Sleek, Stylish Beach House Bathroom Design

Design Your Summer Beach House’s Ideal Bathroom

Update your beach house bathroom to be sleek, stylish and inviting.
Update your beach house bathroom to be sleek, stylish and inviting. (Credit Peter Rymwid)

The phrase “beach house bathroom” has conjured up the wrong images for far too long. Ratty throws, sandy floors, and outdated showers and tubs once dominated the bathrooms of summer homes, as homeowners were preoccupied with all the things that could go wrong with its design.

Instead, why not focus on what can go right? The summer of 2013 is the perfect opportunity to update your beach home’s bathroom to a sleek, stylish appearance that reflects the pride and presentation that you’ve built into the rest of your space.

Many of the questions that beach house owners have about updating their bathroom designs seem logical.

“Why should I invest in the bathroom; it’s just going to get dirty!” “What happens when family and guests track sand all over?” “Shouldn’t I just consider my beach home’s bathroom as a glorified mud room?”

The answer to all these concerns is a simple one. Your family, friends and guests will inherently assign the same value to any room in your home that you do – bathroom included. If you invest the time, focus and proper design elements towards making your beach house bathroom sleek, stylish and beautiful, its users will treat it with the same care and respect.

Great views and open floor plans can maximize your beach house bathroom's space.
Great views and open floor plans can maximize your beach house bathroom’s space. (Credit Peter Rymwid)

Great views and open floor plans can maximize the space in your beach house bathroom. As Ren Miller, editor-in-chief of Design New Jersey magazine, stated in our Summer 2013 interview, “Views are important – get some big windows in your vacation home!” Make sure the designer handling your bathroom space values clean, functional design.

Also, don’t be afraid to trade in those ratty rugs and throws for tile floors. They’re much easier to clean and maintain, and once again – if you present a beautiful space, it is bound to be respected by your guests.

Finally, if you are dealing with an interior or narrow bathroom space, and space is at a premium, there are still creative design solutions! In our photo example at the top of the article, note the use of floor-to-ceiling mirrors to present the illusion of a larger space. Also, our design team was sure to stack as much functional storage as possible within the beautiful vanity and mirror combination on the far wall.

A great designer or design firm can make the most of any beach house bathroom, large or small. For more information on how Peter Salerno and his team can be of service, please visit their website.

Your Spacious Summer Kitchen Design Tips for 2017

Summer Home Kitchen Design Tips To Maximize Your Space

So you’re thinking about creating the perfect summer kitchen. That’s fantastic! What better way to share one of the most intimate rooms of your home with friends, family and guests than by creating an inviting, warm summer kitchen in which to share meals and memories?

Updating your kitchen, of course, can seem daunting. Where do you start? What should you value? And what special design elements can you implement to add the warmth and joy of summer into your kitchen – whether it’s for a vacation home, or all year round?

Create an inviting summer kitchen with open floor plans and a splash of color.
Create an inviting summer kitchen with open floor plans and a splash of color. (Credit Peter Rymwid)

Our expert design friends at Peter Salerno Inc. are here to help with a few design tips (and some great photography, courtesy of Peter Rymwid). With our help, you can transform your kitchen into an inviting space sure to please your loved ones and guests for years to come.

Tip #1: Utilize an open floor plan.

Make sure your kitchen has enough space to accommodate as many guests as you may have. This doesn’t just include comfortable seating – there needs to be space in which to maneuver. Also, it’s important that the person utilizing the kitchen feels just as much a part of your gathering as anyone else, so make sure he or she can easily see and be seen by your guests!

Tip #2: Multiple seating areas.

The same summer kitchen design, from another angle. Notice the added seating!
The same summer kitchen design, from another angle. Notice the added seating! (Credit Peter Rymwid)

Take a look at this second photo. Surprise – it’s the same kitchen as above! Adding a center island with bar-style seating is a fantastic way to provide your guests with more areas to relax and enjoy themselves. It also provides the “chef du jour” with the opportunity to interact more intimately with your guests. Creating this island seating space also ensures that you can accommodate more people without detracting from your open floor plan.

Tip #3: Have fun with summer color(s)…

…but don’t go overboard! Pick one or two bright, friendly summer tones to accent your kitchen (notice our combination of clean white and light nautical blue). You can easily add color to your space by setting out fresh fruit and vegetables, bringing in fresh flowers, and/or setting out enticing foods and drinks (like a great bottle of red wine or a tall pitcher of rosemary lemonade – you can find the recipe for that here!).

