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!

Why You Should (Still) Love the Miele Generation 6000 Range

Why You Should (Still) Love the Miele Generation 6000 Range

There are many incredible, state-of-the-art kitchen ranges on the market today. We’re (still) in love with the Miele Generation 6000 Range.

Never mind that it’s the centerpiece of Peter Salerno Inc.‘s jaw-dropping transitional kitchen design in its Wyckoff, NJ Showroom (voted Most Innovative Small Showroom by KBIS). Never mind that it’s easy to pick a front-running, world-renowned appliance maven like Miele as the brand of choice for sleek and functional ranges.

If you take away the brand, the accolades and the honors, the Generation 6000 Miele Range is still top of its class.

The flagship 48" Generation 6000 range from Miele, to be featured in the Peter Salerno inc. showroom.
The flagship 48″ Generation 6000 range from Miele, to be featured in the Peter Salerno inc. showroom.

It’s a range so incredible, Miele is comfortable referring to it simply as “The Miele Range”.

From the official Miele Range press release:

“For the first time ever, a consumer has the option to have one unifying design throughout their kitchen,” said Nick Ord, President of Miele USA. “Each piece complements the other in form and function and ensures consistent and professional results.”

The Ranges, offered in All Gas, All Electric, Induction and Dual Fuel and ranging from 30” to the flagship 48” model allow for the ultimate flexibility. Many of the innovations available in Generation 6000 can be found in the Range to create perfect harmony in a full suite of kitchen appliances. From M-Touch controls that offer effortless navigation to the ComfortSwivel handle that moves ergonomically with the motion of the user’s wrist, no detail was left out. Precise results can be expected from the M Pro Dual Stacked Burner System with up to 19,500 BTU and TrueSimmer capability and for ease of cleaning, the ComfortClean grates are dishwasher-safe.

The Rangetops, with 30”, 36” and 48” units available, deliver the ultimate in versatility – in both form and function. Featuring the M Pro Dual Stacked Burner System, users have the ability to go from sear to TrueSimmer with the turn of a knob. The M Pro Grill and M Pro Infrared Griddle available for Rangetops offer high power output, even heat distribution and constant control –allowing for the most resourceful culinary preparation.

(L to R) Anthony, Gabrielle, Tracy and Peter Salerno in the Peter Salerno Inc. showroom.(Photo: Andrew Bisdale)
(L to R) Anthony, Gabrielle, Tracy and Peter Salerno in the Peter Salerno Inc. showroom.(Photo: Andrew Bisdale)

As the reigning Most Innovative Small Showroom in North America (awarded by KBIS and the NKBA), Peter Salerno Inc. has an obligation to present new, innovative and outstanding designs, appliances and technology in its Wyckoff, New Jersey showroom. When Peter Salerno saw the Miele flagship 48″ range in person at the Oberg & Lindquist boutique appliance studio, he knew it had to be featured in his new design vignette.

“I’m thrilled to have the new Miele 48-inch range as the centerpiece of our new transitional kitchen showroom vignette,” Peter Salerno said. “It truly is the definition of modern transitional design.”

That quote, incidentally, is from Peter Salerno inc.’s Miele transitional kitchen showroom vignette launch from nearly 3 years ago. When reached for comment regarding his updated feelings about the Miele Range, Peter said simply, “The same applies.”

Need a convection oven? The Miele Range has it. M Touch display panel with a 35-degree tilt for access and visibility? You bet. Four distinct power options – All Gas, All Electric, Induction and Duel Fuel? You guessed it.

The flagship 48" Generation 6000 range from Miele, to be featured in the Peter Salerno inc. showroom.
The flagship 48″ Generation 6000 range from Miele, to be featured in the Peter Salerno inc. showroom.

Add in a built-in wireless roast probe, MasterChef™ programming, soft and close open, and optional Pro Infrared Griddle and Pro Grill features, and you have one of the most versatile kitchen ranges ever created.

Miele’s Generation 6000 built-in appliances offer the consumer the ability to have one, unifying design throughout their kitchen. The Range Series is a perfect complement – offering a seamless look and common user interface. (Source)

Need more information about the Generation 6000 Miele Range? Fill out the form below to talk to an expert, or contact (201) 251-6608 and talk to one of our experts!

Peter Salerno Inc.’s Mendham Design Showroom Celebrates 2nd Anniversary!

