BEFORE & AFTER: Kitchen and Living Room Re-Design Photos

BEFORE & AFTER: Kitchen and Living Room Re-Design Photos

Sometimes, a decent living space can become an outstanding one. It just takes a great custom home design team and a smart re-design concept.

Today, we’re taking a look back at a simple-yet-stunning kitchen and living room re-design effort from Peter Salerno Inc. – the most award-winning North American custom kitchen and bath design firm of the last 15 years.

The home in question had a ton of potential – it simply needed a better floor plan.

With an expert eye and a focus on an open floor plan, better use of ambient light and brighter color scheme – all while maintaining function and ample storage space – Peter Salerno Inc. set to work.

The resulting kitchen design and living room layout prove that strategy and planning matter every bit as much as other steps in your design process.

Let’s take a look at a pair of “before and after” living room and kitchen design photos and see how Peter Salerno Inc. took a good living space and made it a great one!

BEFORE: An awkward recessed “office space” in the living room…

BEFORE: This awkward recessed living space...
BEFORE: This awkward recessed living space…

AFTER: A beautiful wine bar and credenza opens up the floor plan.

AFTER: ...becomes an outstanding storage space, wine bar and credenza.
AFTER: …becomes an outstanding storage space, wine bar and credenza. (Credit: Peter Rymwid)

BEFORE: A spacious but clunky kitchen island and bulky cabinetry…

BEFORE: A diagonally-oriented kitchen island...
BEFORE: A diagonally-oriented kitchen island…

AFTER: A more streamlined cabinet design, custom range hood & intelligent kitchen island opens up the kitchen design.

AFTER: ...is replaced by a smarter island, beautiful range and custom hood. (Credit Peter Rymwid)
AFTER: …is replaced by a smarter island, beautiful range and custom hood. (Credit Peter Rymwid)

Your Spacious Summer Kitchen Design Tips for 2017

Summer Home Kitchen Design Tips To Maximize Your Space

So you’re thinking about creating the perfect summer kitchen. That’s fantastic! What better way to share one of the most intimate rooms of your home with friends, family and guests than by creating an inviting, warm summer kitchen in which to share meals and memories?

Updating your kitchen, of course, can seem daunting. Where do you start? What should you value? And what special design elements can you implement to add the warmth and joy of summer into your kitchen – whether it’s for a vacation home, or all year round?

Create an inviting summer kitchen with open floor plans and a splash of color.
Create an inviting summer kitchen with open floor plans and a splash of color. (Credit Peter Rymwid)

Our expert design friends at Peter Salerno Inc. are here to help with a few design tips (and some great photography, courtesy of Peter Rymwid). With our help, you can transform your kitchen into an inviting space sure to please your loved ones and guests for years to come.

Tip #1: Utilize an open floor plan.

Make sure your kitchen has enough space to accommodate as many guests as you may have. This doesn’t just include comfortable seating – there needs to be space in which to maneuver. Also, it’s important that the person utilizing the kitchen feels just as much a part of your gathering as anyone else, so make sure he or she can easily see and be seen by your guests!

Tip #2: Multiple seating areas.

The same summer kitchen design, from another angle. Notice the added seating!
The same summer kitchen design, from another angle. Notice the added seating! (Credit Peter Rymwid)

Take a look at this second photo. Surprise – it’s the same kitchen as above! Adding a center island with bar-style seating is a fantastic way to provide your guests with more areas to relax and enjoy themselves. It also provides the “chef du jour” with the opportunity to interact more intimately with your guests. Creating this island seating space also ensures that you can accommodate more people without detracting from your open floor plan.

Tip #3: Have fun with summer color(s)…

…but don’t go overboard! Pick one or two bright, friendly summer tones to accent your kitchen (notice our combination of clean white and light nautical blue). You can easily add color to your space by setting out fresh fruit and vegetables, bringing in fresh flowers, and/or setting out enticing foods and drinks (like a great bottle of red wine or a tall pitcher of rosemary lemonade – you can find the recipe for that here!).

Of course, when it comes to designing your dream summer kitchen, there’s no better place to start than a visit to your trusted design experts. With 30 years of custom, award-winning kitchen and cabinetry design experience, turn to Peter Salerno and our top-notch team to create your ideal summer kitchen with love and care.

