A Personal Touch In Kitchen Design: Custom Carvings (VIDEO)

A Personal Touch In Kitchen Design: Custom Carvings (VIDEO)

As an award-winning custom interior design firm, Peter Salerno Inc. is dedicated to providing unique creations for each of its valued clients. Much of Peter’s focus is dedicated to personalized luxury – the idea that sometimes luxury isn’t about the price tag, but the level to which a design reflects its owner.

Some great examples of this personalized touch are custom carvings. Designed by Peter Salerno and his team of quality designers, these ideas make their way into the extremely capable hands of Mark Yundt (Peter Salerno Inc.’s master carver) and the rest of the team in their workshop. Custom carvings are a wonderful way to ensure that your home has facets specific to you, your family and your loved ones.

As Peter Salerno himself says in the video below, “I really don’t want to pull something out of a catalog for a client… I want something that is really unique and personalized to them.” Watch how Peter, master carver Mark Yundt and the masterful craftsmen of Peter Salerno Inc. can design custom carvings for your home or office.

From the Peter Salerno Inc. website:

We focus on creating a luxurious and functional space that complements your lifestyle. Whether a kitchen, master bath, or wine cellar, we incorporate your personality, passions, and hobbies into our design to create a finely tailored living space for you and your family.

For more information about Peter Salerno Inc.’s award-winning custom woodwork, cabinets and carvings, please visit the official Peter Salerno Inc. website, call 201.251.6608, or fill out the contact form below.

Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 Top 10 Color Palette: A Home Design Perspective

Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 Top 10 Color Palette: A Home Design Perspective

The Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 Color Trend Report has been released, and it (as always) has a direct effect on every facet of the world of design. Here at Design Your Lifestyle, we’re obviously most interested in how the 10 colors selected in the Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 palette affect the landscape of home design, interior design, and specifically custom kitchen and bath design.

Our first take of the collection was one of pleasant surprise. Traditionally, the autumn and winter seasonal color palette is a bit more staid and reserved, with more neutral tones, deep blues, grays and a hint of color. Not so in 2018! The Fall/Winter 2018 color palette is rich with vibrant colors, some pastels and bold, warm tones. Pantone stated with the release of the Spring 2018 Color Trend Report that 2018 would be more colorful in general; they certainly followed through with their promise here. It’s key to note that Ultra Violet, Pantone’s 2018 Color of the Year, appears in this collection.

In our last article, we covered the smart, versatile Fall/Winter 2018 Classic Colors. It would appear the classic color palette was designed specifically to pair neatly with these 10 tones, as the “mix and match” possibilities are bountiful.

The seasonal Pantone Color Trend Reports are best represented on the runways of Fashion Week and the world’s most notable fashion designers. But how do these 10 colors adapt and translate to the world of home design?

Short answer: some are less adaptable than others. There are easy candidates for home design to spot among the collection (Nebulas Blue, Martini Olive), but how does one integrate colors like Russet Orange or Limelight into the home? (Or should they at all?)

Let’s take a look at the 10 selections in the Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 Color Trend Report and color palette, and offer a quick perspective on where they may fit into a smart home design.

Pantone’s 10 Colors for Fall/Winter 2018

1. Red Pear

Red Pear stunned and invigorated on the runway, but will it do the same for your home? We generally don’t see it as a wall color (perhaps an accent wall?) in most scenarios, but Red Pear certainly brings sophistication and depth to any space. Pair wisely with a very neutral/white tone, and Red Pear may prove to be a real stunner.

Red Pear Pantone Fall/Winter 2018

2. Valiant Poppy

Pantone describes Valiant Poppy as “brave and outgoing”, and we couldn’t say it better. This isn’t a red shade to toy with; Valiant Poppy is not going to shy away and fade into the background of your home’s color scheme. If you desire a bold red space, look no further.

Valiant Poppy Pantone Fall/Winter 2018

3. Nebulas Blue

Perhaps the most versatile of all the Fall/Winter 2018 colors when it comes to home design, we enjoy the richness of Nebulas Blue. It works well as a nautical tone, a bold bright blue, a primary or secondary shade. We’re intrigued by its potential as a complementary tone in a white kitchen or white bath.