Peter Salerno Inc.’s Mendham Design Showroom Celebrates 2nd Anniversary!

Two years ago, Peter Salerno Inc. took a leap of faith and opened its second showroom – a quaint but luxurious space along West Main Street in historic Mendham, New Jersey. The move reminded Peter Salerno and his wife Tracy of the risk they took in 1997, when they opened their first showroom location in Wyckoff, New Jersey.

Since their first showroom opened, Peter Salerno Inc. has become the most award-winning North American custom kitchen and bath design firm of the 21st century. Even when their re-designed main showroom in Wyckoff, New Jersey, was named Most Innovative Small Showroom by KBIS in 2015, there was still a need for expansion.

World-class Peter Salerno Inc. kitchen design in the new Peter Salerno Inc. boutique showroom in Mendham, NJ.
World-class Peter Salerno Inc. kitchen design in the new Peter Salerno Inc. boutique showroom in Mendham, NJ.

With that expansion came the need for greater display space, and Peter’s business family (and actual family) began to look into a satellite showroom. That search led them to beautiful Mendham, New Jersey, a charming town along the famed Patriot’s Path of Revolutionary War lore.

The new Peter Salerno Inc. showroom (located at 5 West Main Street, Mendham, NJ) features multiple custom kitchen design solutions focusing on a blend of classic and contemporary transitional kitchen design. A rustic awning and opulent, original stained glass adorn the front window and invite you inside.

Once inside the Mendham showroom, Peter Salerno dazzles you with fresh white walls and tile resting atop custom kitchen cabinetry. This showcases the perfect blend of “new school” transitional kitchen design and “old world” custom Maestro Rosolino cabinetry that is the hallmark of Peter Salerno Inc. custom kitchen design. Clients can also procure exclusive, unique pieces from the brand new EDGES custom cutlery collection.

The new Peter Salerno Inc. boutique showroom in Mendham, NJ.
The new Peter Salerno Inc. boutique showroom in Mendham, NJ.

From there, you are taken on a “mini” tour of the signature style that has made Peter Salerno Inc. the most award-winning kitchen and bath design firm in North America this century. The boutique showroom features a mix of classic and contemporary, traditional and transitional kitchen design. A large high-definition screen gives our clients a further look into the state-of-the-art Peter Salerno Inc. design portfolio.

The heart of Mendham was the perfect place for Peter Salerno Inc.’s satellite showroom, which balances a charming blend of high-end, world-class kitchen design with the charm of one of the most historic suburbs in New Jersey.

For more information about the two-year anniversary of Peter Salerno Inc.’s Mendham, New Jersey showroom, please call (201) 251-6608 or fill out the contact form below. Congratulations to Peter Salerno and his family on this milestone!

RangeCraft Provides Custom Range Hood Design and Innovation

RangeCraft Provides Custom Range Hood Design and Innovation

We love great kitchen design. Which is why we love RangeCraft Hoods.

The range hood for your kitchen’s cooking area is one of the most overlooked elements in most kitchen designs. Instead of seeing it as just a ‘necessary piece of hardware’, why not treat it as an appliance you can customize to your own unique kitchen design and taste?

The gorgeous RangeCraft custom range hood exhibit at KBIS 2018.
The gorgeous RangeCraft custom range hood exhibit at KBIS 2018.

That’s the mantra of RangeCraft Custom Range Hoods. Based out of Fair Lawn, New Jersey, RangeCraft has developed a reputation over the last 3 decades of quality, customized range hood design. Their commitment to excellence and versatility in design makes RangeCraft the one name our world-class kitchen design contacts keep bringing up in conversation.

From RangeCraft’s official website:

RangeCraft Manufacturing is well known by discerning buyers for its popular product line of Made-to-Order range hoods. Skilled artisans, trained by Master Coppersmiths, create every custom designed range hood, one at a time. Superior craftsmanship and attention to detail with respect to welding, rivets, bands, tight joints and rounded corners, have created the strong “top of the line” reputation that separates RangeCraft from the competition. RangeCraft maintains its standard of excellence with state of the art production machinery to insure the finest quality and selection of Range Hoods and Universal Inserts for kitchen ventilation.

