A Salute to Military Veterans & Service on Memorial Day | Peter Salerno’s Navy Roots

A Salute to Military Veterans & Service on Memorial Day | Peter Salerno’s Navy Roots

Peter Salerno and his team see Memorial Day as more than a time to celebrate, barbecue and enjoy the company of loved ones. It is a holiday to pause and remember the brave men and women of the United States Military, especially those who sacrificed their lives to protect the liberty, safety and future of the nation in which we are fortunate to live.

One of the most poignant and moving tribute videos we watched this Memorial Day weekend was uploaded to YouTube courtesy of Steve Strauss. A simple and impactful short film, Mr. Strauss’s video encapsulates all the things that make Memorial Day so important: sacrifice, liberty, patriotism, honor, duty and country.

Peter Salerno has been celebrated for his world-class custom kitchen and bath designs for decades. But nothing will ever replace the sense of personal pride and honor Peter feels as a veteran of the United States Navy, graduating from The Citadel and serving his commitment to the U.S. Navy in a tour of Europe and Western Asia. Peter proudly served as a Lieutenant in the United States Navy with the 6 Fleet on the U.S.S. Puget Sound, stationed out of Gaeta, Italy.

Much of Peter Salerno’s worldly sense of design was formed during his Naval commitment, especially during his time of service in Italy. Upon his return, Peter grew to become one of the most influential custom kitchen and bath designers in the world – but he also returned with a heightened sense of pride, honor, and commitment to this country and its veterans.

Peter Salerno, during his service in the U.S. Navy. Happy Memorial Day!
Peter Salerno (right), during his service in the U.S. Navy. Happy Memorial Day!

This Memorial Day, think about the military heroes and veterans in your life. How have you honored their service and sacrifice? What can you do to ensure their legacies are remembered? It is our civic duty to these brave servicemen and women that we take a moment each Memorial Day (and each day in general) to give thanks for their bravery and valor.

From all of us at Peter Salerno Inc., we hope you enjoyed a blessed, safe and thankful Memorial Day.

Paradise Found | PANTONE’s Tropical Take on 2019 Wedding Color Design

Paradise Found | PANTONE’s Tropical Take on 2019 Wedding Color Design

If you missed Pantone’s recent article on 2019 wedding color palettes, click here for the full piece – it’s a must-read for wedding planners, engaged couples and decorators.

The Pantone Color Institute and Wedding Wire collaborated on a series of four ‘aspirational but attainable’ color palettes for 2019, and the results were (predictably) magnificent. Each series of 8 to 10 Pantone colors provides a fully realized color design for four very different concepts and feels. One of these stood out to us as particularly unique and inventive; more on the Paradise Found palette in a moment!

Followers of Design Your Lifestyle are well aware how high a value we place on color design. This is especially the case for weddings; color palettes are often the first decision made by brides, grooms and planners. The color scheme of a wedding ceremony, reception and festivities sets the tone for the occasion, and modern couples constantly search for unique color ideas to stand apart from other weddings in their season.

Paradise Found | Pantone x Wedding Wire 2019 Wedding Color Palette
Paradise Found | Pantone x Wedding Wire 2019 Wedding Color Palette

A quote from Laurie Pressman, Vice President of the Pantone Color Institute:

“Color is a powerful tool – not just for enhancing aesthetics that are critical to every element of a wedding – but to evoke emotion and create the special mood that a couple wishes to communicate throughout their special day from playful and adventurous to romantic and timeless, and everything in between. In concert with the resources and planning tools from WeddingWire, these custom palettes created by The Pantone Color Institute are intended to help couples navigate their color and design choices in an inspiring, meaningful and uniquely memorable way.”

We are extremely enamored with the Paradise Found color palette cultivated by the Pantone Color Institute and Wedding Wire for the 2019 wedding season. The 10 colors in the collection resonate so beautifully with the Pantone Spring 2019 collection and its blend of inviting sea and sky tones. Paradise Found also finds harmony with Living Coral, the 2019 Pantone Color of the Year.

The steady Blanc de Blanc and Deep Lagoon provide a backbone for the audacious Firecracker and Blue Curacao. The pastel warmth of Papaya Punch is offset neatly by the blue-green of Fanfare and Spectra Green. The rich, dazzling Golden Egg rounds out the Paradise Found collection.

Again, we strongly encourage you to read the entire original article on 2019 Wedding Color Palettes by the Pantone Color Institute and Wedding Wire.

