August 17th is National Nonprofits’ Day: Join In!

August 17th is National Nonprofits’ Day: Join In!

August 17th is National Nonprofits’ Day in the United States. It’s a day when individuals, businesses and organizations are encouraged to find, support, donate to and raise awareness for nonprofit organizations that resonate with them.

The 2017 Lavallette Breast Cancer Walk logo.
The 2017 Lavallette Breast Cancer Walk logo.

Nonprofit organizations don’t just raise funds and awareness for worthy causes; they are a vital part of the American economy. According to Johns Hopkins and Tactical Philanthrophy Reports, the nonprofit sector provided 5.4% of the entire U.S. GDP in 2012 – a figure that rounds out to $887.3 billion dollars.

The primary goals of nonprofits are, of course, altruism, research and awareness. Each of us has been positively impacted by a nonprofit in some way during our lives, whether directly or to the benefit of friends or family. National Nonprofits’ Day is the perfect opportunity to “jumpstart” your altruistic side and support a nonprofit that means something special to you or your business.

Peter Salerno at the 2017 Lavallette Breast Cancer Walk.
Peter Salerno at the 2017 Lavallette Breast Cancer Walk.

For our parent company Peter Salerno Inc., that support manifests itself every year in the form of the Lavallette Breast Cancer Walk. The walk occurs in Lavallette, New Jersey, and is hosted by the American Cancer Society, the Tone Foundation and the Lavallette Municipal Alliance. August 6, 2017 marked the 14th annual Lavallette Breast Cancer Walk.

Peter Salerno once again participated in the walk on behalf of his company and family, as well as family and loved ones who have bravely battled breast cancer. Peter Salerno Inc. is a proud sponsor of the 14th annual Lavallette Breast Cancer Walk.

Peter Salerno Inc. is a proud sponsor of the 2017 Lavallette Breast Cancer Walk.
Peter Salerno Inc. is a proud sponsor of the 2017 Lavallette Breast Cancer Walk.

The ways you can support a nonprofit you care about are innumerable. From donations of money to donations of time, from raising awareness to collecting goods and capital, getting involved with a nonprofit organization is rewarding to you and the world around you!

Take it from us – nonprofit organizations are always happy for your support, so don’t be shy about reaching out to one that means something to you! 

Celebrate National Parents’ Day With Us July 23rd

Celebrate National Parents’ Day With Us July 23rd

July 23rd is National Parents’ Day, and that’s starting to mean more and more in our office as the years go by.

After all, there are now FOUR generations of Salernos involved in the life of our parent company, Peter Salerno Inc. – the most award-winning North American kitchen and bath design firm of this century.

Peter, Ross, and Anthony Salerno in a custom Peter Salerno kitchen. (Credit Peter Rymwid)
Peter, Rosolino, and Anthony Salerno in a custom Peter Salerno kitchen. (Credit Peter Rymwid)

It all started with the “Maestro” himself, Rosolino Salerno (Peter’s father). Rosolino worked tirelessly to become a master cabinetmaker and craftsman in Sicily before coming to the United States to start his family. Rosolino’s son Peter grew up in his father’s workshop and soon developed a love for woodwork, fine craftsmanship and world-class design.

After Peter Salerno’s tour of duty as an ensign in the United States Navy, he came home to begin a design career of his own – and did he ever.

(L to R) Anthony, Gabrielle, Tracy and Peter Salerno in the Peter Salerno Inc. showroom.(Photo: Andrew Bisdale)
(L to R) Anthony, Gabrielle, Tracy and Peter Salerno in the Peter Salerno Inc. showroom.(Photo: Andrew Bisdale)

Since 2002, no custom kitchen and bath design firm has been more awarded or lauded than Peter Salerno Inc. Peter and his wife Tracy have created a legacy of kitchen and bath design that has made Peter’s father proud. All the while, Rosolino has kept a watchful, expert eye over his son’s business, and his knowledge and expertise has been invaluable to Peter’s business.

To the delight of Peter and the Peter Salerno Inc. family, both of his children (Anthony and Gabrielle) became part of the family business, as a third generation of Salernos entered the custom kitchen and bath design industry.

Gabrielle has become an invaluable part of the daily business at Peter Salerno Inc., managing clients, orders, and presenting a warm, friendly face to everyone who enters their showroom. Anthony has become a craftsman and knife designer (EDGES custom cutlery), and was recently named to the prestigious NKBA 25 Under 25 list.

Jesse Caren Salerno christening, photos courtesy of Peter Salerno Inc., 2016.
Jesse Caren Salerno christening, photos courtesy of Peter Salerno Inc., 2016.