For more information on Peter Salerno Inc. and their award-winning summer kitchen designs, please visit their website.

Kitchen Design + Pantone Spring 2017 Colors: An Ideabook

Kitchen Design + Pantone Spring 2017 Colors: An Ideabook

When the most award-winning North American kitchen and bath designer of this century offers you free reign over their design photos, you don’t say no.

Such was the case when our parent company, Peter Salerno Inc., let us peruse their gallery of award-winning kitchen designs as design inspiration for the Spring 2017 season.

When designing with Pantone Spring 2017 colors (or around any color palette), keep this in mind: you don’t have to use the color as a primary feature (or even “use” the color at all) to achieve your desired effect!

For example, look at the jazzy second kitchen design featured under Pink Yarrow. The “hot pink” effect is created by dramatic lighting and reflections off stainless steel appliances. Upon closer inspection, you’ll notice none of the design elements are pink at all – but the layout and construction of this “rock and roll” kitchen design does the trick.

Whether you love the light, airy bloom colors (Primrose Yellow), a classic neutral (Hazelnut) or a bold but reliable blue (Lapis Blue), we have you covered in the latest installment of our Pantone Spring 2017 Kitchen Design Ideabook, courtesy of Peter Salerno Inc.! Enjoy!

Primrose Yellow

Pantone Spring 2017 color trends: Primrose Yellow injects pure sunshine into spring.
Pantone Spring 2017 color trends: Primrose Yellow injects pure sunshine into spring.

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

Pink Yarrow

Pantone Spring 2017 color trends: The arresting Pink Yarrow turns heads.
Pantone Spring 2017 color trends: The arresting Pink Yarrow turns heads.

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

Hazelnut

Pantone Spring 2017 color trends: Hazelnut is a warm, nutty neutral that balances the collection.

A beautiful wine cellar designed by Peter Salerno, Inc.
A beautiful wine cellar designed by Peter Salerno, Inc.

Lapis Blue

Pantone Spring 2017 color trends: The bold but steady Lapis Blue.
Pantone Spring 2017 color trends: The bold but steady Lapis Blue.

Credit Peter Rymwid, Peter Salerno Inc. custom kitchen design, 2014 Best Kitchen

HGTV’s Must-See Spring Color Trends For 2017

HGTV Delivers Spring 2017 Color Trends and Advice

One of our go-to articles for Spring 2017 lifestyle and design is courtesy of HGTV’s Chelsey Bowen. Her piece, “Must-See Spring Color Trends”, is a practical-yet-stunning guide to freshening up the colors that define your home design.

The moment Pantone revealed its Spring 2017 official color palette, it was clear we were in for a bright, natural and vibrant year in color design. From natural tones like Greenery, Kale and Hazelnut to eye-popping tones like Pink Yarrow and Flame, Pantone made it clear that spring most certainly “sprung” in 2017 design trends.

What we love about Chelsey Bowen’s HGTV article regarding spring color trends is that every one of her tips is applicable to a real living space. All too often, fashion and home designers create motifs and designs that just don’t have much real-world application. Chelsey takes great care to ensure that all her Spring 2017 color and design tips can (and will) work in virtually any home of any size and budget.

These 8 HGTV tips for smart spring home design range from powerful blocks of color to intelligent use of neutral tones, and from luxurious and opulent to sleek and simple.

Here are just a few of our favorite trends spotted by Chelsey Bowen and the team at HGTV. For the full list (and photo gallery), head over to the full article on HGTV’s website.

Spring 2017 Color Trend #1: “Classic Meets Chic”

“Liven up traditional design with the hottest spring colors,” Chelsey Bowen suggests, and we couldn’t agree more. Traditional kitchen design (like the one pictured from Peter Salerno Inc.’s Tesoro collection) never goes out of style – in fact, a traditional design is a smart choice for long-term home owners.

Peter Salerno Inc.'s award-winning 2015 kitchen design. Photo credit Peter Rymwid.
A Peter Salerno Inc. award-winning kitchen design. Photo credit Peter Rymwid.

