4th of July Weekend: Celebrate Independence Day 2016 in Style!

Celebrate The 4th of July in Style!

July 4, 2016 is the 240th anniversary of America’s independence. It’s time to reflect, celebrate, and spend time with the people you love – but most importantly, it’s the best time of year to show off your American national pride!

For those of you looking to make a stylish statement this Fourth of July, we’re here to help. Being an American means the right to fully express yourself – especially when you’re showing your love for the United States!

Take on a “Red, White & Blue” Summer Home Design Project

Invest in your home by hiring a world-class kitchen and bath designer to give your home, summer home or beach house a “red, white and blue” update! Whether it’s one color or a combination of all three, these bright, summery colors don’t go out of style – and they’re part of the Pantone color palette this summer!

Give your summer home a makeover for 2016! (Peter Salerno Inc.)
Give your summer home a makeover for 2016! (Peter Salerno Inc.)

 

A custom Peter Salerno summer beach home kitchen design. (Photo credit Peter Rymwid)
A custom Peter Salerno summer beach home kitchen design. (Photo credit Peter Rymwid)

Pantone Style Guide for 4th of July Style

Want a way to show off the red, white and blue in a fresh, stylish way? A great starting point is our article about the official Pantone colors of Summer 2016 style. Pantone is the authority on accurate color matching and precision, and their seasonal color palettes are the foundation for great design, style and fashion.

The official colors of Summer 2016, according to Pantone!
The official colors of Summer 2016, according to Pantone!

There are 2 shades of red and 2 shades of blue in the Summer 2016 Pantone report.

  • Pantone “Reds”, Summer 2016:
    • Rose Quartz (Pantone 13-1520)
    • Peach Echo (Pantone 16-1548)
  • Pantone “Blues”, Summer 2016:
    • Snorkel Blue (Pantone 19-4049)
    • Serenity (Pantone 15-3919)

Why not blend the official Pantone colors of Summer 2016 into your 4th of July decor, fashion and style? Decorate your picnic table or backyard party with Rose Quartz or Snorkel Blue, and you not only have a fashionable occasion but a great conversation starter!

Celebrate Our Military Heroes This July 4th

There’s nothing more “in fashion” on the 4th of July than celebrating the heroes of the United States Armed Forces. Take it from a man like Peter Salerno, not only a world-renowned designer but a veteran of the United States Navy.

Peter attended The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina and graduated as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy with a Business Degree. His Naval commitment gave him the ability to travel most of Europe and Western Asia. Studying art and sketching have always been a form of relaxation for Peter; being stationed in Italy was the perfect opportunity to study the masters and old world architecture first hand. After returning from the Navy and working in corporate America, Peter decided to return to his father’s business and began to apply his artistic vision to the growing family business.

This Independence Day, see the world through the eyes of a man like Peter Salerno, who cherishes both service to his country and being an extraordinary kitchen and bath designer. Take a moment to show your gratitude to our military.

Summer 2016 Style: Update Your Beach House Bathroom Design

Beach House Bathroom Design for Summer 2016

Ah, the beach house. The summer escape of your dreams. After years of saving and careful planning, it’s finally yours. And it’s beautiful, isn’t it? The bright accent colors, the smell of the ocean and fresh salt air, the never-ending ambient light streaming through your windows…

But what to do about that beach house bathroom design?

Great views and open floor plans can maximize your beach house bathroom's space.
Great views and open floor plans can maximize your beach house bathroom’s space. (Credit Peter Rymwid)

Let’s face it – the beach house bathroom is the room you hope none of your visitors ever have to see, let alone use. Often a mix of eroded fixtures, faded tile and chipped-up tubs and sinks, the typical beach house bathroom is never the focal point of great design.

Thankfully, we have good news – not only can your beach house bathroom design be saved, but with a little help, you can transform it into a gorgeous work of art!

Beach House Bathroom Design: Here’s Why You Should Care!

Many of the questions that beach house owners have about updating their bathroom designs seem logical.

“Why should I invest in the bathroom; it’s just going to get dirty!” “What happens when family and guests track sand all over?” “Shouldn’t I just consider my beach home’s bathroom as a glorified mud room?”

The answer to all these concerns is a simple one. Your family, friends and guests will inherently assign the same value to any room in your home that you do – bathroom included. If you invest the time, focus and proper design elements towards making your beach house bathroom sleek, stylish and beautiful, its users will treat it with the same care and respect.

