Best Food Gifts of 2017, According to NorthJersey.com

Best Food Gifts of 2017, According to NorthJersey.com

The season of stylish 2017 gift-giving trends continues here on “Design Your Lifestyle”! In this article, we feature another wonderful list of gifts for the 2017 holiday season – this time, centered around food, the kitchen and kitchen design.

The list, compiled by NorthJersey.com (part of the USA Today Network), is a fine collection of food items, pantry items, cutlery, glassware and sweets. Much like the previous list we featured, we selected Esther Davidowitz’s piece for its scope of options, selective nature and inclusivity (there’s a little something for everyone on your list). Ms. Davidowitz serves as the Food Editor for NorthJersey.com, and her expertise certainly shines here.

Try a pickle subscription as a cool 2017 holiday gift idea! (Photo credit: Wiki Commons)
Try a pickle subscription as a cool 2017 holiday gift idea! (Photo credit: Wiki Commons)

For the rest of Esther Davidowitz’s wonderful list of 2017 holiday food and kitchen gift ideas, please visit her full article on NorthJersey.com!

We’ll admit a little bias – as we’re based in northern New Jersey, this list is of particular appeal to us. Each item on the list is created by a local artisan, shop or chef in the northern NJ area. However, that doesn’t exclude the rest of you – a majority of these items are available to buy online, or to ship directly to you through the individual storefront or merchant.

The intent of this article is not only to inform holiday gift buyers, but to support local business and small businesses during the 2017 holiday season – a concept we absolutely love. As Esther Davidowitz explains in the opening to her article:

Of course you can show your appreciation with a bottle of wine or a bouquet of flowers, but if your host is a food lover (isn’t everyone?) consider giving a food gift. Not just any food, but rather a treat that isn’t just delicious but also made in North Jersey. This way you can nourish your host and support your local businesses simultaneously.

That’s the kind of smart, stylish thinking that we can get behind when it comes to 2017 Christmas shopping and holiday shopping in general, Esther!

Here are a few of our favorite gems from Ms. Davidowitz’s list of 2017 food gifts and kitchen gifts, as featured on NorthJersey.com.

Selections from Esther Davidowitz’s 2017 Food Gift Ideas

1. Pickle Subscriptions from Pickle-icious

We know this one made you look twice – and that’s why we love it. Never mind that Pickle-licious is well-known in northern New Jersey as a go-to for pickle lovers – the store ships nationwide and offers a variety of pickle options in 3 and 6-month subscriptions. Pickle-icious offers subscriptions in quart and gallon sizes as well. What’s not to love?

2. Essie Spice Blends, Essie Spice

Essie Spice Blends are a tremendous way to introduce yourself to the flavors of west Africa in a genuine way. Owner Essie Bartels grew up in Ghana and sources all of her core spice blend ingredients from west Africa directly. Essie’s spice blends have achieved enough acclaim to be available in northern NJ Shoprite and Whole Foods locations – so they certainly have a place in the kitchen of any adventurous, flavor-loving cook.

3. Custom Handmade Cutlery, EDGES Custom Cutlery

EDGES Custom Cutlery Sommelier Collection, 2017.
EDGES Custom Cutlery Sommelier Collection, 2017.

Avid readers of “Design Your Lifestyle” already know all about our obsession with EDGES Custom Cutlery, one of the finest unique, hand-crafted cutlery houses in the United States. Rather than talking about the EDGES collections again here, check out what we’ve said about them in the recent past!

4. Chocolate Ganache Leather Notebook, Sook Pastry

Sook Pastry’s “The Notebook” isn’t just another chocolate gift assortment for the holidays. “It’s a gift of a lifetime,” owner Izzy Yanay told Esther Davidowitz in her article. Not only do you get a beautiful assortment of chocolate ganache pieces, but you receive them in a stunning faux-leather memory box that you can re-purpose after eating your treats!

For the rest of Esther Davidowitz’s wonderful list of 2017 holiday food and kitchen gift ideas, please visit her full article on NorthJersey.com!

