Peter Salerno Inc. Wishes You a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Merry Christmas from Peter Salerno Inc.!

NKBA's Suzie Wheeler gives 2014 Best Small Kitchen Award to Peter Salerno, Kimberly Hill and Marcia Thornhill.
Peter Salerno wishes Merry Christmas to award-winning clients…

As 2014 draws to a close, the Christmas and holiday season gives us all one more chance to spend time with family, friends and loved ones. At Peter Salerno Inc., we’ve been blessed that our family has expanded – in more ways that one!

Peter and Tracy Salerno welcomed a new son-in-law into their lives, as their beautiful daughter Gabrielle married Brian Mayer. Anthony Salerno celebrated his first year of marriage to wife Eve in style in the UK. The office even an unofficial Peter Salerno Inc. “mascot”, as an adorable Boston Terrier named Harper joined the team.

Peter Salerno spent a wonderful 72 hours bringing his kitchen designs to Russia.
Happy Holidays to our wonderful new friends in Russia…

Just as important to Peter Salerno Inc. is our family of new and existing clients, who we are proud to call not only our clientele but our friends. Peter Salerno and his team work tirelessly to earn their clients’ trust, and the reward is world-class, award-winning custom kitchen and bath designs.

2014 was an amazing year, with Peter Salerno Inc. winning the NKBA’s Best Small Kitchen award, being named a finalist for the KBIS Innovative Showroom awards, and creating kitchen and bath designs not just in New Jersey and the United States, but abroad in beautiful regions of Russia and Canada as well. We hope to continue our wonderful international relationships in 2015!

Anthony Salerno, the NKBA's Andrew Mackenzie, Ash Sukumar & Peter Salerno in the Peter Salerno Inc. showroom.
And Happy New Year to our valued business partners, like the NKBA!

With so much to be thankful for, it is with joy that Peter Salerno, his family, and his staff wish you all the very merriest of Christmas Days, Hanukkahs, holiday seasons and Happy New Year!

Peter Salerno's staff delivering Thanksgiving turkeys to St. Andrew's Church.
Merry Christmas, from Peter Salerno, his family and his staff to yours!

Meet Harper, Peter Salerno Inc.’s New Office Puppy!

Meet Harper, Peter Salerno Inc.’s New Office Puppy!

Peter Salerno Inc.’s Christmas Gift Is an Adorable Puppy

Gabrielle Salerno, the amazing head of Customer Relations and Social Media Outreach for Peter Salerno Inc., has been bringing a friend to the office lately. While that would usually be questionable in terms of office protocol (and productivity!), the staff at Peter’s showroom has had a hard time telling Gabrielle’s friend to go away…

Mostly because the puppy is so darn cute!

Meet Harper, the unofficial Peter Salerno Inc. mascot! (Elliot the Elf is a little jealous of our puppy...)
Meet Harper, the unofficial Peter Salerno Inc. mascot! (Elliot the Elf is a little jealous of our puppy…)

Meet Harper, the new unofficial Peter Salerno Inc. mascot! As if the award-winning Peter Salerno Inc. showroom in Wyckoff, New Jersey wasn’t beautiful enough, this little ball of sunshine is helping spread holiday cheer all over the office!

As you can see, Harper is already well-acquainted with Elliot the Elf. While Elliot seems to have a bit of the “jealousy bug”, we’re sure that he will warm to Harper just like the rest of us have.

When you schedule your personal, private appointment at the state-of-the-art Peter Salerno Inc. showroom (nominated for the 2015 KBIS Innovative Showroom Awards), be sure to ask if Harper’s in the office – and say hello to Gabrielle!

To schedule your own private appointment at the Peter Salerno Inc. showroom, fill out the contact form below.

Happy Halloween From Peter Salerno Inc.!

Happy Halloween From Peter Salerno Inc.!

