‘Refined Flourishes’ | Gorgeous Bathroom Design Featured by HGTV

‘Refined Flourishes’ | Gorgeous Bathroom Design Featured by HGTV

When your bathroom design makes an HGTV list called ‘30 Dreamy Kitchens and Bathrooms“, you know you’re doing something right. One of our all-time favorite bathroom designs, constructed by our parent company Peter Salerno Inc., received such an honor recently.

A quarter-sawn center island instantly makes this bathroom stand out. The rich medium brown pops against the sage green wall paint and bright white windows, custom cabinetry and trim. An excellent example of style meeting substance, the center island provides copious storage space within reaching distance of both the vanity and the slipper tub.

bathroom design island peter salerno inc
A gorgeous bathroom design from Peter Salerno Inc., featured by HGTV.

Can we talk about the slipper tub, by the way? It doesn’t get much more luxurious than sliding into a freshly-drawn hot bath alongside a stretch of large white windows overlooking a tree-lined backyard. We’re dreaming about sliding those windows open in the summer and enjoying a beautiful breeze while we soak in the tub.

The amount of ambient light available in this Peter Salerno Inc. bathroom design allows the installed lighting fixtures to be elegant and understated. The central chandelier piece above the quarter-sawn island draws most of the focus in terms of lighting fixtures, but we love the simple sconce work on the vanity.

“A natural stone floor is accentuated by a mosaic tile border, while sophisticated moldings highlight all the architectural elements of the space,” says HGTV.com contributing writer Chelsey Bowen. Take a closer look at the mosaic tile border; the small, intricate piecework sits in contrast with the large natural stones.

We’re interested – what do you think about the large center island in this bathroom design? Do you like it? What about the slipper tub? And which of the other 29 kitchens and bathrooms featured in Chelsey Bowen’s HGTV.com article stand out to you? Let’s have a conversation!

A Look Back | 5th Anniversary of Angular Traditional Kitchen Design

A Look Back | 5th Anniversary of Angular Traditional Kitchen Design

The content of this article is heavily drawn from an article we first published in 2014. The kitchen design featured is entitled “The Angles Are In the Details”, from award-winning custom kitchen designer Peter Salerno Inc. of Wyckoff, New Jersey.

Fresh off his award for 2014 Best Traditional Kitchen from Signature Kitchens & Baths Magazine, Peter Salerno and his team went right back to work on a new kitchen design. This time, Peter Salerno Inc. provided a Franklin Lakes, New Jersey home with a gorgeous traditional kitchen design, full of classic design features, custom elements and angular details.

The traditional kitchen design, which is featured on Peter Salerno Inc.’s Houzz page, features a gorgeous expansive center island, custom Maestro Rosolino beaded inset cabinets, and a one-of-a-kind custom reclaimed tin hood (only available through Peter Salerno Inc.)

Traditional Kitchen by Peter Salerno Inc. Photo credit Peter Rymwid
Traditional Kitchen by Peter Salerno Inc. Photo credit Peter Rymwid

Here are some design and technical details about Peter Salerno Inc.’s latest traditional kitchen design:

  • The cabinets are Maestro Rosolino – our private line of cabinetry. The finish on the perimeter is paint and glazed, the bar and islands are walnut with a stain and glaze. The cabinet style is beaded inset.
  • The hearth features one of our custom reclaimed tin hoods- only available through us.
  • The countertops are Grey-Gold limestone, 2 1/2″ thick.
  • The backsplash is polished travertine, chiard, and honey onyx.
  • The backsplash was created by Stratta, The Tile Boutique in Wyckoff, NJ.
  • The flooring is tumbled travertine.
  • The appliances are: Sub-Zero BI48S/O, Viking 60″ dual fuel range, Viking dishwasher, Viking VMOC206 micro, Viking wine refrigerator, Marvel ice machine.

 

Traditional Kitchen by Peter Salerno Inc. Photo credit Peter Rymwid
Traditional Kitchen by Peter Salerno Inc. Photo credit Peter Rymwid
Traditional Kitchen by Peter Salerno Inc. Photo credit Peter Rymwid
Traditional Kitchen by Peter Salerno Inc. Photo credit Peter Rymwid
Traditional Kitchen by Peter Salerno Inc. Photo credit Peter Rymwid
Traditional Kitchen by Peter Salerno Inc. Photo credit Peter Rymwid
For more information about Peter Salerno Inc.’s custom kitchen designs, please fill out the contact form below or call Peter Salerno Inc. at (201) 251-6608.