Here is a sneak peek at the eight colors selected for the Paradise Found 2019 wedding color palette.

Paradise Found | 2019 Wedding Color Palette

Curated by Pantone and Wedding Wire

Papaya Punch (PANTONE 15-1433 TCX)

Pantone 2019 wedding color Papaya Punch

Firecracker (PANTONE 16-1452 TCX)

Pantone 2019 wedding color Firecracker

Blue Curacao (PANTONE 15-4825 TCX)

Pantone 2019 wedding color Blue Curacao

Fanfare (PANTONE 18-4936 TCX)

Pantone 2019 wedding color Fanfare

Spectra Green (PANTONE 17-5335 TCX)

Pantone 2019 wedding color Spectra Green

Deep Lagoon (PANTONE 19-4540 TCX)

Pantone 2019 wedding color Deep Lagoon

Blanc de Blanc (PANTONE 11-4800 TCX)

Pantone 2019 wedding color Blanc de Blanc

Golden Egg (PANTONE 20-0034 TPM)

Pantone 2019 wedding color Golden Egg

What do YOU think about the Pantone & Wedding Wire “Paradise Found” 2019 wedding color palette? Which colors in the collection are your favorite? Scroll down and leave a comment!

Memorial Day Official Colors + Design Ideas

Memorial Day Official Colors + Design Ideas

Memorial Day is more than a long weekend and a holiday. It’s a chance to honor America’s military veterans and heroes who laid down their lives for the security and stability of the United States.

There are many ways to remember America’s finest and show honor and respect on Memorial Day. As any great designer will tell you, color can represent thoughts, feelings and emotions beautifully.

The official ribbon color of Memorial Day is yellow. But why? The earliest roots of the tradition tie to the poem “She wore a yellow ribbon”, which has been in existence for roughly 4 centuries. In it, a woman wears a yellow ribbon while waiting for a man she loves to return from a great test or trial. The tradition carried on through Protestant England, where the Puritan Army wore yellow ribbons and sashes during the English Civil War.

Yellow became the official color of the armor branch of the U.S. Army, and was first brought into popular culture by the artist Frederic Remington.

The poem “She wore a yellow ribbon” was updated into song and first published in 1917 as a military marching song by George Norton. However, the yellow ribbon’s popularity and tie to the U.S. military became entrenched during World War II, when the song was re-written and released in the 1949 film “She Wore a Yellow Ribbon”. Versions of the song were released by the Andrews Sisters, Mitch Miller and others.

Modern Americans are much more familiar with the song “Tie a Yellow Ribbon ‘Round the Old Oak Tree”, although it will surprise many to know it was not written until the 1970s.

What other Memorial Day colors are appropriate besides yellow?

Variations of red, white and blue are always welcome on Memorial Day. We also love the idea of using military shades of green to signify respect and remembrance of American soldiers and military members.

We’ve included six official Pantone colors that we think are great options for Memorial Day.

What colors do you use to observe Memorial Day? Leave a comment!

Memorial Day Design | Official Pantone Colors

Pantone Yellow C

Memorial Day official color Pantone yellow C

Pantone American Beauty

Memorial Day official color American Beauty

Pantone Star Sapphire

Memorial Day official color star sapphire

Pantone Navy Peony

Memorial Day official color  navy peony

Pantone Star White

Memorial Day official color star white

Pantone Military Olive

Memorial Day official color military olive

Beautiful Home Bar Design + Wine Cellar | Must-See Design Photos

Beautiful Home Bar Design + Wine Cellar | Must-See Design Photos

Oh, my goodness.

Perhaps that’s not the most eloquent lead we’ve ever written at Design Your Lifestyle. That’s okay. We’ll let the design photos from this home bar and wine cellar tell the story.

This home bar and wine cellar design (by our parent company, Peter Salerno Inc.) sits on the first floor of a gorgeous home. Looking out from behind the bar, your eye takes you through a spacious open floor plan through a dining area and directly into the kitchen. The open flow of the design space is perfect for entertaining guests, making conversation and eye contact from kitchen to dining to the bar area seamless.

The bar design itself features stellar lighting effects in the open cabinetry and kitchen island. A rich blue tone emanates from behind opaque glass in the kitchen island, giving the bar space a beautiful glow at any time of day. The blue color effect is duplicated in the twin bar cabinet areas on either side of the center feature wall, drawing the eye to the liquor selection behind the bar.

