Cinco De Mayo Colors: An Official Pantone Color Guide

Cinco De Mayo Colors: An Official Pantone Color Guide

Cinco De Mayo is more than just a big party – although a great excuse to fiesta is always welcome! For Mexicans, Mexican-Americans and people of Mexican heritage worldwide, Cinco De Mayo is a day of national pride, honor and triumph. This article will help you celebrate Cinco De Mayo in proper style!

Cinco De Mayo literally means “May 5th” in Spanish. It’s a celebration of the Mexican Army’s unlikely victory at the Battle of Puebla over the heavily-favored French Empire in 1862 – of course, the battle took place on May 5th. On that day, the French forces outnumbered Mexicans by double, but the Mexicans prevailed and established a sense of national pride and unity that had been lost in previous conflicts.

While not exactly an “Independence Day”, Cinco De Mayo is a celebration and recognition of Mexican pride, spirit, and bravery in the face of adversity. Outside Mexico, the holiday is used to promote Mexican culture, customs, food and music throughout the world, and is especially popular in the United States, Canada and Japan.

As you might expect, the colors closely associated with Cinco de Mayo are the official colors of the Mexican flag: red, white and green. But what are the official colors of the flag of Mexico?

Leave it to Design Your Lifestyle – color design aficionados that we are – to provide you with the answer!

Pantone, the world’s foremost authority of color design, has designated the official colors of many of the world’s flags, including Mexico’s. Through the use of the Pantone Color Matching System (CMS), there are uniform names and codes for virtually every color imaginable – including the three primary colors in the Mexican flag.

So when you celebrate Cinco de Mayo this year, do it properly – and use these three Pantone shades of red, white and green for your Cinco de Mayo fiesta!

Official Pantone Colors of Cinco de Mayo

Red (Pantone 186)

(Hex Value: C8102E)Cinco de Mayo Official Pantone Red

Green (Pantone 3425)

(Hex Value: 006341)

Cinco de Mayo Official Pantone Green

White

(Hex Value: FFFFFF)Cinco de Mayo Official Pantone White

Your Christmas 2017 Pantone Color Design Palette

Your Christmas 2017 Pantone Color Design Palette

The 2017 Christmas season is upon us – party hosts and decorators, that means it’s time to rejoice! The holiday season brings countless opportunities (and excuses) to entertain guests, re-decorate your living spaces, or to just have a great party!

The mark of a memorable Christmas party, get-together, or occasion is always the ones you’re with, and the warmth of their company. But don’t underrate ambience and presentation! A unique, well-thought-out design approach can set your living space up as the Christmas party people will be talking about for years to come.

Christmas 2017 Pantone color design collection, courtesy Design Your Lifestyle.
Christmas 2017 Pantone color design collection, courtesy Design Your Lifestyle.

From the award-winning design firm at Peter Salerno Inc. to the expert publications we source, “Design Your Lifestyle” knows that color -and color design – is key in the presentation of any party or in the refreshment of any living space.

Based on the color design schemes, patterns and trends of 2017 – and the traditional colors of the season – we’ve created a Christmas 2017 color palette for designers, decorators, party hosts, or those of you just looking for a holiday-inspired design project this year.

From greens to neutrals to pops of natural red, here’s your Christmas 2017 Pantone color design palette (along with Pantone TCX numbers for easy reference)!

Your Christmas 2017 Pantone Color Design Palette

1. Peppermint (Pantone 16-6329 TCX)

Any color design palette based on 2017 trends starts with a natural, crisp green (see Greenery, Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year). For the 2017 Christmas season, that color is Peppermint (and why wouldn’t it be?). A slightly cooler green, Peppermint is reminiscent of winter foliage, mint leaves, and is a generally pleasant and inviting tone.

Christmas 2017 color design: Pantone Peppermint
Christmas 2017 color design: Pantone Peppermint

2. Poinsettia (Pantone 17-1654 TCX)

Poinsettia is a fiery red that will liven up any design – be it graphic, wardrobe or living/home space. A classic Christmas red, Poinsettia will instantly bring up visions of Santa’s suit, candy canes and Rudolph’s nose.

Christmas 2017 color design: Pantone Poinsettia
Christmas 2017 color design: Pantone Poinsettia.

3. Marshmallow (Pantone 11-4300 TCX)

2017 was a year where neutral colors dominated the design landscape. Our 2017 Christmas homage to that trend begins with Marshmallow, a gentle off-white with just a hint of warm yellow. A fresh white neutral that can certainly serve as a primary or complementary design color, Marshmallow will instantly open up your design options.

