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:
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
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?
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.
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!
Why Do You NEED a Custom Range Hood For Your Kitchen?
You’re ready to create or update the custom kitchen design of your dreams. Working with the very best kitchen designers (like 30-time national award winner Peter Salerno Inc.), you’ve settled on the finest luxury appliances, the perfect counter surface and backsplash, statement lighting, and a gorgeous kitchen island.
But what will you do to take your dream kitchen to the next level? What will make your kitchen the one-of-a-kind custom creation that will truly make it the envy of your guests?
Experts like Peter Salerno, CMKBD, agree that a custom range hood for your cooktop and range is the perfect statement piece to adorn any truly unique kitchen design.
“The hood and refrigerator are key elements in creating the ultimate kitchen,” Peter Salerno Inc. notes. “We have our own designs custom-made to our exact specifications so each of our clients has one-of-a-kind pieces, made right here in New Jersey.”
A custom range hood, when created masterfully, reflects the taste and personal style of the kitchen’s owner while adding a tone of elegance and unique backstory to your kitchen.
Imagine being able to tell your family, friends and guests that your range hood is made from reclaimed tin collected from classic gas stations along Route 66. Think about the elegant, opulent story your kitchen will tell if your range hood is custom-made from materials taken from a speakeasy once owned by Al Capone or an historic jazz club in New Orleans.
Your kitchen can tell these stories with its very own custom range hood, designed exclusively for you by Peter Salerno Inc. and its network of master craftsmen and artisans. Working with its own staff of skilled artisans, as well as industry leaders and innovators like Rangecraft, Peter Salerno Inc. will create a state-of-the-art, unique range hood for your kitchen that is both fully functional and truly one-of-a-kind.
For more information about Peter Salerno Inc. and its custom range hoods for your kitchen, visit their official website, call (201) 251-6608, or fill out the contact form below.
A Look Back: World-Class Kitchen Designer Travels to Russia [PHOTOS]
During these uncertain times (with the Peter Salerno Inc. showroom closed due to COVID-19 restrictions), we’re taking a fond look back at some of the milestones we’ve covered for Peter Salerno Inc. over the last 7 years. Without question, one of the highlights of this span was Peter Salerno’s 2014 trip to Russia, and the opportunity to bring his award-winning custom kitchen and bath designs to Moscow. Enjoy!
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Over the week of October 20, 2014, Peter Salerno (of Peter Salerno Inc.) and his good friend Robert Zampolin, owner of Zampolin & Associates Architects, traveled to Moscow, Russia, to work on their current project, a super-exclusive development.
The lots in the new Moscow development are between $5m-$10m and the houses are $10m added to the lot. Features and amenities built into the development include a golf course, country club, man-made lakes and a zoo.
Working on the Moscow development with Bob Zampolin was a dream for Peter Salerno, who relishes the opportunity to bring his award-winning kitchen and bath designs to an international clientele. According to Peter, it was never more than 25 degrees Fahrenheit outside, but he was so excited he could barely feel the cold.
The Russian design team (and the Russian people in general) greeted Peter with warmth and afforded him wonderful hospitality during his entire stay, which included dinners at world-renowned restaurants, some amazing bottles of vodka (which we’ll cover in a later article), and unforgettable images of Moscow, the Kremlin and more.
Below, enjoy some exclusive photos taken by Peter Salerno and Robert Zampolin on their recent design trip to Moscow.
Kitchen Design Spotlight Series: “Farm Meets City Sleek”
In our first edition of the Kitchen Design Spotlight Series, Design Your Lifestyle featured a traditional kitchen with some well-placed modern aesthetic features called “The Angles Are In the Details”.
Our second Kitchen Design Spotlight Series piece focuses on a spectacular kitchen design photo gallery that manages to combine rustic charm with uptown chic. “Farm Meets City Sleek” is a lustrous transitional kitchen designed by the team at Peter Salerno Inc. – the most award-winning custom kitchen and bath design firm in North America of the last 15 years.
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 2×8 mixed metal and glass mosaic backsplash over the range, created by the team at Stratta, the Tile Boutique.
The appliance features are a mix of the finest names in kitchen appliance furnishings: Miele, Sub-Zero and Wolf. We also adore the statement island lighting, a series of Exter 16-Jar Pendants from Pottery Barn. As an added bonus to the homeowners, that gorgeous wood flooring is actually the existing floor in the kitchen.
This Peter Salerno Inc. transitional kitchen design is reminiscent of upscale “farm to table” dining, with a touch of countryside charm melded into a truly modern kitchen design. We hope you love it as much as we do!
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
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
NOTE: All photography featured in this article is courtesy of Peter Rymwid, on behalf of the team at Peter Salerno Inc.
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Your Exclusive Access to World-Class Transitional Kitchen Design
Peter Salerno Inc., the most award-winning custom kitchen and bath design firm in North America since 2002, is an industry leader in transitional kitchen design. At the 2016 KBIS convention and NKBA awards ceremony, Peter Salerno Inc. was awarded the prestigious HGTV People’s Choice Award for a recent transitional design, as well as another national NKBA award.
Transitional is a style that’s used universally and many people think of plain, white, simple kitchens. TRANSITIONS™ breaks down these made-up walls to create the most current and cutting-edge designs using high-contrast and stainless steel, as well as brand new materials used by no other designers.
TRANSITIONS™ features Peter Salerno Inc.’s own molding and door styles with a variety of materials such as carbon fiber, various steels and alloys, leather, Kirinite™, exotic woods, as well as their own proprietary materials and finishes developed by their finishers.
So what are you waiting for? Click on any of the links in this article to see more of Peter Salerno Inc.’s TRANSITIONS™ transitional design collection, and fill out the contact form below to get in touch with Peter Salerno Inc.!
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