A Fresh Start | Follow Us At Our New Online Home!

A Fresh Start | Follow Us At Our New Online Home!

We’ve moving – but not far! For 7 years, we’ve had a beautiful home here to share beautiful kitchen design, bath design, custom award-winning designs and installations, Pantone color trends and some of our favorite design inspirations.

Now, PeterSalernoInc.com is your one-stop destination for this blog and the most award-winning custom kitchen and bath design firm of the 21st century! Not only will you get a closer look at Peter Salerno and his design expertise, recent job photos and company information, but you’ll still have access to the design articles you’ve come to love and support.

Peter Salerno Inc.'s reclaimed wood beams in transitional kitchen design, 2019.

It’s been our privilege to research, cultivate and share content with you here since mid-2013, and that mission won’t change! You’ll receive an even closer connection to the brand behind our blog, and the same design expertise you’ve come to rely on and trust.

And of course, the stunning kitchen design and bath design photography!

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

From behind the scenes on installation day, to 3-D renders of future kitchen and bath designs, to luxurious finished products, you’ll have even greater access to the design process that has garnered Peter Salerno Inc. nearly 40 national design awards since 2001.

So take a short trip over to Peter Salerno Inc.’s official website, and enjoy the view from our new online home!

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Farm Meets City Sleek | 3rd Anniversary of Summer Kitchen Design Masterpiece

Farm Meets City Sleek | 3rd Anniversary of Summer Kitchen Design Masterpiece

At Design Your Lifestyle, we’re proud to feature an outstanding kitchen or bath design for each season. Our Summer 2017 featured design was a gorgeous transitional kitchen design by Peter Salerno Inc. – the most award-winning North American custom kitchen and bath design of the 21st century. As the summer of 2020 blazes on, we’d love to take a look back at one of our favorite Peter Salerno Inc. kitchen designs of the last 5 years.

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

“Farm Meets City Sleek” is a lustrous transitional kitchen that manages to combine rustic charm with uptown chic. One’s first glance at this transitional kitchen design is bathed in white and ambient light, a nod to the recent kitchen design trend where whites and neutrals are used as the primary focus of the overall color design scheme. From the custom Maestro Rosolino cabinetry (a trademark of Peter Salerno Inc. design) to the kitchen island base, this kitchen is adorned with white.

Notes of gray and neutral complement the design, through the custom range hood and counter to the island countertop and wood flooring. One of our favorite aspects of this kitchen design is the the 2×8 mixed metal and glass mosaic backsplash over the range, created by the team at Stratta, the Tile Boutique.

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

Here are some specific details about this gorgeous transitional kitchen design.

Cabinetry: Maple wood painted Tennis White

Perimeter Countertop: Caesar Stone Piatra Grey #5003 1 1/4″ by Stone Surfaces in East Rutherford, NJ

Island Countertop: 1 1/2″ Stainless Steel by EMI Industries in Boonton, NJ

Flooring: Original hardwood flooring from home, no information was given by homeowner

Backsplash over range: 2×8 mixed metal & glass mosaic by Stratta Tile Boutique in Wyckoff, NJ

Sink: Franke MHX710-30 30x21x9

Island Light Fixtures: Exter 16-Jar Pendant by Potterybarn

Appliance Information:
Refrigerator/ Freezer: 48″ Sub-Zero 648 Prog
Gas Range: Wolf #GR606F
Steam Oven: Wolf #CSO24
Wall Oven: Wolf #SO30PE/S/PH
Hood: 60″ Stainless Steel
Dishwasher: Miele Futura Dimensions #G5675SCVI
Microwave: GE #PEM31SFSS with Trim Kit #JX827SFSS
Warming Drawer: 30″ Wolf WWD30
Ice Maker: Sub-Zero UC-15IP

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

NOTE: All photography featured in this article is courtesy of Peter Rymwid, on behalf of the team at Peter Salerno Inc.

Reasons We Love the Pantone Fashion, Home + Interiors [FHI] Guide

Reasons to Love the Pantone Fashion, Home + Interiors [FHI] Guide

Ever since Peter Salerno Inc. discovered the world of Pantone through their Vice President (and Peter’s client) Laurie Pressman, we’ve been enamored. The cohesiveness between the world’s foremost authority on color and the most award-winning custom kitchen and bath design company of the 21st century is a match made in design heaven, and our staff at Design Your Lifestyle has been inspired ever since.

PANTONE 2020 Color of the Year Classic Blue
Have you ordered the 2020 Pantone FHI Color Guide?

Pantone may have just made our lives even better with the FHI – Pantone’s Fashion, Home + Interiors Color Guide. A hand-held color guide packed with 2,625 Pantone colors curated “specifically for Fashion, Home + Interiors” (according to Pantone), the FHI Color Guide is a universe of color knowledge that fits neatly in one hand.

Our favorite thing about the FHI Color Guide is that you don’t get just the Color Guide! The FHI offers so many extensions, add-ons and tools. The handiest is their Enhanced Digital Support, which offers you access to Pantone Connect – brand new software to assist in your color journey. You can also expand your FHI Color Guide to include color codes and chips for working with specific materials like cotton, which may require slightly adapted color codes.

Peter Salerno Inc. 2015 2nd place, Best Large Kitchen, NKBA. (Photo: Peter Rymwid)
Peter Salerno Inc. utilizes color to dramatic effect in award-winning kitchen designs.

With 315 new colors in its arsenal for 2020 alone, the Pantone FHI Color Guide is the most up-to-date color resource for professionals (and novices) in the fashion, home and interior design industries.

Peter Salerno and his team use color to dramatic effect in their award-winning custom kitchen, bath, bar, powder room and sitting room designs. Peter’s “personalized luxury” approach has earned him the admiration and trust of clients worldwide, and Peter Salerno Inc.’s designs can be found in homes and businesses from North America to Europe to Russia.

