2017 Home Design In Review: “Angles in the Details” Kitchen Design

2017 Home Design In Review: “Angles in the Details” Kitchen Design

As 2017 draws to a close, ‘Design Your Lifestyle’ takes a look back at some of our favorite kitchen designs and home designs of the year. In our previous 2017 Home Design In Review article, we showed you a “Farm Meets City Sleek” kitchen design that utilized neutral colors, metallic tones and statement lighting to brilliant effect.

Now, we take a look at another Peter Salerno Inc. kitchen design that “wow”-ed us in 2017. “The Angles Are In the Details” is a traditional kitchen design that stuns with its crisp features, Old-World charm and attention to finer points.

The traditional kitchen design, which is featured on Peter Salerno Inc.’s Houzz page, features a gorgeous expansive center island, custom Maestro Rosolino beaded inset cabinets, and a one-of-a-kind custom reclaimed tin hood (only available through Peter Salerno Inc.)

Traditional Kitchen by Peter Salerno Inc. Photo credit Peter Rymwid
Traditional Kitchen by Peter Salerno Inc. Photo credit Peter Rymwid

Here are some design and technical details about Peter Salerno Inc.’s latest traditional kitchen design:

  • The cabinets are Maestro Rosolino – Peter Salerno Inc.’s private line of cabinetry. The finish on the perimeter is paint and glazed, the bar and islands are walnut with a stain and glaze. The cabinet style is beaded inset.
  • The hearth features a trademark Peter Salerno Inc. custom reclaimed tin hoods, available exclusively through the company.
  • The countertops are 2 1/2″ thick Jerusalem Grey Gold Limestone from Stone Surfaces, NJ
  • The backsplash is polished travertine, chiard, and honey onyx, created by Stratta, The Tile Boutique in Wyckoff, NJ.
  • The flooring is tumbled travertine.
  • Appliances:
  • 48″ Sub-Zero Fridge
  • 60″ Viking Duel Fuel Range
  • Viking Dishwasher
  • Viking Microwave
  • Viking Wine Fridge
  • Marvel Ice Machine
The two small three-light fixtures over the island are by Minka Lavery, Aston 3 Light 1 Tier Mini Crystal Chandelier in the Aston Court Bronze Finish. Bar stools and island chairs were purchases handled by the client.
Enjoy more exclusive photos of this gorgeous traditional kitchen design!
Traditional Kitchen by Peter Salerno Inc. Photo credit Peter Rymwid
Traditional Kitchen by Peter Salerno Inc. Photo credit Peter Rymwid
Traditional Kitchen by Peter Salerno Inc. Photo credit Peter Rymwid
Traditional Kitchen by Peter Salerno Inc. Photo credit Peter Rymwid
Traditional Kitchen by Peter Salerno Inc. Photo credit Peter Rymwid
Traditional Kitchen by Peter Salerno Inc. Photo credit Peter Rymwid
For more information about Peter Salerno Inc.’s custom kitchen designs, please fill out the contact form below or call Peter Salerno Inc. at (201) 251-6608.

World-Class Miele Transitional Kitchen Display: 2nd Anniversary

World-Class Miele Transitional Kitchen Display: 2nd Anniversary

Two years ago, Miele and Peter Salerno Inc. partnered on what would become one of the foremost Miele transitional kitchen displays in the world.

On Wednesday, November 4, 2015, Peter Salerno Inc., Miele, and some of the finest representatives of the custom kitchen design, appliance and hardware industries came together to celebrate the exclusive unveiling of this spectacular new transitional kitchen showroom vignette.

Peter Salerno (center) and Miele USA representatives admiring the custom kitchen island.
Peter Salerno (center) and Miele USA representatives admiring the custom kitchen island.

The new transitional kitchen vignette was not only a showcase of Peter Salerno Inc.’s award-winning transitional kitchen design efforts, but of the state-of-the-art Miele kitchen appliance line.

Miele USA was represented by Miele USA VP of Sales Bob Fava, National Director of A&D Research Group Paul McCormack, NY Metro Regional Sales Manager Dan Gallagher, and Princeton Miele Culinary Events Manager Mary Moulds.

The Island

The centerpiece of the new transitional kitchen display is a stunning kitchen island, topped with a beautiful counter designed by Galaxy Glass. The thick glass slab is embedded with stainless steel mesh for a gorgeous, clean transitional design feel, and allows the user to opt between a soft white light or color wheel display option.

Miele Culinary Events Manager (Princeton, NJ) Mary Moulds slices a beautiful tenderloin.
Miele Culinary Events Manager (Princeton, NJ) Mary Moulds slices a beautiful tenderloin with EDGES custom cutlery.

The kitchen island affords comfortable seating for three on one side and is adorned by statement globe lighting which hangs from the recessed ceiling. The recessed ceiling itself is a beautiful 9-panel design painstakingly decorated with silver leaf, and features seamless custom edge moulding.

The base of the island is an ivory white custom piece by Peter Salerno Inc., featuring the astounding Knock2Open Miele Dishwasher. Simply knock, and the dishwasher automatically opens for you – no fussy latches or slamming doors! The base also includes custom cabinetry work from Peter Salerno Inc.’s Maestro Rosolino line.

The Flooring

The flooring is a beautiful, durable faux-wood concrete which was voted on by you, the readers of Peter Salerno Inc.’s official blog. Wonderful job!

The Backsplash

The backsplash, provided by the world-class artists at Stratta, the Tile Boutique, was also voted on by readers of this blog. A seamless design that appears to be one solid pre-fab piece, it is actually comprised of over 250 meticulously set tiles.

The Salerno family celebrates the new transitional kitchen showroom vignette.
The Salerno family celebrates the new transitional kitchen showroom vignette.

The Feature Wall

In front of the backsplash, 4 glass shelves are mounted in front of LED lighting, which presents the illusion of pure white light streaming from within the shelves. A bold stainless steel range hood design was custom-designed by Peter Salerno Inc. and crafted especially for this transitional kitchen display by the artisans at Rangecraft.

The custom ivory white Maestro Rosolino cabinetry features over a dozen drawers. 6 drawers are push-to-open (to complement the Knock2Open Miele Dishwasher), with 2 more “hidden drawers” which border the Miele range in the form of moulding columns.

The Miele 48″ range and cooktop itself is a wonder of modern technology. It features a conventional range, warming drawer and storage unit, as well as a 6-burner cooktop. The range features a wireless roast probe which communicates directly with the oven. For example, if you want to cook a tenderloin to an internal temperature of 135 degrees Fahrenheit, simply turn on the oven and set the roast probe to 135. When the internal temperature of the tenderloin reaches the desired temperature, the oven will automatically shut off and alert the user that the roast is ready!

From bread to roasts, sear to bake, the Miele oven features hundreds of customizable settings to suit the needs of every chef, from amateur to professional. The 48″ Miele range also features a built-in speed oven which eliminates the need for a microwave.

The feature wall also includes a new Miele coffee maker that must be experienced to be believed! Below the coffee maker is a combination steam oven which allows user to stack cooking programs and save cooking recipes beforehand, where the user can seamlessly go in and out of cooking and steam functions or even use those functions in conjunction with each other. The combination steam oven also allows user to control the percentage of steam from 0-100% which is unique to Miele.

Each of the Miele appliances showcased in this transitional kitchen design vignette is constructed with the same look and feel- from the construction and materials to the display and functionality. Every detail is methodically crafted to provide a seamless user experience.

BEFORE & AFTER: Kitchen and Living Room Re-Design Photos

BEFORE & AFTER: Kitchen and Living Room Re-Design Photos

Sometimes, a decent living space can become an outstanding one. It just takes a great custom home design team and a smart re-design concept.

Today, we’re taking a look back at a simple-yet-stunning kitchen and living room re-design effort from Peter Salerno Inc. – the most award-winning North American custom kitchen and bath design firm of the last 15 years.

The home in question had a ton of potential – it simply needed a better floor plan.

With an expert eye and a focus on an open floor plan, better use of ambient light and brighter color scheme – all while maintaining function and ample storage space – Peter Salerno Inc. set to work.

The resulting kitchen design and living room layout prove that strategy and planning matter every bit as much as other steps in your design process.

Let’s take a look at a pair of “before and after” living room and kitchen design photos and see how Peter Salerno Inc. took a good living space and made it a great one!

BEFORE: An awkward recessed “office space” in the living room…

BEFORE: This awkward recessed living space...
BEFORE: This awkward recessed living space…

AFTER: A beautiful wine bar and credenza opens up the floor plan.

AFTER: ...becomes an outstanding storage space, wine bar and credenza.
AFTER: …becomes an outstanding storage space, wine bar and credenza. (Credit: Peter Rymwid)

BEFORE: A spacious but clunky kitchen island and bulky cabinetry…

BEFORE: A diagonally-oriented kitchen island...
BEFORE: A diagonally-oriented kitchen island…

AFTER: A more streamlined cabinet design, custom range hood & intelligent kitchen island opens up the kitchen design.

AFTER: ...is replaced by a smarter island, beautiful range and custom hood. (Credit Peter Rymwid)
AFTER: …is replaced by a smarter island, beautiful range and custom hood. (Credit Peter Rymwid)

How to Afford Luxury Home Design: Part 2

How to Afford Luxury Home Design: Part 2

In Part 1 of our ‘How to Afford Luxury Home Design’ series, we discussed personalization of your home design and the concept of “affordable luxury”. This trend, popularized by some of today’s most notable home designers, is focused on bringing a sense of luxury and class to any home, regardless of size, space and budget.

As Part 1 states, bringing “affordable luxury” to life in your home design generally requires you to work with a renowned professional design firm. This seems a bit counter-intuitive at first glance, as “professional design” and “affordable” don’t seem to fit with one another.

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

However, world-class design firms like Peter Salerno Inc. have made it part of their brands’ missions to provide award-winning design solutions to a wider expanse of budgets.

Skeptical readers certainly have their questions about this theory, and it’s our job to resolve those doubts. In this “Q&A” style article, we’re going to debunk some myths about professional design firms and price point, as well as offer some concrete examples that “affordable luxury” is a trend that will only become more accessible as time passes.

Q. Hiring a professional design firm inherently costs more money than a DIY approach to home design, doesn’t it?

A. Perhaps, but not necessarily – especially if you consider an investment of your time part of the expense.

Think about how much time it takes to plan, actualize and complete a DIY project. There are likely days missed from work, personal time lost on weekends, and (inevitably) the pain of having to approach various parts of your home design task two, maybe even three times to get it right.

A professional home design firm streamlines your home design process and execution, offering you the ability to get it right the first time. The proper plans will be made. Every facet of the job, from design to accessories to fixtures and nuances, will be done properly the first time to your satisfaction.

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.

Q. How can I be sure a high-quality home design firm will match my budget?

A. If you’re seeking high-caliber design, there absolutely will be an inherent level of cost. The difference between that cost in the past versus today comes down to one factor – demand and competition.

Virtually anyone can create a world-class home design on an unlimited budget. The best design firms are all competing for your business in a slightly deflated market; as such, now is the perfect time to snag a tremendous designer at a reasonable price.

Take it from Peter Salerno Inc., the most award-winning North American custom kitchen and bath design firm of this century. Here’s a quote directly from their website:

For those that appreciate quality, craftsmanship, and design but don’t require a Rolls Royce; Transitions is the only choice. We bring our award-winning design expertise to your space accompanied by quality cabinetry with a wide variety of door styles, finishes, and moldings.

At a price-point 20%-45% less than our Tesoro line, this is the perfect option for builders and homeowners looking to furnish a home with something extraordinary while staying in budget.

Q. Okay, so world-class home design companies are competing at a more affordable price range. What about their suppliers and sub-contractors?

A. This is actually one of the major advantages of working with renowned designers. Their long-term, pre-existing relationships with suppliers, artisans and sub-contractors allow them access to more competitive rates than the average design team or consumer.

Suppliers and sub-contractors must maintain close, functional relationships with high-end custom home designers in order to maintain a steady stream of work, not to mention an appropriate level of prestige. It is in their best interest to negotiate competitive rates with the very best designers – that savings is inevitably passed on to savvy consumers.

An intimate piano lounge designed by Peter Salerno, Inc.
An intimate piano lounge designed by Peter Salerno, Inc. (Credit Peter Rymwid)

Q. Assuming we’ve covered the home design process when it comes to “affordable luxury”, how does that apply to delivery and installation?

A. Simple. The very best custom home design companies do both.

The team at Peter Salerno Inc. explained to us recently that for the best designers, it’s never “just” about awards, trade shows and magazine articles. The true joy for these firms is in personal delivery and installation of their design creations, ensuring they come to life exactly as they were planned.

Interested in more information about “affordable luxury” when it comes to world-class custom home, kitchen and/or bath design? Fill out the contact form below and ask us your questions/give us your comments!

Your Spacious Summer Kitchen Design Tips for 2017

Summer Home Kitchen Design Tips To Maximize Your Space

So you’re thinking about creating the perfect summer kitchen. That’s fantastic! What better way to share one of the most intimate rooms of your home with friends, family and guests than by creating an inviting, warm summer kitchen in which to share meals and memories?

Updating your kitchen, of course, can seem daunting. Where do you start? What should you value? And what special design elements can you implement to add the warmth and joy of summer into your kitchen – whether it’s for a vacation home, or all year round?

Create an inviting summer kitchen with open floor plans and a splash of color.
Create an inviting summer kitchen with open floor plans and a splash of color. (Credit Peter Rymwid)

Our expert design friends at Peter Salerno Inc. are here to help with a few design tips (and some great photography, courtesy of Peter Rymwid). With our help, you can transform your kitchen into an inviting space sure to please your loved ones and guests for years to come.

Tip #1: Utilize an open floor plan.

Make sure your kitchen has enough space to accommodate as many guests as you may have. This doesn’t just include comfortable seating – there needs to be space in which to maneuver. Also, it’s important that the person utilizing the kitchen feels just as much a part of your gathering as anyone else, so make sure he or she can easily see and be seen by your guests!

Tip #2: Multiple seating areas.

The same summer kitchen design, from another angle. Notice the added seating!
The same summer kitchen design, from another angle. Notice the added seating! (Credit Peter Rymwid)

Take a look at this second photo. Surprise – it’s the same kitchen as above! Adding a center island with bar-style seating is a fantastic way to provide your guests with more areas to relax and enjoy themselves. It also provides the “chef du jour” with the opportunity to interact more intimately with your guests. Creating this island seating space also ensures that you can accommodate more people without detracting from your open floor plan.

Tip #3: Have fun with summer color(s)…

…but don’t go overboard! Pick one or two bright, friendly summer tones to accent your kitchen (notice our combination of clean white and light nautical blue). You can easily add color to your space by setting out fresh fruit and vegetables, bringing in fresh flowers, and/or setting out enticing foods and drinks (like a great bottle of red wine or a tall pitcher of rosemary lemonade – you can find the recipe for that here!).

Of course, when it comes to designing your dream summer kitchen, there’s no better place to start than a visit to your trusted design experts. With 30 years of custom, award-winning kitchen and cabinetry design experience, turn to Peter Salerno and our top-notch team to create your ideal summer kitchen with love and care.

For more information on Peter Salerno Inc. and their award-winning summer kitchen designs, please visit their website.

NKBA Features Peter Salerno Inc. in ‘Profile of Excellence’

See Peter Salerno Inc.’s NKBA Design Profile of Excellence

We at “Design Your Lifestyle” are humbled to have the support and patronage of Peter Salerno Inc., our world-renowned parent company. Since 2002, Peter Salerno Inc. has won more national design awards for custom kitchen and bath design than any design company in North America.

A large portion of those awards have come from the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA), one of the finest organizations of design professionals in the world. Peter Salerno and his team have earned 22 prestigious NKBA (and KBIS) awards over a span of 14 years, which includes Best Overall Kitchen design awards in 2008 and 2012.

Peter and Anthony Salerno with Andrew Mackenzie and Ash Sukumar of the NKBA.
Peter and Anthony Salerno with Andrew Mackenzie and Ash Sukumar of the NKBA.

Recently, the NKBA featured Peter Salerno and Peter Salerno Inc. in a “Profile of Excellence” article that we loved and wanted to share with you. The author, Johnna Beckmann, paints a holistic view of Peter’s success – from approach to concept through rewards and gratitude. It’s a highly informative piece that provides insight into Peter Salerno Inc.’s award-quality mission and design approach.

An excerpt from the Peter Salerno Inc. NKBA “Profile of Excellence” article:

“Being an NKBA Design Competition winner has given me and my business increased exposure and credibility,“ says Salerno. “Because of it, I’ve been offered new projects all over the world, most recently kitchen designs in both Russia and Canada.”

Several of Salerno’s award winning projects have been featured on HGTV.com and in magazines like Kitchen & Bath Design News, Signature Kitchen and Baths, Home Style, Design New Jersey, (201) Magazine and Bergen Magazine. Winning also landed him a spot in an NBC video showcasing New Jersey mansions and led to consulting jobs with White River Millwork, Inc. and Enkeboll Design. Not to mention the multiple job offers that have come about due to the award.

The award brands you a part of an elite group of designers and exposes you to an entirely new client base according to Salerno, and he encourages all NKBA designer members to consider entering the competition.”

We strongly encourage you to read the full article!

The 2012 NKBA Kitchen of the Year, featured in Peter Salerno's online design portfolio.
The 2012 NKBA Kitchen of the Year, featured in Peter Salerno’s online design portfolio.

About the NKBA, courtesy of their website:

The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) is the not-for-profit trade association that owns the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show® (KBIS), as part of Design and Construction Week ® (DCW). With nearly 14,000 member companies representing tens of thousands of members in all segments of the kitchen and bath industry, the NKBA has educated and led the industry since the association’s founding in 1963. The NKBA envisions a world where everyone enjoys safe, beautiful and functional kitchen and bath spaces. The mission of the NKBA is to inspire, lead and empower the kitchen and bath industry through the creations of certifications, marketplaces and networks.

Discover the La Cornue Chateau Range Series

Discover the La Cornue Chateau Range Series

Welcome to another installment of the La Cornue Experience courtesy of our parent company, Peter Salerno Inc..

When one thinks of the finest cooking ranges in the world, one brand should immediately come to mind: the La Cornue Chateau Series. Referred to as the “crown jewel” of La Cornue, the Chateau is available in over 8,000 configurations, all hand-made to order based on your individual requirements, personal cooking needs and design specifications.

Today we present the luxurious and stunning La Cornue Chateau Series. (Credit La Cornue USA)
Today we present the luxurious and stunning La Cornue Chateau Series. (Credit La Cornue USA)

Based on the patented vaulted oven designed by Albert Dupuy in 1908, the Chateau Series provides an elite cooking experience customized to every owner. Utilizing the very best in oven design and a virtually limitless array of design modifications, you can be certain that your Chateau Series cooking range and oven is not only the best money can buy, but also your very own.

The Chateau Series: Your Personalized Luxury Cooking Experience

The Chateau Series is available in six sizes, from the compact Chateau 75 to the expansive, six-foot Grand Palais 180. The Chateau 75 and Chateau 90 each offer one oven in either gas or electric as well as a variety of cooktop options to meet the needs of any chef. The Chateau 120 and 150 feature two standard vaulted ovens in either gas or electric, while the Chateau 165 offers one standard and one grand vaulted oven. Finally, the Grand Palais 180 offers the very best in oven design, with one grand vaulted gas oven and one grand vaulted electric oven.

Each Chateau Series oven offers a minimum of six cooktop configurations (there are up to 11 configurations in the Chateau 150), ensuring that any Chateau can be personalized to the specific needs of your kitchen. From gas burners to French plaques, power burners to electric plates, gas lava-rock grills to electric griddles, the La Cornue Chateau Series offers versatile, world-class cooktop solutions.

The beautiful Grand Palais 180 in one of its limitless design configurations. (Credit La Cornue USA)
The beautiful Grand Palais 180 in one of its limitless design configurations. (Credit La Cornue USA)

The Grand Palais 180 is not only the most luxurious La Cornue cooking range and oven, it is also one of La Cornue’s most customizable pieces. The grand vaulted and vaulted ovens boast a powerful 22,000 BTU, and the Grand Palais is available as a full oven piece or as a Table Grand Palais for cooktop features only, providing maximum luxury in minimal space.

From brushed black to French blue, British racing green to antique white with flowers, the Chateau Series can be created in a virtually limitless combination of colors and accents. Since each Chateau Series range and oven is hand-made for you in La Cornue’s atelier outside Paris, you can be confident your personal design tastes will be catered to in meticulous fashion. And whether you prefer brass, steel or copper, your Chateau will come with the finest accent pieces.

Another view of the La Cornue Chateau Grand Palais 180. (Credit La Cornue USA)
Another view of the La Cornue Chateau Grand Palais 180. (Credit La Cornue USA)

If you wish to see the luxurious La Cornue Chateau Series for yourself, schedule an appointment to see Peter Salerno Inc.’s showroom at 511 Goffle Road, Wyckoff, NJ. The Chateau is the centerpiece of their showroom’s main display, and they couldn’t be prouder of the company’s fine relationship with La Cornue, Purcell Murray, and Purcell Murray representative Craig Kmiecik.