Food Inspires Design | 5 WordPress Food Blogs We Follow + Love

Food Inspires Design | 5 WordPress Food Blogs We Follow + Love

The best kitchen designs are inspired by the food created within them.

Food is a muse for master chefs, avid home cooks and hobbyists alike – but it’s also an inspiration for kitchen design experts the world over. Peter Salerno (owner of Peter Salerno Inc., our parent company) is not only an award-winning international custom kitchen designer, but an avid cook and food connoisseur. (Peter’s first cookbook, complete with expert wine pairings, is due out later in 2019.)

Peter Salerno's pumpkin fettucine with creamy sausage sauce.
Peter Salerno’s pumpkin fettucine with creamy sausage sauce.

“It’s important for a kitchen to be as functional as it is luxurious,” Peter explained to us in a recent meeting. “If its owners don’t get a fantastic cooking experience out of their kitchen, then who cares how beautiful it is?”

In order to stay inspired by food, we keep a close eye on some of WordPress’ finest food, recipe and cooking sites. Some are well-traveled, while some are wonderful hidden gems in the deep and varied ocean of food blogs and online recipe collections.

5 WordPress Food Blogs We Follow + Love

Polenta & Baccala

Oh, how we love this gem of a website. Polenta & Baccala (stylized polenta e baccala) is an invitation to cook with Graziano, who creates authentic Italian recipes coupled with marvelous photography and detailed preparation instruction. Besides the rich content and beautiful photography, the blog is presented on a visually stimulating layout.

There’s no guesswork needed with the recipes at Polenta & Baccala. From preview to preparation, creation to consumption, Graziano provides the perfect “map” to all his dishes to cooks of any experience level. Couple this with Graziano’s photography expertise and his very real credentials (a native northern Italian now living in Hungary), and we promise you’ll be spending plenty of time perusing polenta e baccala for recipes and food inspiration.

Homemade mozzarella from Peter Salerno's kitchen.
Homemade mozzarella from Peter Salerno’s kitchen.

Cooking With a Wallflower

It’s important to remember that self-expression comes in all forms. While the statement one can make with food is loud, often the person preparing these artistically resounding meals is quite introverted. Such is the case with Cooking With a Wallflower, a charming (and delicious) blog run by Andrea, a dental hygienist with a passion for food.

We enjoy Andrea’s perspective on food, and creating a fulfilling work-life balance between her occupation and her passion for cuisine. Cooking With a Wallflower offers a highly pleasing blend of recipes and life experiences, which reminds us that the heart and soul of every kitchen is the person who uses it.

In Diane’s Kitchen

In Diane’s Kitchen is so appealing because it’s so real. Recipes are constructed with real life in mind. “What to do with those holiday leftovers?” “How can I make that recipe I saw on TV with the modest kitchen accessories I own?” Diane brings these answers to the table, crafting simple recipes that often provide amazing “bang for the buck” in terms of great rewards with minimal effort and/or skill required.

Websites like In Diane’s Kitchen help keep kitchen inspiration rooted in reality, which is an important aspect of any designer’s process. Like Diane’s recipes, a good kitchen designer knows that ease of use and simple application are of incredible importance in our daily lives.

Peter Salerno's homemade black pepper pappardelle.
Peter Salerno’s homemade black pepper pappardelle.

Foods That Blog

Sometimes, you just want to stare at some pictures of delicious food. For food photography that looks good enough to eat, we turn to Foods That Blog – a place we consider to be source material not only for food trends and food photography, but also design inspiration!

The richness and variety of color and texture in Foods That Blog’s photography can serve as a muse for holistic kitchen design. It’s also helpful to observe what styles and preparations of food are on the rise, as these dishes help signal trends in kitchen appliances and overall kitchen setup.

Cooking Without Limits

Food Photography & Recipes. A simple tagline for a simple, effective blog. Cooking Without Limits pairs a minimalist layout with simple, clean photography and to-the-point recipes to create a user-friendly experience. We love how conversational Cooking Without Limits is; each recipe is an invitation into this cook’s personal kitchen, experiences and tastes.  Every recipe comes with a story, and we love that – after all, your kitchen is where so many of your life’s stories are created!

What is YOUR favorite recipe, cuisine, or food photography blog or website? Leave a link in the comments and tell us why!