Scooby Doo and Slimer Visit The Peter Salerno Inc. Showroom

When Peter Salerno walked into his award-winning design showroom in Wyckoff, NJ, this morning, he thought something seemed… funny.

Maybe it was the flickering lights. Maybe it was the chill in the air. Or maybe it was the weird creaking noise coming from the 1959 Corvette that becomes the world’s most amazing bar.

Anthony, Tracy and Gabrielle Salerno soon entered the office, and the four of them tip-toed into the Peter Salerno Inc. showroom quietly. The La Cornue showpiece kitchen seemed normal. All the fixtures were in working order. Nobody could seem to figure out what was wrong.

Finally, Tracy turned to the group and said, “Hey guys… maybe it’s the humongous green ghost that’s hanging out in the Cadillac.”

We caught Slimer hanging out in the Peter Salerno 1959 Corvette bar.
We caught Slimer hanging out in the Peter Salerno 1959 Corvette bar.

It seems like Slimer, the famous ghost from “Ghostbusters”, decided to take up residence in the hood of the 1959 Corvette wet bar. (Whether he liked the car or wanted a martini, we’ll never know.)

Either way, Peter Salerno and his family quickly called Scooby Doo and the gang to solve the case. Sadly, all Scooby and Shaggy wanted to do was hang out in one of the showroom kitchens and order a pizza.

Scooby and the gang having a pizza in the Peter Salerno showroom.
Scooby and the gang having a pizza in the Peter Salerno showroom.

On second thought, maybe Peter should have called the Ghostbusters instead.

Happy Halloween from Peter Salerno Inc.! Be safe, be spooky, and have fun!

From Peter Salerno’s Kitchen: Caramel Apple Martini Cocktail Recipe

From Peter Salerno’s Kitchen: Caramel Apple Martini Cocktail Recipe

Caramel Apple Martini Recipe courtesy of FoodViva.com

The weekend of October 4, 2014, was an exceptionally beautiful one for many reasons. The rain cleared on Saturday afternoon, making way for a crisp, classic autumn weekend in New Jersey. The sun poked its face out of the clouds much of the weekend, and the cold air held off just long enough to make a beautiful October weekend outdoors possible.

Caramel Apple Martini, the official drink of a beautiful October wedding.
Caramel Apple Martini, the official drink of a beautiful October wedding.

For Peter Salerno, his family, friends, and the Peter Salerno Inc. team, it was especially beautiful. Gabrielle Salerno, the head of Customer Relations and Social Media Outreach for Peter Salerno Inc., married the love of her life (the wonderful Brian Mayer), and Mr. and Mrs. Mayer were the focal point of an intimate and stunning wedding and beautiful reception.

In honor of the newly-minted couple, Peter Salerno and his family have chosen to share Gabrielle & Brian’s “special” reception cocktail with you all today – a sweet Caramel Apple Martini that will perk you up on a cool fall day. While the reception venue (the Estate at Florentine Gardens) has its own proprietary recipe for a Caramel Apple Martini, Peter Salerno Inc. has found its own favorite recipe for the drink online.

The lovely Caramel Apple Martini cocktail recipe in question is courtesy of FoodViva, and it’s a perfect marriage (much like Gabrielle and Brian!) of laid-back and appealing.

So if you’re 21 and over, and you love the idea of a smooth cocktail on a fall day, then make yourself a Caramel Apple Martini, raise a glass to the happy couple, and enjoy!

Caramel Apple Martini recipe (courtesy FoodViva):

Ingredients

  • 30 ml (1 oz) Vodka
  • 60 ml (2 oz) Sour Apple Pucker
  • 60 ml (2 oz) Butterscotch Schnapps
  • 1 Maraschino Cherry
  • 1 cup Crushed Ice

Directions

  1. Fill up cocktail shaker half way through with crushed ice.
  2. Add all martini ingredients in cocktail shaker and shake for 30-35 seconds.
  3. Pour mixed drink through strainer into serving glass, drop cherry in it and serve.