Maestro Rosolino cabinets: a hallmark of Peter Salerno Inc. custom kitchen design.
Peter Salerno Inc. utilizes color to dramatic effect in award-winning kitchen designs.

It’s important to trust your kitchen and bath design projects to professionals with the trust of their clients. For over 35 years, Peter Salerno has developed a reputation as an artist who consults with care, attention and passion. The core details of a world-class design can only be crafted with the individual client in mind, and Peter ensures each client’s design will individually reflect his or her style, life and background.

Now, imagine a tool like the Pantone FHI Color Guide in the hands of a designer with that level of passion – how powerful!

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For more information about the Pantone FHI Color Guide, click here.

30 Years of NKBA Membership: What Are NKBA Benefits?

30 Years of NKBA Membership: What Are NKBA Benefits?

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 30 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.

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.

Three Generations, One Magnificent Kitchen [PHOTO]

Peter Salerno’s Family Tradition Shines In Custom Kitchen Photo

Three generations of the Salerno family met in one gorgeous Peter Salerno-designed kitchen. The result is a photograph that needs very little description:

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)

On the left is Peter Salerno – master designer, CMKBD, and founder of Peter Salerno Inc. (the most-awarded designer by NKBA since 2003). On the right is Peter’s son Anthony Salerno, the third generation of Salernos to join the custom design craft in the United States.

In the center is Rosolino Salerno, Peter’s father and the man who “started it all” for Peter Salerno Inc. “Ross”, as he is affectionately known, is the patriarch of the Salerno family and a master craftsman in his own right. His name is the inspiration for Peter Salerno’s “Mastro Rosolino” cabinet line.

This photo means the world to Peter and Anthony, as Rosolino passed away after this photo was taken. The Maestro’s signature craftsmanship, care and eye for design is reflected in every piece Peter Salerno and his team produce.

Lest we forget the kitchen! It is a one-of-a-kind Peter Salerno Inc. original custom-designed kitchen. The Saddle River, New Jersey kitchen features custom handcrafted tin range hood, custom ceiling with mirror inlays, custom cabinetry created by Peter Salerno Inc., a custom-crafted island and backsplash tile design.

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Are Quartz Countertops Better Than Granite? A 2020 Update

Are Quartz Countertops Better Than Granite? A 2020 Update

Sitting in a meeting with Peter Salerno of Peter Salerno Inc. (our parent company), we were intrigued by a comment Peter made about one of this year’s hottest kitchen design trends: quartz kitchen countertops.

“Quartz [as a kitchen countertop material] is definitely in, and a lot of clients ask me whether quartz is a better option than granite,” Peter remarked.

The debate has begun to take over kitchen design, both among kitchen design experts and across the Internet. Should people be choosing quartz countertops for their kitchen design or kitchen remodeling project, or are granite countertops still the smart selection?

Quartz or granite - what's your preference in countertops? (Peter Salerno Inc.)
Quartz or granite – what’s your preference in countertops? (Peter Salerno Inc.)

Well, as is usually the case, the answer’s not so cut-and-dry.

Here’s what you need to know about quartz countertops, and how they compare to granite surfaces for your kitchen.

1. Quartz countertops are not 100% quartz – but that’s not a bad thing.

Most quartz countertops are around 95% quartz, with the remaining portion of the countertop surface made of polymers, resins and bonding materials. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Granite counters are almost always a 100% stone surface, meaning that they must be sealed to avoid stains and food items from sinking into the natural pores of the granite.

Whereas some high-end granite countertops may state they require a granite-specific cleaner, quartz countertops are virtually all amenable to simple soap and water cleaning. Many experts recommend that granite countertops should be re-sealed once a year; by contrast, a quartz countertop requires no such maintenance.

2. Quartz is harder than granite.

Due to the porous nature of granite, it’s susceptible to staining (and spills are a bit more troubling). Quartz countertops are sealed with polymer resins, so the resulting surface is actually a harder material than granite. Quartz countertop owners don’t have to worry as much about chips, falling items, spills and stains as a result.

The other upside to quartz’s hardness is it serves as a natural detractor to cross-contamination.

 

Quartz or granite - what's your preference in countertops? (Peter Salerno Inc.)
Quartz or granite – what’s your preference in countertops? (Peter Salerno Inc.)
3. Quartz countertops are heavier.

This isn’t an installation job that you’ll be doing yourself. Only homeowners with direct counter installation experience should be handling any countertop installation jobs, to be clear. But the weight of composite quartz countertops requires a bit more care than the average granite counter installation process.

Make sure you consult with a professional kitchen designer and installation expert to ensure that your space is equipped to handle the extra load of a quartz counter.

4. Are quartz countertops really cheaper than granite?

Again, sorry for the vague answer, but the truth is it depends on the individual job specifications. While the most inexpensive quartz counters are generally cheaper than granite, quartz’s price range is wider than that of granite.

As a result, the most expensive quartz countertops can exceed the price of high-end granite by a noticeable margin. Make sure you know exactly what you’re getting into with your countertop purchase, and don’t assume that quartz is always cheaper than granite – it’s not.

5. It’s all about your personal preference.

Granite vs. quartz is a debate that comes down to your personal taste. If you love the idea of a 100% natural surface in your home and don’t mind a little extra maintenance (and TLC), then granite countertops may be for you. If you want a little more durability, price flexibility (and color flexibility), then you should look into quartz.

Either way, a quality custom kitchen design team will point you in the proper direction and outline all the specifics on price, installation, maintenance and care.

So what’s your take on granite vs. quartz countertops? We’d love to hear from you in the comments!