Peter Salerno Named Presenter at KBIS 2019 Voices From The Industry Conference

Peter Salerno Named Presenter at KBIS 2019 Voices From The Industry Conference

‘Where Does Inspiration Come From?’: A Sequel to Acclaimed Miele Presentation

Peter Salerno, North America’s most award-winning custom kitchen and bath designer since 2002, will present “Where Does Inspiration Come From?” at the KBIS 2019 Voices from the Industry Conference. It will be a follow-up seminar to Peter’s acclaimed presentation of the same name, conducted at Miele’s Experience Center in Princeton, New Jersey in 2018.

Peter Salerno Inc., NKBA presentation at Miele USA in Princeton, NJ, April 2018.
Peter Salerno (center), at his NKBA presentation at Miele USA in Princeton, NJ, April 2018.

As outlined in previous articles, the Kitchen & Bath Industry Showcase (KBIS) is North America’s largest annual trade show, with over 31,000 attendees, 600 exhibitors, and 400 members of the press. Presented by the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA), KBIS 2019 is dedicated to the kitchen and bath design industry.

Education is at the forefront of what makes KBIS 2019 a superior trade show and conference. Much of that educational focus lies in the Voices From the Industry Conference. After a successful presentation at the Miele Princeton Experience Center (on behalf of the NKBA), Peter Salerno was asked to reprise it at this year’s Voices From the Industry Conference in Las Vegas.

Where Does Inspiration Come From?” revolves around pulling inspiration from the world around us – both natural and architectural/technological – and how to convert that ‘library of thoughts’ into design inspiration and application.

Peter’s original presentation was accompanied by visual examples of his design inspirations, followed by each inspiration’s final creation. One of the more stunning examples shown during the keynote speech was that of seagulls drifting through the ocean air, and how Peter Salerno turned that image into a stunning kitchen design innovation – embedded LED animation of seagulls over crashing waves, displayed in a kitchen island countertop.

KBIS 2019 will be held February 19-21, 2019, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
KBIS 2019 will be held February 19-21, 2019, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Peter Salerno’s “Where Does Inspiration Come From?” joins an incredible, world-class slate of presentations at this year’s VFTI Conference (some of which we have covered). From personalized luxury to synesthesia, design inspiration to smart technology in design, the 2019 edition of the Voices From the Industry Conference may be the best to date.

For more information about Peter Salerno and Peter Salerno Inc., visit their official website.

KBIS 2019 Voices from the Industry Conference | 5 Sessions to Watch

KBIS 2019 Voices from the Industry Conference | 5 Sessions to Watch

KBIS 2019 is coming to Las Vegas from February 19-21, 2019 – in other words, it’s time to start getting prepared for the biggest North American kitchen and bath industry trade show of the year!

In terms of information, nothing tops the Voices from the Industry Conference, which emanates from the KBIS convention on an annual basis. The KBIS 2019 Voices from the Industry conference will feature 80+ world-class speakers and topics including business growth, design, management, customer service, and kitchen/bath specialty training.

KBIS 2019 will be held February 19-21, 2019, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
KBIS 2019 will be held February 19-21, 2019, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

From the KBIS 2019 website:

Also new for 2019, NKBA is proud to present four Professional Development courses as part of its Voices from the Industry Conference at KBIS 2019. The seminars are two hours each and offer 0.2 CEU credits and 2 Education Hours toward earning or maintaining AKBD, CKBD or CMKBD certification. The price for a one-day VFTI pass (up to four sessions) is $250 for NKBA members and $325 for non-members for advance registration; prices increase for onsite purchase of a one-day pass. Multi-day passes are also available.

With over 80 speakers representing virtually every facet of the kitchen and bath industry, KBIS 2019 attendees can’t possibly check out every presentation in the 2019 Voices from the Industry conference. So which presentations should you choose?

You should tailor your KBIS 2019 Voices from the Industry schedule to your own needs, experiences and plans for the 2019 design year. But there are a few sessions that we at “Design Your Lifestyle” found particularly interesting – either in terms of the topic, the speaker, or a mixture of both.