Christmas 2017 color design: Pantone Marshmallow
Christmas 2017 color design: Pantone Marshmallow

4. Holly Green (Pantone 16-5932 TCX)

If you want a green shade in your Christmas 2017 design that’s a bit more “blue spruce”, then Holly Green is for you. Holly Green pairs well with cooler colors, with blue-tone neutrals, and more natural, earth-tone hues (browns and tans). And if we’re going to have Holly Green…

Christmas 2017 color design: Pantone Holly Green
Christmas 2017 color design: Pantone Holly Green

5. Holly Berry (Pantone 17-1633 TCX)

…then why not have its counterpart, Holly Berry? These two shades actually work quite well together – as they do in nature, of course. A far less dominating red than Poinsettia, Holly Berry is a great shade of red for parties and design schemes with a more “vintage” feel.

Christmas 2017 color design: Pantone Holly Berry
Christmas 2017 color design: Pantone Holly Berry

6. Gingerbread (Pantone 18-1244 TCX)

And now, for the neutral tone that pulls the collection together. Gingerbread is a warm, inviting brown neutral that ties our Christmas 2017 Pantone color design collection together. If you want to work with strictly neutrals, try a Gingerbread and Marshmallow combination as well!

Christmas 2017 color design: Pantone Gingerbread
Christmas 2017 color design: Pantone Gingerbread

Best Food Gifts of 2017, According to NorthJersey.com

Best Food Gifts of 2017, According to NorthJersey.com

The season of stylish 2017 gift-giving trends continues here on “Design Your Lifestyle”! In this article, we feature another wonderful list of gifts for the 2017 holiday season – this time, centered around food, the kitchen and kitchen design.

The list, compiled by NorthJersey.com (part of the USA Today Network), is a fine collection of food items, pantry items, cutlery, glassware and sweets. Much like the previous list we featured, we selected Esther Davidowitz’s piece for its scope of options, selective nature and inclusivity (there’s a little something for everyone on your list). Ms. Davidowitz serves as the Food Editor for NorthJersey.com, and her expertise certainly shines here.

Try a pickle subscription as a cool 2017 holiday gift idea! (Photo credit: Wiki Commons)
Try a pickle subscription as a cool 2017 holiday gift idea! (Photo credit: Wiki Commons)

For the rest of Esther Davidowitz’s wonderful list of 2017 holiday food and kitchen gift ideas, please visit her full article on NorthJersey.com!

We’ll admit a little bias – as we’re based in northern New Jersey, this list is of particular appeal to us. Each item on the list is created by a local artisan, shop or chef in the northern NJ area. However, that doesn’t exclude the rest of you – a majority of these items are available to buy online, or to ship directly to you through the individual storefront or merchant.

The intent of this article is not only to inform holiday gift buyers, but to support local business and small businesses during the 2017 holiday season – a concept we absolutely love. As Esther Davidowitz explains in the opening to her article:

Of course you can show your appreciation with a bottle of wine or a bouquet of flowers, but if your host is a food lover (isn’t everyone?) consider giving a food gift. Not just any food, but rather a treat that isn’t just delicious but also made in North Jersey. This way you can nourish your host and support your local businesses simultaneously.

That’s the kind of smart, stylish thinking that we can get behind when it comes to 2017 Christmas shopping and holiday shopping in general, Esther!

Here are a few of our favorite gems from Ms. Davidowitz’s list of 2017 food gifts and kitchen gifts, as featured on NorthJersey.com.

Selections from Esther Davidowitz’s 2017 Food Gift Ideas

1. Pickle Subscriptions from Pickle-icious

We know this one made you look twice – and that’s why we love it. Never mind that Pickle-licious is well-known in northern New Jersey as a go-to for pickle lovers – the store ships nationwide and offers a variety of pickle options in 3 and 6-month subscriptions. Pickle-icious offers subscriptions in quart and gallon sizes as well. What’s not to love?

2. Essie Spice Blends, Essie Spice

Essie Spice Blends are a tremendous way to introduce yourself to the flavors of west Africa in a genuine way. Owner Essie Bartels grew up in Ghana and sources all of her core spice blend ingredients from west Africa directly. Essie’s spice blends have achieved enough acclaim to be available in northern NJ Shoprite and Whole Foods locations – so they certainly have a place in the kitchen of any adventurous, flavor-loving cook.

3. Custom Handmade Cutlery, EDGES Custom Cutlery

EDGES Custom Cutlery Sommelier Collection, 2017.
EDGES Custom Cutlery Sommelier Collection, 2017.

Avid readers of “Design Your Lifestyle” already know all about our obsession with EDGES Custom Cutlery, one of the finest unique, hand-crafted cutlery houses in the United States. Rather than talking about the EDGES collections again here, check out what we’ve said about them in the recent past!

4. Chocolate Ganache Leather Notebook, Sook Pastry

Sook Pastry’s “The Notebook” isn’t just another chocolate gift assortment for the holidays. “It’s a gift of a lifetime,” owner Izzy Yanay told Esther Davidowitz in her article. Not only do you get a beautiful assortment of chocolate ganache pieces, but you receive them in a stunning faux-leather memory box that you can re-purpose after eating your treats!

