KBIS 2020 | Your Guide to the KBISNeXT Stage

KBIS 2020 | Your Guide to the KBISNeXT Stage

Every year, forward-thinking designers and innovators gravitate towards one feature of the Kitchen and Bath Industry Showcase: the KBISNeXT Stage. It’s the stage on which forethought, innovation and bold ingenuity help shape the upcoming year in kitchen and bath design.

The NKBA presents KBIS 2020: the Kitchen and Bath Industry Showcase from Las Vegas.

The KBIS 2020 edition of the KBISNeXT Stage is certainly no exception; on the contrary, it may be the best version of KBISNeXT to date. This year’s KBISNeXT is sponsored by Houzz Pro, and features some of the elite names in kitchen design, bath design, interior design, green design and design publications.

Beginning on Tuesday, January 21st and culminating Thursday, January 23rd, the 3-day KBISNeXT Stage presentation slate covers trend forecasting, green design, improving one’s financial bottom line, awards ceremonies, panel discussions, and the NKBA “30 Under 30” – a nod to the future of the design industry.

From the official KBIS 2020 site:

The KBISNeXT Stage hosts design experts, celebrity hosts and young professionals, all sharing insights into the industry’s need-to-know topics to educate, inspire and connect members of the kitchen and bath industry.

This year’s programming will include more than 15 programs, including four awards events, and 50+ industry-leading voices and personalities. This year’s topic will range from health and wellness, resilient design, and business development.

What should you make sure to attend on the 2020 KBISNeXT Stage? To be frank, you can’t possibly take in every KBISNeXT presentation if you hope to do anything else KBIS 2020; there simply isn’t enough time. Between the massive exhibitor space, floor exhibits, DCW Technology Tour, awards presentations and specialty events, your attention will be drawn in far too many directions.

We’ve pared down the 2020 KBISNeXT Stage to 8 events that we think you’ll enjoy – and from which you’ll derive a tremendous amount of benefit. We’ve kept our list diverse and made sure to leave you ample time to browse the rest of this year’s KBIS 2020 convention in Las Vegas!

8 KBISNeXT Stage Sessions to Attend in 2020

Tuesday, January 21

  • 9:30 AM -10:00 AM: Meet the new NKBA Thirty Under 30 Class
    • Each year the NKBA recognizes the brightest young talent working in kitchen and bath design and remodeling as part of its Thirty Under 30 program. Who made the list of young innovators and tastemakers for 2020?
  • 11:00 AM -12:00 PM: How to Win a Design Competition
    • You’re not going to find better advice on how to win a design competition than from Peter Salerno, CMKBD, owner of Peter Salerno Inc. Since 2001, Peter has won more national design awards than any other North American designer, including a myriad of NKBA & KBIS awards. Peter moderates an expert panel on presentation, intrigue and “wow” factor.
  • 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM: The Dawn of a Decade – What to expect from the “Roaring 20s”
    • Kerrie Kelly leads a stellar media panel on a ‘first look design journey’ of the decade to come. Will the 2020s roar as loudly as the 1920s? Technology, wellness, sustainability and design trends will all be discussed.

Wednesday, January 22

  • 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM: Zero Waste Kitchens – Upcycle and Recycle.
    • “This panel will explore how to effectively think about recycling and upcycling building products. Winners of the NKBA Renovation Angel Luxury Kitchen Recycling Awards will be invited to discuss how they work with clients to remove existing kitchens – addressing shipping, storage and recycling/reconstructing them into new homes.” (site)
  • 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM: Avenues to New Revenue: A Road Map in Improving Your Bottom Line
    • How can industry members continue to make retail profitable in 2020? Moderator Nick May of the Chaise Lounge Podcast discusses brick-and-mortar, online and social media strategies.
  • 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM: Best of KBIS Awards
    • LUXE Interiors + Design sponsors the prestigious Best of KBIS Awards, honoring the top new kitchen and bath design industry products of the year. Not to be missed!

Thursday, January 23

  • 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM: How to Win at Wellness
    • Julie Jacobson, Founding Editor of CE Pro, has helped curate a list of 5 projects that promote purpose-driven wellness. How do you design a home for wellness from the ground up? You’ll find out here.
  • 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM: New Rules for Social
    • The penultimate KBISNeXT session of KBIS 2020, Leanne Wood of Flying Camel moderates a panel on the new rules for social media in 2020. From content to voice, tagging to search, this is a must-visit panel for brands struggling to invigorate their social presence.

