A Personal Touch In Kitchen Design: Custom Carvings (VIDEO)

A Personal Touch In Kitchen Design: Custom Carvings (VIDEO)

As an award-winning custom interior design firm, Peter Salerno Inc. is dedicated to providing unique creations for each of its valued clients. Much of Peter’s focus is dedicated to personalized luxury – the idea that sometimes luxury isn’t about the price tag, but the level to which a design reflects its owner.

Some great examples of this personalized touch are custom carvings. Designed by Peter Salerno and his team of quality designers, these ideas make their way into the extremely capable hands of Mark Yundt (Peter Salerno Inc.’s master carver) and the rest of the team in their workshop. Custom carvings are a wonderful way to ensure that your home has facets specific to you, your family and your loved ones.

As Peter Salerno himself says in the video below, “I really don’t want to pull something out of a catalog for a client… I want something that is really unique and personalized to them.” Watch how Peter, master carver Mark Yundt and the masterful craftsmen of Peter Salerno Inc. can design custom carvings for your home or office.

From the Peter Salerno Inc. website:

We focus on creating a luxurious and functional space that complements your lifestyle. Whether a kitchen, master bath, or wine cellar, we incorporate your personality, passions, and hobbies into our design to create a finely tailored living space for you and your family.

For more information about Peter Salerno Inc.’s award-winning custom woodwork, cabinets and carvings, please visit the official Peter Salerno Inc. website, call 201.251.6608, or fill out the contact form below.

Transitional Kitchen Luxury | Peter Salerno Inc. Presents Transitions

Transitional Kitchen Luxury | Peter Salerno Inc. Presents Transitions

Transitions™: The Very Best Custom Transitional Kitchen and Bath Designs

Transitional is a style term that’s used too universally these days. It causes many people think of plain, white, simple kitchens and baths – when, in fact, that couldn’t (and shouldn’t) be further from the truth.

Peter Salerno Inc. award winning transitional bath design, 2015. [Photo: Peter Rymwid]

The Peter Salerno Inc. Transitions™ design line breaks down these imaginary walls to create the most current and cutting-edge designs using high-contrast and stainless steel, as well as brand new materials not used by any other North American designers.

Peter Salerno Inc. has won 30 national design awards over the last 12 years, making it the most award-winning North American custom kitchen and bath design firm of this century. As such, Peter Salerno and his team have access to the finest designers, materials, and finishers in the industry.

Express your personality with statement lights for your kitchen island, one of 2015's hot design trends. (Courtesy Peter Salerno, Peter Rymwid)

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 our the company’s proprietary materials and finishes developed by its finishers.

With this level of prestige comes a great deal of responsibility. Peter Salerno stays on the cutting edge of 21st century innovation; your custom, one-of-a-kind Transitions™ kitchen or bath design will blend contemporary transitional design elements with the very latest in interactive, user-friendly technology.

Express your personality with statement lights for your kitchen island, one of 2015's hot design trends. (Courtesy Peter Salerno, Peter Rymwid)

Of course, cutting-edge design is nothing if it isn’t personal. Peter Salerno works with every client personally to ensure that every Transitions™ kitchen and/or bath design blends seamlessly with the lives, tastes and personalities of its owner(s).

So what are you waiting for? For more information on your very own Transitions™ kitchen or bath design, contact Peter Salerno Inc. at (201) 251-6608 or fill out the form below!

 

Peter Salerno Inc. Client Update: Beautiful Kitchen Design Photos 4 Years Later

Peter Salerno Inc. Client Update: Beautiful Kitchen Design Photos

See These Beautiful Kitchen Design Photos: 4 Year Later!

Four years ago, Peter Salerno Inc. installed a custom kitchen in the home of the Carrolls. It was a privilege to work in their home and a pleasure to call them clients.

The work was one of Peter Salerno’s favorite kitchen design projects, and Peter had to check in 4 years later to see how the Carrolls made the kitchen design their very own. Even the master craftsman himself was blown away by how wonderfully his clients made use of (and maintained) their kitchen space.