Nebulas Blue Pantone Fall/Winter 2018

4. Ceylon Yellow

A mustard yellow with a bit of ‘spice’, Ceylon Yellow is perhaps more versatile than other yellow tones – simply due to the fact it’s not as ‘bright and sunny’. The mixture of yellow-brown mutes the warmth of Ceylon Yellow, allowing it to serve as a secondary, complementary design tone in the proper setting.

Ceylon Yellow Pantone Fall/Winter 2018

5. Martini Olive

If you’re looking for a muted, savvy earth tone, Martini Olive is the kind of green you may like. Use it to evoke an earthy feeling in your space, or to solid effect in a more “sophisticated” bar, office, or lounge.

Martini Olive Pantone Fall/Winter 2018

6. Russet Orange

Here’s the paradox of Russet Orange: we love its bright, sunny disposition and bold orange hue. The same characteristics that make us love it as a color make us wary of it in design. If your space relies on earth tones and wood features, Russet Orange may have some utility in very small doses.

Russet Orange Pantone Fall/Winter 2018

7. Ultra Violet

This bold tone is the Pantone 2018 Color of the Year. Ultra Violet is “a lot of purple” to take in at once, and while it makes a fantastic runway statement as a primary tone, it may not do the same in your home design. Except for rare occasions, Ultra Violet is best utilized as an accent shade.

Ultra Violet Pantone Fall/Winter 2018

8. Crocus Petal

A pastel shade usually reserved for Pantone Spring collections, Crocus Petal is fresh and floral. If you’re looking for a soft touch in your home design, a shade like this one (used properly) can provide comfort and relaxation.

Crocus Petal Pantone Fall/Winter 2018

9. Limelight

Limelight is either the center of attention in your design, or not in your design whatsoever. It’s certainly not for the faint of heart or the conservative designer. If you’re trying to make a statement, Limelight may be the color for you – but proceed with caution.

Limelight Pantone Fall/Winter 2018

10. Quetzal Green

A deep emerald jewel tone reminiscent of recent Pantone selection Arcadia, Quetzal Green trends even closer to blue than past green tones in Pantone color palettes. It’s not an “all-over” shade, but it definitely has use in accents, decor and accessory pieces.

Quetzal Green Pantone Fall/Winter 2018

Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 Classic Colors | HTML, RGB, Hex Values, Decor Ideas

Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 Classic Colors | HTML, RGB, Hex Values, Decor Ideas

Searching for official HTML, RGB and hex values for the Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 Classic Colors, as well as decor ideas for the home? You’ve come to the right place!

From the official Pantone release of the Fall/Winter 2018 Classic Color Palette:

While there is no ‘typical’ anymore, there remains a need for structure and foundation in everyday fashion. Our five core colors, easily worn across the seasons, are more crucial than ever. As ‘trends’ stay relevant longer, and consumers look to add variety through new textures, fabrics and beautiful combinations, these five core shades serve as the critical building blocks for your wardrobe.

While the primary audience of that release is wardrobe and fashion designers, the same core color design principles hold true when developing a world-class custom kitchen, bath, or whole home design. These 5 “classic colors” translate well into home design – especially more traditional, staid kitchen and bath designs.

Let’s take a look at the Classic Colors of Fall/Winter 2018 as named by Pantone: Sargasso Sea, Tofu, Almond Buff, Quiet Gray and Meerkat.

Sargasso Sea: The Depths of Navy Blue

Sargasso Sea was crowned “the staple color” of the neutral set in the Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 collection. An intriguing navy blue that’s dark and deep (like its namesake), Sargasso Sea actually benefits from this depth, becoming easier to pair than most navy tones. While not quite as universal as black or gray, Sargasso Sea approaches that territory far more closely than other blueish neutrals, and increases its versatility. This isn’t an “all-over” wall color by any means, but Sargasso Sea is usable just about anywhere in the home.