The bar itself is as aesthetically pleasing as it is functional. The stainless counter space houses a bar sink, tap, and dual preparation surfaces. The island also houses a refrigeration unit, seven drawers and storage areas, and elegant dark-stained wood construction. The bar’s front has seating for four in cozy cream-colored chairs.

Need a glass of wine? The wine cellar is only steps away, recessed in the left wall of the dining and bar area. (Seriously. It’s right there.) The glass-front wine cellar sits back from the wall, encased by beautiful exposed brick. The vertical wine storage, central space for bottled liquors, and recessed wall space for custom art make this first-floor wine cellar an instant conversation piece and the show-stealer of this design.

Daytime area lighting is provided by large picture windows on either side of the bar. Ambient light streams in and catches the white bar feature wall and ornate white ceiling, allowing it to radiate throughout the open floor plan. At night, a smart assortment of high-hat recessed ceiling lighting complements the recessed blue light of the bar island and cabinetry.

This home bar and wine cellar is a host’s dream – stunning transitional design with an open floor concept, unique light sources, high-quality materials and unexpected aesthetic features. But enough about our opinion – what do YOU think?

Leave us a comment and tell us your reaction to this home bar and wine cellar design!

(Photos and posts courtesy of Peter Salerno Inc. on Instagram.)

May 9th is National Moscato Day: Our Favorite Moscatos

May 9th is National Moscato Day: Our Favorite Moscatos

Ah, Moscato. Perhaps no other beverage has created such divisive opinions within the community of wine aficionados as the product of the Muscat grape. Although the classic Moscato D’Anti originated in Italy, derivatives and clones of the Muscat grape are now grown from Oregon to New Zealand as demand for the fruity wine soars.

The Gallo Family created National Moscato Day in 2012 to celebrate the light, sparkling sipping wine that’s taken dinner tables, wine wholesalers and liquor stores by storm over recent years.

A fresh bunch of Moscato Bianco grapes, just in time for National Moscato Day! (Credit: Wiki Commons)
A fresh bunch of Moscato Bianco grapes, just in time for National Moscato Day!

Like it or not, the Moscato craze appears here to stay! But which Moscato wines are really worth drinking?

If you’re a lover of Moscato wines – be they Orange Muscat, Muscat Blanc or Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains – then May 9th is bound to be one of your favorite days of spring. But celebrating May 9th (National Moscato Day) in style isn’t quite as simple as picking up a pedestrian bottle of the fizzy wine.

As Richard Jennings, author of over 45,000 tasting notes, once noted:

America’s in the midst of a much bigger wine phenomenon than the sudden upswing in Pinot Noir sales following the 2004 release of the movie Sideways. Sales of slightly sparkling sweet wines with underlying acidity made from the Muscat grape have exploded over the past two years among younger buyers, especially Millennials — the 21 to 30 age group.

Some of these wines, especially from Italy’s Asti region, are terrific. Others, produced by huge wine conglomerates on an industrial basis looking to cash in on the latest trend, are truly dreadful.

So this National Moscato Day, how can you tell which Muscat to enjoy in your dining room, sitting room or custom wine cellar?

Imagine the custom wine cellar of your dreams. Peter Salerno makes it. (Credit Peter Salerno Inc.)
Imagine the custom wine cellar of your dreams. Peter Salerno makes it. (Credit Peter Salerno Inc.)

Here’s a great, short list of fabulous Moscatos to enjoy May 9th (or any day)!

Best Moscatos to Enjoy on National Moscato Day

1. Borgo Maragliano La Caliera Moscato D’Asti, 2014 (Italy)

At between $12-16 a bottle at most retailers, La Caliera is our favorite Italian Moscato D’Asti when it comes to a combination of taste and price. While each edition from 2013-2016 is a real winner, our selection is the 2014 vintage, full of green grape, pear and yet not overly sweet. This Borgo Maragliano Moscato D’Asti is a great pair with most desserts (even chocolate!).

The winemaker describes La Caliera as carrying a “fragrance of candied fruit, acacia flowers and a typical musky but delicate bouquet”.

2. Foris Moscato, 2013 (Rogue Valley)

Foris is a great Oregon-based brand that has a knack for versatile, light Moscato. 2013 is our favorite (2012 and 2016 aren’t half-bad either) for its low alcohol content and intriguing citrus quality. Rated an 87 by Wine Enthusiast, we also love Foris for use in mimosas and other wine-mix beverages – primarily due to the low alcohol content and orange flavor we mentioned.