From the can’t-miss to the intriguing, here are the 5 sessions we’ll be watching at the KBIS 2019 Voices from the Industry conference.

Personalized luxury is a key theme of the KBIS 2019 Voices from the Industry Conference. [photo: Peter Salerno Inc.]
Personalized luxury is a key theme of the KBIS 2019 Voices from the Industry Conference. [photo: Peter Salerno Inc.]

KBIS 2019 Voices from the Industry Conference: 5 Sessions to Watch

1. Color and the Senses: Exploring Synesthesia + Current Color Trends

  • Who? Kathryn Grube – Owner, Functional Color Solutions, LLC
  • Where? Room N230
  • When? Tuesday, February 19, 2019; 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Synesthesia is the production of a sense impression relating to one sense or part of the body by stimulation of another sense or part of the body. In this context, it’s the experience of sensing color in ways other than sight. People who experience synesthesia may “smell lemons” when seeing the color yellow or hear a certain tone when seeing the color pink. Kathryn Grube will explore this phenomenon, and how it interacts with 2019’s color design trends.

Kathryn will also dive into the 2019 color palette, including Pantone’s seasonal 2019 color selections.

2. Applying Sustainability and Biophilia to Residential Design: What and Why?

  • Who? Jeannifer Ellington – Cabinetry Designer, H2 Builders
  • Where? Room N225
  • When? Tuesday, February 19, 2019; 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Biophilia is the assertion that “humans possess an innate tendency to seek connections with nature and other forms of life” (Wikipedia). With the trend towards sustainable materials, natural color palettes and the ‘greening’ of residential spaces, Jeannifer Ellington looks for practical applications of sustainable finishes, designs, and materials in the home.

Jeannifer will also discuss WELL Building Standards, and ways to enhance your living space to promote well-being and health.

3. Designer Health: Meeting the Demands of Luxury and Lifestyle

  • Who? Lauren Levant – Principal, Lauren Levant Interior
  • Where? Room N227
  • When? Wednesday, February 20, 2019; 9:00 am – 10:00 am

From the KBIS 2019 description:

Health is the ultimate luxury. The discerning client of the present and the future is redefining the luxury lifestyle. No longer about mere beauty, the most successful and sought after projects are now designed with health and wellbeing at the center. Premium materials with healthy finishes, responsibly sourced are becoming in greater demand, and clients are willing to pay a premium for them. Like their organic, non-GMO groceries, the homes of today’s luxury clientele need to take care of them from the inside out.

4. Modern Luxury: More Than Just a High Price Tag

  • Who? Christopher Grubb – President/Founder, Arch-Interiors Design Group
  • Where? Room N226
  • When? Wednesday, February 20, 2019; 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Keeping with our Wednesday theme of “the new definition of luxury”, Christopher Grubb’s presentation on modern luxury appears to be a highlight of the Voices from the Industry schedule. Christopher brings 25+ years of experience with luxury clients to this session, discussing how the term “luxury” has gone from a financial definition to an emotional one. Attendees to this seminar will learn which elements of a design project speak to this new definition of luxury, including which materials, finishes, fixtures, and other architectural and decorative details help to create a personalized sense of luxury, even for today’s most budget conscious homeowners, architects, and builders.

5. Home Hot Spots–How to Convert Emotions Into Sales

  • Who? David Brown – Partner, Hoffman York, Inc.
  • Where? Room N224
  • When? Thursday, February 21, 2019; 10:30 am – 11:30 am

From the KBIS 2019 description:

This presentation reveals the findings of an extensive $100,000 research study of over 900 consumers who were interested in either major remodeling or purchasing a home. The research identified how dealers, architects, designers, builders and remodelers and dealers can increase the salability of their projects, and elevate their reputations. The research is comprised of a number of firsts: –1st comprehensive examination of the emotional connections made with various areas of the home. –1st use of advanced research to identify how a room’s overlap between relaxation, socialization and functionality shapes attitudes. –1st in-depth understanding of how space design and corresponding amenities can increase home appeal. Better yet, the research is accompanied by turn-key design concepts developed by Visbeen architects, winners of over 40 Best In American Living Awards.