Of course, when it comes to designing your dream summer kitchen, there’s no better place to start than a visit to your trusted design experts. With 30 years of custom, award-winning kitchen and cabinetry design experience, turn to Peter Salerno and our top-notch team to create your ideal summer kitchen with love and care.

For more information on Peter Salerno Inc. and their award-winning summer kitchen designs, please visit their website.

Tesoro 21st Century Classics: Jaw-Dropping Kitchen Design Photos

Traditional luxury will never go out of style. 

A beautiful Peter Salerno Inc. kitchen design. (Credit Peter Rymwid)
A beautiful Peter Salerno Inc. kitchen design. (Credit Peter Rymwid)

That is the thought process behind the Tesoro ™ Collection, a series of traditional kitchen designs that mix old-world design theory and modern technological amenities.

The Tesoro ™ Collection is a trademark of Peter Salerno Inc., the most-award winning custom kitchen and bath design firm of the 21st century.

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

From the Peter Salerno Inc. website:

About Tesoro ™…

In Italian “tesoro” means “treasure.” When you step into one of our Tesoro™ kitchens, you are stepping into an interactive treasure box created for you by the highest awarded design firm of this century.

Tesoro™ is the best of Classic and Old World design re-imagined for the 21st Century. Tesoro™ features our own moldings, colors, woods, reclaimed tin hoods, and reclaimed tin panels to ensure a truly one-of-a-kind space unequaled in luxury.

The combination of classical and contemporary speaks directly to the three generations of family artisans that comprise the Salerno legacy. Peter Salerno’s father, Rosolino, was a master craftsman and cabinetmaker trained in Sicily. He passed his love of fine craftsmanship on to his son, and Peter’s artistic vision coupled with his father’s “old world” training created a design dynasty.

Peter Salerno's 2014 NKBA Best Kitchen. (Credit Peter Rymwid)

Peter Salerno’s idea behind the Tesoro ™ Collection is simple: classic, beautiful design can be timeless, but functionality of that design needs to remain current. By crafting luxurious traditional kitchen designs around aesthetically beautiful and modern appliances, the Tesoro ™ Collection from Peter Salerno Inc. is something to behold.

Many Tesoro ™ Collection kitchen designs offer custom designed and created hoods made of reclaimed tin ceilings from around the world. Not only does Peter Salerno create a new life from recycled materials, but each pattern comes with a backstory. Some of his patterns have been taken from gas stations on Rt 66, cafes and jazz clubs in New Orleans, and speakeasies owned by Al Capone. These hoods are truly unique and are only available through Peter Salerno Inc.

Peter Salerno's gorgeous French-inspired Princeton kitchen is in his design portfolio

You can see even more examples of Peter Salerno Inc.’s world-class by visiting their Houzz page, logging onto their website, or visiting their Wyckoff and Mendham, New Jersey showrooms.

NKBA Features Peter Salerno Inc. in ‘Profile of Excellence’

See Peter Salerno Inc.’s NKBA Design Profile of Excellence

We at “Design Your Lifestyle” are humbled to have the support and patronage of Peter Salerno Inc., our world-renowned parent company. Since 2002, Peter Salerno Inc. has won more national design awards for custom kitchen and bath design than any design company in North America.

A large portion of those awards have come from the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA), one of the finest organizations of design professionals in the world. Peter Salerno and his team have earned 22 prestigious NKBA (and KBIS) awards over a span of 14 years, which includes Best Overall Kitchen design awards in 2008 and 2012.

Peter and Anthony Salerno with Andrew Mackenzie and Ash Sukumar of the NKBA.
Peter and Anthony Salerno with Andrew Mackenzie and Ash Sukumar of the NKBA.

Recently, the NKBA featured Peter Salerno and Peter Salerno Inc. in a “Profile of Excellence” article that we loved and wanted to share with you. The author, Johnna Beckmann, paints a holistic view of Peter’s success – from approach to concept through rewards and gratitude. It’s a highly informative piece that provides insight into Peter Salerno Inc.’s award-quality mission and design approach.

An excerpt from the Peter Salerno Inc. NKBA “Profile of Excellence” article:

“Being an NKBA Design Competition winner has given me and my business increased exposure and credibility,“ says Salerno. “Because of it, I’ve been offered new projects all over the world, most recently kitchen designs in both Russia and Canada.”

