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…
AFTER: A beautiful wine bar and credenza opens up the floor plan.
BEFORE: A spacious but clunky kitchen island and bulky cabinetry…
AFTER: A more streamlined cabinet design, custom range hood & intelligent kitchen island opens up the kitchen design.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”
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.
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.
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!
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
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
NOTE: All photography featured in this article is courtesy of Peter Rymwid, on behalf of the team at Peter Salerno Inc.
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