5 Year Anniversary: NKBA Best Overall Kitchen of 2012 Design Photos

5 Year Anniversary: NKBA Best Overall Kitchen of 2012 Design Photos

As part of our “Design Your Lifestyle” 5th Anniversary Series, we’re re-visiting some of our most popular and well-read articles of the last half-decade. Statistically, our most popular award-winning NKBA design article of the last 5 years is this one – about Peter Salerno Inc.’s NKBA Best Overall Kitchen 2012 winner. It’s a stunning kitchen designed for two professional chefs occupying one tremendous kitchen space. This piece combines some new content with a look at many of the features from that article. Enjoy!

Peter Salerno's NKBA Best Kitchen of 2012. (Credit Peter Rymwid)
Peter Salerno’s NKBA Best Kitchen of 2012. (Credit Peter Rymwid)

On April 24, 2012, the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) revealed its winners for the 2012 NKBA Design Competition. It was an especially wonderful day for Peter Salerno and the team at Peter Salerno Inc., as they won the coveted NKBA Best Kitchen of 2012 award.

According to a press release sent out by the National Kitchen & Bath Association through its Manager of Media Relations, Annette Gray:

Sponsored by Jenn-Air, Silestone by Cosentino, This Old House, Waypoint Living Spaces, The Home Depot, Delta, 20-20 Technologies and HGTVRemodels.com, the 2012 competition honored 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in six room categories, in addition to Specialty Awards, from the nearly 500 entries submitted by NKBA members from across the U.S. and Canada. Winning designs and designers were announced today at the Design Competition Awards event, held at Chicago’s Mc Cormick Place during the 2012 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS).

“Each year, the NKBA is proud to celebrate excellence in the industry, represented by the NKBA membership,” said 2012 NKBA President and Certified Kitchen Designer, Alan W. Zielinski, CKD. “This year’s winners, some of the country’s top designers, turned out cutting edge designs and we’re excited to announce them to the public and the industry.”

The award-winning large kitchen was designed for a family with two passionate cooks who love to spend hours in the kitchen preparing gourmet meals. Peter Salerno and his design team were charged with creating a kitchen which addressed all of their culinary needs.

The central aspect of the kitchen is a beautiful, 11-foot stainless steel island with four distinct work stations. The island features two ovens, eight burners, a grill, a salamander, sink and pot filler. The design philosophy was to create a balance between the clients’ cooking needs and a beautiful centerpiece for the kitchen. Therefore, the stainless steel and work stations were balanced with painted maple cabinets as well as the warmth of a walnut island and quarter-sawn oak flooring.

The island was placed parallel to the large windows in the breakfast area to maximize the room’s natural light. Three seating areas were created to meet the needs of the family and its guests – the kitchen table, island seating and a separate dining booth.

Peter and his team were able to incorporate some one-of-a-kind aspects into this NKBA Best Kitchen of 2012. A custom four-sided stainless steel exhaust hood with built-in halogen lighting illuminates the entire cooking and preparation area. A stainless tile backsplash was used to compliment the island, which has a 3″ thick cherry butcher block made with 1 3/4″ x 1 3/4″ end grain cherry. Rich natural walnut cabinetry was chosen to contrast and soften the stainless steel refrigerator and freezer.

The entire room was considered, as evidenced by the coffered ceiling, which was designed specifically to accentuate the stainless hood and wall cabinets. By incorporating ten mullion doors and ten single-glass doors over the freeze, china cabinet and refrigerator, the kitchen achieved the proper display space needed for the clients’ fabulous dish and glass collection. Finally, three appliance garages were implemented int he design for easy access to large, oversized blenders and mixers.

It is with pride, honor and family joy that Peter Salerno and the entire team at Peter Salerno Inc. share this prestigious recognition with you. We thank the NKBA, our tireless design and production team, and of course the clients, whose unique family needs and wonderful cooking tradition inspired this design.

For more information about this and other award-winning designs, please visit Peter Salerno Inc.’s website.

5 Year Anniversary: Our Most Popular French Kitchen Design Photos

5 Year Anniversary: Our Most Popular French Kitchen Design Photos

As part of our “Design Your Lifestyle” 5th Anniversary Series, we’re re-visiting some of our most popular and well-read articles of the last half-decade. Statistically, our most popular kitchen design article of the last 5 years is this one – about Peter Salerno Inc.’s award-winning traditional kitchen design inspired by the countryside regions of France. This piece combines some new content with a look at many of the features from that article. Enjoy!

If you followed Design Your Lifestyle from the very beginning, you know all about Peter Salerno’s 2013 visit to France and the inspiration he drew from beautiful French kitchen design. From the painted kitchens of Oise to the rustic stonework in Vence, Peter’s travels provided a stunning array of diverse, spectacular interior design work.

In 2013, Peter and his team used that French design inspiration to present one of their most lauded kitchen designs, pulling in elements from the finest kitchens in France. We’re proud to present several photos of this Princeton, New Jersey kitchen, of which we’re exceptionally proud.