KBIS 2019 Is Coming February 19-21, 2019 | Your Early VIP Preview

KBIS 2019 Is Coming February 19-21, 2019 | Your Early VIP Preview

The Kitchen + Bath Industry Showcase (KBIS) is North America’s largest trade show, and the premier annual event dedicated to kitchen and bath design professionals, vendors, trends and exhibitions. KBIS 2019 will be no exception – with 31,000 scheduled attendees, 600 exhibitors, a press corps 400+ strong, and a social reach of over 80,000 (thus far!), the 2019 edition of KBIS will be larger and more awe-inspiring than ever.

KBIS 2019 will be held February 19-21, 2019, at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. With FOUR Exhibitor Halls (one more than 2018), expanded hours (9:00 to 5:00 pm, plus extended 8:00 am hours for the Bronze Hall/KBIS Salon), and the largest scheduled attendance in Showcase history, the 2019 edition of the Kitchen + Bath Industry Showcase is truly a record-breaking affair.

KBIS 2019 will be held February 19-21, 2019, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
KBIS 2019 will be held February 19-21, 2019, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

From the official KBIS 2019 website:

KBIS 2019 will offer an expansive show floor with over 600 world-leading manufacturers and suppliers. Exhibitors will be located in North Hall, Central Hall, South Hall and the new Bronze Hall (KBIS Salon) at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

KBIS will once again collocate with the NAHB International Builders’ Show for the sixth annual Design & Construction Week®, showcasing the best in residential design and construction. Your KBIS badge grants you access to both exhibit floors.

KBIS 2019 Keynote

This year’s KBIS Keynote address comes from KBIS favorite Cindy Allen, editor-in-chief of Interior Design and Chief Design Officer of Sandow Media. In a highly-anticipated follow-up to her 2018 “Pop Goes the Future” address, Allen will offer her expert insight into what the future holds for 2019 in the kitchen and bath design industry. It’s not to be missed!

Transitional kitchen design, Peter Salerno Inc. 2017 (Photo: Peter Rymwid)
Transitional kitchen design, Peter Salerno Inc. 2017 (Photo: Peter Rymwid)

KBIS 2019 State of the Association/State of the Industry

We’re also excited for the 2019 State of the Association address and State of the Industry panel, which are perennial highlights of the KBIS schedule.  The State of the Association will be delivered by Bill Darcy, CEO of the National Kitchen & Bath Association (the NKBA, KBIS’ parent company). The State of the Industry panel will be moderated by Melissa Francis (Fox Business/Fox News), and features quite the impressive lineup of panelists. The 2019 panel includes:

  • Mark Stoever, CEO, 2020 Technologies
  • Nick Fink, President, Global Plumbing Group at Fortune Brands
  • Kevin Murphy, CEO, Ferguson Enterprises
  • Dr. Markus Miele, Executive Director and Co-Proprietor, Miele Group

KBIS 2019 Entertainment

KBIS 2019 is more than just world-class kitchen and bath design industry exhibitions, panels and information. Entertainment at the annual event is always top-notch, and 2019 is no exception. The festivities begin at 8:00 am on February 19th with comedian Dana Carvey. The Bash, KBIS’ nightlife celebration, emanates from Encore: XS Nightclub on Night 2 of KBIS 2019. The 2019 edition of KBIS rounds out at 5:00 pm on February 21st with a live performance from the Goo Goo Dolls at Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino’s Paradise Event Center. (Please note: These entertainment functions are ticketed events.)

For full details and information on registration, exhibition, floor plans, and a complete KBIS schedule, please visit the KBIS 2019 website!

Peter Salerno Inc. “Showstopper” Showroom Featured by KBB [PHOTOS]

Peter Salerno Inc. “Showstopper” Showroom Featured by KBB [PHOTOS]

Thank You to the KBB For the Awesome Feature Article!

