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.

Watch a Luxury Kitchen Design Construction Process

Watch a Luxury Kitchen Design Construction Process

Going behind the scenes of a luxury kitchen design construction process is beautiful and rewarding. The team at Peter Salerno Inc. (the most award-winning custom kitchen and bath design firm of the 21st century in North America) recently gave its Instagram followers a sneak peek at a stunning kitchen design that’s still a ‘work in progress’.

The first detail that jumped out at us were the gorgeous, handcrafted twin kitchen islands. Finished in a elegant blue-gray and adorned with hand-carved corner features, these islands will certainly serve as the centerpiece of the kitchen. We also get a sneak peek at the construction of a magnificent soffit above the islands (a Peter Salerno Inc. trademark), and we can’t wait to see how it turns out!

The sheer amount of windows and glass features in this kitchen design is striking; even mid-construction, the amount of natural light cascading into the space is unreal. Utilizing glass doors on the custom Maestro Rosolino cabinetry ensures that daylight will reflect throughout the space, keeping the need for daytime lighting to a minimum.

For Peter Salerno and his team, attention to detail is everything. From the extra cost to properly paper and protect the new flooring to small protective measures, every square inch of this kitchen is treated like gold during the construction process. And if you look closely, you’ll notice a personal touch – the top of each glass panel on every perimeter cabinet is hand-decorated with a carving of flowers. Each unique flower represents the birthday month of a member of the client’s household.

A unique design and construction element of this kitchen is the butler’s pantry, which isn’t ‘tucked away’ like many others. Rather, the butler’s pantry sits quaintly down a short hallway, removed from the kitchen but still within plain view of its occupants. The butler’s pantry hallway is adjacent to the range and hood, making food preparation and finishing details simple and effective.

Function is equally as important to form, and this Peter Salerno kitchen respects that fact. In addition to the abundance of cabinet fixtures, shelving space exists throughout the kitchen design (including a copious amount in the butler’s pantry). The breadth and depth of the cabinets and shelving ensure that nothing is out of reach for this kitchen’s owners.

Making a luxurious design space as functional as it is beautiful is key. It’s what makes this large kitchen seem cozy, and will allow cooks and other food preparers to easily and efficiently share their creations with family, friends and loved ones. After all, the true measure of a great kitchen is how inviting it is for its users and guests!

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Perimeter door details 👌🏻

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We can’t wait for the next kitchen design update Peter Salerno posts to Instagram, and look forward to exclusive photographs of this kitchen design in its finished form. But if you follow them like we do, you won’t have to!

For all the behind the scene photos of this luxury kitchen design construction process, visit Peter Salerno inc.’s official Instagram account.

2019’s Most Beautiful Kitchen Ceiling Soffit Designs

2019’s Most Beautiful Kitchen Ceiling Soffit Designs

“Soffits are boxy. Soffits are meant to be functional, not fashionable.” We’ve heard it all before. And none of it is true.

The truth is, kitchen ceiling soffits can be the crown on your kitchen design masterpiece! In the past, soffits were strictly created to hide wiring and cover the underside of surfaces, without much thought to ‘curb appeal’ or aesthetic value. Today’s smartest designers (like Peter Salerno Inc.) understand that every square inch of design space is an opportunity to add on to a masterpiece.

“When our clients say go bigger,” Peter Salerno recently remarked on Instagram, “we go sky high!”

Making your kitchen soffits dazzle takes a bit of ingenuity, vision and daring. But when executed properly, soffits can go from simple to showpieces and elevate the luxury of your kitchen.

Let’s take a look at some of our favorite kitchen ceiling soffits of 2019 and talk about why we love them!

Awesome Kitchen Soffit Ideas + Designs

1. Swarovski Crystal, Reclaimed Tin + Statement Lighting

“The cherry on top of an amazing kitchen” is how Peter Salerno describes this soffit. This hexagonal soffit is framed with white and glitters with thousands of Swarovski crystals. Recessed lighting inside the ceiling feature and twin crystal chandeliers create a dazzling sparkle, turning this kitchen soffit into the centerpiece of the design.

2. Dark Wood Border + Large Pendant Lighting

One of Peter Salerno Inc.’s favorite locations for a statement kitchen soffit is over the kitchen island. The intricate craftsmanship on the dark-stained wood border is a visual tie-in to the custom range hood on the far wall. Once again, recessed lighting accents the tin ceiling panels in the soffit. The piece is finished off with large, bold pendant lighting that illuminates the entire kitchen design.

3. Sleek + Simple Brushed Tin Ceiling Soffit

Evocative of classic “drop tin ceilings”, this simple and elegant soffit features a square of 9 brushed tin ‘panels’, bordered by a beautiful scalloped design. Clean white wood borders the feature, with two understated lighting pieces hanging like bubbles underneath the tin.

What are some of your favorite design ideas for kitchen soffits? We’d love to hear them in the comments section below!

Must-See New Kitchen Design Photos + Custom Wood Range Hood

Must-See New Kitchen Design Photos + Custom Wood Range Hood

Wood textures are back in play in kitchen design, and we’re here for all of it.

This exquisite kitchen design installation comes courtesy of Peter Salerno Inc., the most award-winning North American kitchen and bath design firm of the 21st century. Headlined by a textured walnut custom range hood, this understated kitchen blends transitional design with vintage wood features to wonderful effect.

Feature wood elements in kitchen design is nothing new to Peter Salerno Inc. in 2019; the firm left us in awe earlier this year with a kitchen that showcased reclaimed exposed wooden beams from a New York City orphanage. This time, a finely honed walnut range hood is the centerpiece of a quaint, luxurious kitchen.

