5 Year Anniversary: NKBA Best Overall Kitchen of 2012 Design Photos

5 Year Anniversary: NKBA Best Overall Kitchen of 2012 Design Photos

As part of our “Design Your Lifestyle” 5th Anniversary Series, we’re re-visiting some of our most popular and well-read articles of the last half-decade. Statistically, our most popular award-winning NKBA design article of the last 5 years is this one – about Peter Salerno Inc.’s NKBA Best Overall Kitchen 2012 winner. It’s a stunning kitchen designed for two professional chefs occupying one tremendous kitchen space. This piece combines some new content with a look at many of the features from that article. Enjoy!

Peter Salerno's NKBA Best Kitchen of 2012. (Credit Peter Rymwid)
Peter Salerno’s NKBA Best Kitchen of 2012. (Credit Peter Rymwid)

On April 24, 2012, the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) revealed its winners for the 2012 NKBA Design Competition. It was an especially wonderful day for Peter Salerno and the team at Peter Salerno Inc., as they won the coveted NKBA Best Kitchen of 2012 award.

According to a press release sent out by the National Kitchen & Bath Association through its Manager of Media Relations, Annette Gray:

Sponsored by Jenn-Air, Silestone by Cosentino, This Old House, Waypoint Living Spaces, The Home Depot, Delta, 20-20 Technologies and HGTVRemodels.com, the 2012 competition honored 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in six room categories, in addition to Specialty Awards, from the nearly 500 entries submitted by NKBA members from across the U.S. and Canada. Winning designs and designers were announced today at the Design Competition Awards event, held at Chicago’s Mc Cormick Place during the 2012 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS).

“Each year, the NKBA is proud to celebrate excellence in the industry, represented by the NKBA membership,” said 2012 NKBA President and Certified Kitchen Designer, Alan W. Zielinski, CKD. “This year’s winners, some of the country’s top designers, turned out cutting edge designs and we’re excited to announce them to the public and the industry.”

The award-winning large kitchen was designed for a family with two passionate cooks who love to spend hours in the kitchen preparing gourmet meals. Peter Salerno and his design team were charged with creating a kitchen which addressed all of their culinary needs.

The central aspect of the kitchen is a beautiful, 11-foot stainless steel island with four distinct work stations. The island features two ovens, eight burners, a grill, a salamander, sink and pot filler. The design philosophy was to create a balance between the clients’ cooking needs and a beautiful centerpiece for the kitchen. Therefore, the stainless steel and work stations were balanced with painted maple cabinets as well as the warmth of a walnut island and quarter-sawn oak flooring.

The island was placed parallel to the large windows in the breakfast area to maximize the room’s natural light. Three seating areas were created to meet the needs of the family and its guests – the kitchen table, island seating and a separate dining booth.

Peter and his team were able to incorporate some one-of-a-kind aspects into this NKBA Best Kitchen of 2012. A custom four-sided stainless steel exhaust hood with built-in halogen lighting illuminates the entire cooking and preparation area. A stainless tile backsplash was used to compliment the island, which has a 3″ thick cherry butcher block made with 1 3/4″ x 1 3/4″ end grain cherry. Rich natural walnut cabinetry was chosen to contrast and soften the stainless steel refrigerator and freezer.

The entire room was considered, as evidenced by the coffered ceiling, which was designed specifically to accentuate the stainless hood and wall cabinets. By incorporating ten mullion doors and ten single-glass doors over the freeze, china cabinet and refrigerator, the kitchen achieved the proper display space needed for the clients’ fabulous dish and glass collection. Finally, three appliance garages were implemented int he design for easy access to large, oversized blenders and mixers.

It is with pride, honor and family joy that Peter Salerno and the entire team at Peter Salerno Inc. share this prestigious recognition with you. We thank the NKBA, our tireless design and production team, and of course the clients, whose unique family needs and wonderful cooking tradition inspired this design.

For more information about this and other award-winning designs, please visit Peter Salerno Inc.’s website.

Five Essential Items for Your Man Cave Design [PHOTOS]

Five Essential Items for Your Man Cave Design [PHOTOS]

There’s nothing quite like throwing a party in your custom-designed, world-class man cave.

Wait – what’s that? You don’t have the world’s best man cave? No problem. You don’t need a walk-in humidor, a hand-crafted wine cellar or custom-built leather recliners to have a great “man cave” to make your friends drool.

