Best Classic Blue Color Palette | PANTONE 2020 Color of the Year

Best Classic Blue Color Palette | PANTONE 2020 Color of the Year

Classic Blue has been announced as the 2020 PANTONE Color of the YearNow that the announcement has been made and initial reactions have been expressed, there’s only one thing left to do… get to designing!

PANTONE 2020 Color of the Year Classic Blue Ponder Palette
PANTONE 2020 Color of the Year Classic Blue Ponder Palette

Classic Blue (PANTONE 19-4052) is steady, reliable & familiar, like an old favorite pair of blue jeans. As we stated in our previous article, the design benefits of a backbone as sturdy as Classic Blue are large. PANTONE is already suggesting color palettes for designing with Classic Blue which are varied and inspiring. It’s a reassurance that a steady base tone can still create audacious, bold color design options.

While some of the more glitzy and non-traditional palettes are grabbing headlines, the most serene Classic Blue color palette may be our favorite. PANTONE crafted the Ponder color palette as a soothing visual trip to the beach, with sand, water & sky permeating the collection. Anchored by 3 quite varied shades of blue (Classic Blue, Baby Blue and Provence), the Ponder palette invites casual daydreaming and calm reflection.

(In particular, we love Provence blue. It’s a gorgeous royal hue which adorns many of Peter Salerno Inc.’s kitchen designs.)

Monument (PANTONE 17-4405) is the anchor of the Ponder palette, the sure-footed gray neutral that keeps it all grounded. It pairs splendidly with all 3 blue hues in this collection (Provence + Monument is a winner).

Peach Quartz, Cornhusk and Stucco remind us of Neapolitan ice cream – a creamy swirl of strawberry, French vanilla & chocolate to keep the Ponder palette playful and appealing.

As PANTONE states in its article regarding Ponder:

The design benefits of a backbone as sturdy as Classic Blue are large. PANTONE is already suggesting color palettes for designing with Classic Blue which are varied and inspiring. It’s a reassurance that a steady base tone can still create audacious, bold color design options. Palettes like Snorkel and Exotic Tastes are proving how bright & diverse designers can be using Classic Blue as a base of reference.

Ponder is available through Pantone Connect for Adobe Creative Cloud.

Ponder: A PANTONE 2020 Color of the Year Palette

Classic Blue (PANTONE 19-4052)

Pantone 2020 Color of the Year Classic Blue

Provence (PANTONE 16-4032)

Pantone 2020 Color Provence

Baby Blue (PANTONE 13-4308)

Pantone 2020 Color Baby Blue

Monument (PANTONE 17-4405)

Pantone 2020 Color Monument

Peach Quartz (PANTONE 13-1125)

Pantone 2020 Color Peach Quartz

Cornhusk (PANTONE 12-0714)

Pantone 2020 Color Cornhusk

Stucco (PANTONE 16-1412)

Pantone 2020 Color Stucco

Classic Blue | The Dependable PANTONE 2020 Color of the Year

Classic Blue | The Dependable PANTONE 2020 Color of the Year

It’s like designing with your favorite old pair of blue jeans: comfortable and reliable. The cool, denim backbone of 2020’s color design palette has been named, & with it comes a world of possibilities.

We’re talking about Classic Blue (PANTONE 19-4052), the official 2020 PANTONE Color of the Year. A truly foundational color, Classic Blue signals a return to security. Comfort. Peace. It’s a shade you know instantly, one that makes you feel good.

PANTONE 2020 Color of the Year Classic Blue

Classic Blue’s not here to set the world on fire. And that’s okay. It doesn’t set out to do so – quite the contrary, the PANTONE 2020 Color of the Year is trying to promote cool, calm waters. Unlike recent Color of the Year selections Living Coral (2019) & Ultra Violet (2018), this blue hue won’t dominate the conversation. It’s about stability.

The design benefits of a backbone as sturdy as Classic Blue are large. PANTONE is already suggesting color palettes for designing with Classic Blue which are varied and inspiring. It’s a reassurance that a steady base tone can still create audacious, bold color design options. Palettes like Snorkel and Exotic Tastes are proving how bright & diverse designers can be using Classic Blue as a base of reference.

