Connect With Award-Winning Kitchen + Bath Design on Instagram

Get Stylish With Award-Winning Kitchen + Bath Design on Instagram

Are you following the award-winning Peter Salerno Inc. on Instagram? If not, you’re missing out on the most award-winning kitchen and bath design firm of the 21st century!

Follow Peter Salerno Inc. designs on Instagram.
Follow Peter Salerno Inc. designs on Instagram.

Under the care and guidance of Peter Salerno, CMKBD (Certified Master Kitchen & Bath Design, NKBA), Peter Salerno Inc. has blossomed from a small design firm with audacious goals into one of the most notable firms in the kitchen and bath design industry. Since 2002, Peter Salerno Inc. has won more national design awards than any firm in North America, from such reputable sources as the NKBA, KBIS, Signature Kitchens & Baths, HGTV and more.

The kitchen designs, bathroom designs, wine cellars, man caves and bars that have won these prestigious awards are all located in one place – the Peter Salerno Inc. Instagram.

The 2018 Architectural Digest Design Show - see more on Peter Salerno's Instagram!
The 2018 Architectural Digest Design Show – see more on Peter Salerno’s Instagram!

The thing we love most about following Peter Salerno Inc. on Instagram is the company’s willingness to provide an ‘inside look’ at day-to-day operations, family gatherings, momentous occasions, and VIP design industry events that most of us never get to see. Where else can you find photos from inside a world-class design showroom, exclusive snapshots from conferences like KBIS 2018 and the Architectural Digest Design Show, and around a world-class designer’s Thanksgiving dinner table?

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

From the incredible (kitchen designs that have won national awards) to the innovative (forward-thinking transitional designs), the highbrow (black tie design conference events) to the humorous (Peter Salerno building snowmen outside the showroom on wintry days), the broad spectrum of eye-catching photography on Peter Salerno Inc.’s Instagram account makes it a must-follow for design lovers everywhere.

So what are you waiting for? Join the tastemakers, innovators, industry leaders and social influencers that already follow Peter Salerno Inc.’s Instagram account – and get inspired to Design Your Lifestyle!

Design Trends: Modern Takes on Timeless Black + White Tile

Design Trends: Modern Takes on Timeless Black + White Tile

‘Timeless’ doesn’t have to mean ‘vintage’. A truly timeless design motif can be updated consistently and with dramatic effect. Like the “little black dress”, a truly iconic look can always be reinterpreted for modern times.

Recently, the official Peter Salerno Inc. Instagram account took a look at modern takes on another timeless design theme – black and white tile. We’d say black & white tile design is making a comeback in 2019, but it never really went anywhere.

Still, with every new design season comes a plethora of updated takes on one of the most classic motifs in custom kitchen and bath design. From trusted advisors like Houzz and House Beautiful to HGTV and Elle Decor, black and white tile ideas are everywhere. But as always, the first place we turn is the most award-winning custom kitchen and bath design firm of the 21st century.

Why does black and white tile design work? As Jessica Gordon Ryan, founder of Gimlet Marketing, wrote quite eloquently:

For those who struggle with color, this takes the guesswork out of the equation, without being colorless. For those who embrace color, it can always be added in with accessories. With black and white anything goes – it’s like the little black dress for the home!

The color pairing of black & white in home design is timeless, so what are today’s designers doing to make a classic idea become contemporary?

Like a science experiment, every classic design motif needs a “control” element. Here, the control is two-fold: the color (black and white) and the medium (tile).

From there, everything else is in play. Construction, shape, material, and artistic interpretation are what makes this season’s black and white tile options particularly memorable. 

Mixed media appears to be popular in this season’s black and white tile designs; we’re seeing stone and glass elements make their way into tile construction and overall design concepts. Geometric and mosaic patterns in tile design are very popular and provide a “retro” element to the design space. And single-color metallic additions (like bronze, silver and gold) add an element of heightened class and ‘dazzle’.

How do you feel about black and white tile in contemporary design? Let’s have a conversation; leave a comment below!

PANTONE Home + Interiors Presents Modern Wanderlust for Polyester

PANTONE Home + Interiors Presents Modern Wanderlust for Polyester

“Be On Color,” PANTONE urges us. “Feel a New Color Movement.”

Our answer to PANTONE is simple. “Yes, please.”

PANTONE has released a new Polyester Swatch Book, debuting 203 PANTONE colors cultivated specifically to be used on polyester and other synthetic materials.

PANTONE Polyester Modern Wanderlust
The PANTONE Polyester Standards Modern Wanderlust Collection

From the official PANTONE website:

As new markets highlighting engineered materials continue to emerge, and new inorganic materials enter the market, there is an increasing desire for more saturated colors; colors beyond those formulated for natural fibers; colors whose appearance displays greater hue intensity. Our new Pantone Polyester Standards address this need and demand for a deeper level of coloration.