In a continuation of family blessings, both Anthony and Gabrielle have welcomed baby girls into the family! Anthony and his wife Eve brought Jesse Caren Salerno into the world, and Jesse was soon followed by Brielle Nova Mayer, daughter of Gabrielle and her husband Brian Mayer.

Professional success is wonderful, but nothing will ever be more important than the bonds, traditions and love of family. Peter Salerno is overjoyed to be surrounded by family in both his personal and professional lives, and takes special pride in this year’s Parents’ Day – as it is an opportunity to celebrate his parents, his children, his wife, and his two grandchildren.

Tracy and Peter Salerno welcome their 2nd granddaughter Brielle!
Tracy and Peter Salerno welcome their 2nd granddaughter Brielle!

To you and your family from ours, please enjoy a safe and fulfilling Parents’ Day 2017!

Welcome Baby Brielle to Our Design Family!

First Photos of Beautiful Baby Girl Brielle

Last week, our design family got a bit bigger!

Welcome baby Brielle Nova Mayer to the Peter Salerno Inc. family!
Welcome baby Brielle Nova Mayer to the Peter Salerno Inc. family!

Peter Salerno Inc. (our parent company) is an award-winning custom kitchen and bath design company, proud to span three generations of the Salerno family. On June 29, 2017, the newest member of the fourth generation came into the world.

Peter and Tracy Salerno’s daughter Gabrielle and her husband Brian welcomed baby Brielle Nova Mayer to the family at 1:09 a.m. on June 29th. Brielle was 18.5 inches long and weighed 6 pounds, 5 ounces. Gabrielle’s labor reportedly took less than an hour, so we know that Brielle was incredibly anxious to be a part of the world!

Proud parents Brian and Gabrielle Mayer with baby Brielle.
Proud parents Brian and Gabrielle Mayer with baby Brielle.

(To those moms who went through terribly long labor – please don’t be mad!)

Brian and Gabrielle Mayer are first-time parents who are overjoyed with Brielle’s arrival. This marks the second granddaughter for Peter and Tracy Salerno; the beautiful Jesse Caren Salerno was born to Anthony and Eve Salerno just under 2 years ago.

Baby Brielle is healthy and resting at home with her mommy and daddy, and early pictures highlight her big smile.

We couldn’t be happier with our early July 4th “present” here at Design Your Lifestyle, and are proud to share the first pictures of the newest baby girl to our extended family!

Tracy and Peter Salerno welcome their 2nd granddaughter Brielle!
Tracy and Peter Salerno welcome their 2nd granddaughter Brielle!
Welcome baby Brielle Nova Mayer to the Peter Salerno Inc. family!
Welcome baby Brielle Nova Mayer to the Peter Salerno Inc. family!

Memorial Day Tributes: This Year, Say More Than ‘Thank You’.

Why ‘Thank You’ Is Just the Beginning on Memorial Day

Thank you for your service. It’s a phrase that has become almost synonymous with Memorial Day (and to some extent, Veteran’s Day) in America. From billboards to TV ads, graphic design to greeting cards, these 5 words are the catch-all catchphrase that stands for a debt of gratitude that American citizens cannot possibly repay.

And so, with so much to be grateful for in a free country, it might be time to ask ourselves: “Shouldn’t we try to say just a bit more?”

This Memorial Day, say more than "Thank you for your service". (Credit: Peter Salerno Inc.)
This Memorial Day, say more than “Thank you for your service”. (Credit: Peter Salerno Inc.)

This line of thinking actually started a year ago, when we met with Peter Salerno, owner of our parent company Peter Salerno Inc. and a veteran of the United States Navy. On our way out of the meeting leading up to Memorial Day, we turned at the door and stated, “Hey – thank you for your service.”

Peter smiled, of course, and nodded his head in a “you’re welcome”. Later that day, we realized that while we meant what we said, Peter was probably going to hear the same 5 words dozens more times over the next several days, and had for decades before that.

This isn’t to say that veterans aren’t happy to hear “thank you for your service”. At their core, most American military veterans are humble, modest, and shy away from personal praise. They’re not looking for individual recognition or to be ‘singled out’ for their heroism and valor.

Peter Salerno, during his service in the U.S. Navy. Happy Memorial Day!
Peter Salerno, during his service in the U.S. Navy. Happy Memorial Day!

But just because our military heroes don’t ASK for more than a ‘thank you’ doesn’t mean we shouldn’t GIVE it to them.

