5 Year Anniversary: NKBA Best Overall Kitchen of 2012 Design Photos

5 Year Anniversary: NKBA Best Overall Kitchen of 2012 Design Photos

As part of our “Design Your Lifestyle” 5th Anniversary Series, we’re re-visiting some of our most popular and well-read articles of the last half-decade. Statistically, our most popular award-winning NKBA design article of the last 5 years is this one – about Peter Salerno Inc.’s NKBA Best Overall Kitchen 2012 winner. It’s a stunning kitchen designed for two professional chefs occupying one tremendous kitchen space. This piece combines some new content with a look at many of the features from that article. Enjoy!

Peter Salerno's NKBA Best Kitchen of 2012. (Credit Peter Rymwid)
Peter Salerno’s NKBA Best Kitchen of 2012. (Credit Peter Rymwid)

On April 24, 2012, the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) revealed its winners for the 2012 NKBA Design Competition. It was an especially wonderful day for Peter Salerno and the team at Peter Salerno Inc., as they won the coveted NKBA Best Kitchen of 2012 award.

According to a press release sent out by the National Kitchen & Bath Association through its Manager of Media Relations, Annette Gray:

Sponsored by Jenn-Air, Silestone by Cosentino, This Old House, Waypoint Living Spaces, The Home Depot, Delta, 20-20 Technologies and HGTVRemodels.com, the 2012 competition honored 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in six room categories, in addition to Specialty Awards, from the nearly 500 entries submitted by NKBA members from across the U.S. and Canada. Winning designs and designers were announced today at the Design Competition Awards event, held at Chicago’s Mc Cormick Place during the 2012 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS).

“Each year, the NKBA is proud to celebrate excellence in the industry, represented by the NKBA membership,” said 2012 NKBA President and Certified Kitchen Designer, Alan W. Zielinski, CKD. “This year’s winners, some of the country’s top designers, turned out cutting edge designs and we’re excited to announce them to the public and the industry.”

The award-winning large kitchen was designed for a family with two passionate cooks who love to spend hours in the kitchen preparing gourmet meals. Peter Salerno and his design team were charged with creating a kitchen which addressed all of their culinary needs.

The central aspect of the kitchen is a beautiful, 11-foot stainless steel island with four distinct work stations. The island features two ovens, eight burners, a grill, a salamander, sink and pot filler. The design philosophy was to create a balance between the clients’ cooking needs and a beautiful centerpiece for the kitchen. Therefore, the stainless steel and work stations were balanced with painted maple cabinets as well as the warmth of a walnut island and quarter-sawn oak flooring.

The island was placed parallel to the large windows in the breakfast area to maximize the room’s natural light. Three seating areas were created to meet the needs of the family and its guests – the kitchen table, island seating and a separate dining booth.

Peter and his team were able to incorporate some one-of-a-kind aspects into this NKBA Best Kitchen of 2012. A custom four-sided stainless steel exhaust hood with built-in halogen lighting illuminates the entire cooking and preparation area. A stainless tile backsplash was used to compliment the island, which has a 3″ thick cherry butcher block made with 1 3/4″ x 1 3/4″ end grain cherry. Rich natural walnut cabinetry was chosen to contrast and soften the stainless steel refrigerator and freezer.

The entire room was considered, as evidenced by the coffered ceiling, which was designed specifically to accentuate the stainless hood and wall cabinets. By incorporating ten mullion doors and ten single-glass doors over the freeze, china cabinet and refrigerator, the kitchen achieved the proper display space needed for the clients’ fabulous dish and glass collection. Finally, three appliance garages were implemented int he design for easy access to large, oversized blenders and mixers.

It is with pride, honor and family joy that Peter Salerno and the entire team at Peter Salerno Inc. share this prestigious recognition with you. We thank the NKBA, our tireless design and production team, and of course the clients, whose unique family needs and wonderful cooking tradition inspired this design.

For more information about this and other award-winning designs, please visit Peter Salerno Inc.’s website.

Get Stylish With Award-Winning Kitchen + Bath Design on Instagram

Get Stylish With Award-Winning Kitchen + Bath Design on Instagram

Are you following the award-winning Peter Salerno Inc. on Instagram? If not, you’re missing out on the most award-winning kitchen and bath design firm of the 21st century!