PANTONE 2020 Color of the Year Classic Blue Snorkel Palette
PANTONE 2020 Color of the Year Classic Blue Snorkel Palette
PANTONE 2020 Color of the Year Classic Blue Exotic Tastes Palette
PANTONE 2020 Color of the Year Classic Blue Exotic Tastes Palette

From the official PANTONE website, a quote from the PANTONE Color Institute regarding the 2020 Color of the Year:

Imprinted in our psyches as a restful color, PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue brings a sense of peace and tranquility to the human spirit, offering refuge. Aiding concentration and bringing laser like clarity, PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue re-centers our thoughts. A reflective blue tone, Classic Blue fosters resilience.

What do YOU think about Classic Blue’s selection as PANTONE 2020 Color of the Year? Leave us a comment below & let’s interact!

The Only Italian Christmas Cookies Recipe You Need

The Only Italian Christmas Cookies Recipe You Need

When it comes to authentic Italian cooking, you can’t do any better than going to the source itself – an Italian grandma! So it’s no wonder that we love the site Cooking With Nonna, filled with delicious Italian recipes straight from the kitchens of Italian grandmothers.

Cooking With Nonna’s mission is “Sharing Grandma’s Italian recipes with the new generations”, and we love the idea. From appetizers to entrees, lunches to dinners to desserts, the site features some great Italian classics and modern spins on your favorite old-world Italian dishes.

You MUST try this almond coffee Italian Christmas cookie recipe. (Photo credit: Cooking with Nonna)
You MUST try this almond coffee Italian Christmas cookie recipe. (Photo credit: Cooking with Nonna)

Cooking With Nonna is the creation of Rossella and Vito Rago. Rossella travels to the kitchens of grandmothers from all regions of Italy, bringing you the greatest recipes (and secret family recipes!) from all over Italy.

This recipe for Almond Coffee Cookies is one of our all-time favorites, and will be one of the recipes that we use when they make Christmas cookies this year. We’re looking forward to taking it to our parent company Peter Salerno Inc.’s flagship showroom and making another batch myself!

Try it out for yourself, and see how these amazing flavors combine in your mouth for a beautiful Italian holiday dessert experience.

Italian Christmas Cookie Recipe: Almond Coffee Cookies (from Cooking With Nonna)

Ingredients:

  • 1 Lb Almonds
  • 1/2 Lb Sugar
  • Zest of 2 medium lemons
  • 3 Egg whites
  • 1 Tbs Espresso Ground Coffee
  • 2 Tbs Unsweetened Cocoa powder
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar for glazing (put it in a flat plate for rolling)
  • 50 Whole coffee beans

Preparation:

  • To prepare the paste, boil the almonds and remove the peel. Once they are cold and somewhat dry, put them in a food processor or a blender and chop them finely.
  • Put the chopped almonds in a bowl, add the zest of the two lemons, the sugar, the ground coffee and the cocoa powder.  Mix everything very well.
  • Add the egg whites and mix until the egg whites dilute the sugar and the mixture becomes a paste.
  • Take a lump of mixture in your hand, roll it into a ball the size slightly smaller than a golf ball.
  • Roll the ball completely into the sugar and place it on a baking sheet.
  • Slightly insert a coffee bean on top of each cookie.
  • Roll all your cookies and bake them for 30 mins. at 350F.

See more by clicking on this link and visiting Cooking With Nonna!

Thanksgiving | Using Gratitude as Design Inspiration

Thanksgiving | Using Gratitude as Design Inspiration

There’s nothing more beautiful than gratitude. 

The spirit generated by Thanksgiving is such an inspiration for us at Design Your Lifestyle. It’s a design outlook fostered by our parent company, Peter Salerno Inc, – their focus on “personalized luxury” is rooted in gratitude in two ways.

The first is peter’s gratitude to his clients – for their trust, their business & their openness. “the creative process starts and ends with the client,” Peter explains. “Our design has to reflect their lives and what is important to them.”

Thanksgiving photos with Peter Salerno and Peter Salerno Inc.
Thanksgiving photos with Peter Salerno and Peter Salerno Inc.

It’s that attitude which informs Peter’s second commitment to gratitude in design – personalization through passion. It’s that way of thinking that motivates Peter to take “the deep dives” into clients’ lives & turn individual details into one-of-a-kind design elements. From birthday month flowers painted & carved into custom cabinetry to family emblems and monograms incorporated into design elements, it’s personalized luxury that turns ordinary into extraordinary design,

Gratitude extends outward from clients to community. Honor for the great architecture, culture & history only serves to strengthen Peter Salerno’s commitment to gratitude as a design inspiration. Reverence for classic American construction leads Peter to salvage tin from Route 66. Honor for his father’s Sicilian craftsmanship informs the Maestro Rosolino line of cabinetry. the desire to keep elements of classic architecture alive brought wooden beams from NYC’s St. Patrick’s Orphanage into a stellar transitional kitchen design earlier this year.

