A Fresh Start | Follow Us At Our New Online Home!

A Fresh Start | Follow Us At Our New Online Home!

We’ve moving – but not far! For 7 years, we’ve had a beautiful home here to share beautiful kitchen design, bath design, custom award-winning designs and installations, Pantone color trends and some of our favorite design inspirations.

Now, PeterSalernoInc.com is your one-stop destination for this blog and the most award-winning custom kitchen and bath design firm of the 21st century! Not only will you get a closer look at Peter Salerno and his design expertise, recent job photos and company information, but you’ll still have access to the design articles you’ve come to love and support.

Peter Salerno Inc.'s reclaimed wood beams in transitional kitchen design, 2019.

It’s been our privilege to research, cultivate and share content with you here since mid-2013, and that mission won’t change! You’ll receive an even closer connection to the brand behind our blog, and the same design expertise you’ve come to rely on and trust.

And of course, the stunning kitchen design and bath design photography!

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

From behind the scenes on installation day, to 3-D renders of future kitchen and bath designs, to luxurious finished products, you’ll have even greater access to the design process that has garnered Peter Salerno Inc. nearly 40 national design awards since 2001.

So take a short trip over to Peter Salerno Inc.’s official website, and enjoy the view from our new online home!

For photo, video & other media updates, you can also visit the official Peter Salerno Inc. Instagram account.

Farm Meets City Sleek | 3rd Anniversary of Summer Kitchen Design Masterpiece

Farm Meets City Sleek | 3rd Anniversary of Summer Kitchen Design Masterpiece

At Design Your Lifestyle, we’re proud to feature an outstanding kitchen or bath design for each season. Our Summer 2017 featured design was a gorgeous transitional kitchen design by Peter Salerno Inc. – the most award-winning North American custom kitchen and bath design of the 21st century. As the summer of 2020 blazes on, we’d love to take a look back at one of our favorite Peter Salerno Inc. kitchen designs of the last 5 years.

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

“Farm Meets City Sleek” is a lustrous transitional kitchen that manages to combine rustic charm with uptown chic. One’s first glance at this transitional kitchen design is bathed in white and ambient light, a nod to the recent kitchen design trend where whites and neutrals are used as the primary focus of the overall color design scheme. From the custom Maestro Rosolino cabinetry (a trademark of Peter Salerno Inc. design) to the kitchen island base, this kitchen is adorned with white.

Notes of gray and neutral complement the design, through the custom range hood and counter to the island countertop and wood flooring. One of our favorite aspects of this kitchen design is the the 2×8 mixed metal and glass mosaic backsplash over the range, created by the team at Stratta, the Tile Boutique.

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

Here are some specific details about this gorgeous transitional kitchen design.

Cabinetry: Maple wood painted Tennis White

Perimeter Countertop: Caesar Stone Piatra Grey #5003 1 1/4″ by Stone Surfaces in East Rutherford, NJ

Island Countertop: 1 1/2″ Stainless Steel by EMI Industries in Boonton, NJ

Flooring: Original hardwood flooring from home, no information was given by homeowner

Backsplash over range: 2×8 mixed metal & glass mosaic by Stratta Tile Boutique in Wyckoff, NJ

Sink: Franke MHX710-30 30x21x9

Island Light Fixtures: Exter 16-Jar Pendant by Potterybarn

Appliance Information:
Refrigerator/ Freezer: 48″ Sub-Zero 648 Prog
Gas Range: Wolf #GR606F
Steam Oven: Wolf #CSO24
Wall Oven: Wolf #SO30PE/S/PH
Hood: 60″ Stainless Steel
Dishwasher: Miele Futura Dimensions #G5675SCVI
Microwave: GE #PEM31SFSS with Trim Kit #JX827SFSS
Warming Drawer: 30″ Wolf WWD30
Ice Maker: Sub-Zero UC-15IP

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

NOTE: All photography featured in this article is courtesy of Peter Rymwid, on behalf of the team at Peter Salerno Inc.

Top 7 Classic Neutral Colors For Autumn 2020 Design

Top 7 Classic Neutral Colors For Autumn 2020 Design

While 2020 has been a year for bold, vibrant colors, its backbone has always been classic, familiar shades. Look no further than Classic Blue – the 2020 Pantone Color of the year – for proof that in order for design to be audacious, it needs to dig its roots into dependable soil.