Follow Peter Salerno Inc. designs on Instagram.
Follow Peter Salerno Inc. designs on Instagram.

Under the care and guidance of Peter Salerno, CMKBD (Certified Master Kitchen & Bath Design, NKBA), Peter Salerno Inc. has blossomed from a small design firm with audacious goals into one of the most notable firms in the kitchen and bath design industry. Since 2002, Peter Salerno Inc. has won more national design awards than any firm in North America, from such reputable sources as the NKBA, KBIS, Signature Kitchens & Baths, HGTV and more.

The kitchen designs, bathroom designs, wine cellars, man caves and bars that have won these prestigious awards are all located in one place – the Peter Salerno Inc. Instagram.

The 2018 Architectural Digest Design Show - see more on Peter Salerno's Instagram!
The 2018 Architectural Digest Design Show – see more on Peter Salerno’s Instagram!

The thing we love most about following Peter Salerno Inc. on Instagram is the company’s willingness to provide an ‘inside look’ at day-to-day operations, family gatherings, momentous occasions, and VIP design industry events that most of us never get to see. Where else can you find photos from inside a world-class design showroom, exclusive snapshots from conferences like KBIS 2018 and the Architectural Digest Design Show, and around a world-class designer’s Thanksgiving dinner table?

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

From the incredible (kitchen designs that have won national awards) to the innovative (forward-thinking transitional designs), the highbrow (black tie design conference events) to the humorous (Peter Salerno building snowmen outside the showroom on wintry days), the broad spectrum of eye-catching photography on Peter Salerno Inc.’s Instagram account makes it a must-follow for design lovers everywhere.

So what are you waiting for? Join the tastemakers, innovators, industry leaders and social influencers that already follow Peter Salerno Inc.’s Instagram account – and get inspired to Design Your Lifestyle!

The La Cornue CornuFe 1908: Everything You Need to Know

The La Cornue CornuFe 1908: Everything You Need to Know

As part of our “Design Your Lifestyle” 5th Anniversary Series, we’re re-visiting some of our most popular and well-read articles of the last half-decade. Statistically, our most popular piece of all time is our coverage and review of the La Cornue CornuFe 1908 range. This piece combines some new content with a look at many of the features from that article. Enjoy!

The CornuFé 1908: a beautiful range with historic significance.
The CornuFé 1908: a beautiful range with historic significance. (Credit: La Cornue, 2013. All rights reserved.) CLICK ALL PHOTOS TO ENLARGE.

Craig Kmiecik, the East Coast Territory Manager for La Cornue at Purcell Murray Company, gave us a guided tour of the four world-class La Cornue pieces (3 cooking ranges and a rotisserie) on display in the Peter Salerno Inc. showroom, analyzing the core benefits of each model and what each can bring to a discerning homeowner’s kitchen. It was a master class in culinary luxury and history, and we’re grateful to Craig for his time, effort and expertise.

Today, we’ll introduce you to the newest La Cornue range, one which boasts the powerful five-burner cooktop of the CornuFé with the patented gas vaulted oven of the exquisite La Cornue Château Series.

Ladies and gentlemen, say hello to the astounding La Cornue CornuFé 1908.

The CornuFé 1908: the best of two La Cornue worlds.
The CornuFé 1908: the best of two La Cornue worlds. (Credit: La Cornue, 2013. All rights reserved.) CLICK ALL PHOTOS TO ENLARGE.

The CornuFé 1908: Classic Elegance, Hybrid Innovation

If you desire the opulent elegance of La Cornue’s Château Series combined with the versatile cooktop and streamlined design of the CornuFé 90 and 110, then the CornuFé 1908 is your new favorite range.