Creating a special collection of colors using dyes specifically for polyester removes the guesswork, allowing you to reproduce these colors quickly and effortlessly in polyester, as well as other synthetic fibers.

We’re excited about the 203 PANTONE colors curated specifically for the Polyester collection. These tones were developed to be highly saturated, bold and clear. In the past, those who designed and decorated used synthetic and inorganic materials couldn’t be certain the seasonal colors presented would present themselves properly on their desired “canvas”; now, the guesswork has been eliminated.

PANTONE Polyester Standards

The first color palette compiled from the PANTONE Polyester Swatch Book is Modern Wanderlust, a fun series of hot bright tones balanced by a cool (but still fun) neutral. Even the customary cool tones pack a punch – specifically the fashionable green “pop” of Irish Jig and the beachy blue of Spring Break.

PANTONE Polyester Standards

Berry Pinwheel (PANTONE 18-1855) is the rare hot pink that encourages the user to lead with it in a color design scheme. The bold tone borders on red and is highly reminiscent of one of PANTONE’s fieriest Spring 2019 selections, Pink Peacock.

PANTONE Polyester Standards

Straddling the space between Spring 2019’s Turmeric and Mango Mojito is the eye-pleasing Exuberant Orange, which leans ever-so-slightly into the yellowish off-white of Pancake Batter, the anchor neutral of the Modern Wanderlust collection.

PANTONE Polyester Standards

Pancake Batter (PANTONE 12-0830) may be our favorite tone from this entire PANTONE Polyester color palette. Equal parts steady and amusing, Pancake Batter can lead the charge in a neutrally-based color design or provide balance to the heat of this collection.

PANTONE Polyester Standards

Jaded (PANTONE 16-5128) is the rare PANTONE color whose label is a bit of a misnomer. There’s nothing dull about this refreshing teal tone; while not as bold and primary as Spring Break or Irish Jig, Jaded may be the most versatile ‘cool tone’ to play with in this palette.

PANTONE Polyester Standards

What’s your overall take on the PANTONE Polyester Modern Wanderlust collection? Which color is your favorite? Leave a comment!

A Salute to Military Veterans & Service on Memorial Day | Peter Salerno’s Navy Roots

A Salute to Military Veterans & Service on Memorial Day | Peter Salerno’s Navy Roots

Peter Salerno and his team see Memorial Day as more than a time to celebrate, barbecue and enjoy the company of loved ones. It is a holiday to pause and remember the brave men and women of the United States Military, especially those who sacrificed their lives to protect the liberty, safety and future of the nation in which we are fortunate to live.

One of the most poignant and moving tribute videos we watched this Memorial Day weekend was uploaded to YouTube courtesy of Steve Strauss. A simple and impactful short film, Mr. Strauss’s video encapsulates all the things that make Memorial Day so important: sacrifice, liberty, patriotism, honor, duty and country.

Peter Salerno has been celebrated for his world-class custom kitchen and bath designs for decades. But nothing will ever replace the sense of personal pride and honor Peter feels as a veteran of the United States Navy, graduating from The Citadel and serving his commitment to the U.S. Navy in a tour of Europe and Western Asia. Peter proudly served as a Lieutenant in the United States Navy with the 6 Fleet on the U.S.S. Puget Sound, stationed out of Gaeta, Italy.

Much of Peter Salerno’s worldly sense of design was formed during his Naval commitment, especially during his time of service in Italy. Upon his return, Peter grew to become one of the most influential custom kitchen and bath designers in the world – but he also returned with a heightened sense of pride, honor, and commitment to this country and its veterans.

Peter Salerno, during his service in the U.S. Navy. Happy Memorial Day!
Peter Salerno (right), during his service in the U.S. Navy. Happy Memorial Day!

This Memorial Day, think about the military heroes and veterans in your life. How have you honored their service and sacrifice? What can you do to ensure their legacies are remembered? It is our civic duty to these brave servicemen and women that we take a moment each Memorial Day (and each day in general) to give thanks for their bravery and valor.

From all of us at Peter Salerno Inc., we hope you enjoyed a blessed, safe and thankful Memorial Day.

Paradise Found | PANTONE’s Tropical Take on 2019 Wedding Color Design

Paradise Found | PANTONE’s Tropical Take on 2019 Wedding Color Design

If you missed Pantone’s recent article on 2019 wedding color palettes, click here for the full piece – it’s a must-read for wedding planners, engaged couples and decorators.

