Design New Jersey Releases 2017 “Great Gifts” Holiday List

Design New Jersey Releases 2017 “Great Gifts” Holiday List

We lean heavily on a few sources for much of our inspiration here at “Design Your Lifestyle”. One of those sources, the team at Design New Jersey, released their Great Gifts list for the 2017 holiday shopping season – and we love it!

The article, entitled “11 Great Gifts to Round Out Your List” (written by Marirose Krall), covers a lot of ground with a smartly selected group of 11 gift ideas for virtually everyone on your list this holiday season.

Do you have a friend who’s “the life of the party”? What about new parents, design hobbyists, wine lovers and gourmets? This single list from Design New Jersey has them all covered! Whether it’s Christmas shopping, Chanukah gifts, a “Friends-mas” get-together or a birthday that falls during the holiday season, Ms. Krall’s gift list will provide you thoughtful, stylish guidance!

We strongly encourage each of you to visit the Design New Jersey website and read the full article for yourself. As a way to whet your appetite, we’ve selected several of Ms. Krall’s “Great Gifts” for 2017 that we love the most.

Enjoy!

Our Favorites: Design New Jersey’s 2017 “Great Gifts”

1. EDGES Custom Cutlery’s Sommelier Collection

EDGES Custom Cutlery Sommelier Collection, 2017.
EDGES Custom Cutlery Sommelier Collection, 2017.

We’ve featured EDGES Custom Cutlery numerous times on our blog, so we were thrilled to see its inclusion on the Design New Jersey “Great Gifts” list. This list features the stunning Sommelier Collection, a set of stunning hand-crafted knives with handles made from the American White Oak of actual wine barrels.

The result is a world-class knife blade with a unique wood handle, and a backstory to share with its users for generations to come.

2. Decor Kitchen Appliances’ WineStation

The Decor Kitchen Appliances WineStation. (Credit: Decor Kitchen Appliances)
The Decor Kitchen Appliances WineStation. (Credit: Decor Kitchen Appliances)

From the Decor website:

The WineStation® is the first automated, temperature controlled, four-bottle wine dispensing and preservation system for the home. The connoisseur can choose the right wine and just the right amount – a taste, a half glass or a full glass – with the touch of a finger. A perfect addition to your home, in the kitchen, bar, den, game room or wine cellar, the WineStation maintains the freshness of your favorite wine selections for up to 60 days without the loss of flavor or natural aroma.

3. Land of Nod’s Jungle Pavilion Playhouse

Land of Nod's Jungle Pavilion Playhouse. (Credit: Land of Nod.)
Land of Nod’s Jungle Pavilion Playhouse. (Credit: Land of Nod.)

We adore this safari-influenced playhouse for the young ones in your life. Inspire the explorer in every child with this playhouse from Land of Nod, which features cotton canvas side panels that can be rolled up and secured. At 55″ tall and nearly 50″ in diameter, there’s plenty of room for little ones to play, imagination, and spot their favorite jungle animals!

Greenery: PANTONE 2017 Color of the Year Home Design Ideas

Greenery: PANTONE 2017 Color of the Year Home Design Ideas

Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year is here – and in 2017, it will be very easy being green. Greenery is a reflection of the neutrals, earth tones and natural colors that have dominated color trends as of late. In fact, Pantone goes so far as to call Greenery (15-0343) “Nature’s Neutral” in their official 2017 Color of the Year announcement.

Pantone's 2017 Color of the Year is Greenery (15-0343). Photo credit Peter Salerno Inc.
Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year is Greenery (15-0343). Photo credit: Peter Salerno Inc.

Home designers, fashion designers and graphic designers alike turn to PANTONE, the world’s foremost authority on color, color identity and color matching, to establish future trends and baselines for their work. The announcement of Greenery as the Pantone 2017 Color of the Year re-affirms the trend towards natural, refreshing color palettes in home design, graphic design and spring fashion.

Greenery is more towards the “yellow side” of green – think more Kermit, less Green Arrow – and evokes a fresh, invigorating sense of the outdoors. Greenery is found more in light green grass and sunlit floral leaves than in dense foliage, adding a sunny, optimistic touch to the natural relaxing quality of green.

Appropriately enough, Greenery is also a palette match with multiple Pantone colors and shades our blog has suggested to you over the last several months. Colors in past Design Your Lifestyle articles that are listed as harmonious with Greenery by Pantone include: Serenity, Bodacious, Buttercream, Goji Berry, Sharkskin, and Moss.