Why the “1908”, you ask? For the answer, we turn directly to the La Cornue website:

“Paris, 1908. Albert Dupuy, a gastronome and artisan with a passion for new technology, was to take advantage of the distribution of illuminating gas throughout Paris to perfect the La Cornue gas circulation Roast & Pastry cook. This brand new stove made use of laws governing the natural circulation of hot air within a revolutionary underground vaulted oven.” (credit: La Cornue USA)

The CornuFé 1908 begins with the grand vaulted oven made famous by La Cornue founder Albert Dupuy. Measuring 36″ wide, the CornuFé 1908 provides even the most demanding chef copious oven space. And the vaulted ceiling design promises thorough, even distribution of heat throughout the dish during your baking or roasting process.

A peek inside the CornuFé 1908 and its grand gas vaulted oven.
A peek inside the CornuFé 1908 and its grand gas vaulted oven. (Credit: La Cornue, 2013. All rights reserved.) CLICK ALL PHOTOS TO ENLARGE.

Next is the renowned five-burner cooktop that has come to define the  CornuFé Series. 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. This French-inspired five burner cooktop combines ample cooking space with unmatched power.

The powerful five-burner cooktop of the CornuFé 1908.
The powerful five-burner cooktop of the CornuFé 1908. (Credit: La Cornue, 2013. All rights reserved.) CLICK ALL PHOTOS TO ENLARGE.

The oven itself comes equipped with an exposed electric broiler and a powerful 22,000 BTU in propane or natural gas. In addition, each CornuFé 1908 comes with one pastry tray, one flat rack, and a mauviel roasting pan with trivet.

As with the CornuFé 90 and 110, the CornuFé 1908 is available in eight colors and three trim options to suit your style and taste. 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 1908 in striking Dark Navy Blue with polished brass trim.
The CornuFé 1908 in striking Dark Navy Blue with Polished Brass trim. (Credit: La Cornue, 2013. All rights reserved.) CLICK ALL PHOTOS TO ENLARGE.

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.

Peter Rymwid, Architecture and Interior Design Photography Master

Peter Rymwid, Architecture and Interior Design Photography Master

Much of the photography you see on Design Your Lifestyle comes from one impeccable source: Peter Rymwid. For over 2 decades, Peter Rymwid has been a pre-eminent photographer of architecture, kitchen design, bath design, interiors and landscapes.

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

Our parent company, Peter Salerno Inc., has trusted and relied upon Peter Rymwid’s photography skill for years to present its award-winning kitchen designs, bath designs and interior designs in the best possible light. As stated in a previous article from Peter Salerno Inc.:

At Peter Salerno Inc., we’re all about the extraordinary. We take the utmost care and pride to bring our clients one-of-a-kind, award-winning designs that change the way they live. From kitchens to baths, bars to “man caves” and beyond, Peter Salerno and his team of designers find joy in transforming the personal and professional spaces of their valued clients and friends.

Peter Salerno loves to share photos of his work that truly display the craftsmanship, artistry, and attention to detail they possess. When it comes to that high level of photography, we have come to trust the phenomenal Peter Rymwid as our “unofficial-official” Peter Salerno Inc. photographer.

Peter Rymwid has lent his photography prowess to some world-renowned projects. During the run of hit reality show “The Apprentice”, Peter captured exclusive photographs of Donald Trump’s Boardroom from the series.

Exclusive photo of Trump's Board Room from The Apprentice, by Peter Rymwid.
Exclusive photo of Trump’s Board Room from The Apprentice, by Peter Rymwid.

Peter Rymwid’s reputation as a brilliant photographer with an astute eye for interior design and architectural photography has made him one of the most sought-after photographers in the industry. From Peter’s professional website:

Peter… has been photographing interiors and architecture for more than 20 years. During that time, his work has appeared on an unprecedented number of covers of books and magazines – more than 100 in all.

Peter finds, captures and delivers true elegance and the uniqueness of each interior he photographs, producing a lasting record and an immersive, memorable experience for the viewer.

We cannot thank and praise Peter enough for the stunning photography he’s provided to Peter Salerno Inc. – and by proxy, to us at Design Your Lifestyle. Take a moment to enjoy these gorgeous kitchen, bath, interior and architecture photos from the masterful Peter Rymwid.