Note the Vence-inspired stonework in our French kitchen.
Note the Vence-inspired stonework in our French kitchen.
A peek inside Peter Salerno's latest French-inspired kitchen.
A peek inside Peter Salerno’s latest French-inspired kitchen. (Credit Peter Rymwid)

Upon entry into the kitchen, you’ll notice the use of custom stonework, an open floor plan and extensive ambient light, all of which are drawn from Vence kitchen design. The light painted cabinets are a feature of the Picardie region. And, of course, what would a beautiful French-inspired kitchen be without an authentic La Cornue oven (below)?

Our French kitchen design features a La Cornue oven (of course!)
Our French kitchen design features a La Cornue oven (of course!) 

 

Extensive windows bring in beautiful natural light.
Extensive windows bring in beautiful natural light.

In our next post, we’ll focus on our bathroom design for this beautiful home in Princeton, and how we tied in elements of French-inspired design to that space.

Want more information about Peter Salerno Inc.? Interested in consulting with us about your own home? Please visit our website!

Design Your Lifestyle Turns 5: A Look Back!

Design Your Lifestyle Turns 5: A Look Back!

This month, we celebrate our fifth anniversary at Design Your Lifestyle. We’re so grateful to our readership, contributors and especially our parent company, Peter Salerno Inc. Without everyone’s support, this ‘little vision’ of ours wouldn’t have become as well-read as it is today!

Our first article was a simple-yet-delicious recipe for Rosemary Lemonade (which you can still find here). We followed that up with an exclusive interview that’s still one of our favorites to date – with Ren Miller, editor-in-chief of Design NJ Magazine.

NKBA Best Kitchen of 2012, Peter Salerno Inc. - one of our site's first features!
NKBA Best Kitchen of 2012, Peter Salerno Inc. – one of our site’s first features!

Since then, we’ve published over 450 articles about topics ranging from kitchen design to coffee makers, bath design to backsplash tile, classic Italian recipes to modern transitional design. We’ve benefited from the travels and experiences of Peter Salerno, CMKBD, as he drew design inspiration from travels to the French countryside, Moscow, and a myriad of world destinations. It was also quite a privilege to get Peter’s VIP “insider access” to renowned home design trade shows and conventions like KBIS (the Kitchen & Bath Industry Showcase, hosted by the NKBA) and the Architectural Digest Design Show.

Peter Salerno with the Miele family at KBIS 2018.
Peter Salerno with the Miele family at KBIS 2018.

We’ve also gotten exclusive information from some of the most reliable sub-contractors, specialists, designers and vendors in the custom interior, home and kitchen design industries, as well as some of Peter Salerno Inc.’s most trusted business partners. In the past, we’ve leaned heavily on the expertise and experience of people like Craig Kmiecik of Purcell Murray, Mary A. Moulds of Miele USA, and members of Peter’s staff.

Larissa Taboryski of Purcell Murray and La Cornue hosts a cooking class at Peter Salerno Inc.'s showroom.
Larissa Taboryski of Purcell Murray and La Cornue hosts a cooking class at Peter Salerno Inc.’s showroom.

And then there’s the stunning kitchen design, bath design, wine cellar and showroom photography, much of which is attributable to Peter Rymwid – one of the finest photographers of interiors in the world.

All this has been interlaced with fun recipes, tips and tricks for purchasing cutlery, appliances and range hoods, and exclusive looks at Peter Salerno Inc.’s world-class, award-winning design showroom.

A custom RangeCraft range hood dazzles in this Moscow kitchen design by Peter Salerno Inc.
A custom RangeCraft range hood dazzles in this Moscow kitchen design by Peter Salerno Inc.

We hope you’ve had half as much fun following Design Your Lifestyle over the last five years as we’ve had creating content for you – now, let’s get back to business. On to the next five years!

An Anniversary Celebration and A Caramel Apple Martini Recipe

An Anniversary Celebration and A Caramel Apple Martini Recipe

Caramel Apple Martini Recipe courtesy of FoodViva.com

The weekend of October 4, 2014, was an exceptionally beautiful one for many reasons. The rain cleared on Saturday afternoon, making way for a crisp, classic autumn weekend in New Jersey. The sun poked its face out of the clouds much of the weekend, and the cold air held off just long enough to make a beautiful October weekend outdoors possible.

Caramel Apple Martini, the official drink of a beautiful October wedding.
Caramel Apple Martini, the official drink of a beautiful October wedding.

For Peter Salerno, his family, friends, and the Peter Salerno Inc. team, it was especially beautiful. Gabrielle Salerno, the head of Customer Relations and Social Media Outreach for Peter Salerno Inc., married the love of her life (the wonderful Brian Mayer), and Mr. and Mrs. Mayer were the focal point of an intimate and stunning wedding and beautiful reception.

It’s been three years since Gabrielle and Brian’s wedding day, and the couple has since welcomed beautiful baby Brielle into their lives (as well as their puppy Harper). But there’s a delicious way we can all celebrate such a special occasion.