Design New Jersey Releases 2017 “Great Gifts” Holiday List

Design New Jersey Releases 2017 “Great Gifts” Holiday List

We lean heavily on a few sources for much of our inspiration here at “Design Your Lifestyle”. One of those sources, the team at Design New Jersey, released their Great Gifts list for the 2017 holiday shopping season – and we love it!

The article, entitled “11 Great Gifts to Round Out Your List” (written by Marirose Krall), covers a lot of ground with a smartly selected group of 11 gift ideas for virtually everyone on your list this holiday season.

Do you have a friend who’s “the life of the party”? What about new parents, design hobbyists, wine lovers and gourmets? This single list from Design New Jersey has them all covered! Whether it’s Christmas shopping, Chanukah gifts, a “Friends-mas” get-together or a birthday that falls during the holiday season, Ms. Krall’s gift list will provide you thoughtful, stylish guidance!

We strongly encourage each of you to visit the Design New Jersey website and read the full article for yourself. As a way to whet your appetite, we’ve selected several of Ms. Krall’s “Great Gifts” for 2017 that we love the most.

Enjoy!

Our Favorites: Design New Jersey’s 2017 “Great Gifts”

1. EDGES Custom Cutlery’s Sommelier Collection

EDGES Custom Cutlery Sommelier Collection, 2017.
EDGES Custom Cutlery Sommelier Collection, 2017.

We’ve featured EDGES Custom Cutlery numerous times on our blog, so we were thrilled to see its inclusion on the Design New Jersey “Great Gifts” list. This list features the stunning Sommelier Collection, a set of stunning hand-crafted knives with handles made from the American White Oak of actual wine barrels.

The result is a world-class knife blade with a unique wood handle, and a backstory to share with its users for generations to come.

2. Decor Kitchen Appliances’ WineStation

The Decor Kitchen Appliances WineStation. (Credit: Decor Kitchen Appliances)
The Decor Kitchen Appliances WineStation. (Credit: Decor Kitchen Appliances)

From the Decor website:

The WineStation® is the first automated, temperature controlled, four-bottle wine dispensing and preservation system for the home. The connoisseur can choose the right wine and just the right amount – a taste, a half glass or a full glass – with the touch of a finger. A perfect addition to your home, in the kitchen, bar, den, game room or wine cellar, the WineStation maintains the freshness of your favorite wine selections for up to 60 days without the loss of flavor or natural aroma.

3. Land of Nod’s Jungle Pavilion Playhouse

Land of Nod's Jungle Pavilion Playhouse. (Credit: Land of Nod.)
Land of Nod’s Jungle Pavilion Playhouse. (Credit: Land of Nod.)

We adore this safari-influenced playhouse for the young ones in your life. Inspire the explorer in every child with this playhouse from Land of Nod, which features cotton canvas side panels that can be rolled up and secured. At 55″ tall and nearly 50″ in diameter, there’s plenty of room for little ones to play, imagination, and spot their favorite jungle animals!

A Kitchen Designer Shares His 2017 Home Thanksgiving Photos

A Kitchen Designer Shares His 2017 Home Thanksgiving Photos

Peter Salerno Inc. is the most award-winning North American kitchen and bath design firm of the 21st century. So it stands to reason that in the Salerno family home, Thanksgiving is a pretty big deal.

“[F]amily dinners are all about food, love and more food,” Peter Salerno quipped on social media during Thanksgiving 2017, posting a series of photos of his immediate and extended family sharing a sumptuous Thanksgiving dinner in their stunning Bergen County, New Jersey home.

Thanksgiving 2017 photos with Peter Salerno and Peter Salerno Inc.
Thanksgiving 2017 photos with Peter Salerno and Peter Salerno Inc.

Peter Salerno was joined for Thanksgiving by his wife Tracy, his father Rosolino and his mother-in-law Jo. Peter’s son Anthony was accompanied by his wife Eve and daughter Jesse, and Peter’s daughter Gabrielle came with her husband Brian and their daughter Brielle.

Peter was sure to thank the renowned Goffle Farms for the family’s delicious 18 pound turkey. The main course was accompanied by some outstanding side dishes, from the traditional (mashed and roasted potatoes, string beans) to the unconventional (a delicious lime and pineapple mold).

Thanksgiving 2017 photos with Peter Salerno and Peter Salerno Inc.
Thanksgiving 2017 photos with Peter Salerno and Peter Salerno Inc.

The meal also featured a beautiful and delicious pasta course – homemade pumpkin fettucine with a creamy sausage sauce. The fettucine was a huge hit with the family!

As the 2017 holiday season swings into full force, it’s important to take these moments to cherish those around you – both in your professional and personal lives. Peter Salerno takes great care to maintain a good work-life balance, and takes the time to nurture his work family alongside his own.

Thanksgiving 2017 was a pretty beautiful day for Peter Salerno and his family, but nothing compares to the warmth he felt in his own home. Peter sincerely hopes you had a blessed, safe and satisfying Thanksgiving full of love this year.

Enjoy these exclusive photos from Peter Salerno (of Peter Salerno Inc.)’s 2017 home Thanksgiving!

Peter Salerno's pumpkin fettucine with creamy sausage sauce.
Peter Salerno’s pumpkin fettucine with creamy sausage sauce.
Thanksgiving 2017 photos with Peter Salerno and Peter Salerno Inc.
Thanksgiving 2017 photos with Peter Salerno and Peter Salerno Inc.
Thanksgiving 2017 photos with Peter Salerno and Peter Salerno Inc.
Thanksgiving 2017 photos with Peter Salerno and Peter Salerno Inc.

NorthJersey.com | Top 5 Kitchen Designs for Chefs

NorthJersey.com | Top 5 Kitchen Designs for Chefs

Laura Adams Stiansen of NorthJersey.com recently ranked the “Top 5 New Jersey Kitchens Designed for a Chef (or chef at heart)” – and we love her list!

Laura’s list of featured designers is a high-class “Who’s Who” of kitchen designers and kitchen design firms. From Peter Salerno Inc. to Ulrich, Kitchen Kaboodle to Anthony Albert Studios and Kuche+Cucina, these design firms (and their kitchen designs) have left both professional chefs and enthusiastic, serious home cooks in awe.

The contractors featured on these designs, in no order, are Kuche+Cucina, Anthony Vero, Ulrich, Jim Van Orden, and Ulrich.

Peter Salerno Inc. kitchen design featured by NorthJersey.com. (Photo: Peter Rymwid)
Peter Salerno Inc. kitchen design featured by NorthJersey.com. (Photo: Peter Rymwid)

Laura Adams Stiansen’s list of kitchen designs piqued our interest due to its attention to detail and appeal to multiple types of consumers, chefs and families. Her featured kitchen designs include “For a growing family”, “for a rising culinary creator”, and “for the master chef”.

From Laura’s introduction to this article:

Whether your family is growing from four to five or if your new hobby is creating innovative dishes with the ingredients you have on hand — having the right tools in your kitchen is important. Space, shelving and high-end appliances are all pieces that need to fit together to create the perfect kitchen.

The designers of these world-class chef’s kitchen designs were happy to speak regarding their creations.

“The best part of this project was the collaboration with the owners,” Peter Salerno stated to the author. “They are artistic, and were not afraid to go with something edgy. They listened to my ideas and asked how we could bring it up a notch.”

“I feel it’s always best that we get involved before construction begins to be certain all the client’s wants and needs can be met,” Anthony Passanante of Anthony Albert Studios added.

For more on these amazing kitchen designs created with chefs and avid cooks in mind, please check out the full article on NorthJersey.com!

Design Your Thanksgiving 2017 By the Pantone Color System

Perfect Pantone Colors For Your Thanksgiving Design

Thanksgiving is right around the corner (less than a week away!), and we know you’re hard at work preparing for the holiday. This is especially true if you’re hosting family, friends and loved ones for a day of food, fun, and perhaps a little football.

If you’re hosting, you already have enough on your plate – cooking, cleaning, the list is endless. You don’t want to throw dollar-store napkins on the table, but who can find the time to create a Thanksgiving design for your home or table from scratch?

Leave that to us! We’ve found the 5 very best colors for your Thanksgiving design this year, thanks to the handy Pantone Color System. Each color is beautiful, adaptable – and as an added bonus, directly ties to a food or drink you may already be putting on your Thanksgiving table this year!

So from sweet corn to cranberry sauce, here’s a list of 5 great Pantone colors to utilize in this year’s Thanksgiving design. Whether you like warm tones, earth tones or neutrals, we have the Thanksgiving colors you need!

A Thanksgiving Table Full of Pantone Colors

Cranberry (Pantone 17-1545)

This is a shade of red that really pops! One may expect Cranberry to have a darker hue (like the cranberry sauce or jam on your Thanksgiving table), but the Pantone Cranberry is a festive hue that will spruce up any Thanksgiving design or table setup.

Add a dash of Cranberry (Pantone 17-1545) to your Thanksgiving table this year, or to your home decor. It’s a great choice for accents, statement decor pieces, and table accessories. Try it in throws, pillows, tablecloths and napkins, or anywhere in your place settings for a nice, warm touch.

Cranberry Pantone color, Thanksgiving party Pantone colors

Chestnut (Pantone 19-1118)

An intriguing shade of brown or green in your home design can augment its inviting nature. And with a name that’s perfect for the Thanksgiving season, why not fall in love with Chestnut this season?

Chestnut is a beautiful shade of brown that arouses images of warmth – wood in a crackling fire, hot cocoa, and – of course – warm chestnuts. It’s a sturdy hue as well, working perfectly with the wood and wood-grain elements in your design. It can also be incorporated in a design that utilizes falling autumn leaves.

Chestnut Pantone color, Thanksgiving party Pantone colors

Sweet Corn (Pantone 11-0106)

For 2 straight years, neutrals have dominated the Pantone color design landscape. Custom kitchen, bath and interior designers (like Peter Salerno Inc.) love the idea of “flipping the script” and letting the neutrally-colored design elements take the lead.

At first glimpse, you almost can’t SEE Sweet Corn in the graphic below, can you? That’s what makes this shade of off-white so unique. A blush of light, light yellow adds a real sweetness to the color, giving it a “country kitchen” aesthetic. Sweet Corn and Chestnut are a beautiful pairing of “earth tone and neutral” for your Thanksgiving design in 2017. You can also try Sweet Corn with our next color, Vineyard Wine.

Sweet Corn Pantone color, Thanksgiving party Pantone colors

Vineyard Wine (Pantone 19-1623)

There is a cornucopia of “Wine” colors in the Pantone color system (yes, we had to get one Thanksgiving pun in there!). Our favorite is Vineyard Wine (Pantone 19-1623). Not too light to be a raspberry color and not so dark that it dulls your design, Vineyard Wine has a rich burgundy feel, evocative of dark red grapes hanging in a French vineyard.

It’s hard to design with purple without it appearing garish at times (or a little girl’s bedroom). Vineyard Wine has an air of class that pairs incredibly well with light and sage greens, earth tones, and light neutrals (like Sweet Corn above).

Vineyard Wine Pantone color, Thanksgiving party Pantone colors

Harvest Pumpkin (Pantone 16-1260)

A carryover from our Halloween Pantone list that makes a ton of sense. After all, who doesn’t love a nice pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving dessert? Harvest Pumpkin is a spunky, warm Pantone color that adds a bit of spicy brown into traditional orange to create an appetizing hue.

Harvest Pumpkin is more of an accent color than a core shade in your overall design. However, if you’re looking to create a real splash, why not try it on an accent wall to give that old room a little zest? harvest Pumpkin is a great choice for Thanksgiving table accents like napkins, place settings and centerpieces.

Harvest Pumpkin Pantone color, Halloween party colors

More 2017 Designer Showhouse of NJ Photos: Final Week!

More 2017 Designer Showhouse of NJ Photos: Final Week!

The Designer Showhouse of New Jersey closes its doors for 2017 on November 12th – it’s your last week to see world-class design and support a noteworthy cause.

The 9th Designer Showhouse of NJ is presented by Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation and benefits the Department of Patient Care: Patient Experience at Hackensack University Medical Center. The Showhouse is located at 46 Westerly Road in Saddle River, New Jersey.

The 9th Designer Showhouse of New Jersey.
The 9th Designer Showhouse of New Jersey.

Renowned local designers are responsible for all the room designs in the 2017 Designer Showhouse of New Jersey. Peter Salerno Inc. brings their award-winning custom design experience to the Showhouse kitchen, desk area, butler’s pantry and all bathrooms in the exhibit. Diane Durocher of Diane Durocher Interiors is responsible for room design as well.

As stated in our previous post (check it out for even more gorgeous home design photos!), some of the nation’s foremost names in home, kitchen and bath design came together to make this charitable endeavor a reality.

The 9th Designer Showhouse of New Jersey.
The 9th Designer Showhouse of New Jersey.

Scott Broadfoot (of Broadfoot & Broadfoot) put together a stunning assortment of art pieces in the showhouse kitchen. Peter Salerno Inc. (our parent company) did a majority of the room designs, including the kitchen – which features a sculpture garden you have to see!

Other outstanding contributors to this year’s Showhouse include Diane Boyer and Sean Holzli.

The 9th Designer Showhouse of New Jersey.
The 9th Designer Showhouse of New Jersey.

This article features even more beautiful design photography from the 9th Designer Showhouse of New Jersey – enjoy! Then, if you’re in the Tri-State area, make plans to see this annual design showcase before it ends November 12, 2017!

For more information on this world-class design event, please call 551.996.3252 or visit the official 2017 Designer Showhouse of New Jersey website.

FINAL WEEK of the Designer Showhouse of New Jersey [PHOTOS]

FINAL WEEK of the Designer Showhouse of New Jersey [PHOTOS]

The 2017 Designer Showhouse of New Jersey enters its final week of exhibition tomorrow! November 12th, 2017 is your last day to visit.

The 9th Designer Showhouse of New Jersey is taking place at 46 Westerly Road in Saddle River, New Jersey. The 2017 Showhouse features the newest trends in interior design, presented by more than 20 accomplished designers, landscape architects and decorative artists. Hailing from New Jersey and New York City, these highly talented and innovative individuals transformed the Showhouse and property into a sensational experience for all who attend. (source)

Designer Showhouse of New Jersey photos 2017
The design team of the 2017 Designer Showhouse of New Jersey!
(L. to R.: Anthony Salerno, Peter Salerno, Tracy Salerno, Gabrielle Mayer, Scott Broadfoot, Diane Boyer, Sean Holzil)

It’s your last chance to see some of the jaw-dropping home design elements in the 2017 Designer Showhouse of New Jersey. For example, Scott Broadfoot (of Broadfoot & Broadfoot) put together a stunning assortment of art pieces in the showhouse kitchen. Peter Salerno Inc. (our parent company) did a majority of the room designs, including the kitchen – which features a sculpture garden you have to see!

Other outstanding contributors to this year’s Showhouse include Diane Boyer and Sean Holzli.

But enough talking – we know you’re mostly here for the gorgeous design photos!

Designer Showhouse of New Jersey photos 2017
The Designer Showhouse of New Jersey, 2017 edition.
Designer Showhouse of New Jersey photos 2017
The Designer Showhouse of New Jersey, 2017 edition.
Designer Showhouse of New Jersey photos 2017
The Designer Showhouse of New Jersey, 2017 edition.

As always, The Designer Showhouse of New Jersey is presented by Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation and benefits the Department of Patient Care: Patient Experience at Hackensack University Medical Center.

More pictures to come in our next post!

For more information on this world-class design event, please call 551.996.3252 or visit the official 2017 Designer Showhouse of New Jersey website.