The best designers in the world understand the need for familiarity, even in their boldest creations.  This holds especially true in the world of high-end kitchen and bath design, where award-winning designers like Peter Salerno Inc. use intelligent, comfortable colors to balance vivid pops of color.

Pantone’s Autumn/Winter 2020-2021 Fashion Color Trend Report is full of colors whose names evoke fun and daring design adventures. Samba. Exuberance. Amberglow. Burnt Henna. Green Sheen. But tucked in neatly behind those intrepid shades are the sturdy classics that pull everything into focus. Dark blues, off-whites, tans and grays are the backbone of the Pantone Autumn 2020 color palette.

The 7 shades featured in the “Classics” section New York and London Autumn 2020 Fashion Color Trend Reports are smart, reliable and functional. The one crossover color in both collections, Sleet, may be the trendiest and most useful of the bunch in contemporary kitchen and bath design. An unrelenting gray that finds utility in everything from subway tile to gray flooring, wall paint to appliances, Sleet is a go-to shade for transitional kitchen and bath designers.

Blue Depths and Dress Blues are cut from the same cloth, two dark blue hues to complement Classic Blue as the 2020 Color of the Year. Almond Oil and Sheepskin provide light and rich tan options, respectively. Jet Stream is a beautiful off-white that, according to Pantone, mirrors an “affinity for raw and recycled”. And Military Olive clocks in with the ‘alternative’ neutral option; it’s an olive green tone that provides stability to an earth-toned, natural color palette.

What is your opinion of the “Classics” offering in the Pantone Autumn 2020 Fashion Color Trend Report?

Which shades catch your eye as colors you’d like to incorporate in your kitchen design or bath design update?

And do you have a world-class custom kitchen and bath designer in mind for that project? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

Pantone Autumn 2020 Classics | Neutral Tones For Kitchen + Bath Design

Almond Oil (Pantone 12-0713)

Pantone 2020 color kitchen design Almond Oil

Blue Depths (Pantone 19-3940)

Pantone Blue Depths 2020

Sleet (Pantone 16-3916)

Pantone 2020 color kitchen design Sleet

Military Olive (Pantone 19-0622)

Pantone 2020 color kitchen design Military Olive

Jet Stream (Pantone 11-0605)

Pantone 2020 color kitchen design Jet Stream

Sheepskin (Pantone 14-1122)

Pantone 2020 color kitchen design Sheepskin

Dress Blues (Pantone 19-4024)

Pantone 2020 color kitchen design Dress Blues

2020: The Summer of Luxury Powder Room Design

2020: The Summer of Luxury Powder Room Design

Stop leaving the powder room for last! You know what we’re talking about. From TV design shows to boutique home designers, the world is flooded with video and images of opulent master bedroom, living space and office designs. And these are wonderful – but don’t forget the ‘little gems’ in your home.

Peter Salerno Inc. focuses on custom kitchen and bath design for good reason – these are two rooms in your home where you want to feel pampered, relaxed, and bathed in beauty. And while kitchen and master bath designs are stunning, all too often the powder room gets overlooked.

It’s time we all get on the same page and make Summer 2020 the season of luxury powder room design!

A small space doesn’t have to feel confined or forgotten. Instead, it can become a tranquil, opulent retreat for you, your family and guests. All it takes is the spark of creativity from a master designer (like Peter Salerno, CMKBD) to turn a small bathroom space into an elegant modern powder room.

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Recycled leather belts as cabinet panels

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Even the littlest details make the difference in a smaller space,” proclaims the official Peter Salerno Inc. Instagram account. From a novel approach to the sink basin (like the carved stone and chic glass examples seen in these Instagram posts) to intriguing vanity materials (like recycled leather for cabinet panels), now is the time to let world-class bath design experts flex their creative muscle.

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A perfect powder room

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Do these powder room designs give you “design inspo” for the summer of 2020? What would be your ideal powder room update? What decisions would you like to see made? What bold material, pattern and color choices have your creative mind working overtime? And what do you need to make your dream powder room design a reality?

We’d love to start a conversation – don’t be afraid to leave a comment and interact with us!

30 Years of NKBA Membership: What Are NKBA Benefits?

30 Years of NKBA Membership: What Are NKBA Benefits?

What are the advantages that professional designers can enjoy by becoming members of the NKBA (National Kitchen & Bath Association)?

