Happy New Year From Design Your Lifestyle!

Happy New Year From Design Your Lifestyle!

2017 has come and gone, and what a fabulous year it was for custom home design! From dazzling kitchen designs and bath designs, to color trends from Pantone, to design trends that featured neutrals, metallics and more, 2017 was certainly an eye-catching year for design lovers everywhere.

On behalf of everyone at Design Your Lifestyle – and our parent company, Peter Salerno Inc. – we wish you a safe, blessed and Happy New Year! We certainly predict that 2018 will be every bit as fulfilling and stylish of a design year as 2017 was.

Let’s take a brief look back at this intriguing year in design, and highlight some of 2017’s most popular and interesting trends, designs and style choices.

2017: A Year in Home Design

Pantone Names “Greenery” its 2017 Color of the Year

Pantone's 2017 Color of the Year is Greenery (15-0343).
Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year is Greenery (15-0343).

Neutral Tones Come to the Forefront of Home Design

Peter Salerno Inc. 2017 new white kitchen design - stunning and trendy.
Peter Salerno Inc. 2017 new white kitchen design – stunning and trendy.

Metallics and Matte Appliances Provide Sleek Kitchen Design

Peter Salerno Inc. kitchen design featured by NorthJersey.com. (Photo: Peter Rymwid)
Peter Salerno Inc. kitchen design featured by NorthJersey.com. (Photo: Peter Rymwid)

Designer Showhouses: The New Trend in Home Design Displays

The 2017 Designer Showhouse of New Jersey in Saddle River, NJ.
The 2017 Designer Showhouse of New Jersey in Saddle River, NJ.

2017 KBIS: The Finest Industry Showcase of the Year

The Judging Panel from KBIS 2017's Tiny House Design Challenge.
The Judging Panel from KBIS 2017’s Tiny House Design Challenge.
Anthony, Gabrielle and Peter Salerno with Teddwood under a Peter Salerno Inc. design photo.
Anthony, Gabrielle and Peter Salerno with Teddwood under a Peter Salerno Inc. design photo.
The new NKBA Certification Book cover, with Peter Salerno Inc. kitchen design photo.
The new NKBA Certification Book cover, with Peter Salerno Inc. kitchen design photo.

Happy Easter 2017! Renew Your Faith (In Home Design)

Happy Easter 2017! Renew Your Faith (In Home Design)

First of all, our title is completely tongue-in-cheek. We genuinely hope you and your loved ones have a blessed Easter (or had a warm, happy Passover), and that your faith is refreshed and renewed heading into the rest of 2017!

Easter and Passover are holidays with positive, inspirational symbolism. They are times for renewal, restoration, invigoration and a fresh, optimistic outlook on the future. We here at Design Your Lifestyle LOVE when a holiday perfectly synchronizes with a season’s design mindset – and Spring 2017 and Easter vibe perfectly this year.

A look at the latest kitchen design feature in Gallery New Jersey Luxury Homes and Estates.
Easter and Spring 2017 freshness are all the rage in current home and kitchen design trends.

Our faith in fresh design was restored a few months ago when Pantone named Greenery its 2017 Color of the Year. Since then, bursts of fresh, natural color have found their way back into home design. Greens, blues, pinks and yellows have joined whites, taupes and neutrals on the design palette for Spring 2017, bringing a little “outdoors to the indoors” and providing a breath of fresh air to home design, runways and industrial design.

If you’re a fan of bright, airy color, you don’t have to dread hitting the “refresh” button on your kitchen design or bath design this year. The old notion that a dark kitchen has to be filled with dark appliances, black counters and cold metallic finishes is a thing of the past!

We love the trend of greens (Greenery, Kale) and light blues (Niagara, Island Paradise) in home design this Spring.