Peter Salerno Inc. award winning transitional bath design, 2015. [Photo: Peter Rymwid]

This Project May Require Some Help!

The last thing you want to do when you finally get to your beach home for the summer is work on it! On top of that fact, the average beach house bathroom design faces a ton of challenges that may require professional attention. From weather-worn surfaces to years of sandy footprints, outdated materials and features to dingy, sun-damaged walls, your beach house bathroom re-design project probably needs expert help.

But that shouldn’t deter you from taking on the task! The trick is selecting a world-class custom bath designer with a long resume of beach house design experience. Discriminating beach home owners on the East Coast often turn to Peter Salerno and Peter Salerno Inc., designers of beach home kitchens and baths from Florida to the Jersey Shore.

Many beach home owners are reluctant to spend money updating their summer home designs. Peter Salerno feels that is a mistake. “Treat your beach home or summer home as equal to your house,” he explains. “The more value you add to your beach house, the more time you’re bound to spend there enjoying it. Your investment will repay itself in not only improved home value, but years of added enjoyment and satisfaction.”

Update your beach house bathroom to be sleek, stylish and inviting.
Update your beach house bathroom to be sleek, stylish and inviting. (Credit Peter Rymwid)

Summer 2016: Beach House Bathroom Design Ideas

  • Fresh white never goes out of style at the beach.
    • While different bright color palettes go in and out of style over multiple summers, fresh white is always in season. Add a sense of clean and classy style to your beach home bathroom design by making white your main design color.
  • Don’t be afraid of tile floors.
    • Many beach home owners cover their bathroom floors with area rugs, throws and other mats, thinking they’re “protecting” their flooring. In reality, all these homeowners end up with are cruddy, ratty old rugs. Don’t be afraid of your beach house tile floors – especially in fresh white or bold beach colors! Again, if you add value into your summer home, it will be respected by those who visit it (not destroyed).
  • If you don’t want blue, try earth tones!
    • Nautical blue and white is a tried-and-true beach house bath design color scheme. If you want something unique and appealing, try wood and earth tones in your summer home bathroom. The natural tones and hues of brown and green reflect the sand, grassy dunes and shade trees of your summer retreat.

Style Your Life With The Official Colors of Summer 2016

Your Style Guide to The “It” Colors of Summer 2016

Now that you’re in touch with the personal lifestyle trends of Summer 2016, let’s color your life to match!

The artist Paul Gauguin said it best: “Color! What a deep and mysterious language, the language of dreams.” Expressing yourself with color isn’t something to fear; it’s something to embrace. After all, while form and function is the canvas of your style, color is a statement of your personality!

The official colors of Summer 2016, according to Pantone!
The official colors of Summer 2016, according to Pantone!

Style and design experts turn to one source for the ultimate guide to seasonal color palettes: Pantone. Pantone brands itself as your guide for “accurate color communication”. What a beautiful statement! Pantone is the authority on accurate color matching and precision. Think of it this way: Pantone makes sure the color you love on print is the same one that ends up on your dining room walls. It provides seamless transition from clothing fabric to car paint, from web design to personal style.

Every year, Pantone releases its Official Colors for the year and for each season. The Spring/Summer 2016 color palette from Pantone is truly vibrant and expressive.

“Colors this season transport us to a happier, sunnier place where we feel free to express a wittier version of our real selves.” – Pantone Spring/Summer 2016 Color Trends (Website)

The Summer 2016 Pantone color palette is warm but soft, like a familiar portrait with a dash of bold new color. Much like our official Summer 2016 Style Trend Report, their chosen colors dare you to try something different and unique, pairing hues in original ways.

Add fresh colors to your kitchen design for Summer 2016!
Add fresh colors to your kitchen design for Summer 2016!

The official Pantone View Color Planner for Summer 2016 showcases colors that are “fresh and lively”, and doesn’t disappoint fans of vibrant tones! From Peach Echo to Green Flash, the world’s authority on color challenges us all to add a little bit more flair to the color of our personal styles for the summer of 2016.