For the rest of Esther Davidowitz’s wonderful list of 2017 holiday food and kitchen gift ideas, please visit her full article on NorthJersey.com!

A Kitchen Designer Shares His 2017 Home Thanksgiving Photos

A Kitchen Designer Shares His 2017 Home Thanksgiving Photos

Peter Salerno Inc. is the most award-winning North American kitchen and bath design firm of the 21st century. So it stands to reason that in the Salerno family home, Thanksgiving is a pretty big deal.

“[F]amily dinners are all about food, love and more food,” Peter Salerno quipped on social media during Thanksgiving 2017, posting a series of photos of his immediate and extended family sharing a sumptuous Thanksgiving dinner in their stunning Bergen County, New Jersey home.

Thanksgiving 2017 photos with Peter Salerno and Peter Salerno Inc.
Thanksgiving 2017 photos with Peter Salerno and Peter Salerno Inc.

Peter Salerno was joined for Thanksgiving by his wife Tracy, his father Rosolino and his mother-in-law Jo. Peter’s son Anthony was accompanied by his wife Eve and daughter Jesse, and Peter’s daughter Gabrielle came with her husband Brian and their daughter Brielle.

Peter was sure to thank the renowned Goffle Farms for the family’s delicious 18 pound turkey. The main course was accompanied by some outstanding side dishes, from the traditional (mashed and roasted potatoes, string beans) to the unconventional (a delicious lime and pineapple mold).

Thanksgiving 2017 photos with Peter Salerno and Peter Salerno Inc.
Thanksgiving 2017 photos with Peter Salerno and Peter Salerno Inc.

The meal also featured a beautiful and delicious pasta course – homemade pumpkin fettucine with a creamy sausage sauce. The fettucine was a huge hit with the family!

As the 2017 holiday season swings into full force, it’s important to take these moments to cherish those around you – both in your professional and personal lives. Peter Salerno takes great care to maintain a good work-life balance, and takes the time to nurture his work family alongside his own.

Thanksgiving 2017 was a pretty beautiful day for Peter Salerno and his family, but nothing compares to the warmth he felt in his own home. Peter sincerely hopes you had a blessed, safe and satisfying Thanksgiving full of love this year.

Enjoy these exclusive photos from Peter Salerno (of Peter Salerno Inc.)’s 2017 home Thanksgiving!

Peter Salerno's pumpkin fettucine with creamy sausage sauce.
Peter Salerno’s pumpkin fettucine with creamy sausage sauce.
Thanksgiving 2017 photos with Peter Salerno and Peter Salerno Inc.
Thanksgiving 2017 photos with Peter Salerno and Peter Salerno Inc.
Thanksgiving 2017 photos with Peter Salerno and Peter Salerno Inc.
Thanksgiving 2017 photos with Peter Salerno and Peter Salerno Inc.

Observe 2017 Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service With Us!

Observe the 2017 MLK Day of Service With Us!

As a wise relative once told us, “Your small blessings can become very big when you share them with the world.”

Monday, January 16, 2017 is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in the United States – a day on which to remember one of the greatest social influencers, champions of peace and public servants in American history. It’s a day to reflect on how we can change the world in a positive manner – but it’s also a day to DO something to make the world better!

(And yes, we are a style and design blog – but nothing is more stylish than serving others.)

Take part in the 2017 MLK Day of Service!
Take part in the 2017 MLK Day of Service!

According to the Corporation for National and Community Service, the 2017 MLK Day of Service “is a way to transform Dr. King’s life and teachings into community service that helps empower and strengthen local communities.”

Their motto (which we LOVE): Martin Luther King, Jr. Day might be a holiday – but it’s not a day off, it’s a day on!

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?” — The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The mission statement of MLK Day of Service is to form a three-step plan to positively impact your community and the world around you.

  1. PLAN. Develop a plan to help those in need in whatever way you can. If you can donate to a local food bank (like our parent company does every Thanksgiving), go for it! If you’re involved in a trade, help fix up housing in disrepair. Whatever you can do to help is welcome – share your time and talent with those who can benefit from it!
  2. SERVE. If you are having trouble figuring out how to spend your MLK Day of Service, use this official list of recommended community projects to find a worthy cause in your neighborhood. Whether it’s on Martin Luther King Day or a day shortly after, make the commitment and devote some time!
  3. IMPACT. Tell the world about your Day of Service (or days!) and register your pledge to serve. Pledge a number of hours in your state, and note what area of service is receiving your time and effort. Not only will you inspire others to follow suit, but you will also help local government and charitable organizations see what areas of need still exist in your community!

