How Does A Rusty Car Inspire a Beautiful Transitional Kitchen Design?

How Does A Rusty Car Inspire a Beautiful Transitional Kitchen Design?

Peter Salerno was handed a photograph of an abandoned, rusty car by a kitchen design client. “Use this as inspiration,” he was told.

And so he did.

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.

The resulting transitional kitchen design is equal parts rustic and modern, audacious and beautiful. From its unorthodox color scheme to its unexpected materials, statement lighting pieces to state-of-the-art appliances, the team at Peter Salerno Inc. turned a rusty car into a Bentley of a kitchen.

Let’s break this beautiful kitchen design down, piece by piece.

The Custom Range Hood + Cabinetry

The metal work on the custom range hood and cabinetry is actually naturally rusted – and protected, of course. The metal artist hired by Peter Salerno Inc. to construct these pieces kick-started the process before letting the metal rust naturally over the course of several months. Once the aging process began, the metal was treated with acid, painted, and lacquered to create the eye-popping patina you see. The metal was then exposed to a blow torch to complete the finished product.

The Unexpected Materials and Colors

Look closely under the surface of the kitchen table and orange-colored panels, and you’ll discover a material you’d never expect. Rice paper was utilized to create added texture throughout the kitchen design to match the patina on the range hood and cabinets. The counters are a unique, beautiful Blue Louise Granite, which pairs nicely with the orange tone of the center panels on the wall unit.

The Extra ‘Perks’ of a Peter Salerno Inc. Kitchen

From the asymmetric form of the metallic statement lighting pieces to the eclectic wall art, unique ‘perks’ abound in this transitional kitchen design. We absolutely love the lighting pieces, which are reminiscent of old car fenders.

On our first glance of this kitchen design, we immediately recognized the La Cornue Flamberge rotisserie, one of the finest rotisserie units on the market today. We love the utility and function of the deep basin sink, the side cooking unit on the kitchen island, and the ‘tucked-away’ nature of the refrigerator, which blends seamlessly into the wall unit.

What’s YOUR favorite aspect of this kitchen design? Let us know in the comments below!

Watch Custom Luxury Cabinets Be Made | The Creative Process on Video

Watch Custom Luxury Cabinets Be Made | The Creative Process on Video

Do you have 90 seconds? Then you have the time to watch a master craftsman and his team create luxury custom cabinetry!

In this exclusive video from Peter Salerno Inc. (the most award-winning custom kitchen and bath design firm of the 21st century), you’re taken from inception to creation of world-class custom cabinetry by Peter Salerno, CMKBD. A lifelong lover of design, Peter blends old-world craftsmanship and attention to detail with modern technology, design approach and materials.

“I started in the cabinet business when I was 9 years old,” Peter states at the start of this video. While the claim seems audacious, it’s true – Peter grew up in the workshop of his father, Rosolino Salerno. Rosolino spent his career between Sicily and the United States as an expert cabinet-maker, and the love of cabinetry and design was fused to Peter’s being at an early age. To this day, Peter Salerno’s custom line of cabinetry is called Maestro Rosolino, or “Master Rosolino”, in loving tribute to his father.

“Craftsmanship is really the key,” Peter explains as you’re guided through a visual tour of his workshop in Wyckoff, New Jersey. “But you also have to make sure you have the technology. You want to make sure you have equipment that is precise.”

The delicate balance between craftsmanship and technology is on full display in this video. While 3-D modeling and modern rendering of the initial designs are carefully constructed on computers and sculpted by precision machinery, each piece of cabinetry is molded and finished by hand.

This level of personal and technological balance is necessary in today’s highly-demanding custom cabinetry market, where expectations are high for unique, artisanal work from reputable design firms. The home kitchen has become a place to showcase personalized luxury, the ability to showcase one’s personal life through the presentation of his or her kitchen design.

“These cabinets, these pieces of furniture… are now becoming art forms,” Peter continues. “And these kitchens are becoming art forms.”

We certainly hope you enjoy this short-yet-insightful look into the work space of one of North America’s premier kitchen and bath designers. What is your takeaway from this custom cabinetry design video from Peter Salerno Inc.? We’d love to hear it in the comments below!

Unique Stone Kitchen Design Photography on Instagram

Unique Stone Kitchen Design Photography on Instagram

Let it be known: neutral and natural kitchen design does not mean ‘boring’.