To give that traditional kitchen a new “pop” for spring, try utilizing the “it colors” of the season. In this example, Peter Salerno and his team use a Provence blue La Cornue range (much like Pantone’s Niagara) as the central focus for a kitchen design and couples that with the light blue shade on the island base. The design also uses pops of Hazelnut in the backsplash and fresh greens and vegetables to add yellows and reds to the aesthetic.

Spring 2017 Color Trend #2: “Luxurious Surroundings”

Chelsey’s take on “luxurious surroundings” includes keeping the palette “light and airy”, a nod to the natural, outdoorsy feel of this season’s Pantone colors. Light blues and yellows, tidy neutrals and plenty of ambient light help create an air of class, distinction and elegance to your home design.

Add fresh colors to your kitchen design for Summer 2016!
Peter Salerno Inc. award-winning custom kitchen design.

This kitchen design uses a touch of summery yellow wallpaper and recessed interior cabinet lighting (along with dimmed island lighting and a dining room chandelier) to create a warm, amber touch of elegance and class. The rest of the design is kept stately and distinct with bright, clean whites and warm neutral wood tones, and the open floor plan allows for plenty of ambient light.

Spring 2017 Color Trend #3: “Modern Take on Neutral”

With all the eye-catching color adorning Spring 2017 designs, neutrals must play a role to keep balance. Unlike the past, however, “neutral” is no longer synonymous with “boring” or “old-fashioned”. Rather, the proper use of intriguing neutrals and brilliant whites can work wonders in a modern design setting.

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

For example, this gorgeous transitional kitchen design manages to convey modernity while being almost entirely comprised of white and taupe/brown neutrals. The trick, as designer Peter Salerno Inc. explained to “Design Your Lifestyle”, is all in being creative while maintaining a natural flow. We adore the statement island lighting (Exter 16-jar pendants from Pottery Barn), and the slightly out-sized unique stainless steel island countertop (1 1/2″ Stainless Steel by EMI Industries in Boonton, NJ).

Kitchen Design Spotlight Series: “The Angles Are In The Details”

Kitchen Design Spotlight Series: “The Angles Are In The Details”

Design Your Lifestyle is kicking off our new “Spotlight Series” in style! We’ll be bringing you a series of articles looking at some of the notable, trending and stunning custom kitchen designs and custom bath designs making waves in the current design landscape.

For our first Kitchen Design of the Spotlight Series, we turn to Peter Salerno Inc. (our parent company) for an award-winning traditional kitchen design that stuns with its crisp features, Old-World charm and attention to finer points. After all, the kitchen is named “The Angles Are In The Details” – so it had better be on point!

The traditional kitchen design, which is featured on Peter Salerno Inc.’s Houzz page, features a gorgeous expansive center island, custom Maestro Rosolino beaded inset cabinets, and a one-of-a-kind custom reclaimed tin hood (only available through Peter Salerno Inc.)

Traditional Kitchen by Peter Salerno Inc. Photo credit Peter Rymwid
Traditional Kitchen by Peter Salerno Inc. Photo credit Peter Rymwid

Here are some design and technical details about Peter Salerno Inc.’s latest traditional kitchen design:

  • The cabinets are Maestro Rosolino – Peter Salerno Inc.’s private line of cabinetry. The finish on the perimeter is paint and glazed, the bar and islands are walnut with a stain and glaze. The cabinet style is beaded inset.
  • The hearth features a trademark Peter Salerno Inc. custom reclaimed tin hoods, available exclusively through the company.
  • The countertops are 2 1/2″ thick Jerusalem Grey Gold Limestone from Stone Surfaces, NJ
  • The backsplash is polished travertine, chiard, and honey onyx, created by Stratta, The Tile Boutique in Wyckoff, NJ.
  • The flooring is tumbled travertine.
  • Appliances:
  • 48″ Sub-Zero Fridge
  • 60″ Viking Duel Fuel Range
  • Viking Dishwasher
  • Viking Microwave
  • Viking Wine Fridge
  • Marvel Ice Machine
The two small three-light fixtures over the island are by Minka Lavery, Aston 3 Light 1 Tier Mini Crystal Chandelier in the Aston Court Bronze Finish. Bar stools and island chairs were purchases handled by the client.
Enjoy more exclusive photos of this gorgeous traditional kitchen design!
Traditional Kitchen by Peter Salerno Inc. Photo credit Peter Rymwid
Traditional Kitchen by Peter Salerno Inc. Photo credit Peter Rymwid
Traditional Kitchen by Peter Salerno Inc. Photo credit Peter Rymwid
Traditional Kitchen by Peter Salerno Inc. Photo credit Peter Rymwid
Traditional Kitchen by Peter Salerno Inc. Photo credit Peter Rymwid
Traditional Kitchen by Peter Salerno Inc. Photo credit Peter Rymwid
For more information about Peter Salerno Inc.’s custom kitchen designs, please fill out the contact form below or call Peter Salerno Inc. at (201) 251-6608.