As an added treat (as pictured courtesy of SocialifeNJ), try garnishing the rim of your glass with caramel and crushed almonds!

Meet the Team: Gabrielle Salerno

Meet Gabrielle Salerno, our  head of Customer Relations and Social Media.
Meet Gabrielle Salerno, our head of Customer Relations and Social Media.

Chances are, the first thing that will catch your eye when you enter the beautiful showroom of Peter Salerno Inc. is a broad array of beautiful, award-winning home designs.

The second thing you’re bound to see is the friendly, smiling face of Gabrielle Salerno. Gabrielle is the head of Customer Relations and Social Media Outreach for Peter Salerno Inc., and is proud to be part of the third generation of Salernos in the design industry.

We sat down recently with the charming Ms. Salerno to find out more about her background, her love for all things design (and Disney), and just what it’s like being a third-generation design professional.

Peter Salerno Inc.: So how long have you been a part of the team?

Gabrielle Salerno: I’ve been officially working here for a year, but the business has always been a part of my life.

PSI: So being around the office is nothing new to you…

Gabrielle: Not at all! My brother Anthony and I both work here now, but we’ve been around since we were kids.

PSI: That must have been something.

Gabrielle: I remember when my brother and I were kids, we would go to our grandfather’s shop (Salerno Kitchens), and sneak into the workshop. Obviously, kids weren’t allowed in there, so we would hide in giant armoires and cabinets and try not to be found. Sometimes we’d get caught and the workers would yell at us, but it was amazing to see how they would create everything. It was like being in Santa’s workshop.

PSI: So you and your brother spent a lot of time around the business growing up.

Gabrielle: (laughs) Yeah, I also remember Anthony would sit behind a big desk and pretend to be The Godfather. Our friends and I would come to him and ask for favors… it was pretty funny.

PSI: What attracts you to the design business now?

Gabrielle: I’m a visual person in general; I have a theatre and dance background. I like the way things move and sound, how they incorporate with one another. That’s why I love the designs here; my dad and the designers make everything move and flow together.

PSI: What about your father (Peter Salerno) inspires you the most, in terms of his craftsmanship?

Gabrielle: It’s a lot of things people wouldn’t notice. He makes design personal. I’ll watch him ask his clients about themselves, their lives, and then find unique ways to personalize their designs with that information.

PSI: How so?

Gabrielle: In our own kitchen, for example, there are painted flowers on a lot of the cabinetry. Most people wouldn’t know this, but the flowers represent the birthday months of all our family members. He does things like that for pretty much all his clients; it shows how much my dad truly cares about his work and the people he’s creating designs for.

PSI: What’s your favorite part of the Peter Salerno Inc. showroom?

Gabrielle: My absolute favorite showroom display is toward the front of the building. The blue La Cornue kitchen range and appliances with the reclaimed tin hood, surrounding by the butternut cabinets and walnut island. There’s such attention to detail – especially for a display piece.

PSI: Everything sounds just wonderful… but come on, you work with your entire immediate family every day.

Gabrielle: Working with my immediate family – some days I’m sure we can all test each other’s patience. But it’s like an on/off switch; as soon as we all get to the showroom, we all work really well with one another.

PSI: I guess it’s all part of being the third generation of a family business.

Gabrielle: Sure – and I know it means a lot to my grandfather that three generations of his family are in the same business. I absolutely love when he comes in the office, and I can offer him a cup of coffee. His face lights up, and it’s like a really nice bonus for me. In that respect, it’s even more rewarding.

PSI: Last question, just for fun: if you could be anywhere in the world, right now (and don’t say the office), where would you be?

Gabrielle: I’m going to say Disney World. It’s such a happy place, and everything always seems so perfect. Anytime I look at pictures of Disney, seeing the faces of kids meeting the characters for the first time – it always makes me feel good.

Keep visiting our blog for more interviews with the team – and visit our website: Peter Salerno Inc.