A Look Back | A Kitchen Designer’s Trip To France

A Look Back | A Kitchen Designer’s Trip To France

The following are excerpts from articles in October 2013, when Peter Salerno, CMKBD, traveled to the French countryside for design inspiration. What he found in places like Oise and Vence informed several of his award-winning kitchen designs. Enjoy!

Oise (Picardie)

One of the most beautiful kitchen designs Peter Salerno discovered on his trip to France is a custom blue and white painted kitchen in Oise, a department of the Picardie region of northern France. Located about 19 miles north of Paris, Oise is a beautiful region made up primarily of hills and plateaus, as well as forests and plains, which evoke all the charm and beauty of the French countryside.

A beautiful painted French kitchen in Oise, Picardie region.
A beautiful painted French kitchen in Oise, Picardie region. (Photo Credit: Frederic-Leon Ducout, 2013 Morgane Production. In Maison Creative.)

With the natural landscape and terrain of the Picardie region in mind, the designer of this kitchen (Sylvie Bisserie, whom you can read more about here) created a light, vibrant kitchen space filled with blues and whites accented with copper kitchenware, utensils and appliances. As the publication Maison Creative explains (translated from French):

“In the kitchen, created entirely by a custom cabinetmaker and painted with light and bright colors, Sylvie chose glazed tiles blue and white tiles that give the space cheer… decorating with rustic utensils and copper kitchen appliances to respond with the red soil creates a beautiful harmony.”

The kitchen space is said to convey “authenticity and conviviality”, an apt description of a lovely space that brought Peter Salerno fresh inspiration to his classic painted kitchen designs.

Vence (Alpes-Maritimes)

Peter Salerno’s travels for design inspiration throughout France also brought him to the town of Vence, located in the far southeast of France, in the Alpes-Maritimes department of the Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur region. The Alpes-Maritimes department directly borders Monaco and Italy to the east and has some of the most beautiful and varied topography in all of France. As its name suggests, the region is characterized mainly by the maritime Alps – but it’s also one of the few French departments to feature a Mediterranean coastline.

Another beautiful French kitchen, in the town of Vence.
Another beautiful French kitchen, in the town of Vence. (Credit: Maison Creative Hors Serie 2, 2013.)

The most well-recognized cities in the area are Nice and Cannes; Vence is the 12th-largest town in the Alpes-Maritimes department. Located in the hills between Nice and Antibes, Vence features many awe-inspiring, existing medieval elements – for example, the town’s historic village features a fountain originally built in 1578 and an oak planted in 1538. Other aspects of Vence architecture are even older; portions of the external wall were built in the 3rd century and the town’s cathedral was erected in the 4th century.

Design in Vence is based on open flow between rooms and the usage of beautiful, easy-to-use Vence stone, located not only in the town’s walls but in many of its rustic, gorgeous country homes. In the kitchen above, featured in the outstanding publication Maison Creative (Hors Serie 2, 2013), you can see the implementation of the flat, beautiful Vence stone and the open floor plan. The result is a bright, spacious kitchen that makes full use of the sunny climes of the Alpes-Maritimes region; Nice sees almost 1.5 times as much sun per year as the rest of France.

A white wood-burning fireplace and large windows adorn the kitchen walls, and the long slab dining table ensures there will be plenty of room for good food, great wine, and cherished guests.

2019 MLB Playoffs | PANTONE Colors for Every MLB Playoff Team

2019 MLB Playoffs | PANTONE Colors for Every MLB Playoff Team

October is when baseball greats become legends, and when Major League Baseball franchises can etch their names into history. If you’re a fan of one of the 10 MLB franchises that qualified for the 2019 baseball playoffs, now’s your chance to become a design legend and represent your favorite team properly!

We all know the Yankees wear iconic blue and white pinstripes. But exactly which blue is that? And how will you know the difference between shades of red worn by the Braves, Cardinals, Twins and Nationals?

At Design Your Lifestyle, we’ve got you covered for all your design needs during the 2019 MLB postseason and World Series.

Here are the official team PANTONE colors for each franchise in the 2019 Major League Baseball playoffs!

