Honor Through Design | The 9/11 Memorial’s Stunning, Reflective Design

Honor Through Design | The 9/11 Memorial’s Stunning, Reflective Design

Out of chaos and terror, one of the most enduring symbols of America’s freedom, honor and values was born. The National 9/11 Memorial and Museum is a stunning work of art and design, crafted with care and remembrance as a lasting reflection of courage and heroism in the face of unspeakable tragedy.

September 11th Memorial and Museum

The National 9/11 Memorial and Museum sits on approximately half of the sixteen acres where the World Trade Center once stood, on Greenwich Street in Lower Manhattan. Flanked on its four sides by 1 WTC, 2 WTC, 3 WTC, 4 WTC and Liberty Park, the 9/11 Memorial exists to provide a solemn reminder of the past, a way to honor lives lost in the present, and sustainable, green design for the future.

New York - National September 11 Memorial South Pool - April 2012 - 9693C

The 9/11 Memorial’s design was crafted by Michael Arad (architect) and Peter Walker (landscape architect), and chosen out of a pool of over 5,200 entries from designers in 63 nations. Arad and Walker’s design was chosen for its careful blend of sustainable green design, aesthetic beauty, and its capability to properly display and honor the names of those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.

The National 9/11 Memorial is a wonder of sustainable, green design, and remains one of the finest eco-friendly public spaces in the world today. The Memorial Glade, flanked by swamp white oak trees, is a stunning area for reflection and contemplation. The grounds are also sustained by state-of-the-art storm water collection and irrigation systems. From the official 9/11 Memorial website:

Rainwater will be collected in storage tanks below the plaza surface. A majority of the daily and monthly irrigation requirements will be met by the harvested water.

The project is pursuing the Gold certification in the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED for New Construction program. LEED is a third party certification program for green building, design and construction. The plaza is also built to meet requirements of New York State Executive Order 111 and the WTC Sustainable Design Guidelines, which both promote environment-friendly practices.

The Memorial is perhaps most notable for its massive waterfalls and reflecting pools, each sitting in the footprints of the original World Trade Center buildings. The twin reflecting pools sit at the base of the largest man-made waterfalls in North America, and each spans nearly an acre.

Flight 11 section, 9-11 Memorial - Flickr - skinnylawyer

Those familiar with history will remember the “precursor” 1993 attack on the World Trade Center, and the National 9/11 Memorial and Museum’s designers were careful to include the victims of that tragedy in their remembrances. The names of all those lost in the 1993 WTC attack, the 2001 World Trade Center bombing, the attacks in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, and the Pentagon are listed in enduring inscriptions on bronze panels around the edges of the two memorial pools.

Perhaps the most poignant natural feature of the 9/11 Memorial is the Survivor Tree, a Callery pear tree that survived at the site of the 9/11/2001 attack. After being rehabilitated by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, the Survivor Tree was re-planted at the National 9/11 Memorial and Museum, where it stands as a living monument to endurance, life and resolve.

The National 9/11 Memorial and Museum is dependent on your tax-deductible donations. Please consider a donation, a sponsorship of a paver or cobblestone, or any amount you are able to give so that this stunning example of honor and remembrance in design lives on for future generations to visit.

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!

Green Home Design Ideas Just In Time For St. Patrick’s Day!

‘Go Green’ With These St. Patrick’s Inspired Design Ideas!

When Pantone (the world’s leading authority on color) announced Greenery as its 2017 Color of the Year, it was a signal of fresh, optimistic, natural design trends.

The Spring 2017 Pantone color palette supported that notion, with fresh floral colors, natural tones and inviting blues warming things up for the design year ahead. And with two of the “Spring 10” colors being shades of green, Spring 2017 is truly time to “turn over a new leaf” in your home design!

There’s no better excuse to add a splash of green to your home design than St. Patrick’s Day! From fresh-cut greens and floral arrangements to shades of green paint and decor, adding some green to your home design this March is both trendy and fun.

With Pantone’s color recommendations for 2017 and St. Patrick’s Day in mind, here are 5 great shades of green from the Pantone color system, and ideas for how to utilize them in your home design.

5 Great Pantone Greens (And Ideas) For St. Patrick’s Day Design

1. Greenery.

Pantone Spring 2017 color trends: Greenery, the 2017 Pantone Color of the Year.
Greenery, the 2017 Pantone Color of the Year.

Why wouldn’t we start right off with the 2017 Pantone Color of the Year? We like to refer to Greenery as a “Kermit” shade of green – fresh, sunny, optimistic and easy to work with. Evocative of a sunlit blade of grass, Greenery is a great option for a room in your home full of ambient light, windows, and neutral/white design elements.