Official Pantone Summer 2016 Colors

• Rose Quartz – Pantone 13-1520
• Peach Echo – Pantone 16-1548
• Serenity – Pantone 15-3919
• Snorkel Blue – Pantone 19-4049
• Buttercup – Pantone 12-0752
• Limpet Shell – Pantone 13-4810
• Lilac Gray – Pantone 16-3905
• Fiesta – Pantone 17-1564
• Iced Coffee – Pantone 15-1040
• Green Flash – Pantone 15-0146

In terms of home design, world-class custom kitchen and bath designers like Peter Salerno Inc. love the freshness of Snorkel Blue and Limpet Shell mixed with clean whites and brighter grays. These color combinations evoke a seaside, nautical theme, and are perfect for your summer beach home or a sun room in your house. (If you want a “beach” feel in your everyday life, be bold – try this color combination in your open floor plan kitchen or guest bath!)

Be as bold and sunny as a Barbados beach with Summer 2016 colors!
Be as bold and sunny as a Barbados beach with Summer 2016 colors!

Be creative with warm, fresh colors during the Summer 2016 season. If you’re a bit timid to “dip your toes” in this ocean of bold color, don’t worry – the world’s leading authority on color design trends has given you full permission!

So spruce up that wardrobe with a stunning sundress or bright dress shirts and ties! Accent your living space with bold, summery colors! Tell your custom home design specialist to give you a beautiful summer feeling year-round!

For more information on incorporating the Pantone Summer 2016 Color Trends Report into your home or vacation retreat, please fill out the contact form below!

Visit Peter Salerno Inc.’s Brand New Design Portfolio

Peter Salerno Inc. Debuts New Design Portfolio

As first reported on Peter Salerno Inc.’s official Facebook page, Peter Salerno and his team are proud to début their latest design portfolio on their official website.

The new Peter Salerno Inc. design portfolio features the “latest and greatest” of Peter’s kitchen and bath designs. Frequent visitors to this blog will recognize plenty of the designs: the Princeton Chateau kitchen and bath, the Simple Tranquility bath design, and of course the “Jewelry Box” (the 2014 NKBA Best Small Kitchen).

A 1st place, award-winning kitchen design from Peter Salerno, Inc. now appears in a new design portfolio. (Photo courtesy of Peter Rymwid)
A 1st place, award-winning kitchen design from Peter Salerno, Inc. now appears in a new design portfolio. (Photo courtesy of Peter Rymwid)

The new portfolio features a diverse array of outstanding kitchen and bath designs – summer home kitchens and baths, rustic mountain home interiors, a world-class professional chef’s kitchen, and more.

Here are a few example kitchen and bath design photos from the new Peter Salerno Inc. portfolio:

A custom Peter Salerno summer beach home kitchen design. (Photo credit Peter Rymwid)
A custom Peter Salerno summer beach home kitchen design. (Photo credit Peter Rymwid)
This Peter Salerno kitchen design offers a classic French feel. (Credit Peter Rymwid)
This Peter Salerno kitchen design offers a classic French feel. (Credit Peter Rymwid)
Peter Salerno's 2014 Best Kitchen winner. (Credit Peter Rymwid)
Peter Salerno’s 2014 Best Small Kitchen winner. (Credit Peter Rymwid)

Official Interview with Tracy Salerno of Peter Salerno Inc.

Tracy Salerno of Peter Salerno Inc.: Exclusive Interview

It’s often said that behind every great man is a great woman. But when it comes to Peter Salerno, his wife Tracy certainly doesn’t stand behind him. For decades, the two have stood side by side, not only as husband and wife but as the “patriarch and matriach” of Peter Salerno Inc.

Ask anyone in the Peter Salerno Inc. showroom and offices, and they’ll tell you quickly that Tracy is a driving force behind the business. She not only handles much of the day-to-day business operations of Peter Salerno Inc., but also has a vast working knowledge of custom kitchen, bath, interior and cabinetry design.

Tracy Salerno helps run Peter Salerno Inc. with intelligence, grace and class.
Tracy Salerno helps run Peter Salerno Inc. with intelligence, grace and class.

Since Peter Salerno Inc.’s humble beginnings in 1997, Tracy Salerno has played an integral role in its management, growth and overall success. We were privileged to take a few minutes out of Tracy’s busy schedule for an exclusive interview. In it, we learned about Tracy and Peter’s humble beginnings, current projects and business partners, stories from the Peter Salerno Inc. showroom, and plans for the future.

Interview with Tracy Salerno of Peter Salerno Inc.

Peter Salerno Blog (PSB): What do you remember about the first day Peter Salerno Inc. opened?

