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!

Pantone Spring 2018 Colors | The Bright Tones

Pantone Spring 2018 Colors | The Bright Tones

Color design lovers, prepare for an explosion of color in Spring 2018! Pantone has released its Spring 2018 color palette that offers 12 bold color choices, as well as a “Classic color palette” that presents another 4 selections.

It’s a huge leap forward for Pantone, the world’s foremost authority on color design and color matching. In recent years, Pantone has released seasonal collections of 10 colors, offering plenty of selection and inspiration for color design enthusiasts.

Pantone’s Spring 2018 color palette delivers a knockout punch of bright colors, floral blooms, and vibrant tones. It’s interesting to note that the neutral tones selected for the Spring 2018 collection are a departure from grays and off-blacks of past seasons. Instead, Pantone focuses its neutral tones on woodsy, earthy browns and gentle off-whites.

In this article, we’ll focus in on the 3 brightest colors in the Pantone Spring 2018 color palette, and what makes them valuable to your design palette this season. From a knockout green to a bright red-orange to a versatile yellow, these 3 Pantone colors will liven up your Spring 2018 designs in a big way!

Lime Punch (Pantone 13-0550)

There might not be a more aptly named color in the Pantone palette than Lime Punch. An absolutely knockout neon shade of green, Lime Punch is the most in-your-face, unapologetic color in the Spring 2018 collection… and we love it.

Pantone Spring 2018 color Lime Punch

Many people will look at Lime Punch and instantly dismiss it as a “fashion design color only”. While that may be the case in a lot of circumstances, Lime Punch certainly has utility in home design as well. A splash of this hot green into a living space, beach home, or even a bath design can jazz up a design in no time.

Cherry Tomato (Pantone 17-1563)

Pantone’s Cherry Tomato is the color of… well, a cherry tomato. Much like Lime Punch, it’s a perfectly labeled shade, a bright red hue bordering ever-so-slightly on orange. It’s a zesty shade, and a definite departure from more conservative red shades in past Pantone seasonal palettes.

Pantone Spring 2018 color Cherry Tomato

Cherry Tomato is naturally a dominating color in any design, so use it sparingly and wisely. More of a complementary shade than a primary design element, Cherry Tomato (when used properly) can be a fantastic way to spice up a kitchen design or living area redecoration.

Meadowlark (Pantone 13-0646)

We’re not sure if the name of this yellow is a tip of the cap to Meadowlark Lemon, renowned member of the Harlem Globetrotters. Perhaps it’s just reflective of the bright yellow breast of the Meadowlark itself. Either way, this sun-lit shade of yellow certainly captures the essence of lemon in its tone, and officially leads the charge of bright colors in the Pantone Spring 2018 color palette.

Pantone Spring 2018 color Meadowlark

Meadowlark is a versatile yellow – just bold enough to grab your attention, and just subtle enough to pair well with a variety of colors in your home design. A natural winner in kitchen design, bath design and any outdoor space, Meadowlark is a great way to bring some “pop” into the color of your home design without being overbearing.

St. Patrick’s Day Recipe: Our Favorite Epicurious Creation

St. Patrick’s Day Recipe: Our Favorite Epicurious Creation

It’s bound (well, snowbound) to be a white St. Patrick’s Day for a lot of us, but it seems the worst weather has passed. So it’s time to put on your green and celebrate St. Patty’s with vigor and spirit!

Hopefully, you’ve already been inspired to “green” your home design. This isn’t just a St. Patrick’s Day trend, but a real design movement based around green spaces and the selection of Greenery as the official Pantone Color of the Year for 2017. Now that your space is properly decked out for the holiday, it’s time to get your St. Patrick’s menu in order!

Put that green kitchen to use with this St. Patrick's Day Epicurious recipe! (Photo: Peter Salerno Inc.)
Put that green kitchen to use with this St. Patrick’s Day Epicurious recipe! (Photo: Peter Salerno Inc.)

As followers of Design Your Lifestyle know, we believe there’s no better place to turn for a great new recipe than Epicurious – in our opinion, the finest food and recipe destination on the Web. As usual, Epicurious has put together a wonderful menu for your 2017 St. Patrick’s Day festivities.

From a simple slow-cooker pot roast to corned beef and cabbage, Epicurious has a delightful menu prepared for your St. Patrick’s Day guests. But believe it or not, our favorite Epicurious recipe for this St. Patrick’s Day isn’t even a main course. It’s a soup!