World Class Kitchen Design Displays On Sale – April 2017

World Class Kitchen Design Displays On Sale – April 2017

This is no April Fool’s joke! As of April 1, 2017, YOU have the ability to own a world-class kitchen design display from the award-winning Peter Salerno Inc. showroom in Wyckoff, New Jersey. Winner of the 2015 KBIS Innovative Showroom Award, the Peter Salerno Inc. showroom has been called “a wonderland under one roof” by (201) Magazine.

This Spring, Peter Salerno Inc. is re-designing one of its showroom display vignettes. This is exciting for two reasons:

  1. There will soon be a new custom kitchen design display in Peter Salerno’s showroom; and
  2. You have the chance to own features of the gorgeous Habersham kitchen design directly from the Peter Salerno Inc. showroom floor!

The Habersham kitchen design vignette is a custom kitchen that balances old-world features with sleek modern technological advancements. The perimeter cabinetry, the Habersham island, plus the side minimalist display and drop-dead gorgeous wine rack are all available for purchase.

Below, take a look at the photo gallery of all the pieces for sale from the award-winning Peter Salerno Inc. custom kitchen design, “Habersham”.

For information on the purchase of any or all of the design pieces featured in this article, please contact the Peter Salerno Inc. offices at (201) 251-6608. The offices are open Monday through Friday, 9 am – 5 pm, and Saturdays from 10 am – 4 pm. You can also contact Peter Salerno Inc. at info@petersalernoinc.com or in the contact form at the bottom of this article.

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HABERSHAM PERIMETER CABINETRY
$15,000 – Countertop Included
Base Cabinets – 65” W – Both Sides of Range
Outer Base Cabinets – 22” W x 23” D
Inner Base Cabinets – 36” W x 25” D
Space for Range: 27” D (Fit at 43” Range)
Color: Sandemar
Countertop: Noche Limestone
LA CORNUE IS NOT INCLUDED


Picture 2:

HABERSHAM PERIMETER CABINETRY
$15,000 Countertop Included
China Cabinets: 28 ½” W x 13” D x 61” H
Hearth Bottom Section / Spice Rack: 23” W
Hearth Mantel Piece: 30” W
Hearth Height: 70” H
Color: Sandemar
Countertop: Noche Limestone
LA CORNUE IS NOT INCLUDED
 
Picture 3:
HABERSHAM ISLAND
$7,000 – Countertop Included
Base Cabinet: 90” W x 30” D
Countertop: 92”W x 50” D
Cabinetry Color: Winter Skies (Distressed Blue)
Countertop: Concrete
 
Picture 4:
HABERSHAM ISLAND
$7,000 – Countertop Included
Base Cabinet: 90” W x 30” D
Countertop: 92”W x 50” D
Cabinetry Color: Winter Skies (Distressed Blue)
Countertop: Concrete
 
 
Picture 5:
WINE RACK
$6,000 – Countertop Included
Overall length: 78 ¾” W
Overall Height: 61” H
Upper Cabinetry Depth: 13” D
Base Cabinetry Depth: 24” D
Base Cabinetry: 23 ½” W
Opening for Wine Fridge: 24”
Cabinetry: African Mahogany with Satin Finish
Countertop: Petro Cardoz Limestone
WINE FRIDGE IS NOT INCLUDED
 
