Peter Salerno Named Top Kitchen and Bath Industry Innovator

Kitchen & Bath Design News Names 2017 Top 50 Innovators

It is with great pride that we announce the owner of our parent company, Peter Salerno, as one of the Top 50 Innovators in the kitchen and bath design industry for 2017!

The Top 50 Innovators list, created by Kitchen & Bath Design News, celebrates ingenuity and expertise in the fields of custom kitchen and bath design. This is the inaugural version of the KBDN “The Innovators” list, and it features a veritable “Who’s Who” in the kitchen and bath design industry.

KBDN presents its inaugural list of "The Innovators" in its October 2017 issue.
KBDN presents its inaugural list of “The Innovators” in its October 2017 issue.

Peter Salerno owns Peter Salerno Inc., the most award-winning North American custom kitchen and bath design firm of the 21st century. This list of awards includes the KBIS Most Innovative Showroom award, bestowed upon Peter and his firm 2 years ago at the NKBA’s prestigious convention.

“The Innovators” is a list dedicated to dealers, industry leaders and designers in the field of kitchen and bath design. As Kitchen & Bath Design News states rather perfectly in their article:

…[I]n the celebration of design, the very professionals who create those projects and elevate the industry are sometimes overlooked. Yet great design doesn’t exist in a vacuum; the kitchen and bath industry continues to prosper largely due to the efforts of innovators who aren’t afraid to lead the way and chart their own course, whether through design, education, technology, showroom development, community service, new business models or specialty areas that evolve alongside today’s ever-changing consumers.

“I get excited when I see a client who truly wants to do something different and artistic,” Peter Salerno told KBDN in his Innovators interview.

KBDN presents its inaugural list of "The Innovators" in its October 2017 issue.
KBDN presents its inaugural list of “The Innovators” in its October 2017 issue.

Peter Salerno isn’t alone in this honor, obviously. “The Innovators” inaugural list of 50 is full of industry luminaries – from Rhonda Knoche to Maria Stapperfenne, Bill Feinberg to Alan Zielinski, the amount of talent and forward-thinking leadership featured by KBDN is staggering.

Please pick up a copy of Kitchen & Bath Design News’ October 2017 issue, featuring the first-ever feature article dedicated to “The Innovators” of the kitchen and bath design industry!

NKBA Profiles In Excellence Features Peter Salerno, CMKBD

Designer Peter Salerno Featured By NKBA Profiles in Excellence

“Peter Salerno knows what it takes to be an award-winning designer. With 22 NKBA Design Competition awards in multiple categories over a span 14 years, including best overall kitchen in 2008 and 2012, he also knows the impact winning the award can have on your career.”

That is the opening of a wonderful piece about Peter Salerno, CMKBD – owner of Peter Salerno Inc. (our parent company). In the latest ‘Profiles in Excellence’ article on the NKBA Connect blog, Peter Salerno and the NKBA celebrate the joint benefits their business relationship has created.

Peter Salerno with the KBIS Innovative Showroom Award - 1st Place, Independent Small Showroom.
Peter Salerno with the KBIS Innovative Showroom Award – 1st Place, Independent Small Showroom.

“I’ve found one of the best ways to build your business is to be recognized as an award winning designer,” says Salerno. “The NKBA Design Competition challenges you to be your best and puts your career on the fast track.”

Peter Salerno Inc. is the most award-winning custom kitchen and bath design firm of the 21st century. Many of those design awards were presented by the NKBA and their KBIS conventions. The publicity garnered from these prestigious awards, coupled by the name power and recognition of the NKBA, has led to a great deal of business for Peter and his firm.

The 2012 NKBA Kitchen of the Year, featured in Peter Salerno's online design portfolio.
The 2012 NKBA Kitchen of the Year, featured in Peter Salerno’s online design portfolio.

“Being an NKBA Design Competition winner has given me and my business increased exposure and credibility,“ says Salerno in the article.

That exposure has allowed Peter Salerno Inc. to be an annual fixture at KBIS, a featured designer with HGTV, and to install kitchen and bath designs on three continents in multiple countries.

A great step that Peter took was obtaining his NKBA Certification, which you can read more about here.

Read the full article at the NKBA Connect blog.

 

NKBA Features Peter Salerno Inc. in ‘Profile of Excellence’

See Peter Salerno Inc.’s NKBA Design Profile of Excellence

We at “Design Your Lifestyle” are humbled to have the support and patronage of Peter Salerno Inc., our world-renowned parent company. Since 2002, Peter Salerno Inc. has won more national design awards for custom kitchen and bath design than any design company in North America.

