How to Afford Luxury Home Design: Part 2 [Personalization, Not Price]

How to Afford Luxury Home Design: Part 2 [Personalization, Not Price]

In this series, Design Your Lifestyle shows you how luxury home design in 2018 can be far more affordable than you think. The series began with Part 1, where we stated that ‘luxury’ is a far more flexible term than you might think – especially when it comes to custom kitchen design and custom bath design.

The key to luxury home design is simple, and it’s the exact opposite of what you’re told to believe: you shouldn’t want to keep up with your neighbors. True luxury home design in today’s marketplace isn’t about trying to ‘one-up’ others; rather, it’s about focusing on yourself.

New kitchen design installation photos from Peter Salerno Inc.
New kitchen design installation photos from Peter Salerno Inc.

Achieving true luxury in your kitchen design, bath design or whole home design is all about personalization – not price.

Personalized Luxury is the best kind. What good is a beautiful home design if it’s sterile? Imagine a spacious, glamorous home full of the hottest design trends, posh furniture, luxury appliances and state-of-the-art technology. That would be a great place to hang out for awhile, but would it be a great place to live?

A house can be virtually anything. But your HOME has to reflect you. A home provides comfort, security, sentimental touches and reflections of your family, friends and loved ones. And if it doesn’t compliment your own personality and sense of style, then is it truly “yours”?

One of the reasons we lean on our parent company, Peter Salerno Inc., for constant design advice is simple. Peter Salerno and his team spend an inordinate amount of time honing their crafts, attending conferences and design showcases, and partnering with the finest brands and sub-contractors in the world. But they spend even more time learning about their clients.

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

The application of personal touches and ‘personalized luxury’ even extends into Peter Salerno’s own home. Peter’s home kitchen is adorned with hand-painted floral arrangements on each of his custom cabinets – one to signify the birth month of each of his family members.

There are two ways to approach the concept of adding value to your home through hiring a world-class custom designer. One is, of course, financial – resale value is an important measurable to consider for the future. But in the here and now, the second concept of added home value is invaluable – and that’s the idea of personal value.

Peter Salerno's 2014 NKBA Best Kitchen. (Credit Peter Rymwid)

We’ll put it this way. Whatever your current design (or re-design, or renovation) budget may be, would you rather spend it on impersonal items that will only serve to add re-sale value? Or would you choose to invest some or all of that budget in making your home a place where you (and the world) can feel a true connection to who you are and what you love?

Quality home design firms today must take the time to learn about you as a client. Everyone wants beauty in his or her daily life, but the definition of beauty is unique to each individual. Ultimately, your custom kitchen designer, custom bath designer, or whole home designer must answer to one standard of beauty – yours.

The details make the design, and they also make it personal. Whether it’s reclaiming materials from your first home for use in your new home, or finding decor from your hometown, or simply utilizing your favorite colors, expert designers like Peter Salerno understand the difference between ‘a gorgeous house’ and ‘your perfect home’. And by utilizing that thought process, they can provide you with luxury home design that focuses on personalization, not price.

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Five Essential Items for Your Man Cave Design [PHOTOS]

Five Essential Items for Your Man Cave Design [PHOTOS]

There’s nothing quite like throwing a party in your custom-designed, world-class man cave.

Wait – what’s that? You don’t have the world’s best man cave? No problem. You don’t need a walk-in humidor, a hand-crafted wine cellar or custom-built leather recliners to have a great “man cave” to make your friends drool.

What you do need are a few helpful tips from Peter Salerno, the creator of “Man Cave Classics”one of the world’s foremost interior designers and recipient of an unprecedented 23 NKBA design awards over the last decade.

With these five helpful tips, you can transform your den or media room into a man cave so amazing, your friends will drool with envy. (Then, your only problem will be getting them to leave after the party’s over!)

5 Tips to Create an Awesome Man Cave

1. Make your bar unique, eye-popping and memorable.

This tip is a Peter Salerno specialty. Don’t believe us? Take a look at this 1959 Corvette that Peter transformed into the most amazing bar in the world:

All it takes is a little creativity and a personal touch. Take something you’re passionate about and use it as the basis for your very own custom-built bar. (And if you need some assistance, Peter Salerno and his team will be glad to help you design the bar of your dreams!)