Several of Salerno’s award winning projects have been featured on HGTV.com and in magazines like Kitchen & Bath Design News, Signature Kitchen and Baths, Home Style, Design New Jersey, (201) Magazine and Bergen Magazine. Winning also landed him a spot in an NBC video showcasing New Jersey mansions and led to consulting jobs with White River Millwork, Inc. and Enkeboll Design. Not to mention the multiple job offers that have come about due to the award.

The award brands you a part of an elite group of designers and exposes you to an entirely new client base according to Salerno, and he encourages all NKBA designer members to consider entering the competition.”

We strongly encourage you to read the full article!

The 2012 NKBA Kitchen of the Year, featured in Peter Salerno's online design portfolio.
The 2012 NKBA Kitchen of the Year, featured in Peter Salerno’s online design portfolio.

About the NKBA, courtesy of their website:

The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) is the not-for-profit trade association that owns the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show® (KBIS), as part of Design and Construction Week ® (DCW). With nearly 14,000 member companies representing tens of thousands of members in all segments of the kitchen and bath industry, the NKBA has educated and led the industry since the association’s founding in 1963. The NKBA envisions a world where everyone enjoys safe, beautiful and functional kitchen and bath spaces. The mission of the NKBA is to inspire, lead and empower the kitchen and bath industry through the creations of certifications, marketplaces and networks.

Discover the La Cornue Chateau Range Series

Discover the La Cornue Chateau Range Series

Welcome to another installment of the La Cornue Experience courtesy of our parent company, Peter Salerno Inc..

When one thinks of the finest cooking ranges in the world, one brand should immediately come to mind: the La Cornue Chateau Series. Referred to as the “crown jewel” of La Cornue, the Chateau is available in over 8,000 configurations, all hand-made to order based on your individual requirements, personal cooking needs and design specifications.

Today we present the luxurious and stunning La Cornue Chateau Series. (Credit La Cornue USA)
Today we present the luxurious and stunning La Cornue Chateau Series. (Credit La Cornue USA)

Based on the patented vaulted oven designed by Albert Dupuy in 1908, the Chateau Series provides an elite cooking experience customized to every owner. Utilizing the very best in oven design and a virtually limitless array of design modifications, you can be certain that your Chateau Series cooking range and oven is not only the best money can buy, but also your very own.

The Chateau Series: Your Personalized Luxury Cooking Experience

The Chateau Series is available in six sizes, from the compact Chateau 75 to the expansive, six-foot Grand Palais 180. The Chateau 75 and Chateau 90 each offer one oven in either gas or electric as well as a variety of cooktop options to meet the needs of any chef. The Chateau 120 and 150 feature two standard vaulted ovens in either gas or electric, while the Chateau 165 offers one standard and one grand vaulted oven. Finally, the Grand Palais 180 offers the very best in oven design, with one grand vaulted gas oven and one grand vaulted electric oven.

Each Chateau Series oven offers a minimum of six cooktop configurations (there are up to 11 configurations in the Chateau 150), ensuring that any Chateau can be personalized to the specific needs of your kitchen. From gas burners to French plaques, power burners to electric plates, gas lava-rock grills to electric griddles, the La Cornue Chateau Series offers versatile, world-class cooktop solutions.

The beautiful Grand Palais 180 in one of its limitless design configurations. (Credit La Cornue USA)
The beautiful Grand Palais 180 in one of its limitless design configurations. (Credit La Cornue USA)

The Grand Palais 180 is not only the most luxurious La Cornue cooking range and oven, it is also one of La Cornue’s most customizable pieces. The grand vaulted and vaulted ovens boast a powerful 22,000 BTU, and the Grand Palais is available as a full oven piece or as a Table Grand Palais for cooktop features only, providing maximum luxury in minimal space.

From brushed black to French blue, British racing green to antique white with flowers, the Chateau Series can be created in a virtually limitless combination of colors and accents. Since each Chateau Series range and oven is hand-made for you in La Cornue’s atelier outside Paris, you can be confident your personal design tastes will be catered to in meticulous fashion. And whether you prefer brass, steel or copper, your Chateau will come with the finest accent pieces.

Another view of the La Cornue Chateau Grand Palais 180. (Credit La Cornue USA)
Another view of the La Cornue Chateau Grand Palais 180. (Credit La Cornue USA)

If you wish to see the luxurious La Cornue Chateau Series for yourself, schedule an appointment to see Peter Salerno Inc.’s showroom at 511 Goffle Road, Wyckoff, NJ. The Chateau is the centerpiece of their showroom’s main display, and they couldn’t be prouder of the company’s fine relationship with La Cornue, Purcell Murray, and Purcell Murray representative Craig Kmiecik.