Peter Salerno Inc. was honored as Most Innovative Small Showroom at the 2015 KBIS convention during their inaugural Innovative Showroom Awards. The people at the KBB (Kitchen and Bath Business, the geniuses behind the KBIS convention) were generous enough to follow up Peter Salerno’s Innovative Showroom award with a wonderful piece about Peter’s award-winning design showroom in Wyckoff, New Jersey.

The La Cornue kitchen in Peter Salerno Inc.'s NJ showroom. (Photo: {Peter Rymwid)
The La Cornue kitchen in Peter Salerno Inc.’s NJ showroom. (Photo: {Peter Rymwid)

The article, titled “Showstopper” (click the link to read it!), covers various aspects of Peter Salerno Inc.’s renowned kitchen and bath design showroom, and includes quotes directly from Peter Salerno as well as a linked photo gallery of exclusive Peter Salerno Inc. showroom photos.

KBB journalist Erinn Waldo, the author of “Showstopper”, provides a comprehensive and enjoyable review of Peter’s showroom. From the birth of Peter’s showroom (with the gifted Ellen Cheever), to the 2015 KBIS Most Innovative Small Showroom award, it is quite a journey through time and design!

The animated fiber-optic kitchen island in Peter Salerno Inc.'s showroom, which you have to see to believe! (Photo: Peter Rymwid)
The animated fiber-optic kitchen island in Peter Salerno Inc.’s showroom, which you have to see to believe! (Photo: Peter Rymwid)

Special thanks goes out to Erinn Waldo, a thorough and highly professional journalist, for her coverage in this article. And, as listed in Erinn’s original KBB article, the Peter Salerno Inc. showroom truly was (and is) a collaborative effort. Thank you to ALL listed below, as well as Peter’s outstanding clientele and staff!

Designer: Peter Salerno, Peter Salerno Inc.; Ellen Cheever, Ellen Cheever & Associates

Photography: Peter Rymwid Photography 


Antique Tin Hoods/Panels: Simply Amy LLC, Milford, N.J.


Appliances: La Cornue, Paris France; Oberg & Lindquist Corp, Wyckoff N.J.; Sub-Zero Wolf Inc.

Concrete Counters and Specialty Pieces: J & M Lifestyles LLC, Randolph, N.J.

Lighting Fixtures: Capital Lighting Inc., Paramus, N.J.


Reclaimed Wood Products: Southbend Building Products, Cornelius, N.C.

Stone Counters: Stone Surfaces Inc., East Rutherford, N.J. Tile Backsplashes and Flooring: Stratta Inc., Wyckoff, N.J.

How Designers Can Benefit From NKBA Membership: Questions and Answers

How Designers Can Benefit From NKBA Membership: Questions and Answers

What are the advantages that professional designers can enjoy by becoming members of the NKBA (National Kitchen & Bath Association)?

Peter Salerno, CMKBD, is the founder and owner of our parent company, Peter Salerno Inc. Since 2002, no other kitchen and bath design firm has won more national design awards than Peter Salerno Inc. The benefits of these awards (and the notoriety attached to them) have assisted Peter and his team in becoming a truly global brand, with their designs in homes and businesses in multiple countries across 3 continents. The past several years have seen Peter Salerno Inc.’s reach continue to spread across America, while new installations reached Canada and Russia.

Peter Salerno in his award-nominated Peter Salerno Inc. showroom.
Peter Salerno in his award-nominated Peter Salerno Inc. showroom.

Peter Salerno has been a member of the NKBA since 1990 – seven years before Peter Salerno Inc. became an incorporated brand in 1997. In the 28 years Peter has been an NKBA member, the experiences gained, knowledge developed, and platforms presented through the NKBA have been invaluable to the development of Peter’s skills as a master custom kitchen and bath designer, as well as to the success of Peter Salerno Inc. as a world-class design brand.

Recently, Peter Salerno was interviewed by the NKBA for their series “The Member Advantage”, discussing how membership in the NKBA is an asset to any kitchen and bath designer or design team. The conversation dealt with the benefits of NKBA membership, NKBA chapter meetings, being a part of KBIS (the NKBA’s annual Kitchen & Bath Industry Showcase and conference) and more.