In honor of their 3rd anniversary, we’re sharing Gabrielle & Brian’s “special” reception cocktail with you all – a sweet Caramel Apple Martini that will perk you up on a cool fall day. While the reception venue (the Estate at Florentine Gardens) has its own proprietary recipe for a Caramel Apple Martini, Peter Salerno Inc. has found its own favorite recipe for the drink online.

The lovely Caramel Apple Martini cocktail recipe in question is courtesy of FoodViva, and it’s a perfect marriage (much like Gabrielle and Brian!) of laid-back and appealing.

So if you’re 21 and over, and you love the idea of a smooth cocktail on a fall day, then make yourself a Caramel Apple Martini, raise a glass to the happy couple, and enjoy!

Caramel Apple Martini recipe (courtesy FoodViva):

Ingredients

  • 30 ml (1 oz) Vodka
  • 60 ml (2 oz) Sour Apple Pucker
  • 60 ml (2 oz) Butterscotch Schnapps
  • 1 Maraschino Cherry
  • 1 cup Crushed Ice

Directions

  1. Fill up cocktail shaker half way through with crushed ice.
  2. Add all martini ingredients in cocktail shaker and shake for 30-35 seconds.
  3. Pour mixed drink through strainer into serving glass, drop cherry in it and serve.

As an added treat (as pictured courtesy of SocialifeNJ), try garnishing the rim of your glass with caramel and crushed almonds!

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!

Peter Salerno Inc.’s 20 Years In Design: ‘Then and Now’ Showroom Photos

Peter Salerno Inc.’s Design Showrooms: Then and Now Photos

In our last two articles celebrating Peter Salerno Inc.‘s 20 years of award-winning custom kitchen, bath and home design, we’ve shown you photos from the very beginning of Peter Salerno’s design journey, as well as a look back at Peter Salerno Inc.’s 2006 Hurricane Katrina home construction to benefit Habitat for Humanity.

We thought it would be fun in this piece to show you the differences between “then and now” in terms of Peter Salerno Inc.’s Wyckoff, New Jersey showrooms. The original Peter Salerno Inc. showroom (opened in 1997) and the current showroom existed on adjacent lots, but they feel worlds apart.

The final outside view of Peter Salerno Inc.'s first 1997 design showroom.
The final outside view of Peter Salerno Inc.’s first 1997 design showroom.

The original Peter Salerno Inc. showroom, founded in 1997 on Goffle Road in Wyckoff, NJ, was a converted two-story home that became the foundation for the most award-winning custom design firm in North America in the 21st century. Above, you can see the humble beginnings of the Peter Salerno Inc. brand…

And below, you can see the design wonderland that is 511 Goffle Road, Wyckoff, New Jersey. Home to Peter Salerno Inc., Stratta the Tile Boutique, and Oberg & Lindqust Appliances, Peter Salerno Inc. is now a one-stop design destination for the discriminating home or business owner.

511 Goffle Road, Wyckoff, NJ: A home design paradise!
The new Peter Salerno Inc. showroom sits adjacent to the old showroom’s location.

Peter Salerno is the son of Rosolino Salerno (“Maestro Rosolino”), an expert woodworker and cabinetry designer whose trade was honed in Sicily. From the beginning of his career, Peter took pride in plying his own skills after those of his father, and can be seen hand-carving a wooden eagle feature outside his original design showroom in 1997 (see below).

Peter Salerno hard at work in 1997 carving an eagle.
Peter Salerno hard at work in 1997 carving an eagle.

Today, Peter’s design expertise has led him to partner with some the world’s foremost brands in design, including Miele (whose transitional kitchen design feature was designed by Peter Salerno Inc. for his showroom, seen below), La Cornue, Rangecraft, Sub-Zero, Wolf, EDGES Custom Cutlery, Purcell-Murray and TopBrewer.

Peter and his family in the Peter Salerno Inc. showroom in Wyckoff. (Photo: Andrew Bisdale)
Peter and his family in the Peter Salerno Inc. showroom in Wyckoff. (Photo: Andrew Bisdale)

While the original Peter Salerno Inc. showroom had its charm, the current Peter Salerno Inc. design showroom at 511 Goffle Road in Wyckoff, New Jersey, is a destination for lovers of world-class design, and a winner of the KBIS Most Innovative Showroom award.

Take a look for yourself at one of the design vignettes in Peter’s original showroom (first picture below) in 1997, followed by the current, awe-inspiring La Cornue master kitchen design in today’s showroom.

We love these photos, as a testament to Peter Salerno’s growth as a designer – but also for their similarities in custom design, small unique touches, and master woodworking craftsmanship that have been hallmarks of Peter Salerno Inc. design since 1997.

The original front display kitchen in Peter Salerno Inc.'s first design showroom!
The original front display kitchen in Peter Salerno Inc.’s first design showroom!
A peek inside Peter Salerno Inc.'s 2015 Most Innovative Showroom.
A peek inside Peter Salerno Inc.’s 2015 Most Innovative Showroom.