The Pantone Color Institute and Wedding Wire collaborated on a series of four ‘aspirational but attainable’ color palettes for 2019, and the results were (predictably) magnificent. Each series of 8 to 10 Pantone colors provides a fully realized color design for four very different concepts and feels. One of these stood out to us as particularly unique and inventive; more on the Paradise Found palette in a moment!

Followers of Design Your Lifestyle are well aware how high a value we place on color design. This is especially the case for weddings; color palettes are often the first decision made by brides, grooms and planners. The color scheme of a wedding ceremony, reception and festivities sets the tone for the occasion, and modern couples constantly search for unique color ideas to stand apart from other weddings in their season.

Paradise Found | Pantone x Wedding Wire 2019 Wedding Color Palette
Paradise Found | Pantone x Wedding Wire 2019 Wedding Color Palette

A quote from Laurie Pressman, Vice President of the Pantone Color Institute:

“Color is a powerful tool – not just for enhancing aesthetics that are critical to every element of a wedding – but to evoke emotion and create the special mood that a couple wishes to communicate throughout their special day from playful and adventurous to romantic and timeless, and everything in between. In concert with the resources and planning tools from WeddingWire, these custom palettes created by The Pantone Color Institute are intended to help couples navigate their color and design choices in an inspiring, meaningful and uniquely memorable way.”

We are extremely enamored with the Paradise Found color palette cultivated by the Pantone Color Institute and Wedding Wire for the 2019 wedding season. The 10 colors in the collection resonate so beautifully with the Pantone Spring 2019 collection and its blend of inviting sea and sky tones. Paradise Found also finds harmony with Living Coral, the 2019 Pantone Color of the Year.

The steady Blanc de Blanc and Deep Lagoon provide a backbone for the audacious Firecracker and Blue Curacao. The pastel warmth of Papaya Punch is offset neatly by the blue-green of Fanfare and Spectra Green. The rich, dazzling Golden Egg rounds out the Paradise Found collection.

Again, we strongly encourage you to read the entire original article on 2019 Wedding Color Palettes by the Pantone Color Institute and Wedding Wire.

Here is a sneak peek at the eight colors selected for the Paradise Found 2019 wedding color palette.

Paradise Found | 2019 Wedding Color Palette

Curated by Pantone and Wedding Wire

Papaya Punch (PANTONE 15-1433 TCX)

Pantone 2019 wedding color Papaya Punch

Firecracker (PANTONE 16-1452 TCX)

Pantone 2019 wedding color Firecracker

Blue Curacao (PANTONE 15-4825 TCX)

Pantone 2019 wedding color Blue Curacao

Fanfare (PANTONE 18-4936 TCX)

Pantone 2019 wedding color Fanfare

Spectra Green (PANTONE 17-5335 TCX)

Pantone 2019 wedding color Spectra Green

Deep Lagoon (PANTONE 19-4540 TCX)

Pantone 2019 wedding color Deep Lagoon

Blanc de Blanc (PANTONE 11-4800 TCX)

Pantone 2019 wedding color Blanc de Blanc

Golden Egg (PANTONE 20-0034 TPM)

Pantone 2019 wedding color Golden Egg

What do YOU think about the Pantone & Wedding Wire “Paradise Found” 2019 wedding color palette? Which colors in the collection are your favorite? Scroll down and leave a comment!

Memorial Day Official Colors + Design Ideas

Memorial Day Official Colors + Design Ideas

Memorial Day is more than a long weekend and a holiday. It’s a chance to honor America’s military veterans and heroes who laid down their lives for the security and stability of the United States.

There are many ways to remember America’s finest and show honor and respect on Memorial Day. As any great designer will tell you, color can represent thoughts, feelings and emotions beautifully.

The official ribbon color of Memorial Day is yellow. But why? The earliest roots of the tradition tie to the poem “She wore a yellow ribbon”, which has been in existence for roughly 4 centuries. In it, a woman wears a yellow ribbon while waiting for a man she loves to return from a great test or trial. The tradition carried on through Protestant England, where the Puritan Army wore yellow ribbons and sashes during the English Civil War.

Yellow became the official color of the armor branch of the U.S. Army, and was first brought into popular culture by the artist Frederic Remington.

The poem “She wore a yellow ribbon” was updated into song and first published in 1917 as a military marching song by George Norton. However, the yellow ribbon’s popularity and tie to the U.S. military became entrenched during World War II, when the song was re-written and released in the 1949 film “She Wore a Yellow Ribbon”. Versions of the song were released by the Andrews Sisters, Mitch Miller and others.

Modern Americans are much more familiar with the song “Tie a Yellow Ribbon ‘Round the Old Oak Tree”, although it will surprise many to know it was not written until the 1970s.

What other Memorial Day colors are appropriate besides yellow?

Variations of red, white and blue are always welcome on Memorial Day. We also love the idea of using military shades of green to signify respect and remembrance of American soldiers and military members.

