Winter 2018 Color Design Trend | Black, Gold + Off-White Dazzle

Winter 2018 Color Design Trend | Black, Gold + Off-White Dazzle

The combination of black, gold, and off-white is a stunner, and it’s all the rage this Winter 2018-19 design season.

And why not? The timeless sturdiness of black, the dazzling punch of gold, and the trendy neutral off-white are the perfect blend of transitional and timeless. Used to proper effect, this color combination can make its way from a seasonal trend to a lasting color design scheme in your home.

The luxurious, crisp combination of these 3 colors is often associated with New Year’s celebrations – so why not apply them to your entire winter color design scheme by extension?

The wonderful thing about the combination of black, gold and off-white tones is how relative they are with the trend towards neutral and white tones in kitchen and bath design. With bases in black, taupe/beige (gold tones) and off-white, this color palette covers virtually all your neutral tone bases, while still creating plenty of visual interest.

We’ve selected two sample Pantone color palettes for this Winter 2018-19 color design trend, then broken down the six Pantone colors separately with their Pantone reference codes for easy identification.

Which palette do you prefer? Do you prefer classy and demure, or bold and glossy?

Winter 2018-19 Color Design Trend | Sample Pantone Palettes

1. Blackened Pearl, Bright Gold and Snow White

Pantone Winter 2018-19 Color Palette: Blackened Pearl, Bright Gold, Snow White
Pantone Winter 2018-19 Color Palette: Blackened Pearl, Bright Gold, Snow White

2. Black Onyx, Artisan’s Gold and Eggnog

Pantone Winter 2018-19 Color Palette: Black Onyx, Artisan's Gold, Eggnog
Pantone Winter 2018-19 Color Palette: Black Onyx, Artisan’s Gold, Eggnog

Winter 2018-19 Color Design Trend | Black Tones

Blackened Pearl (Pantone 19-3917)

Blackened Pearl Pantone 19-3917

Black Onyx (Pantone 19-4003)

Black Onyx Pantone 19-4003

Winter 2018-19 Color Design Trend | Gold Tones

Bright Gold (Pantone 16-0947)

Bright Gold Pantone 16-0947

Artisan’s Gold (Pantone 15-1049)

Artisan's Gold Pantone 15-1049

Winter 2018-19 Color Design Trend | Off-White Tones

Snow White (Pantone 11-0602)

Snow White Pantone 11-0602

Eggnog (Pantone 12-0601)

Eggnog Pantone 12-0601

Christmas 2018 Decor: Six Beautiful Shades of PANTONE Red

The Perfect Shades of Red For Christmas 2018 Decor

Christmas 2018 is right around the corner! One of the most beautiful times of the year for decor and design, the holiday season is full of festive, inviting colors – not the least of which is red!

The warmth and beauty of red makes it a wonderful choice one of the “official-unofficial” colors of Christmas (green being the other). From Santa’s suit to poinsettia petals, holiday gift bows to Rudolph’s shiny red nose, the color red is everywhere you turn during the holidays.

Pantone, the world’s foremost color matching system, has put names and coding to every shade of red you could possibly imagine. But which of these red shades are right for your 2018 Christmas decor and designs?

2018’s color design trends taught us that our warm colors need to be bright, cheerful and optimistic. As such, we’ve focused on six perfect shades of Pantone red to add color to your 2018 holiday decorations.

Each of these six red hues embodies one of these core descriptions of 2018 color and style:

  1. A vibrant, lighter shade of red that beckons the eye;
  2. A deeper red based in an earth-toned brown that serves as a more “rustic” shade;
  3. A rich, jewel-tone red that spices up your surroundings.

No matter your taste, here are six fantastic shades of Pantone holiday red (along with their color codes) that are sure to please as core color elements of your 2018 Christmas decor and design!

Christmas Design 2018: Our Six Favorite Pantone Shades of Red

1. Poinsettia (17-1654 TCX)

Poinsettia Pantone color, Christmas 2016 red Pantone colors

2. Poppy Red (17-1664 TCX)

Poppy Red Pantone color, Christmas 2016 red Pantone colors

3. Goji Berry (18-1659 TCX)

Goji Berry Pantone color, Christmas 2016 red Pantone colors

4. Cranberry (17-1545 TCX)

Cranberry Pantone color, Thanksgiving party Pantone colors

5. Red Ochre (18-1442 TCX)

Red Ochre Pantone color, Christmas 2016 red Pantone colors

6. Crimson (19-1762 TCX)

Crimson Pantone color, Christmas 2016 red Pantone colors

November 24, 2018 is Small Business Saturday | A Design Perspective

November 24, 2018 is Small Business Saturday | A Design Perspective

We all know the day after Thanksgiving is Black Friday. But make sure you join us in celebrating Small Business Saturday the next day – Saturday, November 24, 2018!

Small Business Saturday is of particular value to Design Your Lifestyle, as we are a small business whose parent company, Peter Salerno Inc., is a family business with humble roots that has become the most award-winning North American custom kitchen and bath design firm of the 21st century.