Peter Salerno and reclaimed wood beams from St. Patrick's Orphanage, NYC.
Peter Salerno and reclaimed wood beams from St. Patrick’s Orphanage, NYC.
Peter Salerno Inc.'s reclaimed wood beams in transitional kitchen design, 2019.
Peter Salerno Inc.’s reclaimed wood beams in transitional kitchen design, 2019.

This Thanksgiving, how will YOU turn gratitude into inspiration? What are you thankful for, and how will those things inform your design choices in the future? We would love to hear from you in the comments section below. Happy Thanksgiving!

Small Business Saturday: Your Shopping Guide to Bergen County, NJ

Small Business Saturday: Your Shopping Guide to Bergen County, NJ

Avoid the madness of Black Friday this year – there are amazing deals and incredible products available to you right in your backyard!

Saturday, November 30, 2019 is Small Business Saturday – the day when brick-and-mortar local businesses encourage you to get out and shop in your area’s finest small businesses. Lest you think that Small Business Saturday is a “small fry event”, think again! 2019 marks the 10th annual Small Business Saturday, and is observed nationwide by the great small businesses that make America strong!

Design Your Lifestyle is based in northern New Jersey, one of America’s true hotbeds of thriving small business. While many associate our area with malls and large commerce centers, northern New Jersey’s backbone is truly its small businesses.

We love Bergen County, New Jersey’s gorgeous main street and downtown shopping areas, which offer fantastic Small Business Saturday escapes from overcrowded malls and “big business” storefronts. From Wyckoff to Westwood, Ridgewood to hidden gems along Routes 4 and 17, Bergen County offers a plethora of amazing shopping options this Small Business Saturday!

Here are a few of our personal favorite “hidden gems” for you to check out on November 30th, as Small Business Saturday returns to Bergen County!

Small Business Saturday: Bergen County, NJ Shopping

1. Peter Salerno Inc. Home Design Shops (511 Goffle Road, Wyckoff, NJ)

Anchored by a showroom that 201 Magazine called “a wonderland under one roof”, this 3-shop design storefront is a must-visit for anyone considering a new home, home remodel, or update to their custom kitchen or bath design. Located just off Routes 208 and 4 in Wyckoff, NJ, the Peter Salerno Inc. Home Design Shops are an all-in-one center for home design enthusiasts.

511 Goffle Road, Wyckoff, NJ: A home design paradise!
Peter Salerno Inc. Home Design Shops, in beautiful Wyckoff, NJ!

The journey begins at Peter Salerno Inc., winner of the most national design awards since 2002. Peter and his team specialize in custom kitchen and bath design, ranging from classic to contemporary, traditional to transitional. The gorgeous showroom (winner of KBIS’ Most Innovative Showroom award) features kitchen, bath and bar designs. Peter Salerno Inc. also specializes in lounges, wine cellars, and “man caves” for the most discerning of customers.

Adjacent to Peter Salerno Inc.’s showroom are Stratta, the Tile Boutique and Oberg & Lindquist. Stratta is a jaw-dropping center for amazing artisan tile, ranging from fine marble to quirky art pieces to the latest in “green” tile (cork, faux wood, etc.). Oberg & Lindquist is a one-stop small business destination for home appliances, including some of the finest names in the industry – Wolf, Sub-Zero, Miele and more.

2. B. Witching Bath Co. (11 S. Broad St., Ridgewood, NJ)

A fine escape from the big business bath companies, B. Witching Bath Co. is a great find in the heart of downtown Ridgewood. From soaps to lotions, oils to soaks, the product assortment at B. Witching is alluring and high-quality.

Stemming from a 40-year family tradition of fine handmade bath products, B. Witching Bath Co.’s products “are uniquely formulated with the finest therapeutic botanicals, wholesome ingredients, essential oils and minimal preservatives”. Each batch of their products are crafted to high standards on an individual basis.

For the guys out there who often find themselves at a loss in big bath care stores, fear not! We love B. Witching’s efforts to invite men into their store with fine products designed “for him” as well.