Peter Salerno Inc.‘s recent Instagram posts prove that point to dramatic effect. These kitchen design photos feature what can be done with a home’s second kitchen to make a neutrally-based design pop with dramatic design elements and intriguing materials.

The defining feature of this kitchen design is the arched ceiling, with intricate exposed brick blending beautifully into the large stone backsplash on the kitchen’s feature wall. The simple neutral color of the brick and stone surfaces allow other areas of the kitchen to stand out; the gorgeous arc of the ceiling is dramatic enough by itself. The exposed brick extends down the side wall of the kitchen down to the countertops.

The simple, transitional angles on the custom range hood complement the ceiling’s arc nicely. The accompanying stainless steel kitchen appliances echo the finish of the custom range hood and add a touch of modernity to the brick and stone around them.

The countertops seem simple at first; upon closer inspection, they are finely crafted concrete wood form tops. The finished countertops provide both the rustic feel of weathered wood and the durability of concrete.

The neutral grays and whites of the brick, stone and concrete surfaces allow the simplicity of beautiful butternut cabinetry to shine in this kitchen design. The glass fronts of the warm cabinetry provide a look inside for easy access, as well as copious reflective surfaces for the ambient light coming from the large picture window on the refrigerator wall.

Peter Salerno mentions in the above post that a second kitchen should provide “only the necessities you need”. There are no opulent features, no exorbitant appliances, and generally no frills in this kitchen design. As stated above, this kitchen design is proof that luxury is not always defined by “bells and whistles”. A straightforward approach with an eye on form, function and intriguing design materials can create an understated, beautiful result.

Do you like this kitchen design from Peter Salerno Inc.? We’d love to hear your thoughts and feedback in the comments below!

Beautiful Home Bar Design + Wine Cellar | Must-See Design Photos

Beautiful Home Bar Design + Wine Cellar | Must-See Design Photos

Oh, my goodness.

Perhaps that’s not the most eloquent lead we’ve ever written at Design Your Lifestyle. That’s okay. We’ll let the design photos from this home bar and wine cellar tell the story.

This home bar and wine cellar design (by our parent company, Peter Salerno Inc.) sits on the first floor of a gorgeous home. Looking out from behind the bar, your eye takes you through a spacious open floor plan through a dining area and directly into the kitchen. The open flow of the design space is perfect for entertaining guests, making conversation and eye contact from kitchen to dining to the bar area seamless.

The bar design itself features stellar lighting effects in the open cabinetry and kitchen island. A rich blue tone emanates from behind opaque glass in the kitchen island, giving the bar space a beautiful glow at any time of day. The blue color effect is duplicated in the twin bar cabinet areas on either side of the center feature wall, drawing the eye to the liquor selection behind the bar.

The bar itself is as aesthetically pleasing as it is functional. The stainless counter space houses a bar sink, tap, and dual preparation surfaces. The island also houses a refrigeration unit, seven drawers and storage areas, and elegant dark-stained wood construction. The bar’s front has seating for four in cozy cream-colored chairs.

Need a glass of wine? The wine cellar is only steps away, recessed in the left wall of the dining and bar area. (Seriously. It’s right there.) The glass-front wine cellar sits back from the wall, encased by beautiful exposed brick. The vertical wine storage, central space for bottled liquors, and recessed wall space for custom art make this first-floor wine cellar an instant conversation piece and the show-stealer of this design.

Daytime area lighting is provided by large picture windows on either side of the bar. Ambient light streams in and catches the white bar feature wall and ornate white ceiling, allowing it to radiate throughout the open floor plan. At night, a smart assortment of high-hat recessed ceiling lighting complements the recessed blue light of the bar island and cabinetry.

This home bar and wine cellar is a host’s dream – stunning transitional design with an open floor concept, unique light sources, high-quality materials and unexpected aesthetic features. But enough about our opinion – what do YOU think?

Leave us a comment and tell us your reaction to this home bar and wine cellar design!

(Photos and posts courtesy of Peter Salerno Inc. on Instagram.)

Gorgeous Custom Grilles Add Luxury to Cabinetry + Kitchen Design Spaces

Gorgeous Custom Grilles Add Luxury to Cabinetry + Kitchen Design Spaces

Making your kitchen design and cabinetry stand out from the pack is tough. Whether traditional or transitional, so many kitchens end up looking highly comparable to others. So how do you make your design unique? What can you do to separate your kitchen (and kitchen cabinets) from the rest?