What you do need are a few helpful tips from Peter Salerno, the creator of “Man Cave Classics”one of the world’s foremost interior designers and recipient of an unprecedented 23 NKBA design awards over the last decade.

With these five helpful tips, you can transform your den or media room into a man cave so amazing, your friends will drool with envy. (Then, your only problem will be getting them to leave after the party’s over!)

5 Tips to Create an Awesome Man Cave

1. Make your bar unique, eye-popping and memorable.

This tip is a Peter Salerno specialty. Don’t believe us? Take a look at this 1959 Corvette that Peter transformed into the most amazing bar in the world:

All it takes is a little creativity and a personal touch. Take something you’re passionate about and use it as the basis for your very own custom-built bar. (And if you need some assistance, Peter Salerno and his team will be glad to help you design the bar of your dreams!)

2. Make sure you have plenty of comfortable seating.

Your man cave should be a place to hang out, crash and relax. Make sure there’s plenty of space and seating for you and your buddies to lounge around without feeling cramped or uncomfortable.

You don’t have to spend a fortune on recliners and sectional sofas – just make sure that there’s at least one more seat than the amount of guests you expect (just in case someone brings a friend). Oh, and as far as your own seat? Make sure you designate a chair of your own – every master of a man cave should have his favorite place to sit!

3. Make the decor personal to you.

When you think of a prototypical man cave, a few things instantly come to mind: animal heads mounted on the wall, tacky bearskin rugs, and so on. Don’t go the conventional, “over done” route – make your man cave your very own!

A great idea is to personalize the decor in your man cave with items, art and designs that showcase who you are and what your life is all about. For example, Peter Salerno designed one of his man caves with a professional graffiti artist, who “tagged” the walls with an awesome city skyline as well as the initials and names of his family, friends and loved ones.

Tag your man cave with personalized graffiti! (Credit Peter Salerno Inc.)
Tag your man cave with personalized graffiti! (Credit Peter Salerno Inc.)

4. Offer more entertainment options than just TV.

At some point, guests to your man cave will want to do something other than sit around and watch TV. At this point, you need other forms of entertainment to keep them occupied. Peter Salerno and his team suggest a form of physical activity: pool table, air hockey, old-school pinball machine, etc.

Add another attraction to your man cave to keep guests entertained (like a pool table). (Credit Peter Rymwid, Peter Salerno Inc.)
Add another attraction to your man cave to keep guests entertained (like a pool table). (Credit Peter Rymwid, Peter Salerno Inc.)

Keeping your guests spread out around your man cave also ensures that everyone mingles, no one feels cramped, and there’s plenty of room for everyone to feel comfortable, relaxed and never bored.

5. Add the element of surprise.

What if a bookcase in your man cave hides a hidden door to your garage, a cigar room/humidor or the rest of your house? How about having your TV hidden behind a large mirror? Or perhaps you could have secret shelving units for your liquor, games, or other man cave “treasures”?

These are just a few ideas to take your man cave to the next level. The element of surprise will not only entertain your guests, but take the “Wow” factor of your man cave through the roof. Imagine giving your friends the man cave experience of their lives, and then springing one last secret on them – how great is that?

Surprise your guests - what if that tool chest became a wine fridge? (Credit Peter Salerno Inc.)
Surprise your guests – what if that tool chest became a wine fridge? (Credit Peter Salerno Inc.)

These are just a few ideas to make your man cave the envy of your friends (and neighborhood rivals?). If you want even more great ideas regarding custom man cave, wine cellar, cigar room or game room construction and design, then you’re definitely going to want to contact Peter Salerno and create your very own Man Cave Classic!

Get Stylish With Award-Winning Kitchen + Bath Design on Instagram

Get Stylish With Award-Winning Kitchen + Bath Design on Instagram

Are you following the award-winning Peter Salerno Inc. on Instagram? If not, you’re missing out on the most award-winning kitchen and bath design firm of the 21st century!

Follow Peter Salerno Inc. designs on Instagram.
Follow Peter Salerno Inc. designs on Instagram.

Under the care and guidance of Peter Salerno, CMKBD (Certified Master Kitchen & Bath Design, NKBA), Peter Salerno Inc. has blossomed from a small design firm with audacious goals into one of the most notable firms in the kitchen and bath design industry. Since 2002, Peter Salerno Inc. has won more national design awards than any firm in North America, from such reputable sources as the NKBA, KBIS, Signature Kitchens & Baths, HGTV and more.