And why wouldn’t we pick soup? After all, with much of the Northeast (and East Coast in general) stuck in an unseasonable deep freeze, there’s nothing better than a rich, hot soup recipe to warm you up and get you feeling the Luck of the Irish.

So here’s a wonderful, hearty recipe for Green Pea, Asparagus, and Parsley soup from our friends at Epicurious (and specifically, contributor Rachel Beller) that’s sure to liven up (and warm up) your St. Patrick’s Day meal this year.

Epicurious St. Patrick’s Day Recipe: Green Pea, Asparagus, and Parsley Soup


  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped leeks
  • 8 cups frozen green peas
  • 6 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 2 bunches of asparagus (30 to 40 stalks), tough ends removed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • Himalayan or sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme (optional)

For the rest of this awesome Epicurious recipe, click on over to the full recipe page on their site.

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.

Pantone Spring 2017 Color Trends: Kale, Hazelnut [Part 5 of 5]

Pantone Spring 2017 Colors: Kale and Hazelnut Take Us Back to Nature

In the end, it’s all about natural balance. The first 4 parts of our 5-part series on the wonderful Pantone Spring 2017 color design palette brought a bit of everything – from punches of pink, orange and yellow to bright greens and blues. Whether cool or warm, 8 of the 10 Spring 2017 Pantone colors are full of vibrant optimism and life.

Our final two featured colors bring the entire Pantone Spring 2017 color series together. Branching from the “return to nature” theme indicated by Greenery, Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year, our final two featured colors bring natural shades into the palette and balance it perfectly.

Pantone Spring 2017 color trends: Kale and Hazelnut bring us back to nature.
Pantone Spring 2017 color trends: Kale and Hazelnut bring us back to nature.

Kale (18-0107 TCX) isn’t just for the salad course anymore. From architectural design to wardrobe, home design to garden design, the kale craze has officially resonated with Pantone for Spring 2017. And the search for the perfect neutral to balance the Pantone Spring 2017 color design palette ends with Hazelnut (14-1315 TCX), a warm taupe that pairs well with virtually any color of the season.

If this is your first look at our 5-part Pantone Spring 2017 series, here is the full list of Spring 2017 Pantone colors, along with their TCX designations and the order in which we will feature them:

Let’s take a look at both colors individually in the final installment of our 5-part series on the Spring 2017 Pantone color collection. 

Kale: A Dark, Leafy Green Full of Design Value

As a darker shade of green, Kale has to be explored to be appreciated. At first glance, it appears to be a drab green-gray – don’t make that mistake. Kale expresses a natural beauty found in plants, forests and gardens. Just as dark green vegetation signals an abundance of nutrients, the dark green of Kale signals a rich variety of design opportunities.

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

Using Kale in your home design is a great way to bring a natural feel into where you live. If you don’t want to work with neutrals, Kale is a great substitute to pair against many of the brighter colors of Spring 2017 (Primrose Yellow, Pale Dogwood and others). It also signals an invitation to bring more plant life into your home, in the form of mosses, ferns and hanging plants.

Hazelnut: The Warm, Nutty Neutral That Balances Spring 2017

While other colors may be more “exciting” in the Spring 2017 collection, none of them pair universally quite like Hazelnut. This “nutty neutral” is an astute selection by Pantone, as its innate warmth works far better with the bright shades of Spring 2017 than most others. From a broader perspective, Hazelnut also continues the trend of intriguing neutrals in design that began late in 2016.

Pantone Spring 2017 color trends: Hazelnut is a warm, nutty neutral that balances the collection.
Pantone Spring 2017 color trends: Hazelnut is a warm, nutty neutral that balances the collection.

Put Hazelnut virtually anywhere in your home design. That’s not an overstatement. Neutrals aren’t relegated to a secondary role in home color design anymore, and the natural feel of this shade works beautifully on anything from wall paint to furniture, throws and rugs to bath tile. Sprinkle in some pops of bold, natural color, and you’re guaranteed a custom kitchen or bath design that will last.

Of all the Pantone Spring 2017 colors, Hazelnut has the best chance of creating a lasting effect in wardrobe design. After all, a warm neutral pairs with virtually any color scheme. The reason Hazelnut stands above past Pantone neutral selections (Warm Taupe, Iced Coffee, etc.) is its versatility – the ability to be warm while sitting in the background as a secondary color.