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 love RangeCraft’s adventurous spirit in terms of tackling any and all challenges. Recently, RangeCraft designed a custom range hood that ended up in a world-class kitchen in Moscow, in a design created by award-winning Peter Salerno Inc., also of New Jersey.

RangeCraft’s partnerships don’t simply extend to world-class kitchen designers. In 2016, they cemented an exclusive agreement with Swarovski Crystal to build even further luxury and greater options to their custom range hood designs.

The stunning Submarine range hood from RangeCraft, at KBIS 2018.
The stunning Submarine range hood from RangeCraft, at KBIS 2018.

RangeCraft was recently a featured exhibitor at KBIS 2018 in Florida, showing off some awe-inspiring custom range hood designs. We absolutely fell in love with the “Submarine Hood” – and the picture below should say all you need to know about why!

A closer look at a custom RangeCraft range hood design.
A closer look at a custom RangeCraft range hood design.

The function of a range hood is essential to keeping a clean, safe kitchen for you and your loved ones. RangeCraft marries that function with exquisite form to turn a simple appliance into a work of art. It’s no wonder that so many award-winning kitchen designers around the United States (and the world) turn to Ramona Panus and her team for range hood solutions.

Flashback: Peter Salerno Featured in NKBA Certifications Video

Flashback: Peter Salerno Featured in NKBA Certifications Video

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

Two years ago, Peter Salerno lent his 30 years of experience as a certified master kitchen and bath designer (CMKBD) to the NKBA in the production of a new video for NKBA University.

As was first reported on the NKBA Connect blog, that video of Peter Salerno was featured as a Center Stage Video at the KBIS 2015 convention in Las Vegas.

The video was part of a presentation entitled “The Importance of NKBA Certification”, taking place on Tuesday, January 20th from 3:45-4:15 p.m. at KBIS 2015’s Center Stage. The interactive Center Stage presentation was perfect for students, young designers, and experienced designers looking to take their credentials to the next level.

Watch Peter Salerno’s KBIS 2015 video on NKBA Certifications:

Peter Salerno is a Certified Master Kitchen & Bath Designer (CMKBD), and his successful, award-winning custom design business is in large part based on his commitment to continuing professional education. Much of that continuing education comes through the NKBA and its outstanding member programs.

Peter Salerno's NKBA Best Kitchen of 2012, with a custom hood from RangeCraft.
Peter Salerno’s NKBA Best Kitchen of 2012, with a custom hood from RangeCraft. (Credit Peter Rymwid)

“Being NKBA certified lends instant credibility to my business,” Peter said in his recent NKBA interview. And he should know – over the last 10 years, Peter Salerno Inc. is the most award-winning kitchen and bath design firm in North America.

More Exclusive Photos from KBIS 2018 Design Conference

More Exclusive Photos from KBIS 2018 Design Conference

In our last article, we gave you an insider look at some photos from the KBIS 2018 conference in Orlando, courtesy of Peter Salerno of Peter Salerno Inc.

Peter Salerno has given us even more exclusive VIP photo from the KBIS 2018 conference to share, including many that will never be seen anywhere else (even on social media)! We’re grateful for our partnership with Peter Salerno Inc., the most award-winning North American kitchen and bath design firm of the 21st century – they give us amazing access to some of the most valuable design conferences, platforms and opportunities the world has to offer.

Peter’s trip to KBIS 2018 (the Kitchen & Bath Industry Showcase) in Orlando was a whirlwind of innovative displays, informative panels, engaging speakers and invaluable networking opportunities. As always, it left him wishing for just “one more day” of KBIS to soak it all in.

Lucky for all of us, Peter documented some of the finest sights from this year’s KBIS conference and is sharing the photos with the world here on Design Your Lifestyle.

As you experience Peter Salerno’s photos from KBIS 2018, you’ll notice a few trends. Peter was especially inspired by a few core concepts and innovations from this year’s conference:

  • Intriguing kitchen appliances and fixtures, specifically some stunning sinks;
  • Wild, artistic tile and backsplash designs and patterns;
  • Innovations and artistic advances in wood flooring;
  • Technological innovations in refrigeration, cooling and storage.

We’re sure you’re saying, “All right already – enough with the talking! Let’s see some awesome design photos!” To that we reply, “no problem!”

We hope you enjoy Peter Salerno’s exclusive photo gallery from the KBIS 2018 conference, hosted by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA).