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.

Impressive Interior Design’s Modern Fireplace Tile Ideas

Awesome Design Article From Impressive Interior Design

We at “Design Your Lifestyle” take great pride in sharing the best custom design ideas for your bath, kitchen and home – even if they’re from another blog! Such is the case today, as we happily share with you a great piece from Impressive Interior Design.

Andreea and the team at Impressive Interior Design run an expert, informative blog presented beautifully in a clean, minimalist package. A site that incorporates clean design based on plenty of open space, smart use of neutrals and whites, and eye-popping floral accent colors? We’d say that as “stylish for 2017” as you can get!

The article that caught our eye was “Modern Fireplace Tile Ideas“, a great feature piece that covers trendy, aesthetically-pleasing fireplace tile options. The Impressive Interior Design team leaves no stone (or pebble) unturned, featuring a wide variety of tile options for your fireplace that covers virtually any overall home design.

A beautiful modern fireplace tile design by Peter Salerno Inc., featured by Impressive Interior Designs.
A beautiful modern fireplace tile design by Peter Salerno Inc., featured by Impressive Interior Designs.

The role of the fireplace in living quarters has shifted from simple appliance to a design focal point in recent years, as Impressive Interior Design intelligently points out in this excerpt:

The fireplace is a synonym for a comfortable home, but it is also a place where you can show your designing capabilities.

Modern fireplaces are welcomed in any home because of their easy operation and most importantly the warmth they create.

Good old fireplaces have received a new furnace and design making them the main focal point of the room, the “jewels” in the interior.

The article breaks down modern fireplace tile design ideas into two categories: “style” and “substance”, for lack of an easier breakdown.

Another stunning modern fireplace tile design from Peter Salerno Inc.
Another angle of the stunning modern fireplace tile design from Peter Salerno Inc.

In terms of style, Andreea and her team recommend such trends as patterned tile layout, faux aging of materials and the use of neutrals as core colors. We also love the bold, “throwback” choice of a herringbone tile pattern.

When it comes to substance, we’re dealing with what your fireplace tile is actually made of. From glass to ceramic, pebble to terra cotta, marble to granite, Impressive Interior Designs gives you a variety of options from which to choose – and we like that. An expert designer thrives in creative versatility, and the myriad of options given in this article speaks to its artistic vision and spirit.

For the full article on Modern Fireplace Tile Ideas, check out Impressive Interior Designs!

Artist Spotlight: “Man Cave” Pop Art + Paintings From Jason Cordero

Jason Cordero’s Sick Pop Art And “Dude Culture” Paintings

Attention, Man Cave Dwellers: We have your wall art.

"Just Put on the Glasses": original artwork from Jason Cordero.
“Just Put on the Glasses”: original artwork from Jason Cordero.

Jason Cordero is a pretty cool guy, and a good artist to boot. His current collection of pop art, wall paintings, and mixed media artwork (available for sale) is a pretty sweet collection for any fan of action movies, retro gaming, or just well-constructed eclectic paintings.

From Super Mario to “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, fish tacos to one bad-ass owl, Cordero’s art is a tribute to “dude” pop culture. (Don’t take that to mean that it’s only for men – after all, we have a ton of love for our retro gamer and movie geek gals out there!)

Raccoon Super Mario: original artwork from Jason Cordero.
Raccoon Super Mario: original artwork from Jason Cordero.

Jason isn’t afraid to mix it up when it comes to finding the proper tools to ply his craft. Acrylics, markers, pencil, sugar spray paint, and meticulously cut stencils (some of which take 30-40 hours to create by hand) are some of the media Cordero utilizes to create his art. The resulting pieces manage to occupy the same “theme” visually while casting quite disparate imagery and textures.

From 8″x10″ to 30″x40″ stretched canvas, Cordero’s works range from modest to large in size and are functional in any “man cave”, rec room, or personal space.

"Owl Rising": original artwork from Jason Cordero.
“Owl Rising”: original artwork from Jason Cordero.

We love the idea of hanging Cordero’s work around an entertainment room against light neutral walls, letting the paintings “pop” out around your gaming center, home entertainment system or video game consoles.

Browse through our sample images of Jason Cordero’s eclectic, entertaining pop art, paintings and mixed media work, then click out to browse his gallery of items for sale.


What Colors Do I Use For Mother’s Day? Find Out Here!

Pick These Colors For Mother’s Day Gifts and Designs

Happy Mother’s Day! To the women that raised us, nurtured us, gave us food, clothing and shelter, and sacrificed of themselves to make our lives better – thank you. The words can never be quite enough, but after all you’ve given us, what could be?

It’s that beautiful time of spring, when everything is in bloom, the weather starts getting warm (and staying warm!), and we get to honor the wonderful women in our lives with Mother’s Day gifts, cards and flowers.

A Mother's Day Pantone color design palette.
A Mother’s Day Pantone color design palette.

It can be a slightly awkward affair at times – especially when picking flowers, can’t it? We often find ourselves poring over the floral selection, wondering what each color of roses symbolizes, and whether or not we’re being appropriate (especially if it’s a mother-in-law or a friend!). Are red roses too romantic? Are yellow roses too “friendly” and not “loving enough”?

When it comes to color and design, we here at Design Your Lifestyle like to think we have your back. Coupling our parent company’s knowledge as the most award-winning kitchen design firm in North America this century with our own research into Pantone color system seasonal trends, we’ve come up with the perfect Mother’s Day palette for you!

From warm to cool to neutral, these colors (taken straight from the Pantone color matching system for easy retrieval) are perfectly appropriate – and appropriately perfect! – for Mother’s Day.

The Perfect Colors For Mother’s Day Design

1. Primrose Yellow.

Our lead writer may be a bit biased here: his mother, after all, has a “sunny” disposition when it comes to life and her favorite songs. From “Here Comes the Sun” to “You Are the Sunshine of My Life”, it only seemed appropriate to list the hottest shade of bright, sunny yellow from the Spring 2017 Pantone collection as our #1 color design pick for Mother’s Day.

Primrose Yellow (13-0755 TCX) is optimistic, warm, and friendly – perfect for Mother’s Day. Whether it be yellow roses, carnations, gift wrap, lemon cookies (or a bottle of Limoncello), this shade conveys all the love and warmth you want to show Mom this year.

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

2. Pale Dogwood.

Much like Primrose Yellow, our next color choice comes straight from Pantone’s Spring 2017 color collection. Pale Dogwood (13-1404 TCX) is a light, blushing pink that reflects feminine charm and genuine affection. Unlike a hotter shade of pink (which might set a more romantic or distracting tone), a calmer shade like Pale Dogwood conveys the proper message.

A light shade of pink like this one is a great choice for gift wrap, flowers, table settings, and invitations.

Pantone Spring 2017 color trends: The light, airy Pale Dogwood is an amazing shade of pink.

3. Lily White.

Don’t judge a color by its name! Such is the case with Lily White (11-4301 TCX), which upon further inspection has a subtle hint of green underneath its neutral white tone. The perfect neutral to accompany all 3 of the other shades in this collection, Lily White manages to be a “warm” white to draw some attention in the midst of its pastel compatriots.

Lily White is a beautiful color choice for present packaging or gift wrap/ribbon, table settings, invitations, vases and other textiles, and a great “pairing color” for the others on this list.

Pantone Lily White. 2017 Mother's Day Colors.

4. Violet Tulip.

Roses are a popular floral choice for Mother’s Day bouquets. But a close second to roses are tulips – and a great purple shade with the tulip in mind rounds out this year’s collection of Mother’s Day colors in our Pantone color palette. Violet Tulip (16-3823 TCX) is a cool lavender shade that is soothing to see.

Use a light lavender shade like Violet Tulip in floral arrangements, “bath and spa” gifts, gift wrap, and in room decor if you’re hosting a Mother’s Day brunch or get-together at your home.

Pantone Violet Tulip. 2017 Mother's Day Colors.

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)


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

HGTV’s Must-See Spring Color Trends For 2017

HGTV Delivers Spring 2017 Color Trends and Advice

One of our go-to articles for Spring 2017 lifestyle and design is courtesy of HGTV’s Chelsey Bowen. Her piece, “Must-See Spring Color Trends”, is a practical-yet-stunning guide to freshening up the colors that define your home design.

The moment Pantone revealed its Spring 2017 official color palette, it was clear we were in for a bright, natural and vibrant year in color design. From natural tones like Greenery, Kale and Hazelnut to eye-popping tones like Pink Yarrow and Flame, Pantone made it clear that spring most certainly “sprung” in 2017 design trends.

What we love about Chelsey Bowen’s HGTV article regarding spring color trends is that every one of her tips is applicable to a real living space. All too often, fashion and home designers create motifs and designs that just don’t have much real-world application. Chelsey takes great care to ensure that all her Spring 2017 color and design tips can (and will) work in virtually any home of any size and budget.

These 8 HGTV tips for smart spring home design range from powerful blocks of color to intelligent use of neutral tones, and from luxurious and opulent to sleek and simple.

Here are just a few of our favorite trends spotted by Chelsey Bowen and the team at HGTV. For the full list (and photo gallery), head over to the full article on HGTV’s website.

Spring 2017 Color Trend #1: “Classic Meets Chic”

“Liven up traditional design with the hottest spring colors,” Chelsey Bowen suggests, and we couldn’t agree more. Traditional kitchen design (like the one pictured from Peter Salerno Inc.’s Tesoro collection) never goes out of style – in fact, a traditional design is a smart choice for long-term home owners.