The kitchen designs, bathroom designs, wine cellars, man caves and bars that have won these prestigious awards are all located in one place – the Peter Salerno Inc. Instagram.

The 2018 Architectural Digest Design Show - see more on Peter Salerno's Instagram!
The 2018 Architectural Digest Design Show – see more on Peter Salerno’s Instagram!

The thing we love most about following Peter Salerno Inc. on Instagram is the company’s willingness to provide an ‘inside look’ at day-to-day operations, family gatherings, momentous occasions, and VIP design industry events that most of us never get to see. Where else can you find photos from inside a world-class design showroom, exclusive snapshots from conferences like KBIS 2018 and the Architectural Digest Design Show, and around a world-class designer’s Thanksgiving dinner table?

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

From the incredible (kitchen designs that have won national awards) to the innovative (forward-thinking transitional designs), the highbrow (black tie design conference events) to the humorous (Peter Salerno building snowmen outside the showroom on wintry days), the broad spectrum of eye-catching photography on Peter Salerno Inc.’s Instagram account makes it a must-follow for design lovers everywhere.

So what are you waiting for? Join the tastemakers, innovators, industry leaders and social influencers that already follow Peter Salerno Inc.’s Instagram account – and get inspired to Design Your Lifestyle!

5 Year Anniversary: Our Most Popular French Kitchen Design Photos

5 Year Anniversary: Our Most Popular French Kitchen Design Photos

As part of our “Design Your Lifestyle” 5th Anniversary Series, we’re re-visiting some of our most popular and well-read articles of the last half-decade. Statistically, our most popular kitchen design article of the last 5 years is this one – about Peter Salerno Inc.’s award-winning traditional kitchen design inspired by the countryside regions of France. This piece combines some new content with a look at many of the features from that article. Enjoy!

If you followed Design Your Lifestyle from the very beginning, you know all about Peter Salerno’s 2013 visit to France and the inspiration he drew from beautiful French kitchen design. From the painted kitchens of Oise to the rustic stonework in Vence, Peter’s travels provided a stunning array of diverse, spectacular interior design work.

In 2013, Peter and his team used that French design inspiration to present one of their most lauded kitchen designs, pulling in elements from the finest kitchens in France. We’re proud to present several photos of this Princeton, New Jersey kitchen, of which we’re exceptionally proud.

Note the Vence-inspired stonework in our French kitchen.
Note the Vence-inspired stonework in our French kitchen.
A peek inside Peter Salerno's latest French-inspired kitchen.
A peek inside Peter Salerno’s latest French-inspired kitchen. (Credit Peter Rymwid)

Upon entry into the kitchen, you’ll notice the use of custom stonework, an open floor plan and extensive ambient light, all of which are drawn from Vence kitchen design. The light painted cabinets are a feature of the Picardie region. And, of course, what would a beautiful French-inspired kitchen be without an authentic La Cornue oven (below)?

Our French kitchen design features a La Cornue oven (of course!)
Our French kitchen design features a La Cornue oven (of course!) 

 

Extensive windows bring in beautiful natural light.
Extensive windows bring in beautiful natural light.

In our next post, we’ll focus on our bathroom design for this beautiful home in Princeton, and how we tied in elements of French-inspired design to that space.

Want more information about Peter Salerno Inc.? Interested in consulting with us about your own home? Please visit our website!

The La Cornue CornuFe 1908: Everything You Need to Know

The La Cornue CornuFe 1908: Everything You Need to Know

As part of our “Design Your Lifestyle” 5th Anniversary Series, we’re re-visiting some of our most popular and well-read articles of the last half-decade. Statistically, our most popular piece of all time is our coverage and review of the La Cornue CornuFe 1908 range. This piece combines some new content with a look at many of the features from that article. Enjoy!

The CornuFé 1908: a beautiful range with historic significance.
The CornuFé 1908: a beautiful range with historic significance. (Credit: La Cornue, 2013. All rights reserved.) CLICK ALL PHOTOS TO ENLARGE.

Craig Kmiecik, the East Coast Territory Manager for La Cornue at Purcell Murray Company, gave us a guided tour of the four world-class La Cornue pieces (3 cooking ranges and a rotisserie) on display in the Peter Salerno Inc. showroom, analyzing the core benefits of each model and what each can bring to a discerning homeowner’s kitchen. It was a master class in culinary luxury and history, and we’re grateful to Craig for his time, effort and expertise.