Cooking in An Award-Winning Design Showroom Kitchen

Cooking in An Award-Winning Design Showroom Kitchen

It’s one thing to have one of the most respected kitchen design showrooms in America. It’s another thing entirely when you can actually cook world-class meals in that showroom!

The team at Peter Salerno Inc. recently celebrated the holiday season with an office party and beautiful Italian meal. The food was prepared by Peter Salerno and his team in their own showroom, using state-of-the-art appliances in their fully functional showpiece La Cornue kitchen.

The kitchen design, which features a La Cornue Grand Palais range and Flamberge rotisserie, exudes elegance from every angle. From the stunning statement island to the recessed tin ceiling adorned with Swarovski crystal, the kitchen is truly the centerpiece of the showroom.

Peter Salerno Inc.’s Wyckoff, New Jersey showroom was named Most Innovative Small Showroom at KBIS 2015 (the world’s largest design convention hosted by the NKBA). In March 2020, Peter Salerno will serve as one of KBIS’ judges for the 2020 Innovative Showroom contest.

A peek inside Peter Salerno Inc.'s 2015 Most Innovative Showroom.
A peek inside Peter Salerno Inc.’s 2015 Most Innovative Showroom.

The Peter Salerno Inc. holiday party menu included imported Italian pasta and a choice of two homemade sauces, each prepared by Peter Salerno himself. Add in Peter’s design family, his nuclear and extended family, and his beautiful grandchildren, and it was a celebration to remember!

As with everything at the Peter Salerno Inc. offices and showroom in Wyckoff, NJ, the meal and celebration were a team effort.

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Our staff prepping our Christmas Party lunch!

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If Peter Salerno Inc. will create this kitchen design (and several others) for his design showroom, imagine what he can do for your home kitchen design! Visit the official website of the most award-winning American kitchen and bath designer of the 21st century and say hello!


Creative Home Design: Graffiti In Your House? Yes!

Be Bold: Use Graffiti In Your Home Design!

No, we haven’t gone off the deep end. Sometimes, the best designs come from “outside the box”.

After all, if the most award-winning kitchen and bath designer in North America utilizes graffiti in their showroom’s main bathroom design, then it’s something we all can consider!

Visitors to the flagship showroom of Peter Salerno Inc. at 511 Goffle Road in Wyckoff, New Jersey, are stunned by many things – the world-class showroom display being chief among them (winner of the 2015 KBIS Innovative Showroom Award). But when clients and guests to the Peter Salerno Inc. showroom step into the main showroom bathroom, they’re often shocked and inspired by what they see.

Peter Salerno hired a professional graffiti artist to create a bold, vibrant cityscape in the bathroom design. From a replica manhole cover in the center of the floor to colorful depictions of a metropolitan skyline and an elevated subway line, the artwork is audacious and vivid. The inside of the bathroom door is even “tagged” with notable initials, names and dates important to Peter Salerno, his family, and the Peter Salerno Inc. legacy.

Watch “Graffiti: The Need to Be Creative” from Peter Salerno Inc. here:

Summer 2016 design trends (as we’ve discussed in past articles) are all about blending bright, inviting colors with personal style. The blend of bold and splashy colors with personalized touches in this graffiti design are directly in line with cutting-edge home design style.

Graffiti and other urban mural motifs are a fantastic choice for city dwellers, as well as those born and raised in urban areas who want to pay homage to their personal history. If graffiti isn’t your “thing”, per say, then look beyond the artwork and take a lesson from the artist’s approach.

It’s important to respect your personal legacy and style while incorporating new elements into your home design, especially in frequently traveled areas like the kitchen and bath. Rich colors can still be comfortable and inviting when coupled with design elements that mean something to you.

Expert, award-winning custom kitchen and bath designers like Peter Salerno Inc. value the personal story of every client, weaving it into their personalized home designs. You owe it to yourself to consider that aspect of your personal style when undertaking any new design project. After all, unique personalization is the difference between a house and a home.

5th Anniversary Photos of Award-Winning Transitional Bathroom Design

5th Anniversary Photos of Award-Winning Transitional Bathroom Design

Signature Kitchens and Baths Award Given to Peter Salerno Inc.

Peter Salerno Inc. award winning transitional bath design, 2015. [Photo: Peter Rymwid]
Peter Salerno Inc. award winning transitional bath design, 2015. [Photo: Peter Rymwid]
When Peter Salerno Inc. teamed up with Stratta, the Tile Boutique to create a transitional bath design they called ‘Simple Tranquility’, Peter knew they were creating something special.