The NKBA's Ash Sukumar films Peter Salerno in his showroom for a KBIS presentation.
The NKBA’s Ash Sukumar films Peter Salerno in his showroom for a KBIS presentation.

Here are a few of our favorite excerpts from this exclusive Q&A, which you can find on the NKBA’s website.

NKBA: What do you consider to be the best benefits of your membership?

Peter Salerno: The best benefits have been the exposure to cutting-edge products in our industry. This availability of information can better my skills as a high-end designer.

NKBA: How do you share your knowledge? Have you ever been a VFTI speaker or considered becoming one?

PS: I would enjoy being a speaker. I just did a presentation at the Mid-Atlantic Chapter Meeting in Princeton. It was standing-room-only. I received such a wonderful response, it got me thinking: why not share my 36 years of experience with the next generation of designers?

NKBA: What are some positive experiences at KBIS that stand out for you?

PS: The positive experience at KBIS comes from leaving the show with at least one great idea. That idea can be implemented the day I return to work. It may come from a seminar I attended or a product that impressed me. One year, after speaking to Gary Vaynerchuk, a keynote speaker, I came back from KBIS and started my blog. It was a great addition to my social media marketing strategy.

For the complete interview with Peter Salerno about the member advantages of the National Kitchen & Bath Association, click here.

5 Year Anniversary: NKBA Best Overall Kitchen of 2012 Design Photos

5 Year Anniversary: NKBA Best Overall Kitchen of 2012 Design Photos

As part of our “Design Your Lifestyle” 5th Anniversary Series, we’re re-visiting some of our most popular and well-read articles of the last half-decade. Statistically, our most popular award-winning NKBA design article of the last 5 years is this one – about Peter Salerno Inc.’s NKBA Best Overall Kitchen 2012 winner. It’s a stunning kitchen designed for two professional chefs occupying one tremendous kitchen space. This piece combines some new content with a look at many of the features from that article. Enjoy!

Peter Salerno's NKBA Best Kitchen of 2012. (Credit Peter Rymwid)
Peter Salerno’s NKBA Best Kitchen of 2012. (Credit Peter Rymwid)

On April 24, 2012, the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) revealed its winners for the 2012 NKBA Design Competition. It was an especially wonderful day for Peter Salerno and the team at Peter Salerno Inc., as they won the coveted NKBA Best Kitchen of 2012 award.

According to a press release sent out by the National Kitchen & Bath Association through its Manager of Media Relations, Annette Gray:

Sponsored by Jenn-Air, Silestone by Cosentino, This Old House, Waypoint Living Spaces, The Home Depot, Delta, 20-20 Technologies and HGTVRemodels.com, the 2012 competition honored 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in six room categories, in addition to Specialty Awards, from the nearly 500 entries submitted by NKBA members from across the U.S. and Canada. Winning designs and designers were announced today at the Design Competition Awards event, held at Chicago’s Mc Cormick Place during the 2012 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS).

“Each year, the NKBA is proud to celebrate excellence in the industry, represented by the NKBA membership,” said 2012 NKBA President and Certified Kitchen Designer, Alan W. Zielinski, CKD. “This year’s winners, some of the country’s top designers, turned out cutting edge designs and we’re excited to announce them to the public and the industry.”

The award-winning large kitchen was designed for a family with two passionate cooks who love to spend hours in the kitchen preparing gourmet meals. Peter Salerno and his design team were charged with creating a kitchen which addressed all of their culinary needs.

The central aspect of the kitchen is a beautiful, 11-foot stainless steel island with four distinct work stations. The island features two ovens, eight burners, a grill, a salamander, sink and pot filler. The design philosophy was to create a balance between the clients’ cooking needs and a beautiful centerpiece for the kitchen. Therefore, the stainless steel and work stations were balanced with painted maple cabinets as well as the warmth of a walnut island and quarter-sawn oak flooring.

The island was placed parallel to the large windows in the breakfast area to maximize the room’s natural light. Three seating areas were created to meet the needs of the family and its guests – the kitchen table, island seating and a separate dining booth.