Of course, leaning on trends only takes you so far in design. Finding the perfect blend between today’s trends and classic, timeless design elements is the key to design excellence. Few home designers know this better than Peter Salerno Inc., winners of more kitchen and bath design awards than any North American design firm since 2002.

Courtesy of Peter Salerno Inc., here are a few tips to incorporate Greenery (the Pantone 2017 Color of the Year) into your kitchen or bath design project.

Greenery: Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year in Home Design

1. Utilize ACTUAL Greenery!

Need we say more? The trend towards natural, earth-based design should include natural green elements! Use real greenery in your home designs! Incorporate fresh floral sprays, vegetables, leafy arrangements and ferns in your kitchen and bath designs.

Take a look at the two nationally-recognized Peter Salerno Inc. kitchen designs below and think of your own ways to incorporate Greenery into your kitchen!

Peter Salerno Inc.'s custom kitchen design is adorned with Greenery everywhere. (Credit: Peter Rymwid)
Peter Salerno Inc.’s custom kitchen design is adorned with Greenery everywhere. (Credit: Peter Rymwid)
This bright shore kitchen showcases Greenery in the form of actual greenery! (Credit: Peter Salerno Inc., Peter Rymwid)
This bright shore kitchen showcases Greenery in the form of actual greenery! (Credit: Peter Salerno Inc., Peter Rymwid)

2. Greenery pairs beautifully with core design neutrals.

We’ve talked so much about core design neutrals over the last few months, and Pantone’s decision to name Greenery its 2017 Color of the Year reaffirms our faith in taupes, browns, whites and grays as “statement” neutrals.

Don’t necessarily think of Greenery as the “it” color in your design. When executed properly (as in the Peter Salerno Inc. bath design below), green can augment the core whites and earth tones in your design.

A touch of Greenery in wall color beautifully accents the core neutrals in this Peter Salerno Inc. bath design.
A touch of Greenery in wall color beautifully accents the core neutrals in this Peter Salerno Inc. bath design.

3. Find fresh accessories in which to include Greenery!

In the kitchen design below, Peter Salerno and his team “greened” a unique design element – the overhead, recessed stained glass roof. The result was a dimmed-yet-natural glass lighting feature that added a fresh, sedated tone to the kitchen.

Another award-winning Peter Salerno kitchen, with a splash of green. (Credit Peter Rymwid)
Another award-winning Peter Salerno kitchen, with a splash of green. (Credit Peter Rymwid)

Christmas 2016 Decor: Six Jolly Shades of PANTONE Green

The Six Best Green Tones For Your 2016 Christmas Design

In our last article, we showed you the 6 “it” PANTONE shades of red for Christmas decor and design in 2016. From jewel tones to earthy reds to jazzy lighter hues, you’re now equipped with all this year’s trendiest reds.

So now that you have your Poinsettia, Crimson and Goji Berry, we’ve got one more traditional Christmas color to play with. Let’s stuff your stocking with our favorite shades of green for 2016!

It’s a GREAT year to design with green for the holidays. From this summer’s Green Flash to the fall’s Lush Meadow, green is a major player in fashion and decor in 2016’s Pantone color reports. 2016 has also been a bounce-back year for earthy tones and hues, making green a wonderful complementary shade to the core neutrals or cool colors in your home design.

Pantone, the world’s foremost color matching system, has put names and coding to every shade of green you could possibly imagine. But which of these green shades are right for your 2016 Christmas decor and designs?

We’re basing our decisions on the “it” shades of green for this holiday season on a few core principles on Pantone trends from 2016:

  • A nice jewel-tone green never hurt anyone;
  • Earth-toned greens make for an inviting color option;
  • When in doubt, pick a green that pairs well with a neutral.

Let’s pair up those 6 shades of red from our last article with our favorite six green hues (courtesy of the Pantone color matching system) for the 2016 Christmas design and decor season!

Christmas Design 2016: Our Six Favorite Pantone Shades of Green

1. Sprucestone (14-6316 TCX)

Sprucestone Pantone color, Christmas 2016 green Pantone colors

2. Classic Green (16-6340 TCX)

Classic Green Pantone color, Christmas 2016 green Pantone colors

3. Mistletoe (16-0220 TCX)

Mistletoe Pantone color, Christmas 2016 green Pantone colors

4. Holly Green (16-5932 TCX)

Holly Green Pantone color, Christmas 2016 green Pantone colors

5. Pistachio Green (13-0221 TCX)

Pistachio Green Pantone color, Christmas 2016 green Pantone colors

6. Smoke Pine (18-5718 TCX)

Smoke Pine Pantone color, Christmas 2016 green Pantone colors

Christmas 2016 Decor: Six Beautiful Shades of PANTONE Red

The Perfect Shades of Red For Christmas 2016 Decor

Christmas 2016 is right around the corner! One of the most beautiful times of the year for decor and design, the holiday season is full of festive, inviting colors – not the least of which is red!