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The Carrolls’ kitchen design incorporated many of Peter Salerno Inc.’s signature design elements. A custom range hood made from reclaimed metals adorns the over space. A handcrafted custom kitchen island accents the center of the design, complete with bold island accent lighting (a hot design trend executed with a classic flair). And the custom cabinetry, a cornerstone of Salerno kitchen design, looks as beautiful today as it did when it was crafted.

The kitchen design comes complete with a beautiful black La Cornue range, one of the finest kitchen ranges in the world today. The range is backed by a beautiful custom backsplash, and the complementary floor and wall tile add a large measure of custom class and refined charm to the kitchen space.

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Michael and Francine Carroll greatly enjoy sharing this kitchen space with their family and friends, and it is truly the heart of their home.

But words can only say so much – please take a moment to look at these beautiful kitchen design photos from inside the Carrolls’ home, and see for yourself why it is one of Peter Salerno’s favorite kitchen design projects in recent memory!

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Want a custom kitchen design quote from Peter Salerno Inc., the most award-winning North American design firm of the last 20 years? Fill out the form below or call (201) 251-6608 for information!

Quartz Countertops Are Trendy: Are They Better Than Granite?

Quartz Countertops Are Trendy: Are They a Smart Choice For Your Kitchen?

Sitting in a recent 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!

Dazzling Butler’s Pantry Design Photos | Peter Salerno Inc.

Dazzling Butler’s Pantry Design Photos | Peter Salerno Inc.

A few weeks ago, we brought you exclusive photos from a stunning new kitchen design from Peter Salerno Inc. A modern kitchen that delicately balances 2018 trends with classic design elements, Peter Salerno and his team created a masterpiece that ranks with the finest new kitchen designs of the year.

But the kitchen design doesn’t come alone! It’s accompanied by a dazzling butler’s pantry and augmented by hallway cabinetry that elevate a luxurious kitchen design into a complete transformation of a home.

Butler's pantry and cabinetry design from Peter Salerno Inc., 2018.
Butler’s pantry and cabinetry design from Peter Salerno Inc., 2018.
Much like our previous article about this design, we’re going to keep the words to a minimum and let the photos do the talking! A few things we do want to point out:
  • We love the unique backsplash tile in the butler’s pantry, a glass mosaic tile from Stratta, the Tile Boutique;
  • The white Miele coffee maker in the butler’s pantry, which flows so seamlessly with the cabinetry and appliances;
  • The simple yet elegant brown leather pulls on the hallway cabinet, from Richelieu.
Butler's pantry and cabinetry design from Peter Salerno Inc., 2018.
Butler’s pantry and cabinetry design from Peter Salerno Inc., 2018.
Here are some of the overarching design stats, specs and points of information about supplies and sub-contractors!
Butler’s Pantry:
– White Miele Coffee Maker
– Crystal Knobs from Hardware Resources and Pulls from Richelieu
– Backsplash, glass mosaic from Stratta
Hallway Cabinet:
– Benjamin Moore Color Match to Blue Danube
– Brown Leather Pulls from Richelieu
Butler's pantry and cabinetry design from Peter Salerno Inc., 2018.
Butler’s pantry and cabinetry design from Peter Salerno Inc., 2018.
Butler's pantry and cabinetry design from Peter Salerno Inc., 2018.
Butler’s pantry and cabinetry design from Peter Salerno Inc., 2018.

Reminder: For a look at the full kitchen design, along with beautiful photography and design specifications, click here!

Stunning New Kitchen Design Photos from Peter Salerno Inc.

Stunning New Kitchen Design Photos from Peter Salerno Inc.

Sometimes, a good article is all about the photos. In the case of this dazzling new kitchen design from Peter Salerno Inc., we don’t feel the need to talk too much.

Stunning new kitchen design photos from Peter Salerno Inc.
Stunning new kitchen design photos from Peter Salerno Inc.

It’s a modern kitchen that delicately balances 2018 trends with classic design elements to create a clean, sleek kitchen design that will be “in” for decades. From the fresh, trendy subway tile backsplash (courtesy of Stratta, the Tile Boutique) to the custom RangeCraft range hood, the statement wall of the kitchen lives up to its billing.

Small details separate this kitchen from others like it. The bamboo work in the island sink from The Galley creates an appealing, unique accent. Brian Greer’s recessed tin ceiling work is dazzling in effect yet subtle in its artistic touches. And with suppliers like Sub-Zero and Miele,  you can be sure the appliances in this kitchen design are world class.