The answer: custom design elements.

We’re always looking for custom elements that will help design clients own a kitchen that looks like no other. In the past, we’ve shown you fully customizable La Cornue ranges and appliances, reclaimed tin range hoods from Route 66, and even a motorized bar crafted out of a ’59 Corvette.

Now, we’re excited to introduce you to our latest find: a line of custom grilles crafted out of gorgeous, versatile materials.

These custom grilles are crafted in the United Kingdom, and available in a myriad of metals and finishes. From polished to satin finishes, nickel to brass, and a wide array of colors and tones, these grilles aren’t a “one size fits all” affair.

The beautiful rosette features on many of the grilles are eye-catching. For a more transitional look, considering matching the color and finish of your grille – satin nickel grilles and rosettes, for example. A more traditional, elegant approach would be to match polished nickel grilles with brass rosettes (like the Instagram post above).

We love the tight mesh backing on these custom grilles, which add a great deal of stability. The opportunities to use these grilles on cabinetry, There’s plenty of space to play with the size and spacing of the large diamond pattern, depending on how much design space you’re looking to cover.

What do YOU think about these custom grilles? How would you utilize them in your design? Do you like how they look on cabinetry? Are you more intrigued by mixed finishes and colors, or a more streamlined approach? Leave us a comment!

Glass Cabinetry | Open Your Kitchen Design Space

Glass Cabinetry | Open Your Kitchen Design Space

Current kitchen design focuses on clean, fresh colors, a healthy dose of light, and a sense of ‘open space’ – even in tight quarters. How do today’s best designers maximize the space available in each new kitchen, and make even small kitchens seem larger than the space they occupy?

For many, glass cabinetry is the answer. Simple glass panels on the front of kitchen cabinets allow for greater, more varied applications of light, as well as ‘open up’ the design space. Glass cabinets can feature beautiful dishware, stemware and accessories, as well as provide a needed ‘break’ for the eye in a stretch of closed-off cabinet space.

Peter Salerno Inc.'s reclaimed wood beams in transitional kitchen design, 2019.
Glass cabinetry helps your kitchen design feel fresh, open and bright.

Used in intelligent doses, glass provides wonderful reflection of ambient light sources, as well as the opportunity to add more light to your kitchen design. Glass panels open up the front of your cabinets, allowing interior and recessed lighting within the cabinets themselves to radiate out into the kitchen design space. The result is a brighter kitchen without going overboard on accent lighting and island lighting (or using an overbearing quantity of high hats).

In the white transitional kitchen pictured below, placing glass cabinets both adjacent to the large window features and the far design wall allows natural light to reflect beautifully throughout the space, allowing the large kitchen to be well-lit with a minimal amount of ceiling fixtures.

Peter Salerno Inc. 2017 new white kitchen design - stunning and trendy.
Peter Salerno Inc. 2017 new white kitchen design – stunning and trendy.

Glass cabinets can also create an elegant effect, like the ones seen below in Peter Salerno Inc.’s award-winning showroom in Wyckoff, New Jersey. The glass cabinetry features gorgeous blue plates and glassware to match the La Cornue range, rotisserie and chandeliers. Recessed lighting within the cabinets adds a luxurious glow to the kitchen, and mirrors the accent lighting inside the recessed Swarovski crystal ceiling feature.

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

The addition of glass cabinet faces helps open up the walls in the transitional design below. High-hat recessed lighting is placed around the ceiling’s perimeter to utilize these glass surfaces in carrying their light around the kitchen space. These tall, vertical glass cabinets help elongate the room, and provide pleasant breaks of the flat gray wall spaces for the eye to enjoy. The transparent cabinets also play nicely against the reclaimed tin on the recessed ceiling and the twin refrigerator doors.

This Jupiter, FL kitchen utilizes glass cabinets to open the design space.
This Jupiter, FL kitchen utilizes glass cabinets to open the design space.

Glass cabinetry also helps add depth to more ornate kitchen designs (like the one seen below). The mirrored ceiling only augments the traditional curved cabinetry on either side of the range, with recessed cabinet lighting to highlight the gorgeous dishware stored inside. The additional depth created by the glass cabinetry blends seamlessly with the twin archways into the dining room and hall on either side of the kitchen, helping add perceived length to the space.