Sargasso Sea Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 Classic Color HTML Hex RGB

Tofu: The Off-White of Fall 2018

Off-white hues run the risk of being bland. Tofu’s just curious enough to buck that trend. Are we dealing with an ivory shade? Is the “off-white” note more towards a taupe? Whatever your eye tells you, Tofu is a rich, creamy off-white that attracts the eye. While it’s not a perfect neutral pairing for any primary design color, Tofu does the trick as a primary color itself, particularly in a clean, simple bath design with elegant features and brushed fixtures.

Tofu Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 Classic Color HTML Hex RGB

Almond Buff: The Comfortable Taupe

Almond Buff is a delicious shade of taupe that reminds us a lot of a light cup of breakfast blend coffee – one milk, two sugars, and an inviting aroma. A “natural camel hue with understated appeal” (according to Pantone), Almond Buff is the most “pairable” tan in this season’s collection. Almond Buff is a willing and amenable partner to light and dark shades, looks great against solid white, and fits neatly into the design scheme of a neutrally-based kitchen or bath design.

Almond Buff Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 Classic Color HTML Hex RGB

Quiet Gray: The Muted, Safe Bet

When in doubt, a muted cool gray is a savvy choice for home design in 2018. From backsplashes to kitchen islands, subway tile to bathroom furnishings, Quiet Gray is about as versatile a color as you’ll find in the Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 collection. Try it just about anywhere – in the hands of a world-class designer, it can become a lasting staple of your home’s color scheme.

Quiet Gray Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 Classic Color HTML Hex RGB

Meerkat: The Slightly Audacious Brown

Perhaps the singular smash hit of the Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 Classic Colors on the runway, Meerkat will certainly be in demand in terms of fall fashion. But where is Meerkat’s place in home color design? While it doesn’t appear to be quite the “right brown” for a primary color (especially on walls), Meerkat is a cheeky shade of brown that works well in accessories, decor, and perhaps in wainscoting, chair rails or crown moulding (although it must be paired properly). Have fun playing with this one!

Meerkat Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 Classic Color HTML Hex RGB

 

Honor Through Design | The 9/11 Memorial’s Stunning, Reflective Design

Honor Through Design | The 9/11 Memorial’s Stunning, Reflective Design

Out of chaos and terror, one of the most enduring symbols of America’s freedom, honor and values was born. The National 9/11 Memorial and Museum is a stunning work of art and design, crafted with care and remembrance as a lasting reflection of courage and heroism in the face of unspeakable tragedy.

September 11th Memorial and Museum

The National 9/11 Memorial and Museum sits on approximately half of the sixteen acres where the World Trade Center once stood, on Greenwich Street in Lower Manhattan. Flanked on its four sides by 1 WTC, 2 WTC, 3 WTC, 4 WTC and Liberty Park, the 9/11 Memorial exists to provide a solemn reminder of the past, a way to honor lives lost in the present, and sustainable, green design for the future.

New York - National September 11 Memorial South Pool - April 2012 - 9693C

The 9/11 Memorial’s design was crafted by Michael Arad (architect) and Peter Walker (landscape architect), and chosen out of a pool of over 5,200 entries from designers in 63 nations. Arad and Walker’s design was chosen for its careful blend of sustainable green design, aesthetic beauty, and its capability to properly display and honor the names of those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.

The National 9/11 Memorial is a wonder of sustainable, green design, and remains one of the finest eco-friendly public spaces in the world today. The Memorial Glade, flanked by swamp white oak trees, is a stunning area for reflection and contemplation. The grounds are also sustained by state-of-the-art storm water collection and irrigation systems. From the official 9/11 Memorial website:

Rainwater will be collected in storage tanks below the plaza surface. A majority of the daily and monthly irrigation requirements will be met by the harvested water.

The project is pursuing the Gold certification in the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED for New Construction program. LEED is a third party certification program for green building, design and construction. The plaza is also built to meet requirements of New York State Executive Order 111 and the WTC Sustainable Design Guidelines, which both promote environment-friendly practices.

The Memorial is perhaps most notable for its massive waterfalls and reflecting pools, each sitting in the footprints of the original World Trade Center buildings. The twin reflecting pools sit at the base of the largest man-made waterfalls in North America, and each spans nearly an acre.