Honor Dr. King's legacy with MLK Day of Service!
Honor Dr. King’s legacy with MLK Day of Service!
No matter what you choose to do for 2017’s Martin Luther King Day of Service, take the initiative and DO SOMETHING! Together, we can change the world – but only if we get up and try.

We, along with our parent company and staff at Peter Salerno Inc., honor and revere the legacy of non-violence, social activism, and peaceful progress that was left by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and wish you all a day of peace, love, and service.

Christmas 2016 Decor: Six Jolly Shades of PANTONE Green

The Six Best Green Tones For Your 2016 Christmas Design

In our last article, we showed you the 6 “it” PANTONE shades of red for Christmas decor and design in 2016. From jewel tones to earthy reds to jazzy lighter hues, you’re now equipped with all this year’s trendiest reds.

So now that you have your Poinsettia, Crimson and Goji Berry, we’ve got one more traditional Christmas color to play with. Let’s stuff your stocking with our favorite shades of green for 2016!

It’s a GREAT year to design with green for the holidays. From this summer’s Green Flash to the fall’s Lush Meadow, green is a major player in fashion and decor in 2016’s Pantone color reports. 2016 has also been a bounce-back year for earthy tones and hues, making green a wonderful complementary shade to the core neutrals or cool colors in your home design.

Pantone, the world’s foremost color matching system, has put names and coding to every shade of green you could possibly imagine. But which of these green shades are right for your 2016 Christmas decor and designs?

We’re basing our decisions on the “it” shades of green for this holiday season on a few core principles on Pantone trends from 2016:

  • A nice jewel-tone green never hurt anyone;
  • Earth-toned greens make for an inviting color option;
  • When in doubt, pick a green that pairs well with a neutral.

Let’s pair up those 6 shades of red from our last article with our favorite six green hues (courtesy of the Pantone color matching system) for the 2016 Christmas design and decor season!

Christmas Design 2016: Our Six Favorite Pantone Shades of Green

1. Sprucestone (14-6316 TCX)

Sprucestone Pantone color, Christmas 2016 green Pantone colors

2. Classic Green (16-6340 TCX)

Classic Green Pantone color, Christmas 2016 green Pantone colors

3. Mistletoe (16-0220 TCX)

Mistletoe Pantone color, Christmas 2016 green Pantone colors

4. Holly Green (16-5932 TCX)

Holly Green Pantone color, Christmas 2016 green Pantone colors

5. Pistachio Green (13-0221 TCX)

Pistachio Green Pantone color, Christmas 2016 green Pantone colors

6. Smoke Pine (18-5718 TCX)

Smoke Pine Pantone color, Christmas 2016 green Pantone colors

Christmas 2016 Decor: Six Beautiful Shades of PANTONE Red

The Perfect Shades of Red For Christmas 2016 Decor

Christmas 2016 is right around the corner! One of the most beautiful times of the year for decor and design, the holiday season is full of festive, inviting colors – not the least of which is red!

The warmth and beauty of red makes it a wonderful choice one of the “official-unofficial” colors of Christmas (green being the other). From Santa’s suit to poinsettia petals, holiday gift bows to Rudolph’s shiny red nose, the color red is everywhere you turn during the holidays.

Pantone, the world’s foremost color matching system, has put names and coding to every shade of red you could possibly imagine. But which of these red shades are right for your 2016 Christmas decor and designs?

2016’s color design trends taught us that our warm colors need to be bright, spicy and inviting. If they’re not, they ought to be rooted in an earth tone or neutral. As such, we’ve focused on six perfect shades of Pantone red to add color to your 2016 holiday decorations.

Each of these six red hues embodies one of these core descriptions of 2016 color and style:

  1. A vibrant, lighter shade of red that beckons the eye;
  2. A deeper red based in an earth-toned brown that serves as a more “rustic” shade;
  3. A rich, jewel-tone red that spices up your surroundings.

No matter your taste, here are six fantastic shades of Pantone holiday red (along with their color codes) that are sure to please as core color elements of your 2016 Christmas decor and design!

Christmas Design 2016: Our Six Favorite Pantone Shades of Red

1. Poinsettia (17-1654 TCX)

Poinsettia Pantone color, Christmas 2016 red Pantone colors

2. Poppy Red (17-1664 TCX)

Poppy Red Pantone color, Christmas 2016 red Pantone colors

3. Goji Berry (18-1659 TCX)

Goji Berry Pantone color, Christmas 2016 red Pantone colors

4. Cranberry (17-1545 TCX)

Cranberry Pantone color, Thanksgiving party Pantone colors

5. Red Ochre (18-1442 TCX)

Red Ochre Pantone color, Christmas 2016 red Pantone colors

6. Crimson (19-1762 TCX)

Crimson Pantone color, Christmas 2016 red Pantone colors