Peter Salerno Inc.'s award-winning 2015 kitchen design. Photo credit Peter Rymwid.
Peter Salerno Inc.’s award-winning kitchen design. Photo credit Peter Rymwid.

Making the simple choice to use glass on your kitchen cabinets reaps tremendous benefits. It allows the owner to display dish and stemware, while adding additional light to the design space through the use of recessed cabinet lighting. It reflects both ambient light and lighting fixtures, adding a layer of brightness to the entire kitchen. Glass cabinetry also provides a ‘break’ for the eye along a flat design wall, as well as a point of focus to break up long rows of closed-off cabinetry.

What’s your take on glass cabinetry? Do you utilize it in your designs? Is it an idea you’re playing with for your next kitchen design or renovation? We’d love to hear from you in the comments!

Glass cabinetry helps your kitchen design feel fresh, open and bright.
Glass cabinetry helps your kitchen design feel fresh, open and bright.

Peter Salerno Inc. Cabinetry: Full FAQ on Your Journey to Award-Winning Cabinets

Peter Salerno Inc. Cabinetry: Full FAQ on Your Journey to Award-Winning Cabinets

Our parent company, Peter Salerno Inc., is the most award-winning custom kitchen and bath design company in North America since 2002. A major facet of Peter Salerno Inc.’s success is the Maestro Rosolino line of world-class custom cabinetry.

Maestro Rosolino is named for Peter Salerno’s father, Rosolino, an artisan who began his cabinetry business in Sicily. Dreaming of a life in America for his family and children, Rosolino came to the United States – where his son, Peter, continued the fine family tradition of handcrafted custom cabinetry.

Maestro Rosolino cabinets: a hallmark of Peter Salerno Inc. custom kitchen design.
Maestro Rosolino cabinets: a hallmark of Peter Salerno Inc. custom kitchen design. (Courtesy Peter Salerno, Peter Rymwid)

From the Peter Salerno Inc. website:

Peter Salerno Inc. strives to design the perfect kitchen, bathroom, wine cellar, library, and any other space for our clients. We do this by not only looking at it from an aesthetic perspective, but also from a functional perspective. Our approach is the same as a bespoke tailor; instead of designing and crafting together a suit or dress we are tailoring your home to your lifestyle. Much like a tailor with different grades of fabric, we too carry an array of options varying in quality and features to help fit your budget.

Here’s more information regarding Peter Salerno Inc. custom cabinetry, the Maestro Rosolino line, price points and craftsmanship information:

FAQ and Price Points: Peter Salerno Inc. Custom Cabinetry​

I Furniture Grade

This is our highest quality cabinet. These cabinets are entirely custom and are made to last a lifetime. They feature standard black walnut drawers, extra thick doors, extra coats of finish, exotic and reclaimed woods, and the sturdiest construction available. Every aspect of this level is customizable. All of these cabinets are made in the USA.

II Transition Grade

One step down from our Furniture Grade, Transition is a custom line offering high-quality construction without the extra bulk of our furniture grade. Available with either maple or walnut drawers and extra thick or standard doors, this cabinet can be as dressed up or down as you’d like while offering you complete design freedom. All these cabinets are made in the USA.

Peter Salerno's 2013 award nominated kitchen from an alternate angle.
(Credit Peter Rymwid)

III Cabinet Grade

Cabinet Grade is great for tight budgets where the need for a lot of fine-detail work and custom sizing is not necessary. We base our design around semi-custom cabinet parameters to help keep your budget in check. All of these cabinets are made in the USA

IV Builder Grade

A builder’s budget is usually tight, but a great kitchen and bath design will help sell a house. Because of this we offer a quality stock cabinet while still offering our award winning design service. It’s the difference between just hanging boxes on a wall and installing a kitchen.

Design Only:

Under some circumstances we do offer a design-only service. We will take measurements (if local), or design based on architectural plans. We will provide (1) floorplan and (1) set of elevations based on our design specifications. Pricing varies depending on the scope of the project.

For more information regarding Peter Salerno Inc. and custom cabinetry, please visit the official website or contact (201) 251-6608. NOTE: Peter Salerno Inc. will consider international projects!