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.

Discover the CornuFé Series From La Cornue

A Look At The La Cornue CornuFé Series

Note: Portions of this article are taken from an original series run by this blog.

Ever since Albert Dupuy invented the first La Cornue oven over a century ago, the company has stood at the forefront of cooking design, craftsmanship and innovation. As such, La Cornue has developed a reputation as one of its industry’s leaders, and one of the world’s most luxurious brand names in the world of kitchen design.

Credit: La Cornue, 2013. All rights reserved. La Cornue CornuFé 110 range.
Credit: La Cornue, 2013. All rights reserved. La Cornue CornuFé 110 range.

Our parent company, Peter Salerno Inc., is proud to not only offer La Cornue’s outstanding line of cooking range products, but to display four La Cornue pieces in our beautiful showroom – a CornuFé range, a CornuFé 1908, a Flamberge Rotisserie, and an absolutely stunning Château range.

Much of our partnership with La Cornue is thanks to the tireless work of our business ally and friend Craig Kmiecik, the East Coast Territory Manager for La Cornue at Purcell Murray Company. For over 30 years, Purcell Murray has personified culinary passion and provided the most exquisite brands of appliances, including La Cornue ovens.

In our opinion, the La Cornue product line begins with the CornuFé Series, the most streamlined and space-efficient line of La Cornue cooking ranges. Although your CornuFé range may be smaller than the CornuFé 1908 or Château range, it certainly does not lack in diversity, power, or beauty.

La Cornue CornuFé Range Specs and Info

Each CornuFé range boasts a choice of either one or two electric convection ovens, which provide seven distinct cooking modes. This allows the CornuFé the versatility needed to fulfill any recipe or culinary creation imaginable. The French enamel side-swing doors allow tremendous ease of entry and motion, and each CornuFé range comes with four interior oven racks – two flat and two dropped. In addition, the CornuFé includes two enamel baking trays and a trivet.

A stunning ivory white CornuFé range.
A stunning ivory white CornuFé range. (Credit: La Cornue, 2013. All rights reserved.)

Each of the seven distinct cooking modes in CornuFé range ovens – thaw & serve, convection oven, convection broiling, convection assisted, conventional oven, browning and warming – covers its own array of recipes, foods and preparations. From the even-heat baking of the convection oven mode, to door-closed broiling for meat and fish, to simple crisping of quiches and pizza using the warming feature, the CornuFé range is versatile enough to handle the needs of any chef, home or professional.

The CornuFé range also has a French-inspired five burner cooktop that combines ample cooking space with unmatched power. The cooktop boasts a central, 17,500 BTU burner, three 12,000 BYU burners, and one 6,000 BTU simmer burner. As an optional extra feature, your CornuFé range can also handle a griddle on the cooktop.

The CornuFé 110, with its powerful five-burner cooktop, in stainless steel.
The CornuFé 110, with its powerful five-burner cooktop, in stainless steel. (Credit: La Cornue, 2013, all rights reserved.) 

Beyond the sheer power, versatility and cooking options the CornuFé range provides, the line is available in eight beautiful colors and three trim accents, which can be combined to match the taste of the owner. CornuFé ranges are available in Gloss Black, Matte Black, Pure White, Ivory White, Provence Blue, Royal Blue (the newest color option), Dark Navy Blue or Stainless Steel, and accented with Satin Chrome, Satin Chrome and Polished Copper, or Satin Chrome and Polished Brass trim.

The CornuFé series is available in two sizes: the CornuFé 90 (90 cm width, or 35.4 inches) and the CornuFé 110 (110 cm width, or 43 inches).

Interested in more information about La Cornue CornuFé ranges? Please give Peter Salerno a call at 201.251.6608, visit our website, or explore the beautiful world of La Cornue at Purcell Murray.

Kitchen Design Spotlight Series: “Farm Meets City Sleek”

Kitchen Design Spotlight Series: “Farm Meets City Sleek”

In our first edition of the Kitchen Design Spotlight Series, Design Your Lifestyle featured a traditional kitchen with some well-placed modern aesthetic features called “The Angles Are In the Details”.

