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!

Peter Salerno Inc. Man Cave Classics: Custom Wine Cellars

Custom Wine Cellars From Peter Salerno Inc.

Fall 2016 is an amazing time to enjoy the perfect bottle of wine with friends, family and loved ones. Thanks to the Man Cave Classics line from Peter Salerno Inc., you can enjoy the world’s best wines in your own custom wine cellar.

Man Cave Classics is a special Peter Salerno Inc. line dedicated to custom wine cellars, “man caves”, cigar bars, humidors, and more. A wine connoisseur in his own right, Peter Salerno is intimately aware of the attributes of an outstanding custom wine cellar.

Imagine the custom wine cellar of your dreams. Peter Salerno makes it. (Credit Peter Salerno Inc.)
Imagine the custom wine cellar of your dreams. Peter Salerno makes it. (Credit Peter Salerno Inc.)

Peter Salerno Inc.’s custom wine cellars are award-winning and completely centered around the client, whether it is a one thousand bottle cellar with a tasting area or a four thousand bottle cellar with a secret passageway from the main cellar to a secret corridor containing your most precious and prized wines and champagnes.

Proper wine storage is a priority, you must have the right balance of humidity and temperature. As wine enthusiasts, the staff at Peter Salerno Inc. understands this, making custom wine cellar construction a company specialty.

Custom wine cellar from Peter Salerno Inc. Man Cave Classics.
Custom wine cellar from Peter Salerno Inc. Man Cave Classics.

If you are interested in your own custom wine cellar from Peter Salerno Inc., we offer private, personal consultations for current and prospective design clients. Please fill out the contact form at the bottom of this page for information on our Man Cave Classics line, as well as Peter Salerno’s award-winning kitchen, bath, and custom cabinetry designs.

Custom wine cellar from Peter Salerno Inc. Man Cave Classics.
Custom wine cellar from Peter Salerno Inc. Man Cave Classics.

Man Cave Month: The Best Cigars of 2013

Cigar Aficionado Ranks Best Cigars of 2013

It’s Man Cave Month presented by Peter Salerno Inc., where we take a look at some of the ways you can turn your personal “man cave” design from a simple den into a room your friends will envy. After all, at Peter Salerno Inc., it’s all about the extraordinary.

When it comes to man caves, plenty of guys out there enjoy kicking back with a fantastic cigar. But which cigar is right for you? We’re here to give you the answer, with a big thanks to the fine people at Cigar Aficionado. They’ve compiled a list of the top 25 best cigars of 2013, and we’ll share some of our favorite winners with you here.

The Best Cigar of 2013: Montecristo #2

Montecristo #2: Cigar Aficionado's best cigar of 2013. (Credit WIki Commons)
Montecristo #2: Cigar Aficionado’s best cigar of 2013. (Credit WIki Commons)

If you enjoy rich notes of leather coupled with the sweetness of nutmeg and cinnamon, all topped off by a tangy wood note, then the Montecristo #2 (affectionately known as the Monte 2) is right for you. If that description wasn’t proof enough, then perhaps you’ll be swayed by the fact that Cigar Aficionado named the Monte 2 its clear-cut winner of Best Cigar of 2013.

Cigar Aficionado noted the Montecristo #2’s versatility – savory enough to please regular cigar enthusiasts, yet not so powerful that it turns off the casual cigar smoker. Their score of 96 is the highest ever awarded to a cigar in a blind taste test. The Monte 2 measures 6 1/8″ in length, is handmade, and ranges in retail price depending on source (usually between $30-40).

Cigar Aficionado’s Best Cigars of 2013: Other Notables

Davidoff Nicaragua Toro

The #3 cigar on Cigar Aficionado’s Best Cigars of 2013 list is the Toro version of the revamped Davidoff Nicaragua line. Retailing at $16.50 (US), this cigar offers up notes of the coffee and floral varieties, and provides a very long finish.

Arturo Fuente Don Carlos #2

This Dominican-based cigar retails for around $12.50 (US), and makes the Cigar Aficionado top 25 for the second time. Be patient with the slow start of the Don Carlos #2, and you will soon enjoy a surprisingly refreshing mix of sweet and spice mixed with a hint of cocoa.

La Palina Classic Toro

If you’re looking for an inexpensive cigar that outperforms those three to four times its cost, check out the Toro version of the La Palina Classic. This 6″ cigar, which Cigar Aficionado describes as “a bargain”, retails for just $7.75. It surprised the panel with a tangy, warm smoke and light chocolate finish.

Peter Salerno Presents: Essentials for Your Super Bowl Man Cave

Five Must-Have Items for Your Ultimate Super Bowl Man Cave

Super Bowl XLVIII is right around the corner, and if you’re like us, you can’t wait to throw a big 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” for your Super Bowl viewing party.

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 game’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 Super Bowl man cave “super” indeed. 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!