Flight 11 section, 9-11 Memorial - Flickr - skinnylawyer

Those familiar with history will remember the “precursor” 1993 attack on the World Trade Center, and the National 9/11 Memorial and Museum’s designers were careful to include the victims of that tragedy in their remembrances. The names of all those lost in the 1993 WTC attack, the 2001 World Trade Center bombing, the attacks in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, and the Pentagon are listed in enduring inscriptions on bronze panels around the edges of the two memorial pools.

Perhaps the most poignant natural feature of the 9/11 Memorial is the Survivor Tree, a Callery pear tree that survived at the site of the 9/11/2001 attack. After being rehabilitated by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, the Survivor Tree was re-planted at the National 9/11 Memorial and Museum, where it stands as a living monument to endurance, life and resolve.

The National 9/11 Memorial and Museum is dependent on your tax-deductible donations. Please consider a donation, a sponsorship of a paver or cobblestone, or any amount you are able to give so that this stunning example of honor and remembrance in design lives on for future generations to visit.

Tesoro 21st Century Classics: Jaw-Dropping Kitchen Design Pictures

Tesoro 21st Century Classics: Jaw-Dropping Kitchen Design Pictures

Traditional luxury will never go out of style. 

A beautiful Peter Salerno Inc. kitchen design. (Credit Peter Rymwid)
A beautiful Peter Salerno Inc. kitchen design. (Credit Peter Rymwid)

That is the thought process behind the Tesoro ™ Collection, a series of traditional kitchen designs that mix old-world design theory and modern technological amenities.

The Tesoro ™ Collection is a trademark of Peter Salerno Inc., the most-award winning custom kitchen and bath design firm of the 21st century.

kitchen design, Peter Salerno Inc. 2017 (Photo: Peter Rymwid)

From the Peter Salerno Inc. website:

About Tesoro ™…

In Italian “tesoro” means “treasure.” When you step into one of our Tesoro™ kitchens, you are stepping into an interactive treasure box created for you by the highest awarded design firm of this century.

Tesoro™ is the best of Classic and Old World design re-imagined for the 21st Century. Tesoro™ features our own moldings, colors, woods, reclaimed tin hoods, and reclaimed tin panels to ensure a truly one-of-a-kind space unequaled in luxury.

The combination of classical and contemporary speaks directly to the three generations of family artisans that comprise the Salerno legacy. Peter Salerno’s father, Rosolino, was a master craftsman and cabinetmaker trained in Sicily. He passed his love of fine craftsmanship on to his son, and Peter’s artistic vision coupled with his father’s “old world” training created a design dynasty.

Peter Salerno's 2014 NKBA Best Kitchen. (Credit Peter Rymwid)

Peter Salerno’s idea behind the Tesoro ™ Collection is simple: classic, beautiful design can be timeless, but functionality of that design needs to remain current. By crafting luxurious traditional kitchen designs around aesthetically beautiful and modern appliances, the Tesoro ™ Collection from Peter Salerno Inc. is something to behold.

Many Tesoro ™ Collection kitchen designs offer custom designed and created hoods made of reclaimed tin ceilings from around the world. Not only does Peter Salerno create a new life from recycled materials, but each pattern comes with a backstory. Some of his patterns have been taken from gas stations on Rt 66, cafes and jazz clubs in New Orleans, and speakeasies owned by Al Capone. These hoods are truly unique and are only available through Peter Salerno Inc.

When Peter Salerno Inc. assures you a kitchen that blends “Old World” design with 21st century innovation, that is precisely what you can expect. Peter Salerno will provide you with a truly innovative and interactive kitchen, complete with ties to the world’s foremost appliance makers and product designers.

Whether your taste is fine marble tile, handcrafted cabinetry, beautiful and cutting-edge appliances, or simply the most luxurious kitchen imaginable, Peter Salerno Inc.’s Tesoro™ kitchen design line will exceed your every expectation.