A large portion of those awards have come from the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA), one of the finest organizations of design professionals in the world. Peter Salerno and his team have earned 22 prestigious NKBA (and KBIS) awards over a span of 14 years, which includes Best Overall Kitchen design awards in 2008 and 2012.

Peter and Anthony Salerno with Andrew Mackenzie and Ash Sukumar of the NKBA.
Peter and Anthony Salerno with Andrew Mackenzie and Ash Sukumar of the NKBA.

Recently, the NKBA featured Peter Salerno and Peter Salerno Inc. in a “Profile of Excellence” article that we loved and wanted to share with you. The author, Johnna Beckmann, paints a holistic view of Peter’s success – from approach to concept through rewards and gratitude. It’s a highly informative piece that provides insight into Peter Salerno Inc.’s award-quality mission and design approach.

An excerpt from the Peter Salerno Inc. NKBA “Profile of Excellence” article:

“Being an NKBA Design Competition winner has given me and my business increased exposure and credibility,“ says Salerno. “Because of it, I’ve been offered new projects all over the world, most recently kitchen designs in both Russia and Canada.”

Several of Salerno’s award winning projects have been featured on HGTV.com and in magazines like Kitchen & Bath Design News, Signature Kitchen and Baths, Home Style, Design New Jersey, (201) Magazine and Bergen Magazine. Winning also landed him a spot in an NBC video showcasing New Jersey mansions and led to consulting jobs with White River Millwork, Inc. and Enkeboll Design. Not to mention the multiple job offers that have come about due to the award.

The award brands you a part of an elite group of designers and exposes you to an entirely new client base according to Salerno, and he encourages all NKBA designer members to consider entering the competition.”

We strongly encourage you to read the full article!

The 2012 NKBA Kitchen of the Year, featured in Peter Salerno's online design portfolio.
The 2012 NKBA Kitchen of the Year, featured in Peter Salerno’s online design portfolio.

About the NKBA, courtesy of their website:

The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) is the not-for-profit trade association that owns the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show® (KBIS), as part of Design and Construction Week ® (DCW). With nearly 14,000 member companies representing tens of thousands of members in all segments of the kitchen and bath industry, the NKBA has educated and led the industry since the association’s founding in 1963. The NKBA envisions a world where everyone enjoys safe, beautiful and functional kitchen and bath spaces. The mission of the NKBA is to inspire, lead and empower the kitchen and bath industry through the creations of certifications, marketplaces and networks.

Are Matte Appliances 2017’s Biggest Home Design Trend?

Appliances With Matte Finishes Dominate 2017 Home Design

Home design trend spotters, thought leaders and award-winning professionals agree that 2017 is a year for bold advances in home design trends. From jewel tones to fresh natural colors, cerused wood finishes to sharp detail angles, 2017 is a year for the audacious and luxurious designer.

And yet, in this sea of daring design choices, the greatest home design trend of 2017 may be the exact opposite. The move towards appliances with matte finishes is not only sudden, it’s nearly a unanimous choice among industry leaders.

Exclusive vendor photo from KBIS 2017 conference in Orlando, FL. (Credit Peter Salerno Inc.)
Matte appliances are a huge trend in 2017 home design, especially kitchen design.

Why would such a sedate, unassuming trend in appliances be such a hit in such a daring home design climate? It makes all the sense in the world for several reasons:

  1. The core function of appliances is to be useful, not to be artistic show pieces. As such, appliances can take a design “back seat” to the primary focus points of your home design. After all, if everything in your home stands out – does anything really catch your eye?
  2. Accenting our first point – the “show” in a great appliance is what it can do. It really doesn’t matter whether a world-class range has a polished finish or a matte finish, as long as it can do incredible and innovative things. So why not let the function of the appliance do the talking, and let other facets of your design be audacious?
  3. By utilizing a matte finish on a well-crafted appliance, it forces the observer to see the appliance for its construction. Home design insiders, like the team at House Beautiful, note that a simple, clean matte finish on an appliance allows “the form of the object to speak for itself”.

Peter Salerno noticed this trend towards matte appliances at the KBIS 2017 conference in Orlando. (And when the owner of the most award-winning custom kitchen and bath design company of the 21st century in North America takes notice, you’re on to something!)

The world’s leading appliance makers and innovators are certainly all trending towards matte finishes on their appliances, and the market is quickly catching up to the trend. But what do YOU think about this trend towards matte appliances? Leave a comment and let us know!

Celebrate National Entrepreneurship Week 2017 In Style!

Celebrate National Entrepreneurship Week 2017 In Style!