The beautiful transitional bathroom was awarded 2nd place nationally by Signature Kitchens and Baths magazine. It was quite an honor (in a season full of them) for Peter Salerno and his team, who also took home two national kitchen design awards from the NKBA during the 2015 KBIS convention in Las Vegas.

‘Simple Tranquility’ is a transitional bathroom in Bergen County, NJ. The cabinets are walnut with an espresso stain from Peter Salerno Inc’s coveted “Mastro Rosolino” (TM) line of cabinets.

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

The tops are marble from Stone Surfaces in East Rutherford, NJ. The backsplash is glass and porcelain, and the floor is marble tile by Stratta – The Tile Boutique , Wyckoff, NJ. The hardware is polished stainless from Hardware Designs in Fairfield, NJ. All the fixtures and fittings also came from Hardware Designs, while the sconces and chandelier came from Capitol Lighting in Paramus, NJ.

This gorgeous transitional bath design was truly a team effort, and Peter Salerno certainly shares this award with all parties involved – Stratta, Stone Surfaces, Hardware Designs, Capitol Lighting, and his own team at Peter Salerno Inc.

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

But the people to truly be congratulated are the owners of this nationally award-winning bathroom – it was their project, their space, and their dreams that made this room a reality!

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5 Great Reasons to Attend KBIS 2020 in Las Vegas

5 Great Reasons to Attend KBIS 2020 in Las Vegas

We don’t need to tell you that KBIS is the pre-eminent home design conference and convention of the year. Each year, the NKBA’s Kitchen & Bath Industry Showcase (KBIS) shatters expectations – and attendance records – for the kitchen and bath design industry, raising the bar of ingenuity, inventiveness and innovation to new heights.

The NKBA presents KBIS 2020: the Kitchen and Bath Industry Showcase from Las Vegas.

This year, KBIS 2020 will take place from January 21-23, 2020, in Las Vegas, Nevada. KBIS 2020’s theme, “Where Design Is Moving”, is to be taken as a statement and an invitation – after all, KBIS is the best place to watch the design industry in motion as it rockets into the future.

You already know KBIS 2020 brings together world-class design innovation, an unparalleled floor of exhibitors, tremendous entertainment and seminars with kitchen and bath design experts. But why should you attend THIS year’s KBIS 2020? What makes this incarnation of the design conference so special?

Here are 5 spectacular reasons to attend KBIS 2020 in Las Vegas.

KBIS 2020 takes place from January 21-23, 2020, in Las Vegas.

5 Reasons to Attend KBIS 2020 in Las Vegas

1. The 1st Ever NKBA Renovation Angel Luxury Recycling Kitchen Awards.

Ingenuity and environmentalism collide as KBIS 2020 hosts the first-ever NKBA Renovation Angel Luxury Recycling Kitchen Awards. In October 2019, the NKBA and Renovation Angel announced the awards:

NKBA is proud to introduce the Luxury Kitchen Recycling Awards, in partnership with  Renovation Angel, a luxury kitchen recycling company, to recognize these efforts in the kitchen universe. The inaugural awards will be presented at KBIS 2020, on the KBIS NeXT Stage, Jan. 22 in Las Vegas.

The awards will acknowledge kitchen designers, architects, interior designers, showrooms and manufacturers who have rescued one or more kitchens for recycling, reuse and resale or donation.

It’s a wonderful step taken by all parties involved. The Awards will be given out January 22, 2020, at 11:00 a.m.

2. The Stellar 2020 State of the Industry Panel.

What a lineup KBIS has compiled for the KBIS 2020 State of the Industry. The panel will be moderated by Fox Business anchor Melissa Francis and cover critical industry topics, ranging from skilled labor to tariffs to economic shifts. Joining Melissa Francis will be some of the industry’s pre-eminent voices:

  • Adam Sandow, Chairman and CEO of Sandow Media;
  • Katty Pien, CMO of LIXIL Americas;
  • Randy Warner, President of Dacor; and
  • Mikael Akerberg, Chairman and CEO of Nobilia North America.

3. The Innovative Showroom Awards.

The Innovative Showroom Awards panel features a bevy of past winners and notaries, including Peter Salerno, CMKBD (of Peter Salerno Inc.). Salerno won the award in 2015 for his Wyckoff, NJ, showroom; an award he stated was “an honor” to win. Salerno and other notable kitchen and bath designers will help judge this year’s entrants.