Glass Cabinetry | Open Your Kitchen Design Space

Glass Cabinetry | Open Your Kitchen Design Space

Current kitchen design focuses on clean, fresh colors, a healthy dose of light, and a sense of ‘open space’ – even in tight quarters. How do today’s best designers maximize the space available in each new kitchen, and make even small kitchens seem larger than the space they occupy?

For many, glass cabinetry is the answer. Simple glass panels on the front of kitchen cabinets allow for greater, more varied applications of light, as well as ‘open up’ the design space. Glass cabinets can feature beautiful dishware, stemware and accessories, as well as provide a needed ‘break’ for the eye in a stretch of closed-off cabinet space.

Peter Salerno Inc.'s reclaimed wood beams in transitional kitchen design, 2019.
Glass cabinetry helps your kitchen design feel fresh, open and bright.

Used in intelligent doses, glass provides wonderful reflection of ambient light sources, as well as the opportunity to add more light to your kitchen design. Glass panels open up the front of your cabinets, allowing interior and recessed lighting within the cabinets themselves to radiate out into the kitchen design space. The result is a brighter kitchen without going overboard on accent lighting and island lighting (or using an overbearing quantity of high hats).

In the white transitional kitchen pictured below, placing glass cabinets both adjacent to the large window features and the far design wall allows natural light to reflect beautifully throughout the space, allowing the large kitchen to be well-lit with a minimal amount of ceiling fixtures.

Peter Salerno Inc. 2017 new white kitchen design - stunning and trendy.
Peter Salerno Inc. 2017 new white kitchen design – stunning and trendy.

Glass cabinets can also create an elegant effect, like the ones seen below in Peter Salerno Inc.’s award-winning showroom in Wyckoff, New Jersey. The glass cabinetry features gorgeous blue plates and glassware to match the La Cornue range, rotisserie and chandeliers. Recessed lighting within the cabinets adds a luxurious glow to the kitchen, and mirrors the accent lighting inside the recessed Swarovski crystal ceiling feature.

Larissa Taboryski of Purcell Murray and La Cornue hosts a cooking class at Peter Salerno Inc.'s showroom.
Glass cabinetry in the La Cornue feature of Peter Salerno Inc.’s showroom.

The addition of glass cabinet faces helps open up the walls in the transitional design below. High-hat recessed lighting is placed around the ceiling’s perimeter to utilize these glass surfaces in carrying their light around the kitchen space. These tall, vertical glass cabinets help elongate the room, and provide pleasant breaks of the flat gray wall spaces for the eye to enjoy. The transparent cabinets also play nicely against the reclaimed tin on the recessed ceiling and the twin refrigerator doors.

This Jupiter, FL kitchen utilizes glass cabinets to open the design space.
This Jupiter, FL kitchen utilizes glass cabinets to open the design space.

Glass cabinetry also helps add depth to more ornate kitchen designs (like the one seen below). The mirrored ceiling only augments the traditional curved cabinetry on either side of the range, with recessed cabinet lighting to highlight the gorgeous dishware stored inside. The additional depth created by the glass cabinetry blends seamlessly with the twin archways into the dining room and hall on either side of the kitchen, helping add perceived length to the space.

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

Making the simple choice to use glass on your kitchen cabinets reaps tremendous benefits. It allows the owner to display dish and stemware, while adding additional light to the design space through the use of recessed cabinet lighting. It reflects both ambient light and lighting fixtures, adding a layer of brightness to the entire kitchen. Glass cabinetry also provides a ‘break’ for the eye along a flat design wall, as well as a point of focus to break up long rows of closed-off cabinetry.

What’s your take on glass cabinetry? Do you utilize it in your designs? Is it an idea you’re playing with for your next kitchen design or renovation? We’d love to hear from you in the comments!

Glass cabinetry helps your kitchen design feel fresh, open and bright.
Glass cabinetry helps your kitchen design feel fresh, open and bright.

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.

The Jewel Box: 5th Anniversary Photos of NKBA’s 2014 Best Small Kitchen

Peter Salerno Inc. 2014 NKBA Best Small Kitchen Photos

It’s been 5 years since Peter Salerno Inc. created The Jewel Box, a kitchen design that won the 2014 NKBA Best Small Kitchen Award and was named the 2014 People’s Choice Kitchen by HGTV.