Tracy Salerno:  First a little background: before opening Peter Salerno Inc, Peter worked in a family business owned by his father and uncle. For various reasons, but mainly so Peter’s artistic vision wouldn’t be stifled, we discussed Peter leaving and going out on his own, but he had to be ready to make that move, so the timetable was all up to him. Meantime, our children were both in school full time and I was going to get back into teaching.

I had my interview all set up and two days before, Pete said, “I’m leaving and you have to come work for me. It’ll just be us for awhile. By the way, I’m looking for a building to buy or rent.” A bit of a shock, but okay – I canceled my interview and took a crash course in Quickbooks, wood species and cabinet styles. Hardware catalogs were my nightly reading. The day we opened our first showroom, I remember feeling a little queasy, not sure if it was excitement or fear. We had it all on the line, all our money, our home….we had to make it work. But somehow, butterflies and all, I just knew it would all be okay. We have always believed the only way to get ahead is to dive in, start swimming and have faith. No one ever got anywhere by sitting on the dock.

PSB: Could you have imagined the business growing to where it is today?

Tracy Salerno: In 1997, we started in a small Cape Cod house on Goffle Road. We had to renovate the building completely. It was a dilapidated disaster when we bought it; I took one look at it and sobbed. After that I wasn’t allowed back in until the construction was done. We had a tiny showroom with 5 displays downstairs and offices upstairs.

To go from there, that memory, to this gorgeous design center, is literally a dream come true. Could I ever imagine it? In all honesty, yes. I know my husband, I know his drive. This was his dream from the day he bought the property. He saw the land and saw the vision. After my initial crying jag, I saw it too. I knew we would get here eventually.

PSB: You recently celebrated 2 years in your beautiful new showroom building. What’s your favorite part of the new showroom?

Tracy Salerno: We couldn’t be happier with the new place.  The showroom is such an eclectic mix, two years later it’s still fun to come down here and take it all in.  I had a ball “dressing” the displays and I still look for new things every time I’m out.  It’s hard to pinpoint what my favorite part of the showroom is.  I’d have to say just having the space to showcase the multitude of designs we are capable of creating.

PSB: What’s it like working in an office with both of your children?

Tracy Salerno: Funny thing, we never built the business or the building for the next generation.  This was always Pete’s dream and we always encouraged Anthony and Gabrielle to pursue their own paths.  Which they did with success.  Circumstances and changes in their personal lives led them here as a temporary place to figure it all out then suddenly it was permanent. It’s great having them both here, especially since it was by choice not expectation.  Both are growing in their positions and are truly assets to the company.  The best part is having lunch with the two of them most days….even if I’m the one paying.

PSB: Tell us a funny story from “behind the scenes” in the Peter Salerno Inc. offices that we wouldn’t otherwise know about!

Tracy Salerno: Behind the scenes….you do realize you are talking about an office full of artistic designers right?  Everyone has their own quirky personality which is fun to be around.  Randomly funny or odd pictures will appear in such places as…. the restrooms. Federico paints, mainly abstract, so when he brings in a new work, we have a “guess what the subject” is game.   A good song on a Friday morning might produce an impromptu dance party.

My personal favorite is a photo/certificate that hangs in Peter’s office.  The day we officially opened the new builing, we took a picture outside the design center; everyone was in it–that is a major feat in itself.  Being a Zoolander fan, Kimberly took the picture, added some text, framed and presented it to Peter.  “The Peter Salerno Center for Kids Who Can’t Design Good and Wanna Learn To Do Other Stuff Good Too”.  It’s epic.

PSB: What are your favorite things to do when you’re not working?

Tracy Salerno: Do I ever not work?  Seriously, my ultimate “me time”  is to flop in my favorite chair in my sun room with a good book.  If I’m at the shore house, substitute front porch rocker with sun room chair. Puzzles.  I like puzzles too; the crazier & bigger the better.  My family thinks I’m nuts when I say it’s relaxing for me.

PSB: You recently started offering the TopBrewer coffee brewing system. Have you tried it, and what do you think?

Tracy Salerno: Top Brewer.  I. Want. One. In. My. House. It’s a great product; my next kitchen at home will have one. Pete and I were at the factory in Copenhagen last year.  Top Brewer wanted to enter the American market so select designers were given a tour of the factory and a tutorial.  We had to bring it into the showroom as soon as it became available stateside. The clean lines of just a spout integrated in the counter eliminates the clutter of coffee accessories.  The grinder & refrigeration unit fit in a lower cabinet.  A self cleaning system  keeps it low maintenance.

