all salvaged materials, no matter the size.
Palmisano also stresses that one of biggest advantages to using reclaimed materials, aside from saving money, is that one-of-a-kind character that repurposed pieces bring to a home. In addition to explicating the style effects of certain materials, she dedicates a whole section of her book to salvage success stories. In that section, she offers an intimate, behind-the-scenes look at how and why different homeowners decide to use reclaimed materials for their house. A variety of easy DIY projects and a resource section on where to find salvage rounds out the end of the book.
Palmisano’s book is a fantastic introductory guide to salvage that is sure to set the greenest of beginners onto a path of salvage stardom. With a discerning eye and some elbow grease, Salvage Secrets Design & Decor inspires us with the message that there are endless ways to make a unique and earth-friendly home.
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