Peter Salerno's 2014 Best Kitchen winner. (Credit Peter Rymwid)
Peter Salerno’s 2014 Best Kitchen winner, the “Jewel Box”. (Credit Peter Rymwid)

It was the third time since 2010 that Peter Salerno has been honored with a NKBA Best Kitchen award. This kitchen was especially dear to Peter Salerno and his staff, and the design (which is being referred to as the “Jewel Box”) is being lauded as exquisite by a vast array of interior design and kitchen design media outlets.

The 2014 Best Kitchen, Small Kitchen Category award was presented by the NKBA at the annual KBIS convention in Las Vegas in February 2014. Due to inclement weather, Peter Salerno and his team were unable to reach the 2014 KBIS convention, so it was an amazing surprise to be honored with this award.

Another view of Peter Salerno's 2014 Best Kitchen, Small Kitchen NKBA winner. (Credit Peter Rymwid)
Another view of Peter Salerno’s 2014 Best Kitchen, Small Kitchen NKBA winner. (Credit Peter Rymwid)

This kitchen has also been listed as a top 10 People’s Choice for Small Kitchen by HGTV, an honor which is also precious to Peter Salerno and his kitchen design team. The fact that this kitchen design is loved by not just the owner but the interior design industry and fans of kitchen design is both flattering and humbling.

Another view of our 2014 NKBA Best Small Kitchen winner. (Credit Peter Rymwid)
Another view of the 2014 NKBA Best Small Kitchen winner. (Credit Peter Rymwid)
Peter Salerno's 2014 Best Kitchen winner. (Credit Peter Rymwid)
Peter Salerno’s 2014 Best Kitchen winner. (Credit Peter Rymwid)

For more information about Peter Salerno, Peter Salerno Inc., the KBIS and HGTV awards, and Peter Salerno’s award-winning kitchen designs, please contact Peter Salerno Inc. by calling (201) 251-6608 or completing the form below! 

 

6 White Tones To Make Your Winter Kitchen Design Sparkle

6 White Tones To Make Your Winter Kitchen Design Sparkle

If you’re an avid reader of Design Your Lifestyle (thank you!), it’s no surprise that we’re crazy about white kitchens. Over the last few design seasons, the idea of using neutrals as the core colors in kitchen design schemes has become increasingly popular. From white cabinetry to white tile, white furniture to fresh white walls and backsplash designs, heavy doses of white have made kitchen design feel fresh, clean and reinvigorated. (Take the gorgeous kitchen design from Peter Salerno Inc. below as a prime example!)

The premise of a white kitchen design is simple: make the prevailing design as clean and simple as possible, and your decoration and accessory options are boundless. Whether you keep everything fresh and streamlined, or adorn the space with bold, colorful decor, having a white kitchen design scheme as your base leaves your options wide open.

Peter Salerno Inc. new white kitchen design - stunning and trendy.
Peter Salerno Inc. new white kitchen design – stunning and trendy.

If a white kitchen design is in your plans for this season, picking the proper white tone for your space is important. As Pantone expands its vast palette of colors, the variations and undertones of white colors has reached immense proportions. Do you want a classic white? White with a tan note? White with a hint of pastel, or a touch of brilliant blue?

Whatever your preference, we’ve selected six Pantone white tones that work brilliantly in your kitchen design. From the reddish off-white of eggnog to the bluish hue of Brilliant White (and a little of everything else), these six Pantone white colors are varied, intriguing and adaptable to your kitchen design.

Which do you like best? We’d love to hear from you!

6 Pantone White Tones For Your Kitchen Design

Snow White: Pantone 11-0602 TCX

Snow White Pantone 11-0602

Eggnog: Pantone 12-0601 TCX

Eggnog Pantone 12-0601

White Alyssum: Pantone 11-1001 TCX

White Alyssum: Pantone 11-1001 TCX

Star White: Pantone 11-4202 TCX

Star White: Pantone 11-4202 TCX

Brilliant White: Pantone 11-4001 TCX

Brilliant White: Pantone 11-4001 TCX

Marshmallow: Pantone 11-4300 TCX

Marshmallow: Pantone 11-4300 TCX

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!