Peter Salerno's gorgeous French-inspired Princeton kitchen is in his design portfolio

You can see even more examples of Peter Salerno Inc.’s world-class by visiting their Houzz page, logging onto their website, or visiting their Wyckoff, New Jersey showroom.

Transitional Kitchen Luxury | Peter Salerno Inc. Presents Transitions

Transitional Kitchen Luxury | Peter Salerno Inc. Presents Transitions

Transitions™: The Very Best Custom Transitional Kitchen and Bath Designs

Transitional is a style term that’s used too universally these days. It causes many people think of plain, white, simple kitchens and baths – when, in fact, that couldn’t (and shouldn’t) be further from the truth.

Peter Salerno Inc. award winning transitional bath design, 2015. [Photo: Peter Rymwid]

The Peter Salerno Inc. Transitions™ design line breaks down these imaginary walls to create the most current and cutting-edge designs using high-contrast and stainless steel, as well as brand new materials not used by any other North American designers.

Peter Salerno Inc. has won 30 national design awards over the last 12 years, making it the most award-winning North American custom kitchen and bath design firm of this century. As such, Peter Salerno and his team have access to the finest designers, materials, and finishers in the industry.

Express your personality with statement lights for your kitchen island, one of 2015's hot design trends. (Courtesy Peter Salerno, Peter Rymwid)

Transitions™ features Peter Salerno Inc.’s own molding and door styles with a variety of materials such as carbon fiber, various steels and alloys, leather, Kirinite™, exotic woods, as well as our the company’s proprietary materials and finishes developed by its finishers.

With this level of prestige comes a great deal of responsibility. Peter Salerno stays on the cutting edge of 21st century innovation; your custom, one-of-a-kind Transitions™ kitchen or bath design will blend contemporary transitional design elements with the very latest in interactive, user-friendly technology.

Express your personality with statement lights for your kitchen island, one of 2015's hot design trends. (Courtesy Peter Salerno, Peter Rymwid)

Of course, cutting-edge design is nothing if it isn’t personal. Peter Salerno works with every client personally to ensure that every Transitions™ kitchen and/or bath design blends seamlessly with the lives, tastes and personalities of its owner(s).

So what are you waiting for? For more information on your very own Transitions™ kitchen or bath design, contact Peter Salerno Inc. at (201) 251-6608 or fill out the form below!

 

BEFORE & AFTER: Kitchen and Living Room Re-Design Photos

BEFORE & AFTER: Kitchen and Living Room Re-Design Photos

Sometimes, a decent living space can become an outstanding one. It just takes a great custom home design team and a smart re-design concept.

Today, we’re taking a look back at a simple-yet-stunning kitchen and living room re-design effort from Peter Salerno Inc. – the most award-winning North American custom kitchen and bath design firm of the last 15 years.

The home in question had a ton of potential – it simply needed a better floor plan.

With an expert eye and a focus on an open floor plan, better use of ambient light and brighter color scheme – all while maintaining function and ample storage space – Peter Salerno Inc. set to work.

The resulting kitchen design and living room layout prove that strategy and planning matter every bit as much as other steps in your design process.

Let’s take a look at a pair of “before and after” living room and kitchen design photos and see how Peter Salerno Inc. took a good living space and made it a great one!

BEFORE: An awkward recessed “office space” in the living room…

BEFORE: This awkward recessed living space...
BEFORE: This awkward recessed living space…

AFTER: A beautiful wine bar and credenza opens up the floor plan.

AFTER: ...becomes an outstanding storage space, wine bar and credenza.
AFTER: …becomes an outstanding storage space, wine bar and credenza. (Credit: Peter Rymwid)

BEFORE: A spacious but clunky kitchen island and bulky cabinetry…

BEFORE: A diagonally-oriented kitchen island...
BEFORE: A diagonally-oriented kitchen island…

AFTER: A more streamlined cabinet design, custom range hood & intelligent kitchen island opens up the kitchen design.

AFTER: ...is replaced by a smarter island, beautiful range and custom hood. (Credit Peter Rymwid)
AFTER: …is replaced by a smarter island, beautiful range and custom hood. (Credit Peter Rymwid)