Today, we’ll introduce you to the newest La Cornue range, one which boasts the powerful five-burner cooktop of the CornuFé with the patented gas vaulted oven of the exquisite La Cornue Château Series.

Ladies and gentlemen, say hello to the astounding La Cornue CornuFé 1908.

The CornuFé 1908: the best of two La Cornue worlds.
The CornuFé 1908: the best of two La Cornue worlds. (Credit: La Cornue, 2013. All rights reserved.) CLICK ALL PHOTOS TO ENLARGE.

The CornuFé 1908: Classic Elegance, Hybrid Innovation

If you desire the opulent elegance of La Cornue’s Château Series combined with the versatile cooktop and streamlined design of the CornuFé 90 and 110, then the CornuFé 1908 is your new favorite range.

Why the “1908”, you ask? For the answer, we turn directly to the La Cornue website:

“Paris, 1908. Albert Dupuy, a gastronome and artisan with a passion for new technology, was to take advantage of the distribution of illuminating gas throughout Paris to perfect the La Cornue gas circulation Roast & Pastry cook. This brand new stove made use of laws governing the natural circulation of hot air within a revolutionary underground vaulted oven.” (credit: La Cornue USA)

The CornuFé 1908 begins with the grand vaulted oven made famous by La Cornue founder Albert Dupuy. Measuring 36″ wide, the CornuFé 1908 provides even the most demanding chef copious oven space. And the vaulted ceiling design promises thorough, even distribution of heat throughout the dish during your baking or roasting process.

A peek inside the CornuFé 1908 and its grand gas vaulted oven.
A peek inside the CornuFé 1908 and its grand gas vaulted oven. (Credit: La Cornue, 2013. All rights reserved.) CLICK ALL PHOTOS TO ENLARGE.

Next is the renowned five-burner cooktop that has come to define the  CornuFé Series. The cooktop boasts a central, 17,500 BTU burner, three 12,000 BYU burners, and one 6,000 BTU simmer burner. As an optional extra feature, your CornuFé range can also handle a griddle on the cooktop. This French-inspired five burner cooktop combines ample cooking space with unmatched power.

The powerful five-burner cooktop of the CornuFé 1908.
The powerful five-burner cooktop of the CornuFé 1908. (Credit: La Cornue, 2013. All rights reserved.) CLICK ALL PHOTOS TO ENLARGE.

The oven itself comes equipped with an exposed electric broiler and a powerful 22,000 BTU in propane or natural gas. In addition, each CornuFé 1908 comes with one pastry tray, one flat rack, and a mauviel roasting pan with trivet.

As with the CornuFé 90 and 110, the CornuFé 1908 is available in eight colors and three trim options to suit your style and taste. CornuFé ranges are available in Gloss Black, Matte Black, Pure White, Ivory White, Provence Blue, Royal Blue (the newest color option), Dark Navy Blue or Stainless Steel, and accented with Satin Chrome, Satin Chrome and Polished Copper, or Satin Chrome and Polished Brass trim.

The CornuFé 1908 in striking Dark Navy Blue with polished brass trim.
The CornuFé 1908 in striking Dark Navy Blue with Polished Brass trim. (Credit: La Cornue, 2013. All rights reserved.) CLICK ALL PHOTOS TO ENLARGE.

Interested in more information about La Cornue CornuFé ranges? Please give Peter Salerno a call at 201.251.6608, visit our website, or explore the beautiful world of La Cornue at Purcell Murray.

Design Your Lifestyle Turns 5: A Look Back!

Design Your Lifestyle Turns 5: A Look Back!

This month, we celebrate our fifth anniversary at Design Your Lifestyle. We’re so grateful to our readership, contributors and especially our parent company, Peter Salerno Inc. Without everyone’s support, this ‘little vision’ of ours wouldn’t have become as well-read as it is today!

Our first article was a simple-yet-delicious recipe for Rosemary Lemonade (which you can still find here). We followed that up with an exclusive interview that’s still one of our favorites to date – with Ren Miller, editor-in-chief of Design NJ Magazine.

NKBA Best Kitchen of 2012, Peter Salerno Inc. - one of our site's first features!
NKBA Best Kitchen of 2012, Peter Salerno Inc. – one of our site’s first features!