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

Pantone Spring 2017 color trends: Kale is a dark, leafy green loved by many.Pantone Spring 2017 color trends: Niagara is a lush shade of denim blue.Pantone Spring 2017 color trends: Island Paradise is a cool, refreshing aqua.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The infusion of natural colors into Spring design reflects perfectly on the return to optimism, and the promise of a brighter tomorrow that holidays like Passover and Easter celebrate. Whether you’re hunting for Easter Eggs, adorning your home with Easter lilies, or explaining the lineage and meaning of the Seder plate, our work family wishes your family the most blessed and loving of Spring holiday seasons.

Peter Salerno Inc. 2017 new white kitchen design - stunning and trendy.
Peter Salerno Inc. 2017 new white kitchen design – stunning and trendy.

Peter Salerno Inc. kitchen design, 2017 design trends

 

 

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

Ingredients

  • 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: Greenery, Pink Yarrow [Part 4 of 5]

Pantone Spring 2017 Colors: Greenery and Pink Yarrow Are Stunning

When Greenery (15-0343 TCX) was announced as the 2017 Pantone Color of the Year, it signaled a trend towards naturally occurring colors. The cheery, optimistic freshness of Greenery was a welcome sight to many, as it indicated a “happy” set of Spring 2017 Pantone colors. And boy, they didn’t disappoint!

The question that followed in the weeks after the announcement of the 2017 Pantone Color of the Year was relatively universal: “What colors can I pair (or should I pair) with Greenery?” Well, as part of the Spring 2017 Pantone color palette, there are a few options – but one particularly pleasing match.

Pantone Spring 2017 color trends: Greenery and Pink Yarrow.
Pantone Spring 2017 color trends: Greenery and Pink Yarrow.

Enter Pink Yarrow (17-2034 TCX), a blazing hot pink plucked straight from the warmest flower petals. Whereas many green/pink matches rely on a bold green and soft pink, the Greenery and Pink Yarrow combination works for a diametrically opposite reason. The heat of Pink Yarrow set against the fresh Greenery creates a fresh palette that reminds us of hot pink flowers over the soft green of grass or a garden base.

While it may be “safer” to pair Greenery with another Spring 2017 Pantone color selection (such as Primrose Yellow or Niagara), we don’t think the dividends are quite as high as the stunning pairing you can create with Pink Yarrow.

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 Part 4 of our 5-part series on the Spring 2017 Pantone color collection. 

Greenery: Why to Love the 2017 Pantone Color of the Year

Pantone goes so far as to call Greenery (15-0343) “Nature’s Neutral” in their official 2017 Color of the Year announcement. Greenery is more towards the “yellow side” of green – think more Kermit, less Green Arrow – and evokes a fresh, invigorating sense of the outdoors. Greenery is found more in light green grass and sunlit floral leaves than in dense foliage, adding a sunny, optimistic touch to the natural relaxing quality of green.

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

Home designers, fashion designers and graphic designers alike turn to PANTONE, the world’s foremost authority on color, color identity and color matching, to establish future trends and baselines for their work. The announcement of Greenery as the Pantone 2017 Color of the Year re-affirms the trend towards natural, refreshing color palettes in home design, graphic design and spring fashion.

The trend towards natural, earth-based design should include natural green elements! Use real greenery in your home designs! Incorporate fresh floral sprays, vegetables, leafy arrangements and ferns in your kitchen and bath designs.

Pink Yarrow: For the Bold, Sunny and Beautiful

Color lovers waiting for Pantone to put out a truly “VA-VA-VOOM” color in the Spring 2017 collection are officially in love. Pink Yarrow (17-2034 TCX) trumps them all – even the bold Flame – in sheer flair and brilliance. Pink Yarrow brings a tropical mood to the floral elements of the Pantone Spring 2017 color palette, and pairs with the 2017 Color of the Year in a dramatic, eye-popping way.

Pantone Spring 2017 color trends: The arresting Pink Yarrow turns heads.
Pantone Spring 2017 color trends: The arresting Pink Yarrow turns heads.

At first blush (pun intended), Pink Yarrow seems more like a cosmetic shade – and for years, it has been. But the transition into wardrobe on the Spring 2017 runways has been quick, stunning and seamless.

Stay with Design Your Lifestyle over the next several weeks, as we continue to feature the ten beautiful hues that make up the Pantone Spring 2017 Color Design Report!