2. Make sure you have plenty of comfortable seating.

Your man cave should be a place to hang out, crash and relax. Make sure there’s plenty of space and seating for you and your buddies to lounge around without feeling cramped or uncomfortable.

You don’t have to spend a fortune on recliners and sectional sofas – just make sure that there’s at least one more seat than the amount of guests you expect (just in case someone brings a friend). Oh, and as far as your own seat? Make sure you designate a chair of your own – every master of a man cave should have his favorite place to sit!

3. Make the decor personal to you.

When you think of a prototypical man cave, a few things instantly come to mind: animal heads mounted on the wall, tacky bearskin rugs, and so on. Don’t go the conventional, “over done” route – make your man cave your very own!

A great idea is to personalize the decor in your man cave with items, art and designs that showcase who you are and what your life is all about. For example, Peter Salerno designed one of his man caves with a professional graffiti artist, who “tagged” the walls with an awesome city skyline as well as the initials and names of his family, friends and loved ones.

Tag your man cave with personalized graffiti! (Credit Peter Salerno Inc.)
Tag your man cave with personalized graffiti! (Credit Peter Salerno Inc.)

4. Offer more entertainment options than just TV.

At some point, guests to your man cave will want to do something other than sit around and watch TV. At this point, you need other forms of entertainment to keep them occupied. Peter Salerno and his team suggest a form of physical activity: pool table, air hockey, old-school pinball machine, etc.

Add another attraction to your man cave to keep guests entertained (like a pool table). (Credit Peter Rymwid, Peter Salerno Inc.)
Add another attraction to your man cave to keep guests entertained (like a pool table). (Credit Peter Rymwid, Peter Salerno Inc.)

Keeping your guests spread out around your man cave also ensures that everyone mingles, no one feels cramped, and there’s plenty of room for everyone to feel comfortable, relaxed and never bored.

5. Add the element of surprise.

What if a bookcase in your man cave hides a hidden door to your garage, a cigar room/humidor or the rest of your house? How about having your TV hidden behind a large mirror? Or perhaps you could have secret shelving units for your liquor, games, or other man cave “treasures”?

These are just a few ideas to take your man cave to the next level. The element of surprise will not only entertain your guests, but take the “Wow” factor of your man cave through the roof. Imagine giving your friends the man cave experience of their lives, and then springing one last secret on them – how great is that?

Surprise your guests - what if that tool chest became a wine fridge? (Credit Peter Salerno Inc.)
Surprise your guests – what if that tool chest became a wine fridge? (Credit Peter Salerno Inc.)

These are just a few ideas to make your man cave the envy of your friends (and neighborhood rivals?). If you want even more great ideas regarding custom man cave, wine cellar, cigar room or game room construction and design, then you’re definitely going to want to contact Peter Salerno and create your very own Man Cave Classic!

Check Out ‘WOW’ Designers on Houzz for Design Inspiration

Check Out ‘WOW’ Designers on Houzz for Design Inspiration

Browsing the Ideabooks on Houzz (the leading social media site for design) is a great way to get ideas for your next home design project. Houzz and the NKBA have compiled an Ideabook of “Designs That WOW” for your enjoyment and inspiration – and our parent company Peter Salerno Inc. is proud to be highlighted.

Not only is Peter’s custom La Cornue showroom kitchen the first photo listed in the “Designs That WOW” Ideabook, but Peter Salerno Inc. has been honored with five selections in the Ideabook, compiled by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA). It’s yet another fantastic honor bestowed upon Peter Salerno by the NKBA (Peter is the NKBA’s most award-winning designer over the last decade).

Peter Salerno Inc. utilizes Houzz to keep its valued clients (and prospective design clients) up to date on their latest designs, projects and before-and-after kitchen, bath, and home design pictures. Many of the pictures featured are taken by the fantastic photographer Peter Rywmid.

Pairing Pantone Spring 2018 Neutrals For Home Design

Pairing Pantone Spring 2018 Neutrals For Home Design

The Pantone Spring 2018 Color Collection has produced some of our favorite neutral tones in years.

