NKBA Profiles In Excellence Features Peter Salerno, CMKBD

Designer Peter Salerno Featured By NKBA Profiles in Excellence

“Peter Salerno knows what it takes to be an award-winning designer. With 22 NKBA Design Competition awards in multiple categories over a span 14 years, including best overall kitchen in 2008 and 2012, he also knows the impact winning the award can have on your career.”

That is the opening of a wonderful piece about Peter Salerno, CMKBD – owner of Peter Salerno Inc. (our parent company). In the latest ‘Profiles in Excellence’ article on the NKBA Connect blog, Peter Salerno and the NKBA celebrate the joint benefits their business relationship has created.

Peter Salerno with the KBIS Innovative Showroom Award - 1st Place, Independent Small Showroom.
Peter Salerno with the KBIS Innovative Showroom Award – 1st Place, Independent Small Showroom.

“I’ve found one of the best ways to build your business is to be recognized as an award winning designer,” says Salerno. “The NKBA Design Competition challenges you to be your best and puts your career on the fast track.”

Peter Salerno Inc. is the most award-winning custom kitchen and bath design firm of the 21st century. Many of those design awards were presented by the NKBA and their KBIS conventions. The publicity garnered from these prestigious awards, coupled by the name power and recognition of the NKBA, has led to a great deal of business for Peter and his firm.

The 2012 NKBA Kitchen of the Year, featured in Peter Salerno's online design portfolio.
The 2012 NKBA Kitchen of the Year, featured in Peter Salerno’s online design portfolio.

“Being an NKBA Design Competition winner has given me and my business increased exposure and credibility,“ says Salerno in the article.

That exposure has allowed Peter Salerno Inc. to be an annual fixture at KBIS, a featured designer with HGTV, and to install kitchen and bath designs on three continents in multiple countries.

A great step that Peter took was obtaining his NKBA Certification, which you can read more about here.

Read the full article at the NKBA Connect blog.


Peter Salerno on CBS Radio’s Small Business Report

Listen to Peter Salerno on CBS Radio’s Small Business Report

Peter Salerno (of Peter Salerno Inc.) recently appeared on CBS Radio as part of WCBS 880’s “Small Business Report with Joe Connelly” as an expert on small business growth.

Among the topics Peter discussed were Exclusive Designs, Premium-Priced Products, and How to Grow with a Large Partner.

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

As the owner and founder of Peter Salerno Inc., the most award-winning custom kitchen and bath design company of the 21st century, Peter Salerno understands how to balance growth with greatness, and sales with client satisfaction.

Peter gave small business owners (especially in the interior and home design sector) great advice regarding several key topics. Here are some highlights:

On premium pricing:

“You have so many people that are middle-of-the-road and a client can’t distinguish one from another,” Peter said to Joe Connelly. “Once you put yourself at another level, they see the difference, they appreciate the difference – and if it is in their budget, that’s the way they want to go.”

On providing exclusive designs through new vendors:

“One way [Peter] finds new vendors is by going to the small trade shows, because the new vendors can’t afford the big shows,” explains Joe Connelly.

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

Creativity and personalization are key factors in Peter’s design process. He feels the client should play an instrumental role in the creative process by sharing ideas to help realize their own unique design. With a dedication to artistic authenticity, Peter hand draws all renderings based on client need as well as careful period research.

Peter has been recognized with an unprecedented 35 national design awards (through June 2017), making him the most award-winning custom kitchen and bath designer in North America. This figure includes 23 national awards from the National Kitchen and Bath Association within the past 10 years.

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

His 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.

For more information about Peter and his company, visit the official Peter Salerno Inc. website.

Peter Salerno Featured in East Coast Home + Design Magazine

Peter Salerno Featured in East Coast Home + Design Magazine

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Peter Salerno was recently interviewed by East Coast Home + Design Magazine, one of the premier home design publications in the United States. Fresh off another successful, informative trip to the KBIS 2016 conference, Peter took some time to speak with Cristine Benton of East Coast Home + Design about his experience, his award-winning pedigree, and his design expertise and influences.

A beautiful Peter Salerno Inc. kitchen design. (Credit Peter Rymwid)
A beautiful Peter Salerno Inc. kitchen design. (Credit Peter Rymwid)

The interview, part of an expansive must-read article entitle “KBIS 2016”, was a great opportunity for Peter Salerno to speak about his time at North America’s best design conference.

An excerpt from the article (credit to Cristine Benton, the author):

“Peter Salerno, the owner of Peter Salerno Inc., a kitchen design firm with showrooms in Wyckoff and Mendham, N.J.: Peter’s company has received 34 national design awards since 2002, including Kitchen of the Year in 2012 and the Most Innovative Showroom in 2015. His business experience and industry knowledge, combined with his passion for art and architecture, have made him one of the most sought-after designers in the industry.”

Other outstanding, notable designers and industry professionals interviewed for this article include Chuck Wheelock and Rebecca Reynolds.

Readers of Ms. Benton’s piece in East Coast Home + Design are treated to an inside look at aspects of the KBIS 2016 conference not seen by the public (and even most of the attendees), including the exclusive La Cornue party at the Bellagio and the prestigious NKBA Design Competition and Industry Awards at the Cosmopolitan Hotel.

Ms. Benton also notes some design trends omnipresent at KBIS 2016, including “a universal embrace of the contemporary” (over traditional kitchen design), natural stone replicas, and the regional diversification of kitchen color palettes. For example, current homeowners in the Northeast United States looking for transitional kitchen updates prefer white kitchen designs.

In all, Cristine Benton presents a comprehensive, clean review of KBIS 2016 (not an easy task given its scope), and provides a must-read piece for kitchen designers and design enthusiasts alike. Be sure to look for this article, which includes contributions by Peter Salerno, in the March 2016 issue of East Coast Home + Design Magazine.