Dec 20, 2012

Happy Holidays!

Wishing for snow, good cheer and peace.  Thanks and cheers to all from Susan, Toni and Lindsay.  (Photo:  Design by Conner and Buck)

Nov 13, 2012

Photos from 2012

The picture above was taken on the Jersey Shore 8 days before Hurricane Sandy hit while I was photographing a seaside home.

Every Nov. after the clocks turn back and the leaves have fallen, I catch my breath and look back on a year of taking photos throughout each season.  Over the next 30 to 40 days, I am going to share with you my favorite images.  Many thanks and cheers!

Cheers to the great women I work with!

Toni (left), Lindsay (right) and I are here taking a break from one of our last days in the busy fall season.  Thanks for staying updated with our work.  We have some photos to share with you from 2012.  Stay tuned!

Nov 4, 2012

Inspiration today shooting for Salvage Secrets 2

Joanne and I are in Venice Beach, CA shooting for the new book.  We are seeing many new ideas and inspirational designs!

Archdaily features McLeod Kredell Architects

On a gorgeous fall day in late Sept., We started at sunrise and photographed McLeod Kredell Architects' Foote Farm house.  It was a fun day with great team effort!  To see more photos and read about the project, go to Archdaily.

Oct 17, 2012

This Old House Magazine

Joanne Palmisano and I had fun last fall styling and shooting two before and after kitchen stories for the current October issue of This Old house.  We'll keep you posted on when the next one comes out!


Oct 11, 2012

Sarah Zobel, Writer and Editor launches new website

Fall has been beautiful once again in Vermont.  I will be sharing more photos from the year as soon as the fall season winds down.  Sarah Zobel, a dear friend and talented writer/editor, has been one of the many great people I have had the pleasure of working with over the years.  We also stand on the sidelines many days watching our kids play various sports together.  See Sarah's new website designed by the very wonderful Tom Waters.

Aug 6, 2012

Today's projects on The DIY Network by Joanne Palmisano

It's always fun shooting with Joanne Palmisano, author of Salvage Secrets.  Today we brought some dog models in for the next set of great ideas for DIY by Joanne.  Last month we shot dressers and rugs.  Take a look at those projects today that just went live to see the how-to steps and inspiring transformations.

Jul 3, 2012

Shooting for the new Salvage Secrets book has us going coast to coast!

This week, Joanne and I worked with some very talented people in MA in homes with views of the ocean, sail boats and American flags flying everywhere.  Next week takes us back to the coast of OR to shoot houses filled with new and exciting ideas on how use salvage. 

A Sanctuary for Every Season

"A couple designs a peaceful retreat with thoughtful, sustainable materials and spiritual spaces in which to meditate...". This recent HOUZZ Tour  was written by Joanne Palmisano and designed by The Cushman Design Group.


Jun 24, 2012

Featured in Today's Boston Globe Magazine...

" A 12-sided, Vermont vacation home with lovely mountain vistas taking its cues from shaker barns", designed by The Cushman Design Group.  An interview with architect and project manager, Andrew Volansky describes the building of this new home after a devastating fire. 

Jun 17, 2012

Joanne's DIY videos go live!

Learn how to give a facelift to an old fireplace, make your own beautiful dining room table with salvage pieces, create a bathroom vanity and re-do your mudroom.  Photographing the finished projects with Joanne was a lot of fun!  Sit back with a good cup of coffee and be inspired to do some new things at your own house.  Click here to watch the first four of eight videos.


Jun 11, 2012

Business, Marketing and Sales Strategies: Professional Photographer Magazine

I also had some fun talking about the business side of doing photography.

You can see the article in full here: Profit Center


Professional Photographer Magazine: Drawn to Light

Thanks to the great people at Professional Photographer Magazine.  Lorna Gentry, the writer, did a great job telling my story.

You can read and view the full article here: Drawn To Light


May 1, 2012

Salvage Secrets Book Signing Wed. May 9th at Rejuvenation in Portland, OR with Joanne Palmisano!

"Salvage Secrets author, stylist, and Rejuvenation guest blogger Joanne Palmisano will be visiting our Portland store on May 9. She’ll share her expertise about how to find and transform reclaimed materials into high-style designs. Joanne will also give us the inside scoop on some of her latest projects for This Old House Magazine and, and sign copies of her book."

Apr 16, 2012

A place to stay in Stowe

Snow or no snow, this beautiful and comfortable property is a great place to rent if you are thinking about coming up north to see Vermont.  I will be taking more photos this summer when the leaves are out and the mountains are green again.


Mar 29, 2012

Sconces and Pendants featured in Vermont Cabin Article

This interesting blog post also talks about combining new and old materials.  The cabin was designed by Joan Heaton and built by Silver Maple Construction.