Peter Salerno Inc. donates 100 turkeys a year as part of their Thanksgiving and Small Business Saturday mission.
Peter Salerno Inc. donates 100 turkeys a year as part of their Thanksgiving and Small Business Saturday mission.

The same values that make Peter Salerno Inc. an award-winning, world-renowned business are the ones which serve as core tenets of Small Business Saturday:

  1. A focus on personalized customer and client service;
  2. The individualized attention a small business can provide its clients;
  3. User-friendly website design and web development;
  4. Creating a flexible, consumer-centered business experience; and
  5. Paying it forward with support for charities and non-profits in the community.

Each year, Peter Salerno Inc. donates 100 turkeys to a local food bank as part of its mission to give back to the local community. It’s one small way that a company that has prospered for over 20 years in the Bergen County, New Jersey area gives thanks.

“We don’t see it as charity,” a staff member noted. “We see it as part of our responsibility to our community.”

Peter Salerno's 2014 NKBA Best Kitchen. (Credit Peter Rymwid)
Peter Salerno Inc. marries an owner’s personality with world-class design elements.

Peter Salerno Inc. is driven by the same attention to personal detail that makes Small Business Saturday an annual success.

While achieving renown as a world-class kitchen and bath design company, Peter Salerno Inc. has maintained its small business status in order to best serve its clients in a nimble, personalized manner. The idea of “personalized luxury” appeals to Peter and his staff – in short, true luxury is found in a home design that directly reflects those who live in it. Whether it be artistic flourishes (painted flowers in the kitchen to symbolize the birth month of each family member) or construction details that evoke family heritage, Peter Salerno and his team strive to blend the personal touches of a small business with the spectacular design achievements of an award-winning firm.

Support Peter Salerno Inc. and local businesses like it this Small Business Saturday, and keep the community you love strong and vibrant!

Halloween Dessert Recipe: Hazelnut Pumpkin Pie

Halloween Special Dessert Recipe: Hazelnut Pumpkin Pie

Peter Salerno’s Favorite Hazelnut Pumpkin Pie Recipe

Try this delicious Hazelnut Pumpkin Pie recipe, courtesy of TasteOfHome.com and Marie Rizzio.
Try this delicious Hazelnut Pumpkin Pie recipe, courtesy of TasteOfHome.com and Marie Rizzio.

Thanks to a wonderful website called Taste of Home, people from all over North America (and the world!) can share their favorite recipes. Sometimes, the staff at Peter Salerno Inc. finds a real gem of a recipe on this website that comes straight out of a private home kitchen.

This recipe is no different. Marie Rizzio of Interlochen, Michigan, submitted a recipe for Hazelnut Pumpkin Pie, and it looked delicious on paper. When we tried her Hazelnut Pumpkin Pie recipe in real life, it was love from the very first bite.

At Peter Salerno Inc., the passion for creating award-winning custom kitchen designs stems from an understanding that the kitchen is a personal haven where family and friends can meet, eat, and enjoy each other’s company. Based on this Hazelnut Pumpkin Pie, we’re sure that Marie Rizzio’s kitchen is full of love and warmth.

(The recipe states that the hazelnut liqueur is optional – we’ve tried it both ways, and love the flavor that the liqueur brings.)

Try it for yourself – and happy Halloween!

Hazelnut Pumpkin Pie Recipe (courtesy of Taste of Home & Marie Rizzio)

Ingredients
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup cold butter, cubed
5 to 6 tablespoons ice water
1 teaspoon white vinegar

FILLING:
3 eggs, lightly beaten
1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup sour cream
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons hazelnut liqueur, optional
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice

TOPPING:
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons cold butter
1/2 cup chopped hazelnuts
1 tablespoon hazelnut liqueur, optional

For the full directions on how to make this delicious Halloween dish, head over to Taste of Home!

Get Spooky: Best Pantone Fall 2018 Colors for Halloween Design

Get Spooky: Best Pantone Fall 2018 Colors for Halloween Design

Halloween is right around the corner, and it’s time for savvy designers to start putting together the decor, design and color schemes for their spook-tacular Halloween parties!

There’s no better way to show off your design panache than by incorporating this season’s trendiest colors and tones. For this year, that means utilizing the Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 Color Palette. From the surprising set of 10 fall 2018 tones to the ‘classic colors’ add-on, this season’s Pantone palette is vivid and varied, giving you a plethora of color design options.

But which Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 colors are right for Halloween?

Spoiler alert: we’re going to build around Russet Orange. (Obviously.)

But where do we go from Russet Orange? Perhaps a ghostly gray and a lush green from a witch’s brew; maybe a toxic yellow or a blood-red tone?

The most wonderful aspect of the Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 Color Palette is its sheer variety. We’re unaccustomed to seeing so many warm tones (multiple yellows and reds in the fall?!) in an autumn color collection, and it’s a refreshing change to see virtually every shade of falling leaves included.