Peter and his team were able to incorporate some one-of-a-kind aspects into this NKBA Best Kitchen of 2012. A custom four-sided stainless steel exhaust hood with built-in halogen lighting illuminates the entire cooking and preparation area. A stainless tile backsplash was used to compliment the island, which has a 3″ thick cherry butcher block made with 1 3/4″ x 1 3/4″ end grain cherry. Rich natural walnut cabinetry was chosen to contrast and soften the stainless steel refrigerator and freezer.

The entire room was considered, as evidenced by the coffered ceiling, which was designed specifically to accentuate the stainless hood and wall cabinets. By incorporating ten mullion doors and ten single-glass doors over the freeze, china cabinet and refrigerator, the kitchen achieved the proper display space needed for the clients’ fabulous dish and glass collection. Finally, three appliance garages were implemented int he design for easy access to large, oversized blenders and mixers.

It is with pride, honor and family joy that Peter Salerno and the entire team at Peter Salerno Inc. share this prestigious recognition with you. We thank the NKBA, our tireless design and production team, and of course the clients, whose unique family needs and wonderful cooking tradition inspired this design.

For more information about this and other award-winning designs, please visit Peter Salerno Inc.’s website.

Design Your Lifestyle Turns 5: A Look Back!

Design Your Lifestyle Turns 5: A Look Back!

This month, we celebrate our fifth anniversary at Design Your Lifestyle. We’re so grateful to our readership, contributors and especially our parent company, Peter Salerno Inc. Without everyone’s support, this ‘little vision’ of ours wouldn’t have become as well-read as it is today!

Our first article was a simple-yet-delicious recipe for Rosemary Lemonade (which you can still find here). We followed that up with an exclusive interview that’s still one of our favorites to date – with Ren Miller, editor-in-chief of Design NJ Magazine.

NKBA Best Kitchen of 2012, Peter Salerno Inc. - one of our site's first features!
NKBA Best Kitchen of 2012, Peter Salerno Inc. – one of our site’s first features!

Since then, we’ve published over 450 articles about topics ranging from kitchen design to coffee makers, bath design to backsplash tile, classic Italian recipes to modern transitional design. We’ve benefited from the travels and experiences of Peter Salerno, CMKBD, as he drew design inspiration from travels to the French countryside, Moscow, and a myriad of world destinations. It was also quite a privilege to get Peter’s VIP “insider access” to renowned home design trade shows and conventions like KBIS (the Kitchen & Bath Industry Showcase, hosted by the NKBA) and the Architectural Digest Design Show.

Peter Salerno with the Miele family at KBIS 2018.
Peter Salerno with the Miele family at KBIS 2018.

We’ve also gotten exclusive information from some of the most reliable sub-contractors, specialists, designers and vendors in the custom interior, home and kitchen design industries, as well as some of Peter Salerno Inc.’s most trusted business partners. In the past, we’ve leaned heavily on the expertise and experience of people like Craig Kmiecik of Purcell Murray, Mary A. Moulds of Miele USA, and members of Peter’s staff.

Larissa Taboryski of Purcell Murray and La Cornue hosts a cooking class at Peter Salerno Inc.'s showroom.
Larissa Taboryski of Purcell Murray and La Cornue hosts a cooking class at Peter Salerno Inc.’s showroom.

And then there’s the stunning kitchen design, bath design, wine cellar and showroom photography, much of which is attributable to Peter Rymwid – one of the finest photographers of interiors in the world.

All this has been interlaced with fun recipes, tips and tricks for purchasing cutlery, appliances and range hoods, and exclusive looks at Peter Salerno Inc.’s world-class, award-winning design showroom.

A custom RangeCraft range hood dazzles in this Moscow kitchen design by Peter Salerno Inc.
A custom RangeCraft range hood dazzles in this Moscow kitchen design by Peter Salerno Inc.

We hope you’ve had half as much fun following Design Your Lifestyle over the last five years as we’ve had creating content for you – now, let’s get back to business. On to the next five years!