3. Serene Spa & Boutique (288 Center Ave., Westwood, NJ)

A walk through the charming downtown center of Westwood brings you to Serene, a quaint spa and boutique with a natural vibe. The name “Serene” is indicative of the feeling you get upon entering the storefront, as customers find its atmosphere relaxing and peaceful.

Serene Spa and Boutique, Westwood, NJ.
Serene Spa and Boutique, Westwood, NJ.

Serene offers a wide array of products, from clothing to skin care. Need a break from the stressful rush of holiday shopping? Serene also offers a litany of fairly priced health options – from massage to waxing, Reiki massage to skin care.

The Serene boutique also offers the added bonus of some very unique jewelry options! If you’re a lover of baubles and bangles, bracelets and necklaces, then make sure you stop by for a fine small business option for your jewelry needs.

4. Caffe Anello and Sogno Coffee (425-429 Broadway, Westwood, NJ)

Of course, all this Small Business Saturday shopping is bound to make you hungry! Our favorite local haunt for a unique bite to eat and a world-class cup of coffee is Sogno Coffee – conveniently, just a short walk away from Serene Spa & Boutique in the heart of Westwood.

You’ll visit Sogno Coffee for its magnificent coffee and beverage selection, including espresso, macchiato, cappuccino and some fantastic hot chocolates. You’ll stay for their assortment of freshly made crepes, available in both Sweet and Savory options. We highly recommend the simple delight of the Fourth Avenue, a handmade crepe made fresh and served with lemon juice, honey, sugar and butter.

If you need a little more nourishment, the double storefront also features Caffe Anello, a tremendous sit-down restaurant you’ll visit over and over again!

Color Design For Foodies | This Season’s ‘Yummiest’ Trendy Kitchen Colors

Color Design For Foodies | This Season’s ‘Yummiest’ Trendy Kitchen Colors

When PANTONE draws inspiration from food to name a color, it likely belongs in a kitchen design. PANTONE’s renowned Color Matching System is the gold standard of color design schemes for home designers, textile designers, industrial designers, fabric designers & clothiers. the ability to transition a PANTONE color across media (cloth to paper to online to plastic & more) is unparalleled.

With endless color possibilities in the ever-expanding PANTONE universe, where do you even begin to find the perfect colors for your updated kitchen design? We love taking cues from the names PANTONE gives to its colors. When a PANTONE shade’s name reflects something found in your kitchen or pantry, our “spidey senses” go off!

Maybe it’s a simple case of the power of suggestion, but we know the team at PANTONE as a group which acts with purpose. So if we have a choice for a neutral color for our kitchen… well, we’re going to consider Sugar Almond a bit more strongly than Warm Sand.

(Sorry, Warm Sand – you just don’t sound quite as delicious!)

There’s an abundance if trending PANTONE colors with food-inspired names lately, so why don’t we draw a bit of kitchen design inspiration?

Here’s our selection of 8 trendy PANTONE colors with names foodies will love. See if you get inspired to use one (or more) of them in your kitchen!

8 Kitchen Design Colors For Trendy Food Lovers

Rocky Road: a dark brown earthy neutral & sturdy ‘backbone’ color

PANTONE Autumn/Winter 2019 Rocky Road

Guacamole: the splash of green in your leafy, plant-laden design

Guacamole (PANTONE 17-0530)

Dark Cheddar: a zesty pop of accent color – more accessory than focus

PANTONE Autumn 2019 Color Dark Cheddar

Pancake Batter: a warm, sugary-sweet off-white rooted in golden yellow

PANTONE Polyester Standards

Chili Pepper: a spicy hot red – handle with care to succeed!

PANTONE Autumn 2019 Color Chili Pepper

Peach Pink: a gorgeous blush tone for a summery beach kitchen

PANTONE Autumn 2019 Color Peach Pink

Sugar Almond: the warm mid-tone brown neutral coveted by trendy designers

PANTONE Autumn/Winter 2019 Sugar Almond

Coconut Milk: a creamy, comforting white that provides balance for an inviting kitchen space

PANTONE white color Coconut Milk

Which of these PANTONE colors is your favorite? Connect with us!

This World-Class Miele Transitional Kitchen Display Still Turns Heads

This World-Class Miele Transitional Kitchen Display Still Turns Heads

It’s been 4 years since Peter Salerno Inc. & Miele USA teamed up to create a game-changing transitional kitchen design, and it still turns heads.