We’ve included six official Pantone colors that we think are great options for Memorial Day.

What colors do you use to observe Memorial Day? Leave a comment!

Memorial Day Design | Official Pantone Colors

Pantone Yellow C

Memorial Day official color Pantone yellow C

Pantone American Beauty

Memorial Day official color American Beauty

Pantone Star Sapphire

Memorial Day official color star sapphire

Pantone Navy Peony

Memorial Day official color  navy peony

Pantone Star White

Memorial Day official color star white

Pantone Military Olive

Memorial Day official color military olive

May 9th is National Moscato Day: Our Favorite Moscatos

May 9th is National Moscato Day: Our Favorite Moscatos

Ah, Moscato. Perhaps no other beverage has created such divisive opinions within the community of wine aficionados as the product of the Muscat grape. Although the classic Moscato D’Anti originated in Italy, derivatives and clones of the Muscat grape are now grown from Oregon to New Zealand as demand for the fruity wine soars.

The Gallo Family created National Moscato Day in 2012 to celebrate the light, sparkling sipping wine that’s taken dinner tables, wine wholesalers and liquor stores by storm over recent years.

A fresh bunch of Moscato Bianco grapes, just in time for National Moscato Day! (Credit: Wiki Commons)
A fresh bunch of Moscato Bianco grapes, just in time for National Moscato Day!

Like it or not, the Moscato craze appears here to stay! But which Moscato wines are really worth drinking?

If you’re a lover of Moscato wines – be they Orange Muscat, Muscat Blanc or Muscat Blanc Ă  Petits Grains – then May 9th is bound to be one of your favorite days of spring. But celebrating May 9th (National Moscato Day) in style isn’t quite as simple as picking up a pedestrian bottle of the fizzy wine.

As Richard Jennings, author of over 45,000 tasting notes, once noted:

America’s in the midst of a much bigger wine phenomenon than the sudden upswing in Pinot Noir sales following the 2004 release of the movie Sideways. Sales of slightly sparkling sweet wines with underlying acidity made from the Muscat grape have exploded over the past two years among younger buyers, especially Millennials — the 21 to 30 age group.

Some of these wines, especially from Italy’s Asti region, are terrific. Others, produced by huge wine conglomerates on an industrial basis looking to cash in on the latest trend, are truly dreadful.

So this National Moscato Day, how can you tell which Muscat to enjoy in your dining room, sitting room or custom wine cellar?

Imagine the custom wine cellar of your dreams. Peter Salerno makes it. (Credit Peter Salerno Inc.)
Imagine the custom wine cellar of your dreams. Peter Salerno makes it. (Credit Peter Salerno Inc.)

Here’s a great, short list of fabulous Moscatos to enjoy May 9th (or any day)!

Best Moscatos to Enjoy on National Moscato Day

1. Borgo Maragliano La Caliera Moscato D’Asti, 2014 (Italy)

At between $12-16 a bottle at most retailers, La Caliera is our favorite Italian Moscato D’Asti when it comes to a combination of taste and price. While each edition from 2013-2016 is a real winner, our selection is the 2014 vintage, full of green grape, pear and yet not overly sweet. This Borgo Maragliano Moscato D’Asti is a great pair with most desserts (even chocolate!).

The winemaker describes La Caliera as carrying a “fragrance of candied fruit, acacia flowers and a typical musky but delicate bouquet”.

2. Foris Moscato, 2013 (Rogue Valley)

Foris is a great Oregon-based brand that has a knack for versatile, light Moscato. 2013 is our favorite (2012 and 2016 aren’t half-bad either) for its low alcohol content and intriguing citrus quality. Rated an 87 by Wine Enthusiast, we also love Foris for use in mimosas and other wine-mix beverages – primarily due to the low alcohol content and orange flavor we mentioned.

At a price tag of roughly $15-17 per bottle, this is an affordable, enjoyable Moscato.

Custom wine cellar from Peter Salerno Inc. Man Cave Classics.
Custom wine cellar from Peter Salerno Inc. Man Cave Classics.

3. Stemmari Moscato, 2013 (Terre Siciliane)

This beautiful pale yellow Moscato sits neatly at 8.5% ABV and, unlike many Moscatos, serves exceptionally well as an aperitif rather than a dessert wine. Like its Foris counterpart, the 2013 vintage is exceptional, garnering a rating of 90 at the Ultimate Wine Challenge. (The 2012 is also excellent, receiving a score of 86 from Wine Enthusiast.)

Sweeter than some of its counterparts, you’ll also find the price tag a bit sweeter as well – retail average for this bottle is just about $10. If you feel like venturing out of the Asti region and into Sicily, you’ll be highly satisfied with this effort from Stemmari.