So which five of Pantone’s Fall/Winter 2018 colors made the eerie grade for our Halloween color design list? Here they are!

1. Russet Orange (Pantone 16-1255 TCX) – the ‘pumpkin orange’ base tone

Russet Orange Pantone Fall/Winter 2018

2. Quiet Gray (Pantone 14-4107 TCX) – the eerie, ‘ghostly gray’

Quiet Gray Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 Classic Color HTML Hex RGB

3. Valiant Poppy (Pantone 18-1549 TCX) – the bright, ‘blood red’

Valiant Poppy Pantone Fall/Winter 2018

4. Quetzal Green (Pantone 18-5025 TCX) – the ‘witches and potions green’

Quetzal Green Pantone Fall/Winter 2018

5. Limelight (Pantone 12-0740 TCX) – the glaring, ‘toxic yellow’

Limelight Pantone Fall/Winter 2018

Fall in Love With White Truffle Season in Italy

Fall in Love With White Truffle Season in Italy

Fall is truly an adventure in Italy’s Piedmont region, as locals, foodies and tourists alike begin the hunt for white truffles. 

October to early December marks the Italian truffle season – especially the elusive and highly prized white truffle, which routinely sells at upwards of $1,000 a pound!

Peter Salerno's homemade white truffle and pasta dish.Peter Salerno's homemade white truffle and pasta dish.
Peter Salerno’s homemade white truffle and pasta dish.

According to Essential Italy, a leading Italian travel site: “Although truffles are generally found in the regions of Piedmont, Molise and Emilia Romagna, there are plenty to be discovered elsewhere. Tuscany, Umbria and Le Marche are perfect places to visit if you’re hoping to make the most of the truffle season.”

Very few of our acquaintances love Italian cuisine and the fine art of cooking white truffles more than Peter Salerno, the owner and founder of Peter Salerno Inc. (the most award-winning North American kitchen and bath design firm since 2002).

October-December is white truffle season in Italy's Piedmont.
October-December is white truffle season in Italy’s Piedmont.

Together with the fine staff at Urbani Truffles on West End Avenue in New York City, Peter Salerno developed his own white truffle and pasta dish to celebrate the Italian Piedmont’s white truffle season. Check out some exclusive photos of Peter’s trip to Urbani, as well as his finished dish!

More information from our friends at Essential Italy (we URGE you to read their full article!):

If you are in Tuscany in Autumn, one truffle-based event to try is the San Miniato Truffle Fair, known as the La Sagra del Tartufo Bianco. Held in the beautiful medieval hill town of San Miniato in November, the event usually takes place over several weekends – most typically the last three weekends of the month.

Tuscany is home to around 25% of Italy’s white truffle produce so there will be plenty to go around and it’s the go-to region if you are new to truffles. The festival is also a great place to visit for a day out with food and craft stands, as well as entertainment and restaurants that allow you to try their truffle menus. Other festivals in Tuscany include ones held in San Giovanni d’Asso, near to Siena, held on the second and third weekend of November, with a truffle museum open on the weekends.

October-December is white truffle season in Italy's Piedmont.
October-December is white truffle season in Italy’s Piedmont.

The go-to Italian regions for white truffle season are the Italian Piedmont (or Piemonte) region, Le Marche, Tuscany and Umbria. For the ultimate white truffle experience, check out the towns of Acqualagna, Alba, Volterra and Pietralunga, among others!

Feel free to share your favorite white truffle recipes, cooking tips, photos and experiences in the comments section below!

Peter Salerno's homemade white truffle and pasta dish.
Peter Salerno’s homemade white truffle and pasta dish.

Peter Salerno Inc. Presents Custom Wine Cellars + ‘Man Cave Classics’

Peter Salerno Inc. Presents Custom Wine Cellars + ‘Man Cave Classics’

Custom Wine Cellars From Peter Salerno Inc.

The fall is an amazing time to enjoy the perfect bottle of wine with friends, family and loved ones. Thanks to the Man Cave Classics line from Peter Salerno Inc., you can enjoy the world’s best wines in your own custom wine cellar.

Man Cave Classics is a special Peter Salerno Inc. line dedicated to custom wine cellars, “man caves”, cigar bars, humidors, and more. A wine connoisseur in his own right, Peter Salerno is intimately aware of the attributes of an outstanding 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.)

Peter Salerno Inc.’s custom wine cellars are award-winning and completely centered around the client, whether it is a one thousand bottle cellar with a tasting area or a four thousand bottle cellar with a secret passageway from the main cellar to a secret corridor containing your most precious and prized wines and champagnes.

Proper wine storage is a priority, you must have the right balance of humidity and temperature. As wine enthusiasts, the staff at Peter Salerno Inc. understands this, making custom wine cellar construction a company specialty.

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

If you are interested in your own custom wine cellar from Peter Salerno Inc., they offer private, personal consultations for current and prospective design clients. Please fill out the contact form at the bottom of this page for information on the Man Cave Classics line, as well as Peter Salerno’s award-winning kitchen, bath, and custom cabinetry designs.

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