National Entrepreneurship Week (Feb. 18-25, 2017) is near and dear to our hearts, as we honor great past, current and future entrepreneurs who have led the charge for American ingenuity, business and independence.

According to the official National Entrepreneurship Week page on Entre-Ed’s website, their goal is simple:

“Our goal is to publicize the great contributions of American entrepreneurs and the variety of programs now available in every state to provide entrepreneurial “experiences”, preparing the entrepreneurs of the future.” (NEW Website, 2017)

We love Entre-Ed’s mission to spread the entrepreneurial spirit to future generations of great American business leaders, offering tools, leads and seminars to aspiring entrepreneurs. And why wouldn’t we? After all, were it not for the entrepreneurial spirit and success of Peter Salerno, our parent company wouldn’t be a global leader and innovator in the custom design industry.

Peter Salerno Inc.: An American Entrepreneurial Success Story

As a child, Peter Salerno spent his Saturdays and vacations in his father Rosolino’s cabinet shop. Being introduced to the manufacturing and sales process at a young age had a lasting and invaluable effect on him. Peter attended The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina and graduated as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy with a Business Degree.

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

Peter’s Naval commitment gave him the ability to travel most of Europe and Western Asia. Studying art and sketching have always been a form of relaxation for Peter; being stationed in Italy was the perfect opportunity to study the masters and old world architecture first hand. After returning from the Navy Peter decided to apply his artistic vision to his father’s growing business.

In 1997, Peter and his wife Tracy opened Peter Salerno Inc, in Wyckoff, New Jersey. Combining his years of business and industry knowledge with his passion for art and architecture have made him one of the most sought after designers in the industry. Now both his son and daughter have joined the business to create a third generation of design and excellence.

Peter Salerno Inc.'s 2016 HGTV People's Choice Award. (Credit: HGTV)
Peter Salerno Inc.’s 2016 HGTV People’s Choice Award. (Credit: HGTV)

Since 2002, Peter Salerno Inc. is the most award-winning custom kitchen and bath design firm in North America. From HGTV to the NKBA, Sub-Zero and Wolf to Signature Kitchens and Baths, Peter Salerno Inc.’s commitment to personalized luxury, world-class design and unparalleled craftsmanship has created a true American entrepreneurial success story.

Peter Salerno: An Entrepreneur’s Dedication to Continuing Education

The one characteristic that binds together all great entrepreneurs is a passion for continuing education and an appetite for knowledge. Never one to rest on his achievements, Peter Salerno constantly strives to find new and unique ways to gather information and utilize it in current, state-of-the-art designs.

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

From Peter’s continued status as a valued member of the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) to his annual attendance at the renowned KBIS convention, the founder of Peter Salerno Inc. cannot stress enough to young entrepreneurs the value of constant self-improvement. In a constantly evolving marketplace, your value lies not only in your past and current knowledge, but your eagerness to keep learning new skills, techniques, and trends.

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.

In honor of National Entrepreneurship Week, we invite you to leave a comment on your favorite entrepreneurs – past or present – and how they have impacted your lives!

VOTE on Your Favorite Design Photo from KBIS 2017!

VOTE on Your Favorite Design Photo from KBIS 2017!

We’ve filled you all in on the fallout from KBIS 2017, the largest North American design conference of the year. Now it’s YOUR turn to offer your opinion on the trends, photographs, and sights from the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show presented by the NKBA!

Over the last week or two, we’ve gotten a lot of reader feedback regarding some of the exclusive KBIS 2017 exhibitor design photos we’ve shared on our site. We’ve taken 5 of the most talked-about photographs (sent to us exclusively by our parent company, Peter Salerno Inc.), and put them up for your consideration below…

Now, vote in our design poll and tell us what YOUR favorite design from the KBIS 2017 conference is!

From sleek transitional kitchens to beautiful appliances, minimalist walk-in closet space to eye-popping tile design, we have a bit of everything pictured below. Let us know what you love – click below to vote, and leave a comment with your thoughts!

1. La Cornue’s stunning featured kitchen range.

The stunning La Cornue display range at the KBIS 2017 Conference.
The stunning La Cornue display range at the KBIS 2017 Conference.

 

2. Minimalist men’s walk-in closet design.

Exclusive vendor photo from KBIS 2017 conference in Orlando, FL. (Credit Peter Salerno Inc.)

 

3. Transitional kitchen design with statement island lighting.
Exclusive vendor photo from KBIS 2017 conference in Orlando, FL. (Credit Peter Salerno Inc.)