Since then, we’ve published over 450 articles about topics ranging from kitchen design to coffee makers, bath design to backsplash tile, classic Italian recipes to modern transitional design. We’ve benefited from the travels and experiences of Peter Salerno, CMKBD, as he drew design inspiration from travels to the French countryside, Moscow, and a myriad of world destinations. It was also quite a privilege to get Peter’s VIP “insider access” to renowned home design trade shows and conventions like KBIS (the Kitchen & Bath Industry Showcase, hosted by the NKBA) and the Architectural Digest Design Show.

Peter Salerno with the Miele family at KBIS 2018.
Peter Salerno with the Miele family at KBIS 2018.

We’ve also gotten exclusive information from some of the most reliable sub-contractors, specialists, designers and vendors in the custom interior, home and kitchen design industries, as well as some of Peter Salerno Inc.’s most trusted business partners. In the past, we’ve leaned heavily on the expertise and experience of people like Craig Kmiecik of Purcell Murray, Mary A. Moulds of Miele USA, and members of Peter’s staff.

Larissa Taboryski of Purcell Murray and La Cornue hosts a cooking class at Peter Salerno Inc.'s showroom.
Larissa Taboryski of Purcell Murray and La Cornue hosts a cooking class at Peter Salerno Inc.’s showroom.

And then there’s the stunning kitchen design, bath design, wine cellar and showroom photography, much of which is attributable to Peter Rymwid – one of the finest photographers of interiors in the world.

All this has been interlaced with fun recipes, tips and tricks for purchasing cutlery, appliances and range hoods, and exclusive looks at Peter Salerno Inc.’s world-class, award-winning design showroom.

A custom RangeCraft range hood dazzles in this Moscow kitchen design by Peter Salerno Inc.
A custom RangeCraft range hood dazzles in this Moscow kitchen design by Peter Salerno Inc.

We hope you’ve had half as much fun following Design Your Lifestyle over the last five years as we’ve had creating content for you – now, let’s get back to business. On to the next five years!

Your La Cornue Range and Rotisserie Are Waiting

Your La Cornue Range and Rotisserie Are Waiting

Peter Salerno Inc.: A World-Class Partner of La Cornue

LaCornue creates world-class French ovens and cooking ranges, like the one in this Peter Salerno design. (Credit Peter Rymwid)
LaCornue creates world-class French ovens and cooking ranges, like the one in this Peter Salerno design. (Credit Peter Rymwid)

The design professionals at Peter Salerno Inc. know that it isn’t just the unmatched quality of our designs and cabinetry that create an incredible kitchen; the appliances matter too. While refrigeration is an easy solution with Sub Zero or Miele’s fully integrated models, ranges can sometimes be a difficult decision – especially for an Old World kitchen.

La Cornue has created a simple solution: Create a classic looking range that even the most experienced professional chefs will enjoy cooking with. They mix different materials such as stainless steel, copper, and brass with fired porcelain bodies in a wide variety of colors. Because of their performance and timeless appearance they are a common feature in Peter Salerno Inc.’s Tesoro ™ Collection kitchens.

The official Peter Salerno Inc. blog has been touting the luxury and ingenuity of La Cornue ranges for years. An excerpt from a past article:

Ever since Albert Dupuy invented the first La Cornue oven over a century ago, the company has stood at the forefront of cooking design, craftsmanship and innovation. As such, La Cornue has developed a reputation as one of its industry’s leaders, and one of the world’s most luxurious brand names in the world of kitchen design.

Peter Salerno Inc. is proud to not only offer La Cornue’s outstanding line of cooking range products, but to display four La Cornue pieces in our beautiful showroom – a CornuFé range, a CornuFé 1908, a Flamberge Rotisserie, and an absolutely stunning Château range. Much of our partnership with La Cornue is thanks to the tireless work of our business ally and friend Craig Kmiecik, the East Coast Territory Manager for La Cornue at Purcell Murray Company. For over 30 years, Purcell Murray has personified culinary passion and provided the most exquisite brands of appliances, including La Cornue ovens.

A stunning ivory white CornuFé range.
A stunning ivory white CornuFé range. (Credit: La Cornue, 2013. All rights reserved.)

Peter Salerno Inc. not only sells every appliance that La Cornue offers and have a CornuFé 110 on display, but their award-winning showroom in Wyckoff, New Jersey, also features a live Flamberge Rôtisserie and Chateau 120.

For more information about purchasing options and orders of La Cornue ranges and rotisseries through Peter Salerno Inc., please call (201) 251-6608.