The warmth and beauty of red makes it a wonderful choice one of the “official-unofficial” colors of Christmas (green being the other). From Santa’s suit to poinsettia petals, holiday gift bows to Rudolph’s shiny red nose, the color red is everywhere you turn during the holidays.

Pantone, the world’s foremost color matching system, has put names and coding to every shade of red you could possibly imagine. But which of these red shades are right for your 2016 Christmas decor and designs?

2016’s color design trends taught us that our warm colors need to be bright, spicy and inviting. If they’re not, they ought to be rooted in an earth tone or neutral. As such, we’ve focused on six perfect shades of Pantone red to add color to your 2016 holiday decorations.

Each of these six red hues embodies one of these core descriptions of 2016 color and style:

  1. A vibrant, lighter shade of red that beckons the eye;
  2. A deeper red based in an earth-toned brown that serves as a more “rustic” shade;
  3. A rich, jewel-tone red that spices up your surroundings.

No matter your taste, here are six fantastic shades of Pantone holiday red (along with their color codes) that are sure to please as core color elements of your 2016 Christmas decor and design!

Christmas Design 2016: Our Six Favorite Pantone Shades of Red

1. Poinsettia (17-1654 TCX)

Poinsettia Pantone color, Christmas 2016 red Pantone colors

2. Poppy Red (17-1664 TCX)

Poppy Red Pantone color, Christmas 2016 red Pantone colors

3. Goji Berry (18-1659 TCX)

Goji Berry Pantone color, Christmas 2016 red Pantone colors

4. Cranberry (17-1545 TCX)

Cranberry Pantone color, Thanksgiving party Pantone colors

5. Red Ochre (18-1442 TCX)

Red Ochre Pantone color, Christmas 2016 red Pantone colors

6. Crimson (19-1762 TCX)

Crimson Pantone color, Christmas 2016 red Pantone colors

The 5 Perfect Pantone Colors For Halloween Decor

Decorate Your Halloween With These Pantone Colors!

Halloween is one of the most creative holidays of the year. Costumes, lights, fun food and drink, delicious treats, and themed parties make every October 31st a day (and night) to remember!

Everywhere you turn, Halloween ideas abound. From cocktails to party food, favors to costume design, it seems every blog you read is rich with fresh and fun Halloween tricks and treats (sorry, we couldn’t help ourselves!).

But what about color design? Let’s face it – while “Orange Is The New Black” is a smash hit on TV, orange and black aren’t always the easiest colors with which to design. Sure, black is classic, but mixing it with other fall colors (especially orange) can lead to clashes and awkward juxtaposition.

So how do you create a fresh Halloween design without using the “same old same old” orange and black motif? Using Pantone, the world’s leader color design experts, we’ve come up with a list of “bewitching” color schemes and options to bring a lively new look to your Halloween decor this year.

Whether you want a fresh shade of orange, a vibrant darker hue, or a beguiling new tone or two, here’s our list of festive, fun Halloween colors to use for your next Halloween party design.

Our Pantone Picks For Halloween Party Colors

1. Sharkskin (Pantone 17-3914)

Sharkskin - Pantone Fall 2016 color report

Why not start our Halloween 2016 color design list with one of Pantone’s official colors for Fall 2016? Sharkskin adds a sense of luster and sheen to gray, making it far more alluring than the average gray neutral.

Sharkskin is the perfect “base” color for your Halloween design and decor. You get the natural “spooky” appeal of a neutral gray, while adding a touch of playfulness. Try Sharkskin as a paint scheme, in your Halloween accessories (throws, pillows, etc.), or on your table decor!

2. Harvest Pumpkin (Pantone 16-1260)

Harvest Pumpkin Pantone color, Halloween party colors

It’s a spicy shade of orange-brown with the perfect autumn name for your Halloween festivities. Harvest Pumpkin is an inviting fall shade, full of warm and familiarity. If your Halloween party is less “trick” and more “treat”, guests will feel right at home in your Harvest Pumpkin decor.