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

A gorgeous transitional kitchen design from Peter Salerno's TRANSITIONS™ line. (Photo: Peter Rymwid)

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

Peter Salerno's 2014 NKBA Best Kitchen. (Credit Peter Rymwid)

Peter Salerno's gorgeous French-inspired Princeton kitchen is in his design portfolio

A beautiful summer kitchen in Lavallette designed by Peter Salerno. (Photo: Peter Rymwid)

An all-white Peter Salerno Inc. bath design with cherry island. (Photo: Peter Rymwid)

First Look: Gorgeous New Kitchen Design Installation Photos

First Look: Gorgeous New Kitchen Design Installation Photos

We talk so much about trends in kitchen design at Design Your Lifestyle. It’s always a treat to get to show our followers those trends in action with beautiful design photos from a gorgeous new kitchen design installation!

Today, those design photos come courtesy of our parent company, Peter Salerno Inc. Since 2002, Peter Salerno Inc. has won an astounding 35 national design awards in custom kitchen and bath design from some of the most notable names in the industry – the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA), KBIS, Signature Kitchens & Baths, HGTV and more.

New kitchen design installation photos from Peter Salerno Inc.
New kitchen design installation photos from Peter Salerno Inc.

(For more stunning design photos from Peter Salerno Inc., make sure to follow the company’s official Instagram account.)

This new kitchen design was truly a group effort, as Peter Salerno and his team collaborated with some of the finest specialty contractors in the world. Here’s a quick list of the companies who took part in this world-class kitchen design, creation and installation:

New kitchen design installation photos from Peter Salerno Inc.
New kitchen design installation photos from Peter Salerno Inc.

As you peruse through these ‘first look’ photos of this stunning kitchen design, here are a few things to note:

  1. We are in love with the blue island. In the midst of such a clean, neutral-based design, the island base truly ‘pops’ with dramatic effect. Coupled with the sleek island countertop designed and delivered by Stone Surfaces, this could easily be one of the most admirable kitchen island designs of 2018.
  2. What more can we say about Rangecraft and its custom range hood designs? As usual, Rangecraft created and delivered the perfect custom range hood for this kitchen design – sleek, sophisticated, and versatile. It’s just subtle and classy enough to blend into the design, and just audacious enough to be a conversation piece of its own.
  3. Stratta, the Tile Boutique created multiple masterworks in this kitchen design. Besides the backsplash and floor tile in the kitchen, make sure you view the full compliment of photos on Peter Salerno Inc.’s Instagram account to see a beautiful saddle and tile work around a new fireplace.
  4. We obviously love the statement lighting above the kitchen island, but don’t ignore the beauty of the other lighting features in this kitchen design. Pay attention to the lighting emanating from above, which appears to give an ethereal ‘halo’ to a floating ceiling feature central to the kitchen design.
  5. The clean white cabinetry meshes perfectly with the overall kitchen design, providing proper form and function without pulling the eye from the more opulent features of the kitchen.
New kitchen design installation photos from Peter Salerno Inc.
New kitchen design installation photos from Peter Salerno Inc.
New kitchen design installation photos from Peter Salerno Inc.
New kitchen design installation photos from Peter Salerno Inc.

All photography in this article is courtesy of Peter Salerno Inc.

Exclusive Photos from 2018 Architectural Digest Design Show

Exclusive Photos from 2018 Architectural Digest Design Show

It’s good to have ties to influential kitchen and bath designers. Sometimes, they get to attend really neat things and bring us back pictures and videos to gawk at!

CLICK HERE to view all of Peter’s photos & videos from the 2018 Architectural Digest Design Show!

That was recently the case, as Peter Salerno (of our parent company Peter Salerno Inc.) recently attended the 2018 Architectural Digest Design Show. The Design Show took place from March 22-25, 2018, at Piers 92 & 94 in New York, NY. Produced by the Mart, the 2018 Architectural Digest Design Show had one thing in spades – the “WOW” Factor!

The 2018 Architectural Digest Design Show - see more on Peter Salerno's Instagram!
The 2018 Architectural Digest Design Show – see more on Peter Salerno’s Instagram!

Peter Salerno’s photos and video from his personal journey through the show were so great, he was encouraged by the entire team at Peter Salerno Inc. to share them with the world on Instagram – and he was happy to oblige!