2. Kale.

Pantone Spring 2017 color trends: Kale is a dark, leafy green loved by many.
Kale is a dark, leafy green loved by many.

Kale isn’t just trendy in the world of food – home, fashion and exterior designers all love the Pantone shade of Kale (18-0107 TCX) for its dark, leafy tone. Less grassy and more “ivy”, “fern” or “moss”, Kale is a great accent color for home decor, furniture pieces, and accessories like throws, pillows and potted plants. Try pairing Kale with a great Spring 2017 neutral like Hazelnut.

3. Kelly Green.

Kelly Green might be the most quintessentially "Irish" shade of green.
Kelly Green might be the most quintessentially “Irish” shade of green.

Perhaps the “most Irish” shade of green in the Pantone color system, Kelly Green is bright, friendly and adjacent to jewel tones like Emerald (see below). While Kelly Green isn’t quite the right shade of green to lead your new home design overhaul, it does make for a playful accent color. And if you’re decorating and designing specifically for St. Patrick’s Day 2017, Kelly Green is the go-to color for your St. Patrick’s Day party, gathering, or get-together!

4. Silver Green.

Thie foggy Pantone shade Silver Green could serve as an off-gray neutral.
Thie foggy Pantone shade Silver Green could serve as an off-gray neutral.

A bit off the normal path of St. Patrick’s Day greens is a potential hidden design gem in Silver Green (12-6204 TCX). At first glance, this foggy shade looks to be a light gray neutral. The green undertone in Silver Green makes it a wonderfully unique option for a neutral tone in home color design. This intriguing Pantone color adds that “natural air” to neutral that designers are seeking in 2017.

5. Emerald.

Emerald is a Pantone jewel tone green great for St. Patrick's Day 2017 design.
Emerald is a Pantone jewel tone green great for St. Patrick’s Day 2017 design.

When in doubt, Emerald is one of the most popular Pantone green colors in recent memory. Jewel tones are always eye-catching, and Emerald was stunning enough to be named Pantone’s 2013 Color of the Year. While Emerald is a bit more versatile in fashion design than home design, the proper use of this lush jewel tone in decor, artisanal pieces and occasional accent pieces can create a big style winner.

Peter Salerno Adds a Touch of Green For St. Patrick’s Day [PHOTOS]

Peter Salerno Adds a Touch of Green For St. Patrick’s Day [PHOTOS]

Award-Winning Designs “Go Green” For St. Patrick’s Day

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!

2015 Earth Day Recipe: Spinach and Nectarine Salad

2015 Earth Day Recipe: Spinach and Nectarine Salad

Delish Presents 2015 “Go Green” Earth Day Recipes

From Delish: a refreshing spinach and nectarine salad recipe.
From Delish: a refreshing spinach and nectarine salad recipe.

Leave it to the fine people at Delish to provide us with sumptuous recipes for any occasion. As we celebrate Earth Day 2015 during the last full week of April, Delish encourages us to “Go Green” with a list of leafy and delicious recipes to enjoy!

We don’t feature salad recipes often on Peter Salerno Inc.’s official blog, but this one was too interesting and enjoyable to pass up. It’s a bold and refreshing Spinach and Nectarine Salad recipe, and it’s sure to provide a refreshing twist on your classic spinach salad.

Originally contributed by Kate Mathis to Delish, this Spinach and Nectarine Salad combines recognizable spinach salad elements (olive oil, balsamic vinegar, baby spinach) with zesty, refreshing twists (orange marmalade, nectarines). Try it for yourself, and see why it’s our favorite Earth Day 2015 salad recipe!

From Peter Salerno’s Kitchen: Spinach and Nectarine Salad Recipe (courtesy of Delish)

Ingredients

2 tbsp. orange marmalade
1 large shallot
2 tbsp. white balsamic vinegar
2 tsp. olive oil
0.25 tsp. salt
0.25 tsp. ground black pepper
0.25 c. slivered almonds
1 package baby spinach
2 ripe nectarines

Preparation

  • In microwave-safe small bowl or 1-cup liquid measuring cup, combine marmalade and shallot. Cover with vented plastic wrap and cook in microwave on High 1 minute. Stir in vinegar, oil, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper.
  • In small skillet, cook almonds on medium 5 minutes, stirring until toasted. Set aside to cool, about 2 minutes.
  • To serve, toss spinach, nectarines, and marmalade mixture until combined. Place on 2 dinner plates; scatter almonds on top.