Note: We’ve mixed and matched some colors from these MLB teams’ official logos and uniform colors to provide the most interesting, versatile design colors to play with – especially when it comes to kitchen design, bath design and home design!

2019 MLB Playoffs | American League PANTONE Colors

Houston Astros

Perhaps the most consistent franchise in baseball over the last 5 seasons, the Astros mixed dominant pitching with athletic fielding and timely hitting to win a remarkable 107 games in 2019. Houston may once again be the favorite to win the World Series, a feat they last accomplished in 2017.

2019 MLB Playoffs Pantone Astros

Minnesota Twins

The Twins’ young roster set a new MLB season record for most home runs during the 2019 regular season. Nelson Cruz, Max Kepler and company hope to bash the Twins to their first World Series victory since 1991.

2019 MLB Playoffs Pantone Twins

New York Yankees

Don Larsen’s perfect game in the World Series. “Mr. October” Reggie Jackson. “Mr. November” Derek Jeter. Mariano Rivera’s mastery. No franchise has a greater postseason resume than the New York Yankees. But can the Yankees overcome injuries, the powerful Twins and the dominating Astros to reach another World Series?

2019 MLB Playoffs Pantone Yankees

Oakland A’s

The Athletics remain one of baseball’s most remarkable franchises, consistently fielding competitive teams with lower payrolls (and ushering in the era of analytics). Oakland won 97 games this season and won’t be sneaking up on anybody; can they advance past the Wild Card game against Tampa Bay?

2019 MLB Playoffs Pantone A's

Tampa Bay Rays

The Rays survived a tough AL East to finish ahead of talented teams like Cleveland and Boston to snag the final AL Wild Card berth in the 2019 playoffs. Tampa’s pitchers gave up the 2nd-fewest runs in the American League this season.

2019 MLB Playoffs Pantone Rays

2019 MLB Playoffs | National League PANTONE Colors

Atlanta Braves

The Braves’ young squad just keeps winning. With all the drama surrounding NL East counterparts like Washington and Philadelphia, Atlanta carried on their winning ways and took the NL East crown yet again. Is Atlanta’s next step to reach the World Series?

2019 MLB Playoffs Pantone Braves

Los Angeles Dodgers

106 wins, the fewest runs allowed in baseball, and the 2nd-best run differential during the 2019 season. The Dodgers are loaded for a deep 2019 playoff run, but will they get over the hump and claim the World Series for the first time since 1988?

2019 MLB Playoffs Pantone Dodgers

Milwaukee Brewers

The Brewers suffered a tough injury to reigning NL MVP Christian Yelich towards the end of the regular season, but the Brew Crew has enough talent to still contend. The question is, will the loss of Yelich keep Milwaukee out of the World Series picture?

2019 MLB Playoffs Pantone Brewers

St. Louis Cardinals

This is the time of year nobody wants to see St. Louis on their schedule. The Cardinals have a history of being downright scary in October, with memorable runs to the World Series on 4 separate occasions this century.

2019 MLB Playoffs Pantone Cardinals

Washington Nationals

Remember when Washington lost Bryce Harper to the Phillies and all was lost? Well, the Nationals just earned a Wild Card berth without Harper, whose Phillies didn’t make the playoffs. We’d bet anything that happens after this will be icing on the cake in DC.

2019 MLB Playoffs Pantone Nationals

Which 2019 MLB playoff teams’ official PANTONE colors do YOU like the best? Which do you think work best for design? Leave a comment!

Design With Blue | A Guide to Trending Blue PANTONE Colors

Design With Blue | A Guide to Trending Blue PANTONE Colors

We’ve spoken at length about blue being the “it” color for kitchen and bath design in 2019 – and now, the industry is hopping on board. Our parent company, Peter Salerno Inc., has been utilizing blue tones in custom world-class kitchen design and bath design for months, and we’re constantly inspired by how versatile and dynamic the color can be.

Blue features prominently in one of Peter Salerno Inc.’s finest 2019 custom kitchen designs. The transitional kitchen design below delivers a ‘pop’ of blue accent color, inspired by PANTONE Spring 2019 Color Trend Report favorite Princess Blue. Set against the clean white and gray of the kitchen design, this royal blue draws the focus ever upward. This allows the eye to naturally travel up to the star of the kitchen design – a series of reclaimed wood beams from St. Patrick’s Orphange in New York that adorns the ceiling.