The kitchen design revolves around three wood tones: the light walnut of the range hood, the dark wood base of the kitchen island, and the rich golden-brown of the flooring. These natural hues provide a foundation for the rest of the kitchen design, particularly the custom Maestro Rosolino cabinetry, hand-crafted in painted white wood.

Maestro Rosolino cabinetry is utilized in several ways. The drawers and kitchen facing are solid white wood. The cabinetry itself is also painted white, with beautiful glass featurettes atop each cabinet to offer a peek inside (as well as reflection for the ambient light from the two large picture windows on each side of the range hood).

The kitchen island countertop is a lighter shade than the counter space on either side of the range, providing a balance between the light and dark shades of wood (light counter with dark wood on the island, dark counter to complement the custom walnut range hood).

As evidenced by these photos (courtesy of Peter Salerno Inc.’s official Instagram account), the installation isn’t quite complete (notice the packing boxes in the last post). We’re so excited to see what Peter Salerno and his team have in store for the finishing touches of this beautiful kitchen. What backsplash will be installed? What furniture will adorn the dining area, underneath the beautiful rectangular statement lighting fixture? And what (if any) window treatments will grace the large picture windows in this design space?

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Dark island adds a great contrast 👌🏻

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What do YOU think about this kitchen design from Peter Salerno Inc.? Are you a fan of the custom walnut range hood? Let us know in the comments section below!

5 Ways to Make Neutral Tone Kitchen + Bath Designs POP

5 Ways to Make Neutral Tone Kitchen + Bath Designs POP

How do you stay ‘on trend’ with neutral tone transitional design without leaving your kitchen or bath looking bland and boring?

It’s a question that gets asked at the beginning of virtually every transitional design project. There’s nothing more appealing in 2019 kitchen and bath design than fresh, neutral colors – but how do you turn white, gray and tan into a design space that dazzles?

Done properly, there are plenty of answers. As usual, we turned to the official Instagram account of Peter Salerno Inc. for some inspiration.

We selected 5 options that will provide an instant ‘pop’ for your neutral kitchen or bath design. They generally fall into two categories: 

  1. Eye-catching design materials and accessories; and
  2. Large lighting and/or reflective features.

Of course, nothing replaces the expertise and value of hiring a world-class kitchen and bath design firm. But every design starts in the same place: with a spark of inspiration. So before you undertake your next transitional kitchen or transitional bath design project (or before you call that design firm), we’d love to give you a few ‘starter ideas’ to base your initial design ideas around.

Are you in love with oversized mirrors? Do you love huge, statement pendant lights? Will you experiment with reclaimed tin or earthy stone surfaces?

Here are a few design ideas to get you started!

5 Ways to ‘Pop’ Your Neutral Tone Kitchen or Bath Design

1. Reclaimed Tin + Mirror Design Elements

2. Unique Stone Elements and Archways

3. Oversized Mirrors, Glass Elements + Ambient Light Sources

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Her Master Bath | Sophisticated | Elegant | Clean |

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4. Large Statement Pendant Lights and Island Lighting

5. Stark Contrast Between Wall Color + Furniture

For more design inspiration from the most award-winning North American kitchen + bath design firm of the 21st century, check out the official Peter Salerno Inc. Instagram.

Today’s Trending Kitchen Design Features on Instagram

Today’s Trending Kitchen Design Features on Instagram

Instagram has become THE must-watch social media platform for designers and design enthusiasts. Kitchen design inspiration is everywhere on Instagram – but which posts are “on trend”, and which are simply filler content?

Here are 5 kitchen design trends we’ve identified in recent Instagram posts (courtesy of Peter Salerno Inc.’s Instagram account) that we think you NEED to watch.

1. Chevron Tile (with creative materials)

Chevron tile is starting to make a challenge to classic subway tile in today’s trending kitchen backsplash designs. If you’re going with a chevron pattern, take the extra step of using bold, eye-catching materials. The use of turquoise as a feature design material in the chevron tile pattern below turns a yawner into a real winner!

 

2. Quartz and Quartzite… as Kitchen Islands!

Yes, quartz is a true contender to the marble throne when it comes to kitchen countertops… but who knew it could be utilized as the main material for a kitchen island base? This quartz island base features cabinet cutouts and a simple white countertop, drawing attention to the island itself rather than the top. This is a bold choice that we love (and that we’re following closely)!

3. Statement Sinks and Sink Basins

This proposed sink basin (from Peter Salerno Inc.) is a jaw-dropping statement piece. Much like the quartz island base above, the real trend here is making statements with the often ‘forgotten’ elements in your kitchen or bath design. Instead of focusing all your effort on the counter, the backsplash, or other ‘expected’ design areas, why not stand apart from the crowd by featuring a unique design piece like this sink?

4. 3-D Renderings: A MUST from Design Consultants and Firms

If your design consultant or design team aren’t offering high-quality 3-D renderings of their design proposals, you simply aren’t getting the experience you deserve from today’s design industry. Custom 3-D renderings of your future kitchen design have gone from ‘luxury’ to ‘necessity’, and you owe it to yourself to see your design space as a finished product before work in your home even begins.

5. Using Kitchen Seating to Continue Design Patterns

The geometric square pattern on the back of these chairs allow the designer to weave the kitchen’s overall theme through its island counter seating. The ability to continue patterns and themes through kitchen seating helps tie in the overall design aesthetic and keep your kitchen cohesive.