Beige, white, off-white and gray are all present in this season’s collection, and each tone (be it classic or contemporary) brings with it a myriad of design pairings and design options. While the needs of home designers are different than those designing for the runway, the Pantone Spring 2018 color palette still serves as a helpful guide and inspiration for home design experts and home owners alike.

From classic gray and white tones to a warm, inviting beige and a blushing off-white stunner, here are 4 of our favorite neutral shades from the Pantone Spring 2018 color collection – and some other Pantone Spring 2018 colors we think pair nicely with each.

Harbor Mist: A Classic Gray Neutral

Sturdy, reliable and not-too-dark, Harbor Mist is a classic gray neutral. It’s a light enough shade of gray to provide a stable anchor for your design without darkening the room. Part of the Classic Colors sub-set of the Pantone Spring 2018 collection, Harbor Mist is most useful with two color palettes in mind: nautical and primary colors. (Think blues, whites, reds, beiges, and yellows).

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Coconut Milk: A Versatile Off-White Neutral

Coconut Milk is a fantastic slightly off-white neutral that plays directly into the trend of white kitchen designs and living space designs that has dominated 2017 and 2018 home design. We love the idea of pairing it with “woody” browns like Emperador, or bold jewel tones like Arcadia. The best part of designing with Coconut Milk is that it can serve as a ‘blank canvas’ for bolder colors, or the fresh white focus of your design.

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Almost Mauve: A Blushing Neutral

Almost Mauve is such a sneaky and fun neutral to play with if you like warm tones and pastels. A closer look at its shade reveals a slight blush – but is it rosy? Is it lavender? Whatever the case may be, this beautiful gem of a neutral works well with so many warm and pastel tones… and the Pantone Spring 2018 collection is full of them!

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Warm Sand: An “Anything But Boring” Beige Neutral

An anchor tone of the Pantone 2018 Classic Colors sub-set of the Spring 2018 collection, Warm Sand is an inviting beige that can bring any number of complementary colors to your design ‘dance floor’. We’re in love with the idea of pairing Warm Sand with shades like Meadowlark and Little Boy Blue – but the best part of Warm Sand is its versatility. Try it with warmer shades like Chili Oil, or why not pair it with another neutral (Coconut Milk is a great choice)?

Pair Warm Sand With:

Six Pantone Spring 2018 Color Combinations for Home Design

Six Pantone Spring 2018 Color Combinations for Home Design

We love the extended Spring 2018 color design palette from Pantone. With 12 intriguing colors in the base Spring 2018 collection and an additional four tones in the Classic Colors addendum, home design experts and hobbyists alike have a myriad of options from which to choose.

Whether you’re a fan of sturdy, nautical colors like Harbor Mist and Sailor Blue; bright, audacious colors like Arcadia and Ultra Violet; or bright pastels like Spring Crocus and Blooming Dahlia, the Pantone Spring 2018 color palette has something for you.

Ultra Violet (18-3838) is the Pantone 2018 Color of the Year.
Ultra Violet (18-3838) is the Pantone 2018 Color of the Year.

Many design experts have weighed in on how to combine these colors for dramatic effect on the runway and in your daily wardrobe. But what about those of you looking to make an immediate impact on your home design, kitchen design or bathroom re-model using the Pantone Spring 2018 collection?

The opportunities and combinations are, as stated above, endless. We at Design Your Lifestyle happen to like six particular color combinations (using 12 of the 16 Spring 2018 colors) when planning a custom kitchen or bath design.

We’ve done our best to include selections from all the sub-sets of the collection, including Bright Tones, Complementary Neutrals, Cool but Powerful Colors, Perfect Pastels, and the Classic Colors collection.

From the light touch of Spring Crocus and Almost Mauve to the warm-toned punch of Blooming Dahlia and Chili Oil, these are six color combinations that can instantly spark your Pantone Spring 2018-inspired home design or re-design.

Which color combination is your favorite? Do you have a different suggestion? We’d love to hear from you in the comments!

Emperador and Meadowlark

 

 

 

 

Spring Crocus and Almost Mauve

 

 

 

 

 

Lime Punch and Coconut Milk

 

 

 

 

 

Little Boy Blue and Warm Sand

 

 

 

 

 

Harbor Mist and Pink Lavender

 

 

 

 

 

Blooming Dahlia and Chili Oil

Award-Winning Transitional Bathroom Turns 3 [Design Photos]

Award-Winning Transitional Bathroom Turns 3 [Design Photos]

Peter Salerno Inc. award winning transitional bath design, 2015. [Photo: Peter Rymwid]
Peter Salerno Inc. award winning transitional bath design, 2015. [Photo: Peter Rymwid]
When Peter Salerno Inc. teamed up with Stratta, the Tile Boutique to create a transitional bath design they called ‘Simple Tranquility’, Peter knew they were creating something special.

Three years later, the beautiful transitional bathroom is still a timeless, stunning design. It was awarded 2nd place nationally by Signature Kitchens and Baths magazine in March 2015. It was quite an honor for Peter Salerno and his team, who also took home two national kitchen design awards from the NKBA during the 2015 KBIS convention in Las Vegas.

‘Simple Tranquility’ is a transitional bathroom in Bergen County, NJ. The cabinets are walnut with an espresso stain from Peter Salerno Inc’s coveted “Mastro Rosolino” (TM) line of cabinets.

Peter Salerno Inc. award winning transitional bath design, 2015. [Photo: Peter Rymwid]

The tops are marble from Stone Surfaces in East Rutherford, NJ. The backsplash is glass and porcelain, and the floor is marble tile by Stratta – The Tile Boutique , Wyckoff, NJ. The hardware is polished stainless from Hardware Designs in Fairfield, NJ. All the fixtures and fittings also came from Hardware Designs, while the sconces and chandelier came from Capitol Lighting in Paramus, NJ.

This gorgeous transitional bath design was truly a team effort, and Peter Salerno certainly shares this award with all parties involved – Stratta, Stone Surfaces, Hardware Designs, Capitol Lighting, and his own team at Peter Salerno Inc.

Peter Salerno Inc. award winning transitional bath design, 2015. [Photo: Peter Rymwid]

But the people to truly be congratulated are the owners of this nationally award-winning bathroom – it was their project, their space, and their dreams that made this room a reality!

Photos of Peter Salerno Inc. Award-Winning Kitchen Design

Photos of Peter Salerno Inc. Award-Winning Kitchen Design

Being a subsidiary of America’s most award-winning custom kitchen and bath design firm of the 21st century has its benefits. We love getting exclusive insight into the work and designs of Peter Salerno Inc. – and this look back at a nationally recognized 2015 kitchen design is a wonderful way to spend our day.

The award, 2nd place for Best Large Kitchen, is the 10th national design award for Peter Salerno Inc. since 2012, and the 28th since 2002, making Peter Salerno Inc. the most award-winning kitchen and bath designer in North America over the last 15 years.

Now, let’s take an inside look at this beautiful, award-winning kitchen!

Peter Salerno Inc.'s award-winning 2015 kitchen design. Photo credit Peter Rymwid.
Peter Salerno Inc.’s award-winning 2015 kitchen design. Photo credit Peter Rymwid.

The kitchen is proudly owned by Julie and Tom Connors, and features a gorgeous combination of opulence and comfort. Several “signature” Peter Salerno Inc. design elements are present, including custom, hand-crafted cabinetry, a custom tin range hood, an abundant use of natural light, and a dazzling ceiling design, including hand-crafted designs, mirror inlays, and a stunning centerpiece chandelier.

Peter Salerno loved this design so much, he couldn’t resist taking a photo in it with his father Rosolino and son Anthony. It’s a rare glimpse at “3 Generations of Salernos” – both the man who inspired Peter Salerno as a child, and the man who one day may continue his father’s legacy.

Peter, Ross, and Anthony Salerno in a custom Peter Salerno kitchen. (Credit Peter Rymwid)
Peter, Ross, and Anthony Salerno in a custom Peter Salerno kitchen. (Credit Peter Rymwid)

NKBA’s northern New Jersey website features this gorgeous Peter Salerno Inc. design, as well as 3 other award-winning Peter Salerno designs.