Our second Kitchen Design Spotlight Series piece focuses on a spectacular kitchen design photo gallery that manages to combine rustic charm with uptown chic. “Farm Meets City Sleek” is a lustrous transitional kitchen designed by the team at Peter Salerno Inc. – the most award-winning custom kitchen and bath design firm in North America of the last 15 years.

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

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)

The appliance features are a mix of the finest names in kitchen appliance furnishings: Miele, Sub-Zero and Wolf. We also adore the statement island lighting, a series of Exter 16-Jar Pendants from Pottery Barn. As an added bonus to the homeowners, that gorgeous wood flooring is actually the existing floor in the kitchen.

This Peter Salerno Inc. transitional kitchen design is reminiscent of upscale “farm to table” dining, with a touch of countryside charm melded into a truly modern kitchen design. We hope you love it as much as we do!

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)

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

Questions/comments about this transitional kitchen design or its creator? Fill out the comment form below!

Kitchen Design Spotlight Series: “The Angles Are In The Details”

Kitchen Design Spotlight Series: “The Angles Are In The Details”

Design Your Lifestyle is kicking off our new “Spotlight Series” in style! We’ll be bringing you a series of articles looking at some of the notable, trending and stunning custom kitchen designs and custom bath designs making waves in the current design landscape.

For our first Kitchen Design of the Spotlight Series, we turn to Peter Salerno Inc. (our parent company) for an award-winning traditional kitchen design that stuns with its crisp features, Old-World charm and attention to finer points. After all, the kitchen is named “The Angles Are In The Details” – so it had better be on point!

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.

Gorgeous Kitchen Design Lands Feature In Luxury Homes + Estates

Gorgeous Kitchen Design Lands Feature In Luxury Homes + Estates

If you haven’t checked out Gallery New Jersey – Luxury Homes and Estates, now’s the time to start. Perhaps the regional tone of its title puts you off – don’t make that mistake. Gallery New Jersey features some of the most stunning home design layouts we’ve seen in any publication, and home design and interior design lovers will love their work.

A look at the latest kitchen design feature in Gallery New Jersey Luxury Homes and Estates.
A look at the latest kitchen design feature in Gallery New Jersey Luxury Homes and Estates.

Written by Trudy Walz and photographed by Peter Rymwid, this kitchen design feature layout appears in the latest issue of Gallery New Jersey – Luxury Homes and Estates. The kitchen design, created and executed by Peter Salerno Inc., is inspired by (of all things) a rusted car.

As Peter Salerno Inc.’s Director of Social Media Outreach Gabrielle Salerno-Mayer explains, “The island panels and custom metal hood were inspired by an abandoned rusty car. The client gave our designers a photo of a rusted car and said, ‘Use this as inspiration.’ Peter and our metal artist left steel panels out in the elements for a month and let nature take its course. After the aging process started, paint, acid, lacquer, and a blow torch completed the patina.”

A look at the latest kitchen design feature in Gallery New Jersey Luxury Homes and Estates.
A look at the latest kitchen design feature in Gallery New Jersey Luxury Homes and Estates.
If you’re curious as to other design features and materials utilized in this stunning kitchen design, here’s a rundown:
  • Counter Tops – Perimeter: Leathered Taj Mahal by Stone Surfaces
  • Counter Tops – Island: Blue Louise Grantie by Stone Surfaces
  • Backsplash – Glass Mosaic, Frangi Pani by Stratta Tile Boutique
  • Flooring – Porcelain, Visone by Stratta Tile Boutique
  • Rotisserie – La Cornue’s Flamberge
  • Sinks – Custom Sinks by Texas Light Smith
  • Light Fixtures – Corona in Blackened Smoke Metal Finish by Habbardton Forge
  • Perimeter Cabinet Inserts & Glass Table – Orange and Clear glass with Rice paper by 3-Form

All told, this one of a kind eclectic kitchen features multiple working stations, and state-of-the-art appliances that are chef’s quality but amenable to non-professional cooks as well.

Enjoy the layout preview!