You are your own barista.  Latte? No problem.  Cappuccino? Espresso?  Strong, light, in between, lots of foam, no foam…all there with a touch of the iPad or phone app.  Also, seltzer; you can make your own seltzer.  Soon it will have juice dispensing capabilities too.   I am addicted to the machine.

PSB: What’s on the horizon for Peter Salerno Inc. that has you excited?

Tracy Salerno: Every day is a new adventure here.  We never know who is coming through the door, that in itself is exciting.  Through our clients, we never know where we’ll end up….like Russia.  Seriously, Pete is doing a job in Moscow.  Now that is pretty cool.   Watching our team solidify and grow as designers and in their personal lives is tremendously satisfying.    Right now we are enjoying where we are and the people we work with.  That being said, we are always looking to reinvent ourselves to stay fresh and current, so you never know what is around the corner for us!

For more information about Peter Salerno Inc. or to schedule a showroom appointment, please call (201) 251-6608 or email info@PeterSalernoInc.com.

Recipe: Magnolia Bakery’s Blueberry Jamboree

Try Magnolia Bakery's wonderful Blueberry Jamboree! (Credit: Delish.com)
Try Magnolia Bakery’s wonderful Blueberry Jamboree! (Credit: Delish.com)

A recurring theme in our Summer 2013 edition has been the use of various shades of blue in modern summer home and beach house design. From Ren Miller, editor-in-chief of Design New Jersey magazine, to the expert staff at Peter Salerno Inc., to interior designers everywhere, blue seems to be the “it” color for vacation homes – especially summer kitchens.

With this ‘blue’ theme in mind, we present a sweet treat courtesy of the fine folks at Delish: Blueberry Jamboree, created by the expert bakers at Magnolia Bakery.

Whether  you’re looking for a sweet treat to please your loved ones and guests, or just a vibrant slice of dessert for yourself, this recipe is sure to be a hit in your newly redesigned summer kitchen. The ingredients are easy to find, the recipe is simple, and you’ll look like a famous dessert chef in no time!

(For more about the world-renowned Magnolia Bakery, its delicious menu and locations, please visit their website: Magnolia Bakery.)

Magnolia Bakery’s Blueberry Jamboree: Ingredients

Blueberry Topping

  • 1 1/2 cup(s) fresh blueberries
  • 1/4 cup(s) granulated sugar
  • 1/8 cup(s) brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon(s) cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon(s) cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon(s) water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon(s) water
  • 2 cup(s) fresh blueberries
  • 3/4 teaspoon(s) lemon zest

Crust

  • 3/4 cup(s) (1 1/1 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 2 cup(s) flour
  • 1 cup(s) toasted pecans, chopped

Filling

  • 2 cup(s) heavy cream
  • 1 pound(s) cream cheese, room temperature, cut into chunks
  • 2 cup(s) sifted confectioners’ sugar

Magnolia Bakery’s Blueberry Jamboree: Recipe

  1. Prepare blueberry topping: In a large pot combine 1 1/2 cups blueberries and both sugars.
  2. Place on stove on medium-high heat and stir constantly. Stir until sugar is combined and blueberries start to pop and come to a boil.
  3. Dissolve cornstarch in water. Add cornstarch/water mixture to the pot and stir until mixture becomes thick.
  4. Remove from the heat and stir in remaining blueberries, combining gently. Add in the lemon zest and continue to combine gently and fully.
  5. Cool to room temperature and refrigerate until ready to use.
  6. Prepare the crust: Melt butter and combine with flour and pecans.
  7. Butter a 9″ x 13″ rectangular glass dish and press crust into it. Bake at 325°F for about 15 minutes or until it just starts to lightly brown. Cool to room temperature.
  8. Prepare the filling and assemble: Whip heavy cream and set aside.
  9. Meanwhile, in a mixer bowl, beat together cream cheese and confectioners’ sugar. Fold whipped cream into cream cheese mixture until combined and then spread onto cooled crust.
  10. Top with a thin layer of blueberry topping, about 4 cups.
  11. Refrigerate for 1 hour or until set.

For more great summer recipes, visit Delish! And as always, for more information about creating your perfect beach house and/or summer kitchen, visit us online: Peter Salerno Inc.