"The cabin is of new construction although we used some salvaged materials,” explains architect Joan Heaton. The project presented a host of hurdles including a tight budget and a desire for eco-friendly building practices. And, by the way, there’s no road, just a winding wooded path and a footbridge over a river so all materials had to be hand-carried to the site. 


Mar 26, 2012

Rejuvenation and Joanne!

Dresser Reborn:  A Fairy Tale by Joanne Palmisano

"Our friend Joanne Palmisano, author of Salvage Secrets, called me a few weeks ago to ask about our glass knobs and pulls for a DIY project she was planning. When she explained she was turning a dated dresser into a dazzling nightstand/make-up station, I asked her to share it with you all via guest blog post. Enjoy!"

New England Home Design Blog

The following blog is written by my dear friend, Karin!

Notes from the Field: Standout Kitchens:

 By Karin Lidbeck Brent

"I have had the good fortune to style hundreds of stunning kitchens. Because I am enthralled by the incredible diversity of kitchen styles and designs that I encounter, my job never grows old. I am always reminded that the world of designing kitchens requires great skill and creativity."



Mar 24, 2012

Summer Gardens

Spring has arrived early in Vermont and I have been out shooting crocus and daffodils.  This photo is a favorite of mine taken on a summer shoot for Distinctive Landscaping


Mar 22, 2012

Recent Work in the 2012 Spring Issue of the Best of Burlington Magazine

The Cushman Design Group and Cynthia Knauf Landscape Design Inc. are featured in the TREND WATCH  Homeowner's Guide:  Build, Remodel and Decorate.  With all of the recent warm weather, I am thinking about flowers.


Mar 21, 2012

Modern Cabin featured on

Here's another great project that I had the honor of shooting with Architect Joan Heaton.


Architectural Salvage Stakes a Claim - Feature! featured some of my work in their Daily Feature: Architectural Salvage Stakes a Claim. I received this nice note from them.

"I wanted to personally thank you for being a part of the community, and let you know that your work was hand-picked by one of our writers for a featured Ideabook on the homepage of the site!"

Visit their site or preview the feature here.


Headboard Projects Featured on DIY Network

More of my collaboration with Joanne Palmisano on projects for the DIY Network. These photos appear in online in the "Budget Decorating Projects" area for the DIY Network. Great projects and really fun to shoot.


Cozy Vermont Cabin Ideabook, Featured Today on Houzz

My friend, Joanne Palmisano over at the Salvage Secrets Blog, posted this today: Please visit her blog for more detail.... including a link to the Featured Idea Book on for this project I photographed.

"As a monthly contributor to, it was my honor and pleasure to interview the architect, builder and homeowner of this gorgeous Vermont cabin. I love the fact that everything was carried over a pedestrian bridge. Check out the article which is today's FEATURED IDEABOOK on "

This project was designed by Architect Joan Heaton and built by Silver Maple Construction.

Feb 24, 2012

More Exposure for Salvage Secrets

SuCasa, the Southwestern Homes magazine, is the latest to feature a piece on Salvage Secrets, the book by author Joanne Palmisano on how to design using salvage materials.

Salvage Secrets in Bedrooms & Baths Magazine

Salvage Secrets continues to make appearances in publications. This time its "Bedrooms & Baths" spring 2012 issue. Salvage Secrets is the book by author Joanne Palmisano, filled with great ideas for using salvaged materials in design projects.

7 Budget Backsplash Projects On DIY Network

Fabulous ideas from Joanne Palmisano, author of Salvage Secrets.
"We did one backsplash seven different ways — all easy, all cheap and all can be removed in a matter of minutes, which makes them perfect for renters or anyone looking to change their kitchen decor."
Visit the DIY Network page to view them all.

Notes from the Field: Home and Hearth

Working with Karin Lidbeck again to talk about great ways to stay warm and cozy in the winter. This blog post appears in the New England Home Design Blog.
Architect: John McLeod, McLeod Kredell Architects
Builder: Northern Timbers Construction

Photos Included In Two New Publications From Creative Homeowner

Creative Homeowner used photos for Pools and Spas and Ceramic & Stone Tiling.
Above is one of the photos featured in the Tiling book.
Architect: Gregor Masefield with Studio III  Architects.
Builder: Silver Maple Construction

Built-Ins Idea Book by Taunton Press

I had a great opportunity to work with author Joanne Kellar Bouknight on this beautiful book. It is full of great ideas and photos. I highly recommend getting it today!


Project Featured On

Architect: Pill-Maharam Architects
Builder: Conner & Buck Design Build Contractors

Jan 10, 2012

New England Home Magazine Winter Retreats

by The Cushman Design Group
I worked with my dear friend, Karin Lidbeck with New England Home Magazine contributing photos to her blog post about great places to visit during the winter months.