 
Picture 6:
MINIMALIST DISPLAY
$2,000 – Base Cabinetry Only
$4,400 – Base Cabinetry with Countertop & Cooktop 
$2,000 – Reclaimed Tin Hood 
 
Picture 7:
MINIMALIST DISPLAY – CABINETRY ONLY
$2,000 – Base Cabinetry Only
$4,400 – Base Cabinetry with Countertop & Cooktop 
Base Cabinet: 72” W x 24” D
Cabinetry: Espresso Stained Walnut, Shaker Style Doors
Countertop: Zirconium Quartz by Stilestone
Cooktop: 30” Miele Electric Cooktop
 
Picture 8:
MINIMALIST DISPLAY – HOOD ONLY
$2,000 – Reclaimed Tin Hood 
Hood: 41″ H x 53″ W x 23″ D
Reclaimed Tin Hood from Chicago Church with Rail Road Tacks and Stainless Steel 

Our Favorite New Custom Cutlery and Chef’s Knives – On Sale!

New Custom Cutlery and Chef’s Knives To Drool Over!

Whenever we here at Design Your Lifestyle are in search of the latest high-quality custom cutlery and chef’s knives (a few of us are pretty serious home chefs, after all), there’s only one place we turn. Sometimes, skipping the bigger brands in favor of artisan knives and cutlery pieces is the best way to assure you get the very best craftsmanship, attention to detail, and unique individual pieces to call your own.

Much like custom home design, there’s nothing better than having a set of knives you know are personal to you. Thanks to our trusted advisors at Buy Kitchen Knives, we’re always sure each knife we order is one-of-a-kind, handcrafted by expert craftsmen, and of the highest quality.

EDGES custom cutlery is now available at BuyKitchenKnives.com!
EDGES custom cutlery is now available at BuyKitchenKnives.com!

The thing we like best about Buy Kitchen Knives’ selection is that each brand is proficient in small-batch custom cutlery. It’s also a one-stop cutlery shop for brands we love and trust like EDGES Custom Cutlery, Falls River Cutlery and AMS Knifeworks.

Also, all of Buy Kitchen Knives’ prices INCLUDE US shipping costs – no hidden add-ons!

With the new spring season of 2017 right around the corner, the staff at Buy Kitchen Knives contacted us directly and let us know about their Spring Blowout Sale. Some of their finest cutlery and custom knife pieces (many made within the last 1-2 months) are slashed in price to accommodate new stock entering their online storefront this spring.

In other words, it’s the BEST time to invest in custom cutlery for you, a loved one, or a professional or home chef in your life.

Here are a few of our favorite pieces in Buy Kitchen Knives’ Spring Sale stock!

Buy Kitchen Knives: Our Favorite Spring Sale 2017 Cutlery Pieces

EDGES Custom Cutlery – 8″ Chef and 4″ Paring “Prince Tribute” Set

EDGES Custom Cutlery 8" Chef and 4" Paring Knife Prince Tribute Set.

Crafted in honor of The Purple One’s life, music and passing, this Prince Tribute set features custom-made, one-of-a-kind 8″ chef’s and 4″ paring knives by EDGES Custom Cutlery. Priced down to move at just $700.00 combined, this handcrafted knife set is sleek, efficient and aesthetically beautiful.

Falls River Cutlery – 6″ Chef/Utility Knife

Falls River Cutlery 6" Chef/Utility Knife

From the trusted Falls River Cutlery collection, this unique 6″ custom knife piece is as versatile as it is effective. The 6″ design is slightly smaller than the average chef’s knife but still packs all the usefulness of its larger counterparts. By taking several inches off the classic Chef’s Knife design, this 6″ version provides far more utility and versatility in the kitchen, all for a price of just $200.00

EDGES Custom Cutlery – 8″ Chef’s Knife With Petite Handle

EDGES Custom Cutlery 6" Chef's Knife with Petite Handle

Those of us with smaller hands who love working in the kitchen know the struggle of finding a beautiful, strong 8″ chef’s knife with a handle that’s just a little too big or bulky for us. Enter the Petite Handle version of EDGES’ 8″ Chef’s Knife, with a smaller handle construction that still balances perfectly at the ricasso. A truly one-of-a-kind piece, this is a steal at $500.00.