Peter Salerno Inc.'s reclaimed wood beams in transitional kitchen design, 2019.
Blue design accents make this gorgeous Peter Salerno Inc. kitchen design pop.

The versatility of blue in today’s kitchen designs stems from the versatility of shades selected in recent PANTONE collections. Bright blues like Princess Blue and Galaxy Blue sit in contrast to the dusky Sargasso Sea, Evening Blue and Eclipse to create a dynamic palette.

Our favorite blue tone from recent PANTONE selections may just be Bluestone, a member of the Autumn/Winter 2019-2020 Color Trend Report. Bluestone is a gorgeous, lush blue-gray that pairs well with virtually every white, gray, brown and taupe neutral one could choose.

A peek ahead to the PANTONE Spring 2020 palette indicates 3 more blue selections – one classic, one teal, and one faded light selection. The latter of the three reminds us greatly of the blue selected by Peter Salerno for the transitional kitchen island pictured below, which became an instant favorite and a true conversation starter for its new owners this year.

Quartz or granite - what's your preference in countertops? (Peter Salerno Inc.)
A stunning light blue makes this transitional kitchen island a conversation piece. (Peter Salerno Inc.)

Here are the featured blue tones in the PANTONE Color Trend Reports dating from Autumn 2018 through Autumn/Winter 2019-2020. Comment, and let us know which ones stand out to you!

Blue Color Design | Trending PANTONE Blue Tones

From the PANTONE Autumn/Winter 2019-2020 Color Trend Report:

Bluestone

Bluestone (PANTONE 19-4055)

Evening Blue

Evening Blue (PANTONE 19-3815)

Galaxy Blue

Galaxy Blue (PANTONE 19-4055)

From the PANTONE Spring 2019 Color Trend Report:

Princess Blue

4th of July Pantone color palette Princess Blue

Eclipse

4th of July Pantone color palette Eclipse

From the PANTONE Autumn/Winter 2018-2019 Color Trend Report:

Nebulas Blue

PANTONE Nebulas Blue

Sargasso Sea

PANTONE Sargasso Sea

A MUST See Visual Tour of New Miele USA Kitchen Appliances

A MUST See Visual Tour of New Miele USA Kitchen Appliances

Quality. Technology. Craftsmanship. Design. Service. Brand. Miele is world-renowned for its six-point commitment to excellence in appliances. Recently, we got an up close and personal view at Miele’s present and future… and we’re impressed.

Peter Salerno, CMKBD (the owner of our parent company, Peter Salerno Inc.), was treated to a look at some of today’s most innovative and functional appliances, courtesy of our friends at Miele USA. Peter’s guided tour came from the best possible source – Jan Heck, the President and CEO of Miele USA. Jan’s forward-thinking approach to kitchen design and innovation shines through in Miele’s latest offering of kitchen appliances.

One of the best Miele appliances on the guided tour (featured on Peter Salerno Inc.’s official Instagram account) is the touch-to-open Miele refrigerator and freezer. Perfect for transitional and modern clientele, the refrigerator and freezer unit is the perfect blend of form and function for transitional kitchen design in 2019 and 2020.

The video below showcases the innovative “touch to open” appliance, copious interior space, and sleek metallic exterior. The ease of use of this Miele refrigerator and freezer unit is astounding – imagine having an armful of groceries and being able to open your refrigerator with a single touch. Fantastic!

Peter Salerno’s love of excellent wine led his directly to the new Miele wine refrigerator, which Jan Heck presented with great pride. The sheer amount of storage available in a modestly-sized unit is tremendous. Peter describes the Miele wine fridge on Instagram as “everything you need to entertain in one spot!”.

The ease with which owners of this wine refrigerator can slide pull drawers, store bottles and control temperature is first-rate. And the functionality and “hidden treasures” in this wine fridge were wonderful – click the video below and get a peek at the hidden drawer space that’s revealed when this wine fridge’s shelves are pulled out for display!

Recently, we featured a beautiful new Peter Salerno Inc. kitchen design, complete with butler’s pantry. A recent update on that design installation showcases some of Miele’s newest appliances housed in the butler’s pantry area. Miele’s ability to offer versatile color presentations of their appliances allowed Peter Salerno to build in gorgeous, all-white Miele appliances into the butler’s pantry space to match the custom cabinetry.