CLICK HERE to view all of Peter’s photos & videos from the 2018 Architectural Digest Design Show!

We are totally dazzled by the variety and creativity in the exhibits we saw at this year’s Architectural Digest event. As Peter said in his first Instagram post about the event, “We haven’t even walked into the AD Show and we are floored already!”

The 2018 Architectural Digest Design Show - see more on Peter Salerno's Instagram!
The 2018 Architectural Digest Design Show – see more on Peter Salerno’s Instagram!

From kitchen design masterpieces to glitzy kitsch, sleek lighting displays to jaw-dropping glass and tile creations, Peter Salerno’s Instagram posts (photo and video) from inside the Design Show are must-see for serious designers, fans of design, and those of you who simply love beautiful creations. We’ve placed a few “teasers” directly from the Peter Salerno Inc. Instagram account here for you to get a sneak peek!

CLICK HERE to view all of Peter’s photos & videos from the 2018 Architectural Digest Design Show!

Peter Salerno Inc. is the most award-winning North American custom kitchen and bath design company of the 21st century. This figure includes 23 national awards from the National Kitchen and Bath Association within the past 10 years. Peter Salerno’s designs have been published in numerous magazines including Design New Jersey, 201 Magazine, New Jersey Home and Style, Luxury Living, The Robb Report, Woman’s Day, New York Spaces, Millionaire Magazine, 201 Magazine, K+BB, Profiles, Aspire and Kitchen & Bath Design News as well as other numerous trade publications.

The 2018 Architectural Digest Design Show - see more on Peter Salerno's Instagram!
The 2018 Architectural Digest Design Show – see more on Peter Salerno’s Instagram!

Not one to remain stagnant, Peter built a design center with the intention of creating a stress free experience for his clients. Peter Salerno, Inc. tripled its showroom size and raised the bar for its competition with its innovative and cutting edge vignettes. A well respected & known appliance store and an avant-garde tile boutique round out the design center, creating a one stop shopping destination for his clients. The opening of the new project happily coincided with Peter Salerno, Inc.’s 15 year anniversary in Wyckoff. Peter’s philosophy is if you can imagine it, we can build it. Art, married with functionality, has no limit.

Add a Touch of Green To Your Spring Kitchen Design

Add a Touch of Green To Your Spring Kitchen Design

Go Green for St. Patrick’s Day and Liven Up Your Kitchen Design!

It’s said that we’re all a little bit Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. Whether or not that’s true, Peter Salerno and his team can’t help but feel lucky (and blessed) to have such outstanding clients and recognition from some of the most prestigious names in the kitchen and bath design industry.

Another award-winning Peter Salerno kitchen. (Credit Peter Rymwid)
Another award-winning Peter Salerno kitchen, with a splash of St. Patrick’s Day green. (Credit Peter Rymwid)

This St. Patrick’s Day, Peter Salerno Inc. encourages you to “Go Green” in one of several ways. Whether it be adding “green” function to your space and becoming more environmentally conscious, or simply adding a “pop” of lush green to your living space, it’s always fun to get in the St. Patrick’s spirit!

Adding a splash of green (flowers, vegetables, etc.) to a kitchen design is a Peter Salerno hallmark.
Adding a splash of green (flowers, vegetables, etc.) to a kitchen design is a Peter Salerno hallmark.

One of Peter Salerno Inc.’s signature touches in any of its custom, award-winning kitchen designs is the incorporation of fresh flowers, fruits and/or vegetables to the finished product. This trend is highlighted in the outstanding photography of Peter Salerno’s kitchens (taken as always by the outstanding Peter Rymwid).

Maestro Rosolino cabinets: a hallmark of Peter Salerno Inc. custom kitchen design.

Whether it be a vase of gorgeous lilies, sprigs of fresh herbs or bold leafy greens, adding fresh flowers or vegetation as a “special gift” is a personal touch Peter Salerno Inc. loves to give its clients upon delivery of their new kitchen designs.

And hey – around St. Patrick’s Day, it never hurts to show off a little extra green! Here’s hoping you, your family and loved ones have a fun, safe and festive St. Patrick’s Day this year!