The new Peter Salerno Inc. showroom vignette. Pictured: Peter Salerno, Bob Fava, Paul McCormack and Dan Gallagher.
The new Peter Salerno Inc. showroom vignette. Pictured: Peter Salerno, Bob Fava, Paul McCormack and Dan Gallagher.

On Wednesday, November 4, 2015, Peter Salerno Inc. proudly held a debut celebration for its new transitional kitchen showroom display at its gorgeous Wyckoff, NJ showroom. The event was attended by a “who’s who” of the kitchen design, appliance and custom design world.

The transitional kitchen vignette is not only a showcase of Peter Salerno Inc.’s award-winning transitional kitchen design efforts, but of the new, state-of-the-art Miele kitchen appliance line. It is with great pride and excitement that Peter Salerno Inc. and Miele USA share exclusive design photos and information with you!

Peter Salerno Inc. and Miele Transitional Kitchen Design

Peter Salerno (center) and Miele USA representatives admiring the custom kitchen island.
Peter Salerno (center) and Miele USA representatives admiring the custom kitchen island.

The Island

The centerpiece of the new transitional kitchen display is a stunning kitchen island, topped with a beautiful counter designed by Galaxy Glass. The thick glass slab is embedded with stainless steel mesh for a gorgeous, clean transitional design feel, and allows the user to opt between a soft white light or color wheel display option.

The kitchen island affords comfortable seating for three on one side and is adorned by statement globe lighting which hangs from the recessed ceiling. The recessed ceiling itself is a beautiful 9-panel design painstakingly decorated with silver leaf, and features seamless custom edge moulding.

The base of the island is an ivory white custom piece by Peter Salerno Inc., featuring the astounding Knock2Open Miele Dishwasher. Simply knock, and the dishwasher automatically opens for you – no fussy latches or slamming doors! The base also includes custom cabinetry work from Peter Salerno Inc.’s Maestro Rosolino line.

The Flooring

The flooring is a beautiful, durable faux-wood concrete which was voted on by you, the readers of Peter Salerno Inc.’s official blog. Wonderful job!

The Backsplash

The backsplash, provided by the world-class artists at Stratta, the Tile Boutique, was also voted on by readers of this blog. A seamless design that appears to be one solid pre-fab piece, it is actually comprised of over 250 meticulously set tiles.

The Salerno family celebrates the new transitional kitchen showroom vignette.
The Salerno family celebrates the new transitional kitchen showroom vignette.

The Feature Wall

In front of the backsplash, 4 glass shelves are mounted in front of LED lighting, which presents the illusion of pure white light streaming from within the shelves. A bold stainless steel range hood design was custom-designed by Peter Salerno Inc. and crafted especially for this transitional kitchen display by the artisans at Rangecraft.

The custom ivory white Maestro Rosolino cabinetry features over a dozen drawers. 6 drawers are push-to-open (to complement the Knock2Open Miele Dishwasher), with 2 more “hidden drawers” which border the Miele range in the form of moulding columns.

The Miele 48″ range and cooktop itself is a wonder of modern technology. It features a conventional range, warming drawer and storage unit, as well as a 6-burner cooktop. The range features a wireless roast probe which communicates directly with the oven. For example, if you want to cook a tenderloin to an internal temperature of 135 degrees Fahrenheit, simply turn on the oven and set the roast probe to 135. When the internal temperature of the tenderloin reaches the desired temperature, the oven will automatically shut off and alert the user that the roast is ready!

From bread to roasts, sear to bake, the Miele oven features hundreds of customizable settings to suit the needs of every chef, from amateur to professional. The 48″ Miele range also features a built-in speed oven which eliminates the need for a microwave.

The feature wall also includes a new Miele coffee maker that must be experienced to be believed! Below the coffee maker is a combination steam oven which allows user to stack cooking programs and save cooking recipes beforehand, where the user can seamlessly go in and out of cooking and steam functions or even use those functions in conjunction with each other. The combination steam oven also allows user to control the percentage of steam from 0-100% which is unique to Miele.

Each of the Miele appliances showcased in this transitional kitchen design vignette is constructed with the same look and feel- from the construction and materials to the display and functionality. Every detail is methodically crafted to provide a seamless user experience.

Visit the Peter Salerno Inc. Showroom!

We invite you to come see this stunning transitional kitchen design display for yourself at the Peter Salerno Inc. showroom, located at 511 Goffle Road, Wyckoff, New Jersey. Thank you to Miele USA for its unwavering support and partnership, and Andrew Bisdale Photography for the exclusive photography!