In a future article, we’ll feature the hallway closet and gorgeous butler’s pantry that tie in with this kitchen design.

As you scroll through the remainder of these kitchen design photos from Peter Salerno Inc., take a look at the official kitchen specs – range hood, kitchen island, counters, appliances and more!

Stunning new kitchen design photos from Peter Salerno Inc.
Stunning new kitchen design photos from Peter Salerno Inc.
Stunning new kitchen design photos from Peter Salerno Inc.
Stunning new kitchen design photos from Peter Salerno Inc.
Kitchen Design Specifications (courtesy of Peter Salerno Inc.):
– RangeCraft Hood – Miami Style
– Richelieu Hardware on all cabinets – Polished Nickel
– Island sink – The Galley Sink in Bamboo – we love this sink; it comes with tons of pieces for entertaining and cooking! 
– Countertops in the kitchen are Quartz
– Tin over the island is from – Brian Greer Tin Ceilings
– All appliances are Sub-Zero & Miele
– Backsplash was all done by Stratta
Stunning new kitchen design photos from Peter Salerno Inc.
Stunning new kitchen design photos from Peter Salerno Inc. (Tin ceiling: Brian Greer)
Stunning new kitchen design photos from Peter Salerno Inc.
Stunning new kitchen design photos from Peter Salerno Inc. (Bamboo galley sink)

How to Afford Luxury Home Design: Part 1

How to Afford Luxury Home Design: Part 1

“Luxury” and “affordable” are 2 words that seem like polar opposites. This is especially the case when it comes to high-end home design, specifically custom kitchen design and custom bath design.

The world of luxury home design seems like a far-off fantasy to most people. (The author of this article is definitely guilty of perusing Pinterest for high-end home design photos and letting out a wistful sigh or two.) Whether your taste is gorgeous French ovens and ranges, state-of-the-art bath fixtures, custom tile work or unique accessories, luxury home design – and its price tag – appears to be a bit out of reach.

But luxury home design style can be attainable – and affordable.

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World-renowned design firms like the award-winning Peter Salerno Inc. are committing to make design fantasies into realities for a more reasonable cost than ever before.

(Before we dive into the topic further, we should be clear – it takes a respected design firm with years of networking, experience and success to deliver this level of luxury at an achievable price. Without the proper connections and a finely-tuned approach, it’s hard to streamline the design and delivery process of such high-quality materials on a competitive budget.)

The finest custom kitchen and bath design companies in the world are trending towards “affordable luxury” – the idea that high-end design shouldn’t always be reserved for high-end budgets. For Peter Salerno Inc., that idea takes shape in the form of the revamped Transitions™ collection.

Peter Salerno Inc. award winning transitional bath design, 2015. [Photo: Peter Rymwid]

Peter Salerno Inc. is the most award-winning North American custom kitchen and bath design firm of the last 15 years, with awards from prestigious organizations like the NKBA, KBIS, Sub-Zero, Wolf, and Signature Kitchens & Baths. Their tagline, “It’s all about the extraordinary”, now applies to more budgets and households than ever before.

A quote from the official Peter Salerno Inc. website:

For those that appreciate quality, craftsmanship, and design but don’t require a Rolls Royce; Transitions is the only choice. We bring our award-winning design expertise to your space accompanied by quality cabinetry with a wide variety of door styles, finishes, and moldings.

At a price-point 20%-45% less than our Tesoro line, this is the perfect option for builders and homeowners looking to furnish a home with something extraordinary while staying in budget.

The thing we love about the concept of “affordable luxury” is that the term is flexible. As we’ve discussed in previous articles, today’s best design trends are all about personalization, and that includes the design budget. After all, the term “affordable” is relative to each client. For Peter Salerno Inc., “affordable luxury” is as simple (and refreshing) as always providing the highest quality work, craftsmanship, design, materials and delivery for the client’s budget.

In the coming weeks, we’ll be talking more about affordable luxury in custom home design, and the best ways for you and your professional design firm to create the luxurious home space of your dreams without breaking the bank. Stay tuned!