The added benefit to incorporating Harvest Pumpkin in your Halloween decor is that it transitions seamlessly into the late fall holiday season. It’s a natural for Thanksgiving decor, and pairs well with kitchen and living space designs that focus heavily on neutrals, earth tones and hardwood flooring.

3. Purple Potion (Pantone 19-2430)

Purple Potion Pantone color, Halloween party colors

It’s the perfect purple for the witch or warlock hosting this year’s Halloween festivities (and stirring that spooky punch bowl)! Purple Potion is a stunning shade of purple that instantly evokes thoughts of fall sangrias, red wines, and a little Halloween mischief.

Speaking of which – if red wine sangria is on the menu (or a cocktail featuring Chambord), Purple Potion is a must-have Pantone color in your Halloween design this year. It’s also a great choice for accents to your white design elements (walls, furniture, etc.) as a throw, pillow or wall art piece.

4. Tangerine Tango (Pantone 17-1463)

Tangerine Tango Pantone Color of the Year 2014, Halloween party colors

It’s a reddish orange so alive and bold, it was Pantone’s 2014 Color of the Year. Tangerine Tango is the perfect blend of blood orange and festive bright red, sure to leave partygoers struck by its appeal.

If you want your guests to be dazzled by your Halloween party attire, try a little Tangerine Tango in your wardrobe! This sizzling hot color also works great in your Fall 2016 home decor as well, adding a splash of jazzy color to the taupes, grays and neutrals in your living space and home design. Go ahead, give Tangerine Tango a whirl!

5. Poison Green (Pantone 16-6444)

Poison Green Pantone Color, Halloween party colors

If our other options weren’t quite daring enough for you, then go bold this Halloween with Poison Green! An electric green that’s certainly not for the faint of heart, Poison Green is sure to stir up a mysterious, ghoulish vibe at your Halloween bash this year.

Whether it’s the color of your Halloween attire, your “mystery” punch bowl, or a few timely placed decorative pieces, Poison Green is a great color choice for Halloween hosts and ghosts trying to make a real statement with their style.

Peter Salerno Honored With 2015 Staten Island Chamber of Commerce Building Awards

Peter Salerno Honored With 2015 Staten Island Chamber of Commerce Building Awards

Peter Salerno Receives Prestigious Chairman’s Award

With a great deal of pride and gratitude, Peter Salerno (and Peter Salerno Inc.) accepted multiple awards at the 2015 Staten Island Chamber of Commerce Building Awards – including the prestigious residential Chairman’s Award.

Award winners from the 2015 Staten Island Chamber of Commerce Building Awards (Peter Salerno at far right).
Award winners from the 2015 Staten Island Chamber of Commerce Building Awards (Peter Salerno at far right).

The event, held on December 4, 2015, was the 54th annual Staten Island Chamber of Commerce Building Awards. Its stated purpose is to showcase the very best facets and features of Staten Island, including its vast array of gorgeous architecture, building and landscape designs.

The focus of one of the event’s most prominent awards was the Cromwell Circle Galofaro residence in Todt Hill, a design project of which Peter Salerno (and the team at Peter Salerno Inc.) was a large part.

Peter Salerno poses with his residential Chairman's award at the 54th annual Staten Island Chamber of Commerce Building Awards.
Peter Salerno poses with his residential Chairman’s award at the 54th annual Staten Island Chamber of Commerce Building Awards.

Peter’s work earned him the residential Chairman’s Award, along with Calvanico Associates Architectural & Engineering PC and Joseph J. Noce. Peter Salerno was also honored by the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce with awards for Excellence in Exterior, Interior, Craftsmanship, Natural Beauty and Interior Decorating.

The full list of award recipients for the Todt Hill residence project reads as follows: Homeowners, Excellence in Exterior, Interior, Craftsmanship, Natural Beauty and Interior Decorating. Calvanico Associates Architectural & Engineering PC, Excellence in Exterior, Interior, Craftsmanship, Natural Beauty and Interior Decorating. Marcia Caruselle, Excellence in Interior and Interior Decorating. Peter Salerno, CMKBD, Excellence in Exterior, Interior, Craftsmanship, Natural Beauty and Interior Decorating. Joseph J. Noce, Excellence in Exterior, Interior, Craftsmanship, Natural Beauty and Interior Decorating. Basso Landscaping, Excellence in Outdoor Space Design. P & M Carpentry, Excellence in Craftsmanship.

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The 54th annual Staten Island Chamber of Commerce Building Awards were held at the Richmond Hill Country Club in Dongan Hills, and were emceed by WBCS-TV meteorologist Lonnie Quinn.