Greenery: PANTONE 2017 Color of the Year Home Design Ideas

Greenery: PANTONE 2017 Color of the Year Home Design Ideas

Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year is here – and in 2017, it will be very easy being green. Greenery is a reflection of the neutrals, earth tones and natural colors that have dominated color trends as of late. In fact, Pantone goes so far as to call Greenery (15-0343) “Nature’s Neutral” in their official 2017 Color of the Year announcement.

Pantone's 2017 Color of the Year is Greenery (15-0343). Photo credit Peter Salerno Inc.
Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year is Greenery (15-0343). Photo credit: Peter Salerno Inc.

Home designers, fashion designers and graphic designers alike turn to PANTONE, the world’s foremost authority on color, color identity and color matching, to establish future trends and baselines for their work. The announcement of Greenery as the Pantone 2017 Color of the Year re-affirms the trend towards natural, refreshing color palettes in home design, graphic design and spring fashion.

Greenery is more towards the “yellow side” of green – think more Kermit, less Green Arrow – and evokes a fresh, invigorating sense of the outdoors. Greenery is found more in light green grass and sunlit floral leaves than in dense foliage, adding a sunny, optimistic touch to the natural relaxing quality of green.

Appropriately enough, Greenery is also a palette match with multiple Pantone colors and shades our blog has suggested to you over the last several months. Colors in past Design Your Lifestyle articles that are listed as harmonious with Greenery by Pantone include: Serenity, Bodacious, Buttercream, Goji Berry, Sharkskin, and Moss.

Of course, leaning on trends only takes you so far in design. Finding the perfect blend between today’s trends and classic, timeless design elements is the key to design excellence. Few home designers know this better than Peter Salerno Inc., winners of more kitchen and bath design awards than any North American design firm since 2002.

Courtesy of Peter Salerno Inc., here are a few tips to incorporate Greenery (the Pantone 2017 Color of the Year) into your kitchen or bath design project.

Greenery: Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year in Home Design

1. Utilize ACTUAL Greenery!

Need we say more? The trend towards natural, earth-based design should include natural green elements! Use real greenery in your home designs! Incorporate fresh floral sprays, vegetables, leafy arrangements and ferns in your kitchen and bath designs.

Take a look at the two nationally-recognized Peter Salerno Inc. kitchen designs below and think of your own ways to incorporate Greenery into your kitchen!

Peter Salerno Inc.'s custom kitchen design is adorned with Greenery everywhere. (Credit: Peter Rymwid)
Peter Salerno Inc.’s custom kitchen design is adorned with Greenery everywhere. (Credit: Peter Rymwid)
This bright shore kitchen showcases Greenery in the form of actual greenery! (Credit: Peter Salerno Inc., Peter Rymwid)
This bright shore kitchen showcases Greenery in the form of actual greenery! (Credit: Peter Salerno Inc., Peter Rymwid)

2. Greenery pairs beautifully with core design neutrals.

We’ve talked so much about core design neutrals over the last few months, and Pantone’s decision to name Greenery its 2017 Color of the Year reaffirms our faith in taupes, browns, whites and grays as “statement” neutrals.

Don’t necessarily think of Greenery as the “it” color in your design. When executed properly (as in the Peter Salerno Inc. bath design below), green can augment the core whites and earth tones in your design.

A touch of Greenery in wall color beautifully accents the core neutrals in this Peter Salerno Inc. bath design.
A touch of Greenery in wall color beautifully accents the core neutrals in this Peter Salerno Inc. bath design.

3. Find fresh accessories in which to include Greenery!

In the kitchen design below, Peter Salerno and his team “greened” a unique design element – the overhead, recessed stained glass roof. The result was a dimmed-yet-natural glass lighting feature that added a fresh, sedated tone to the kitchen.

Another award-winning Peter Salerno kitchen, with a splash of green. (Credit Peter Rymwid)
Another award-winning Peter Salerno kitchen, with a splash of green. (Credit Peter Rymwid)