Think about your own life – what you do, where you’ve been, and what roles you’ve come to occupy in your life. If you’re a teacher, it must be lovely to get your first few “World’s Best Teacher” gifts. As an actor, your first “Break a leg!” is a cool thing to hear. But after countless repetitions of the same well wishes and compliments – whether we mean it or not – those common refrains start to ring a bit hollow and a bit dry.

It doesn’t take much to put a little more effort into your gratitude this Memorial Day! 

If you have a family member, friend, loved one, neighbor or colleague that has served in our nation’s military, take an extra few minutes to find out more about their service, their personal likes and interests. “Design” the military veterans in your life a special show of your thanks – even if it’s as simple as crafting a new way to say “Thank you for your service”.

Take a little time to help a veteran with a project, errand or work around their home. Volunteer to drive an elderly veteran to a Memorial Day Parade or out to lunch. Or do something that’s increasingly rare these days – pick up the phone, send a letter, or make a personal visit.

To the U.S. military veterans and those who gave their lives in service of our country – we know “thank you” isn’t enough to repay you. We also know that you don’t ask for our gratitude, recognition or payment – your sacrifice is selfless. Regardless of why or how you entered the military, the fact remains that you gave of yourselves for the greater good of our country, and you personally protected the freedom and security of families like mine that you will never know or meet.

So this year, we’re choosing not to “thank you for your service”. Because in many ways, we should be thanking you for everything.

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.

 

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!

HGTV’s Spring ‘Runway to Home’ Design Article Is a Must-Read

HGTV’s Spring ‘Runway to Home’ Article Is a Must-Read

Every so often, we read an article that’s such a home run we have no choice but to share it. HGTV’s Keri Sanders put together a huge winner recently on HGTV’s Design Blog – a perfect cross of fashion design and home design that is a must-read for designers (and design lovers) across multiple industries.

Keri’s article, “The Hottest Spring Fashion Trends + How to Use Them in Your Home”, is a fantastic primer on how to combine Spring 2017’s hottest design trends in home and fashion. From textures to color blocking, metallics to bright citrus tones, Keri and the HGTV staff show you how to take the hottest spring looks off the runway and use them to reinvigorate your home design.

HGTV is one of our go-to destinations when it comes to drawing inspiration from the world’s foremost custom home designers. It was such a cool treat to find Keri’s article, blending the runway with the living room and the fashion retailer with the home designer.

For the full article, head on over to HGTV’s Design Blog. But while you’re here, grab a sneak peek of some of Keri Sanders’ most inspired ways to utilize Spring 2017’s hottest fashion trends in your home design!

Runway To Home Design Idea #1: Citrus Tones

Citrus tones were everywhere on Spring 2017 fashion design runways and exhibits. If you’re willing to be bold, those tones can make their way into a vibrant home design. From sunrooms to kitchens (and even open plan living spaces), bright citrus tones inject a dose of sunny optimism into your home design.

Pantone Spring 2017 color trends: Flame is a coral that demands attention.

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

Pantone Spring 2017 color trends: Greenery, the 2017 Pantone Color of the Year.

Bright, bold colors accent this Peter Salerno inc. custom kitchen design. (Credit Peter Rymwid)
Splashes of citrus tones can brighten up your home design in 2017. (Credit Peter Rymwid)

On the Spring 2017 Pantone color palette, 3 tones can qualify as “citrus” in our opinions: the jazzy orange Flame, the soft yellow Primrose Yellow, and the off-lime of Greenery (the 2017 Pantone Color of the Year). While Greenery is the easiest to use in an “all-over” context, don’t be afraid to experiment with dashes and splashes of Flame and Primrose Yellow in your home design accents, decor and accessories.

As for Keri’s advice? She would “recommend adding pops of bright yellows, oranges and pinks via patterned throw pillows, vibrant artwork or even a bold accent wall. ”

Runway To Home Design Idea #2: Textures

“Wicker furniture, painted brick, grasscloth walls — this spring is all about creating interest and depth by incorporating texture within the home,” Keri Sanders explains. All of those trends work beautifully with the home design trend of “greening” your space. Brick, wicker and grasscloth enjoy great design synergy with fresh green plants, ferns, and Pantone Spring 2017 color selections like Greenery, Kale and Hazelnut.

For a more “industrial” aesthetic to your home design, use textures like exposed stone, brick, textured subway tile, and faux stone made from concrete. Cork tile is also a unique way to introduce texture to your flooring.

Pantone Spring 2017 color trends: Kale is a dark, leafy green loved by many.

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

Peter Salerno Inc. kitchen design, 2017 design trends
This up-close look at a Peter Salerno Inc. 2017 kitchen design shows the use of multiple textures.