 

4. Funky, eye-catching black & white kitchen tile design.Exclusive vendor photo from KBIS 2017 conference in Orlando, FL. (Credit Peter Salerno Inc.)

 

5. Streamlined white & brown transitional kitchen display.Exclusive vendor photo from KBIS 2017 conference in Orlando, FL. (Credit Peter Salerno Inc.)

KBIS 2017: Photo Review of An Amazing Week in Design! [Part 2 of 2]

More Exclusive Photos from the KBIS 2017 Conference in Orlando!

In Part 1 of our KBIS 2017 photo review, we began sharing exclusive photos from inside the illustrious KBIS 2017 Design Conference from earlier this month in Orlando, FL. We followed that article up with exhibit floor photos of some of our favorite designs and displays from that week.

Thanks to our parent company Peter Salerno Inc., we’re able to share even more exclusive exhibit and design photos from the week that was at KBIS 2017, as well as highlights from what was an amazing experience. Thanks to KBIS and the NKBA for putting on a beautiful, educational, and highly efficient experience for designers, vendors, creators and the public!

KBIS 2017: Tiny House Design Challenge

One of the most entertaining new aspects of KBIS 2017 was the Tiny Home Challenge: Student Edition. Based loosely on the hit HGTV show and NKBA’s ingenuity, entrants capitalized on the “tiny house challenge” trend and competed to win fantastic tech/gadget prizes.

The Judging Panel from KBIS 2017's Tiny House Design Challenge.
The Judging Panel from KBIS 2017’s Tiny House Design Challenge.

The esteemed panel of judges for the KBIS 2017 Tiny Home Challenge: Student Edition included Peter Salerno (CMKBD), NKBA member and most award-winning NKBA/KBIS designer since 2003.

KBIS 2017: Magic of Design Awards Dinner

The KBIS 2017 Design Conference kicked off in grand style with the Magic of Design awards dinner on January 9th. Hosted at the World Showplace at Disney’s Epcot Center, the dinner was a fantastic experience to network with designers, trendsetters and luminaries in the world of custom kitchen, bath, home and interior design.

Peter Salerno and Anthony Salerno at the KBIS Magic of Design dinner.
Peter Salerno and Anthony Salerno at the KBIS Magic of Design dinner.

We have it on good authority from Peter Salerno and Anthony Salerno that the Magic of Design awards dinner (and party!) was a perfect mix of fun, recognition, and the opportunity to meet some of the great minds in design today.

More News and Updates from KBIS 2017

As previously stated, the KBIS 2017 exhibitor showcase floor was bigger than ever before, and filled with design inspirations for professionals, industry insiders, vendors and home owners.

Smart bath appliances were the rage at KBIS 2017. Smart toilets, sinks and faucets surged onto the exhibitor floor, leaving an indelible impression on those in attendance. In particular, self-cleaning toilets from brands like American Standard generated quite a bit of interest.

It was also interesting to note the trend of stainless steel with a “black finish” in kitchen appliances. Major appliance manufacturers like Samsung and LG continued to promote the arrival of “black stainless steel” ranges and ovens, featuring several prototypes along the way.

Anthony, Gabrielle and Peter Salerno with Teddwood under a Peter Salerno Inc. design photo.
Anthony, Gabrielle and Peter Salerno with Teddwood under a Peter Salerno Inc. design photo.

The KBIS conference is always a wonderful time for designers from across the map to come together and share tips, innovations and insights. Peter Salerno was thrilled to have the opportunity to reconnect with some of his favorite people in the design industry. Below, Peter catches up with Maria Stapperfenne, former NKBA 2015 president, and Rhonda Knoche, owner of Rhonda Knoche Design in Oregon.

Peter Salerno with Maria Stapperfenne former 2015 president of the NKBA & Rhonda Knoche owner of Rhonda Knoche Designs in Portland, Oregon.
Peter Salerno with Maria Stapperfenne former 2015 president of the NKBA & Rhonda Knoche owner of Rhonda Knoche Design in Portland, Oregon.

If you want more information about the NKBA and how to become a certified member of one of the foremost design associations in the world, pick up a copy of the brand new NKBA Kitchen & Bath Certification Guidebook. The NKBA Guidebook has helpful tips and insights on NKBA membership requirements, exam procedures and application forms. The cover photo on this year’s NKBA Guidebook is a custom kitchen design from Peter Salerno Inc., the most award-winning North American design firm since 2002.

The new NKBA Certification Book cover, with Peter Salerno Inc. kitchen design photo.
The new NKBA Certification Book cover, with Peter Salerno Inc. kitchen design photo.