Peter Salerno, CMKBD, is the founder and owner of our parent company, Peter Salerno Inc. Since 2002, no other kitchen and bath design firm has won more national design awards than Peter Salerno Inc. The benefits of these awards (and the notoriety attached to them) have assisted Peter and his team in becoming a truly global brand, with their designs in homes and businesses in multiple countries across 3 continents. The past several years have seen Peter Salerno Inc.’s reach continue to spread across America, while new installations reached Canada and Russia.

Peter Salerno in his award-nominated Peter Salerno Inc. showroom.
Peter Salerno in his award-nominated Peter Salerno Inc. showroom.

Peter Salerno has been a member of the NKBA since 1990 – seven years before Peter Salerno Inc. became an incorporated brand in 1997. In the 30 years Peter has been an NKBA member, the experiences gained, knowledge developed, and platforms presented through the NKBA have been invaluable to the development of Peter’s skills as a master custom kitchen and bath designer, as well as to the success of Peter Salerno Inc. as a world-class design brand.

Peter Salerno was interviewed by the NKBA for their series “The Member Advantage”, discussing how membership in the NKBA is an asset to any kitchen and bath designer or design team. The conversation dealt with the benefits of NKBA membership, NKBA chapter meetings, being a part of KBIS (the NKBA’s annual Kitchen & Bath Industry Showcase and conference) and more.

The NKBA's Ash Sukumar films Peter Salerno in his showroom for a KBIS presentation.
The NKBA’s Ash Sukumar films Peter Salerno in his showroom for a KBIS presentation.

Here are a few of our favorite excerpts from this exclusive Q&A, which you can find on the NKBA’s website.

NKBA: What do you consider to be the best benefits of your membership?

Peter Salerno: The best benefits have been the exposure to cutting-edge products in our industry. This availability of information can better my skills as a high-end designer.

NKBA: How do you share your knowledge? Have you ever been a VFTI speaker or considered becoming one?

PS: I would enjoy being a speaker. I just did a presentation at the Mid-Atlantic Chapter Meeting in Princeton. It was standing-room-only. I received such a wonderful response, it got me thinking: why not share my 36 years of experience with the next generation of designers?

NKBA: What are some positive experiences at KBIS that stand out for you?

PS: The positive experience at KBIS comes from leaving the show with at least one great idea. That idea can be implemented the day I return to work. It may come from a seminar I attended or a product that impressed me. One year, after speaking to Gary Vaynerchuk, a keynote speaker, I came back from KBIS and started my blog. It was a great addition to my social media marketing strategy.

For the complete interview with Peter Salerno about the member advantages of the National Kitchen & Bath Association, click here.

The Perfect Homemade Family Summer Sangria Recipe

The Perfect Homemade Family Summer Sangria Recipe

Peter Salerno isn’t just a master kitchen designer, he loves spending time in his own kitchen entertaining family, friends and guests. This love of cooking and creating recipes filters up and down the Salerno family for generations, and has produced some time-tested, delicious recipes.

When Peter Salerno married his wife Tracy, she brought with her a wealth of delicious recipes, cocktails and other “secret family recipes”. Tracy’s father, Mike Cavallo, was a master of many of these – but one of the family’s favorite creations from Mr. Cavallo was his famous sangria.

What makes the “Cavallo family sangria” recipe so delicious? It might be the perfect mix of ingredients, or the use of brandy and triple sec at the base. Or it may just be the special amount of love with which Mike made it.

In any event, it’s a sangria recipe that’s sure to please, and we’re sharing it with you. It’s the perfect summer sangria recipe to beat the heat!

Mike Cavallo’s Perfect Summer Sangria Recipe


  • 7Up/Sprite
  • Triple Sec
  • inexpensive brandy (something like christian bros)
  • a bottle of cheap red wine (barefoot works) either merlot or shiraz
  • ice
  • oranges (you can add apples and pears as well)


  • Fill a *large* pitcher with whole slices of orange (leave the peels on), use a wooden spoon to press on the oranges to get a little bit of juice at the bottom.
  • Fill a 1/3 of the pitcher with ice
  • Pour even parts 7Up/Sprite and wine (pouring both at the same time is the easiest way) until 2/3 of the way filled
  • Pour equal parts brandy and triplesec to taste (usually about 1/2 -2/3 a cup)
  • Fill remaining with the rest of the wine
  • Stir and let sit for 10 minutes in the refrigerator
  • Enjoy!
If it comes out too strong for you, it can be diluted by adding more soda.
DON’T add sugar, citrus fruits (lime, lemon, pineapple), or bitters!