4. The KBIS Edit Boutique.

This invitation-only space is a boutique love letter to niche producers. Artisans, small-batch producers, exclusive luxury brands and bespoke manufacturers will display their kitchen and bath wares to the lucky few who enter the KBIS Edit Boutique.

5. The Doobie Brothers.

Yes, you read that right. What good is the work if you can’t celebrate with some play at the end? The remarkable, legendary Doobie Brothers will bring their bluesy classic rock hits to the IBS Closing Concert that rounds out KBIS 2020 on January 23rd at 5 p.m. in the Paradise Event Center.

From Peter Salerno’s Kitchen: Homemade Cavatelli Recipe [PHOTOS]

From Peter Salerno’s Kitchen: Homemade Cavatelli Recipe [PHOTOS]

Peter Salerno’s Personal Recipe for Homemade Cavatelli

Peter Salerno's ingredients list for his secret family homemade cavatelli recipe!
Peter Salerno’s ingredients list for his secret family homemade cavatelli recipe!

With the holidays in full swing, Peter Salerno and his family are spending more and more time in his custom designed, award-winning kitchens than ever. But sometimes instead of designing kitchens, Peter is at home in his own kitchen designing authentic, homemade Italian meals.

Recently, Peter and his family (wife Tracy, son Anthony and daughter-in-law Eve, daughter Gabrielle and son-in-law Brian) gathered for a delicious homemade Italian dinner, which included the Salerno family recipe for the perfect cavatelli.

Now, the Salerno family recipe for cavatelli is supposed to be a well-kept secret – but it’s the holidays, and Peter Salerno felt like sharing just a “little bit” of the family recipe. (Just like his award-winning kitchen designs: what good are they if they’re not shared with others?)

So Peter’s sharing his surprisingly simple list of ingredients for the perfect homemade cavatelli recipe with you here, as well as some pictures from his preparation of the dish. As for the preparation steps themselves? Well, those may have to come at another time. After all, Peter’s parents might have something to say about that!

Peter Salerno’s Homemade Cavatelli Recipe Ingredients

  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 lb. ricotta cheese

Peter Salerno's ingredients list for his secret family homemade cavatelli recipe!


From humble beginnings as strips of homemade dough on the Salerno kitchen counter…

Peter Salerno's ingredients list for his secret family homemade cavatelli recipe!


The beginnings of Peter Salerno’s delicious homemade cavatelli recipe begin to take shape (literally!)…


Peter Salerno's ingredients list for his secret family homemade cavatelli recipe!

The Trendiest PANTONE Greens For Christmas 2019 | A Design Guide

The Trendiest PANTONE Greens For Christmas 2019 | A Design Guide

Which green is the RIGHT green for Christmas design in 2019? In a recent article, we laid out the six trendiest red PANTONE colors for this holiday season. Push aside the poinsettia and tie up some mistletoe, because it’s time for green to take center stage for Christmas design!

As usual, we turn to the team at PANTONE to assist our color design decisions.

The six green shades trending for Christmas 2019 design come directly from the latest PANTONE trend reports – from 2019, Spring 2020, & the color palette suggestions for Classic Blue, the 2020 Pantone Color of the Year.

Water Nymph is perhaps our favorite of all the trending green PANTONE colors. Set as a metallic complement to Classic Blue in textile palettes, we love the accompanying color in virtually all formats (PANTONE 20-0187 TPM, for reference). Explore the Metallic Shimmer, but don’t rule out designing with the “matte” version as well – it’s a lush medium green we can’t resist at Christmas.

2020 seems to be ushering in some blue-green color choices, and we’ve chosen Forest Biome (PANTONE 19-5230 TCX) from their ranks. Several green tones on our list evoke images of food and spices in your holiday kitchen (Green Olive, Chive).

Rounding out our “list of six” are the 2019 standout Eden and the cheery Classic Blue palette companion Jasmine Green. Whether your Christmas design aesthetic is “merry and bright” or “Holly and Ivy”, we think you’ll find a trendy PANTONE shade of green to love this holiday season on our list!

6 Trendy Greens for Christmas 2019

Water Nymph

PANTONE 2019 Christmas green color Water Nymph


PANTONE 2019 Christmas green color Eden

Forest Biome

PANTONE 2019 Christmas green color Forest Biome


PANTONE 2019 Christmas green color Chive

Jasmine Green

PANTONE 2019 Christmas green color Jasmine Green

Green Olive

PANTONE 2019 Christmas green color Green Olive