At a price tag of roughly $15-17 per bottle, this is an affordable, enjoyable Moscato.

Custom wine cellar from Peter Salerno Inc. Man Cave Classics.
Custom wine cellar from Peter Salerno Inc. Man Cave Classics.

3. Stemmari Moscato, 2013 (Terre Siciliane)

This beautiful pale yellow Moscato sits neatly at 8.5% ABV and, unlike many Moscatos, serves exceptionally well as an aperitif rather than a dessert wine. Like its Foris counterpart, the 2013 vintage is exceptional, garnering a rating of 90 at the Ultimate Wine Challenge. (The 2012 is also excellent, receiving a score of 86 from Wine Enthusiast.)

Sweeter than some of its counterparts, you’ll also find the price tag a bit sweeter as well – retail average for this bottle is just about $10. If you feel like venturing out of the Asti region and into Sicily, you’ll be highly satisfied with this effort from Stemmari.

Gorgeous Custom Grilles Add Luxury to Cabinetry + Kitchen Design Spaces

Gorgeous Custom Grilles Add Luxury to Cabinetry + Kitchen Design Spaces

Making your kitchen design and cabinetry stand out from the pack is tough. Whether traditional or transitional, so many kitchens end up looking highly comparable to others. So how do you make your design unique? What can you do to separate your kitchen (and kitchen cabinets) from the rest?

The answer: custom design elements.

We’re always looking for custom elements that will help design clients own a kitchen that looks like no other. In the past, we’ve shown you fully customizable La Cornue ranges and appliances, reclaimed tin range hoods from Route 66, and even a motorized bar crafted out of a ’59 Corvette.

Now, we’re excited to introduce you to our latest find: a line of custom grilles crafted out of gorgeous, versatile materials.

These custom grilles are crafted in the United Kingdom, and available in a myriad of metals and finishes. From polished to satin finishes, nickel to brass, and a wide array of colors and tones, these grilles aren’t a “one size fits all” affair.

The beautiful rosette features on many of the grilles are eye-catching. For a more transitional look, considering matching the color and finish of your grille – satin nickel grilles and rosettes, for example. A more traditional, elegant approach would be to match polished nickel grilles with brass rosettes (like the Instagram post above).

We love the tight mesh backing on these custom grilles, which add a great deal of stability. The opportunities to use these grilles on cabinetry, There’s plenty of space to play with the size and spacing of the large diamond pattern, depending on how much design space you’re looking to cover.

What do YOU think about these custom grilles? How would you utilize them in your design? Do you like how they look on cabinetry? Are you more intrigued by mixed finishes and colors, or a more streamlined approach? Leave us a comment!

5 Ways to Make Neutral Tone Kitchen + Bath Designs POP

5 Ways to Make Neutral Tone Kitchen + Bath Designs POP

How do you stay ‘on trend’ with neutral tone transitional design without leaving your kitchen or bath looking bland and boring?

It’s a question that gets asked at the beginning of virtually every transitional design project. There’s nothing more appealing in 2019 kitchen and bath design than fresh, neutral colors – but how do you turn white, gray and tan into a design space that dazzles?

Done properly, there are plenty of answers. As usual, we turned to the official Instagram account of Peter Salerno Inc. for some inspiration.

We selected 5 options that will provide an instant ‘pop’ for your neutral kitchen or bath design. They generally fall into two categories: 

  1. Eye-catching design materials and accessories; and
  2. Large lighting and/or reflective features.

Of course, nothing replaces the expertise and value of hiring a world-class kitchen and bath design firm. But every design starts in the same place: with a spark of inspiration. So before you undertake your next transitional kitchen or transitional bath design project (or before you call that design firm), we’d love to give you a few ‘starter ideas’ to base your initial design ideas around.

Are you in love with oversized mirrors? Do you love huge, statement pendant lights? Will you experiment with reclaimed tin or earthy stone surfaces?

Here are a few design ideas to get you started!

5 Ways to ‘Pop’ Your Neutral Tone Kitchen or Bath Design

1. Reclaimed Tin + Mirror Design Elements

2. Unique Stone Elements and Archways

3. Oversized Mirrors, Glass Elements + Ambient Light Sources

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4. Large Statement Pendant Lights and Island Lighting

5. Stark Contrast Between Wall Color + Furniture

For more design inspiration from the most award-winning North American kitchen + bath design firm of the 21st century, check out the official Peter Salerno Inc. Instagram.