What do YOU think about the new fleet of Miele appliances? Leave a comment below, and be sure to follow Peter Salerno Inc. on Instagram for the latest in world-class custom kitchen design!

The 6 Most “Kitchen Design Friendly” PANTONE Colors of Autumn 2019

The 6 Most “Kitchen Design Friendly” PANTONE Colors of Autumn 2019

The PANTONE Autumn & Winter 2019-2020 Color Trend Report is out, and it’s certainly refreshing. PANTONE’s take on Fall 2019 is warmer than usual (we hope that reflects in the weather forecasts, too!), and the time is right to start looking at how these colors and trends reflect on home design – more specifically, design trends for your kitchen.

How can we best apply the PANTONE Autumn/Winter 2019-2020 collection to your kitchen design? Which colors are best suited to transition from the runway to your cabinetry, kitchen island, prep space and tile? What tones have the most potential to turn your kitchen design into a gorgeous space that lasts for years to come?

We’ve singled out 6 colors from this season’s PANTONE Color Trend Report for their visual appeal, versatility, and ability to turn your kitchen from ‘all right’ to ‘AMAZING’!

Do you agree with our color selections? Let us know in the comments below!

The 6 Best PANTONE Fall 2019 Colors for Kitchen Design

1. Bluestone

We’ve been saying for months that blue is the kitchen design color of 2019, and this blue-gray shade is our favorite color for design in the PANTONE Fall 2019 collection. Bluestone is sturdy and versatile, able to be utilized as a primary or complementary design color. We can envision Bluestone in a traditional “Dutch country” style kitchen, or a more transitional design with opulent Swarovski crystals and clean lines. Bluestone pairs brilliantly with any bright neutral, especially our next selection on this list.

Bluestone (PANTONE 19-4055)

2. Vanilla Custard

The PANTONE Autumn/Winter 2019-2020 collection brings the heat, and Vanilla Custard is the warm neutral that brings everything together. It’s hard to find a single color in this season’s collection that doesn’t pair well with Vanilla Custard. Its yellow undertones allow it to serve as a front-and-center neutral tone in a standout transitional kitchen design. If you’re looking for a neutral design color that’s more bold than staid, you can’t do much better than this one.

PANTONE Autumn/Winter 2019 Vanilla Custard

3. Peach Pink

If PANTONE signals Fall 2019 as a ‘warmer’ season than most autumn collections, we’d better take notice. Peach Pink is a lovely blush tone that doesn’t pull too much focus, and that’s important when using red and orange tones in a kitchen design. It’s a color to be used delicately, for sure, but it’s incredibly pleasing in proper doses. If you’re looking to brighten up your kitchen design, especially in a summer home or a more traditional space, Peach Pink could be a winner for you.

PANTONE Autumn 2019 Color Peach Pink

4. Hazel

Of the brown tones in the PANTONE Autumn 2019 collection, Hazel is the warmest and most appealing. Rocky Road and Sugar Almond have their place, for sure, but Hazel offers up the warmth needed to make your neutral and wood tones “pop” in the kitchen. If you’re looking for a color that plays well in transitional kitchen design and warms the space without dominating the landscape, Hazel is a strong option.

PANTONE Autumn/Winter 2019 Hazel

 

5. Paloma

Is Paloma the most aggressive choice? Absolutely not. But it serves an equally important purpose in your kitchen design – a backbone. This light, smoky gray isn’t so dark that it “pulls down” the space, but it’s saturated enough to offer balance and stability. Paloma is a gorgeous option to pair with tones like Bluestone and Vanilla Custard. Try it on your custom cabinets, kitchen island, or backsplash tile for a modern, clean aesthetic.

PANTONE Autumn/Winter 2019 Paloma

6. Guacamole

Want a more natural, leafy vibe in your kitchen? Guacamole is a tangy green tone that strays far enough away from conventional “kelly green” and “forest green” to create a conversation starter. As with Peach Pink, you’ll want a smart, experienced kitchen designer to execute Guacamole to its fullest potential in your kitchen, but the rewards far outweigh the cost with a color like this one.

Guacamole (PANTONE 17-0530)