Discover the CornuFé Series From La Cornue

A Look At The La Cornue CornuFé Series

Note: Portions of this article are taken from an original series run by this blog.

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.

Credit: La Cornue, 2013. All rights reserved. La Cornue CornuFé 110 range.
Credit: La Cornue, 2013. All rights reserved. La Cornue CornuFé 110 range.

Our parent company, 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.

In our opinion, the La Cornue product line begins with the CornuFé Series, the most streamlined and space-efficient line of La Cornue cooking ranges. Although your CornuFé range may be smaller than the CornuFé 1908 or Château range, it certainly does not lack in diversity, power, or beauty.

La Cornue CornuFé Range Specs and Info

Each CornuFé range boasts a choice of either one or two electric convection ovens, which provide seven distinct cooking modes. This allows the CornuFé the versatility needed to fulfill any recipe or culinary creation imaginable. The French enamel side-swing doors allow tremendous ease of entry and motion, and each CornuFé range comes with four interior oven racks – two flat and two dropped. In addition, the CornuFé includes two enamel baking trays and a trivet.

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

Each of the seven distinct cooking modes in CornuFé range ovens – thaw & serve, convection oven, convection broiling, convection assisted, conventional oven, browning and warming – covers its own array of recipes, foods and preparations. From the even-heat baking of the convection oven mode, to door-closed broiling for meat and fish, to simple crisping of quiches and pizza using the warming feature, the CornuFé range is versatile enough to handle the needs of any chef, home or professional.

The CornuFé range also has a French-inspired five burner cooktop that combines ample cooking space with unmatched power. 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.

The CornuFé 110, with its powerful five-burner cooktop, in stainless steel.
The CornuFé 110, with its powerful five-burner cooktop, in stainless steel. (Credit: La Cornue, 2013, all rights reserved.) 

Beyond the sheer power, versatility and cooking options the CornuFé range provides, the line is available in eight beautiful colors and three trim accents, which can be combined to match the taste of the owner. 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 series is available in two sizes: the CornuFé 90 (90 cm width, or 35.4 inches) and the CornuFé 110 (110 cm width, or 43 inches).

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.

Kitchen Design + Pantone Spring 2017 Colors: An Ideabook

Kitchen Design + Pantone Spring 2017 Colors: An Ideabook

When the most award-winning North American kitchen and bath designer of this century offers you free reign over their design photos, you don’t say no.

Such was the case when our parent company, Peter Salerno Inc., let us peruse their gallery of award-winning kitchen designs as design inspiration for the Spring 2017 season.

When designing with Pantone Spring 2017 colors (or around any color palette), keep this in mind: you don’t have to use the color as a primary feature (or even “use” the color at all) to achieve your desired effect!

For example, look at the jazzy second kitchen design featured under Pink Yarrow. The “hot pink” effect is created by dramatic lighting and reflections off stainless steel appliances. Upon closer inspection, you’ll notice none of the design elements are pink at all – but the layout and construction of this “rock and roll” kitchen design does the trick.

Whether you love the light, airy bloom colors (Primrose Yellow), a classic neutral (Hazelnut) or a bold but reliable blue (Lapis Blue), we have you covered in the latest installment of our Pantone Spring 2017 Kitchen Design Ideabook, courtesy of Peter Salerno Inc.! Enjoy!

Primrose Yellow

Pantone Spring 2017 color trends: Primrose Yellow injects pure sunshine into spring.
Pantone Spring 2017 color trends: Primrose Yellow injects pure sunshine into spring.

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

Pink Yarrow

Pantone Spring 2017 color trends: The arresting Pink Yarrow turns heads.
Pantone Spring 2017 color trends: The arresting Pink Yarrow turns heads.

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

Hazelnut

Pantone Spring 2017 color trends: Hazelnut is a warm, nutty neutral that balances the collection.

A beautiful wine cellar designed by Peter Salerno, Inc.
A beautiful wine cellar designed by Peter Salerno, Inc.

Lapis Blue

Pantone Spring 2017 color trends: The bold but steady Lapis Blue.
Pantone Spring 2017 color trends: The bold but steady Lapis Blue.

Credit Peter Rymwid, Peter Salerno Inc. custom kitchen design, 2014 Best Kitchen