Peter Salerno Inc.'s award-winning 2015 kitchen design. Photo credit Peter Rymwid.
A Peter Salerno Inc. award-winning kitchen design. Photo credit Peter Rymwid.

To give that traditional kitchen a new “pop” for spring, try utilizing the “it colors” of the season. In this example, Peter Salerno and his team use a Provence blue La Cornue range (much like Pantone’s Niagara) as the central focus for a kitchen design and couples that with the light blue shade on the island base. The design also uses pops of Hazelnut in the backsplash and fresh greens and vegetables to add yellows and reds to the aesthetic.

Spring 2017 Color Trend #2: “Luxurious Surroundings”

Chelsey’s take on “luxurious surroundings” includes keeping the palette “light and airy”, a nod to the natural, outdoorsy feel of this season’s Pantone colors. Light blues and yellows, tidy neutrals and plenty of ambient light help create an air of class, distinction and elegance to your home design.

Add fresh colors to your kitchen design for Summer 2016!
Peter Salerno Inc. award-winning custom kitchen design.

This kitchen design uses a touch of summery yellow wallpaper and recessed interior cabinet lighting (along with dimmed island lighting and a dining room chandelier) to create a warm, amber touch of elegance and class. The rest of the design is kept stately and distinct with bright, clean whites and warm neutral wood tones, and the open floor plan allows for plenty of ambient light.

Spring 2017 Color Trend #3: “Modern Take on Neutral”

With all the eye-catching color adorning Spring 2017 designs, neutrals must play a role to keep balance. Unlike the past, however, “neutral” is no longer synonymous with “boring” or “old-fashioned”. Rather, the proper use of intriguing neutrals and brilliant whites can work wonders in a modern design setting.

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

For example, this gorgeous transitional kitchen design manages to convey modernity while being almost entirely comprised of white and taupe/brown neutrals. The trick, as designer Peter Salerno Inc. explained to “Design Your Lifestyle”, is all in being creative while maintaining a natural flow. We adore the statement island lighting (Exter 16-jar pendants from Pottery Barn), and the slightly out-sized unique stainless steel island countertop (1 1/2″ Stainless Steel by EMI Industries in Boonton, NJ).

Peter Salerno Inc.’s Mendham Showroom Celebrates 1st Anniversary!

Peter Salerno Inc.’s Mendham Showroom Celebrates 1st Anniversary!

One year ago, Peter Salerno Inc. took a leap of faith and opened its second showroom – a quaint but luxurious space along West Main Street in historic Mendham, New Jersey. The move reminded Peter Salerno and his wife Tracy of the risk they took in 1997, when they opened their first showroom location in Wyckoff, New Jersey.

Since their first showroom opened, Peter Salerno Inc. has become the most award-winning North American custom kitchen and bath design firm of the 21st century. Even when their re-designed main showroom in Wyckoff, New Jersey, was named Most Innovative Small Showroom by KBIS in 2015, there was still a need for expansion.

World-class Peter Salerno Inc. kitchen design in the new Peter Salerno Inc. boutique showroom in Mendham, NJ.
World-class Peter Salerno Inc. kitchen design in the new Peter Salerno Inc. boutique showroom in Mendham, NJ.

With that expansion came the need for greater display space, and Peter’s business family (and actual family) began to look into a satellite showroom. That search led them to beautiful Mendham, New Jersey, a charming town along the famed Patriot’s Path of Revolutionary War lore.

The new Peter Salerno Inc. showroom (located at 5 West Main Street, Mendham, NJ) features multiple custom kitchen design solutions focusing on a blend of classic and contemporary transitional kitchen design. A rustic awning and opulent, original stained glass adorn the front window and invite you inside.

Once inside the Mendham showroom, Peter Salerno dazzles you with fresh white walls and tile resting atop custom kitchen cabinetry. This showcases the perfect blend of “new school” transitional kitchen design and “old world” custom Maestro Rosolino cabinetry that is the hallmark of Peter Salerno Inc. custom kitchen design. Clients can also procure exclusive, unique pieces from the brand new EDGES custom cutlery collection.

The new Peter Salerno Inc. boutique showroom in Mendham, NJ.
The new Peter Salerno Inc. boutique showroom in Mendham, NJ.

From there, you are taken on a “mini” tour of the signature style that has made Peter Salerno Inc. the most award-winning kitchen and bath design firm in North America this century. The boutique showroom features a mix of classic and contemporary, traditional and transitional kitchen design. A large high-definition screen gives our clients a further look into the state-of-the-art Peter Salerno Inc. design portfolio.

The heart of Mendham was the perfect place for Peter Salerno Inc.’s satellite showroom, which balances a charming blend of high-end, world-class kitchen design with the charm of one of the most historic suburbs in New Jersey.

For more information about the one-year anniversary of Peter Salerno Inc.’s Mendham, New Jersey showroom, please call (201) 251-6608 or fill out the contact form below. Congratulations to Peter Salerno and his family on this milestone!