Our Favorite Exclusive Photos from KBIS 2018

Our Favorite Exclusive Photos from KBIS 2018

Thanks to Peter Salerno of Peter Salerno Inc., we get to bring you exclusive insider access from the hottest, most influential kitchen and bath design industry convention of the year – KBIS 2018!

The Kitchen & Bath Industry Showcase (KBIS) is a massive annual convention hosted by the NKBA (National Kitchen and Bath Association) that has grown into the most must-see design industry convention in North America. KBIS 2018 emanated from Orlando, Florida, which has become its home over the last several years.

The KBIS 2018 Conference takes place January 9-11, 2018, in Orlando, Florida.
The KBIS 2018 Conference takes place January 9-11, 2018, in Orlando, Florida.

Besides the largest kitchen and bath design exhibitor showcase in North America, KBIS 2018 was a spectacle to behold. From an opening keynote address from 4-time Super Bowl Champion Terry Bradshaw to the IBS closing concert from Chicago, KBIS was packed with innovation, information, networking opportunities and entertainment galore.

As owner of the most award-winning North American kitchen and bath design firm of the 21st century, Peter Salerno is closely tied to the wonderful team at the NKBA, and makes it a point to visit the annual KBIS convention. In other years, Peter has appeared on panels, in videos and on stage to accept awards. This year, Peter took a step back and immersed himself in all the sights, sounds and news that KBIS 2018 had to offer.

And trust us – there was plenty to take in!

Peter Salerno Inc. provided us with these exclusive photos (and background information) from KBIS 2018, as a taste of who they saw, what they learned, and how the kitchen and bath design industry may be shaped in 2018.

For more information and access to these photos from KBIS 2018, please visit and follow Peter Salerno Inc. on Facebook!

Exclusive photos from KBIS 2018
Peter Salerno with the Miele family at KBIS 2018.
Lapitec introduced a counter space that provides induction heat.
…And Lapitec’s counter that helps you keep items chilled!
The Elkay USA sink display at KBIS 2018. Peter Salerno loved it!
The Argentin BBQ display at KBIS 2018.
Delta Faucet has partnered with Alexa to bring impressive tech into the kitchen in 2018.

Happy New Year From Design Your Lifestyle!

Happy New Year From Design Your Lifestyle!

2017 has come and gone, and what a fabulous year it was for custom home design! From dazzling kitchen designs and bath designs, to color trends from Pantone, to design trends that featured neutrals, metallics and more, 2017 was certainly an eye-catching year for design lovers everywhere.

On behalf of everyone at Design Your Lifestyle – and our parent company, Peter Salerno Inc. – we wish you a safe, blessed and Happy New Year! We certainly predict that 2018 will be every bit as fulfilling and stylish of a design year as 2017 was.

Let’s take a brief look back at this intriguing year in design, and highlight some of 2017’s most popular and interesting trends, designs and style choices.

2017: A Year in Home Design

Pantone Names “Greenery” its 2017 Color of the Year

Pantone's 2017 Color of the Year is Greenery (15-0343).
Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year is Greenery (15-0343).

Neutral Tones Come to the Forefront of Home Design

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

Metallics and Matte Appliances Provide Sleek Kitchen Design

Peter Salerno Inc. kitchen design featured by NorthJersey.com. (Photo: Peter Rymwid)
Peter Salerno Inc. kitchen design featured by NorthJersey.com. (Photo: Peter Rymwid)

Designer Showhouses: The New Trend in Home Design Displays

The 2017 Designer Showhouse of New Jersey in Saddle River, NJ.
The 2017 Designer Showhouse of New Jersey in Saddle River, NJ.

2017 KBIS: The Finest Industry Showcase of the Year

The Judging Panel from KBIS 2017's Tiny House Design Challenge.
The Judging Panel from KBIS 2017’s Tiny House Design Challenge.
Anthony, Gabrielle and Peter Salerno with Teddwood under a Peter Salerno Inc. design photo.
Anthony, Gabrielle and Peter Salerno with Teddwood under a Peter Salerno Inc. design photo.
The new NKBA Certification Book cover, with Peter Salerno Inc. kitchen design photo.
The new NKBA Certification Book cover, with Peter Salerno Inc. kitchen design photo.

Our Favorite Italian Christmas Cookies Recipe

Cooking With Nonna’s Recipe for Italian Christmas Cookies

When it comes to authentic Italian cooking, you can’t do any better than going to the source itself – an Italian grandma! So it’s no wonder that we love the site Cooking With Nonna, filled with delicious Italian recipes straight from the kitchens of Italian grandmothers.

Cooking With Nonna’s mission is “Sharing Grandma’s Italian recipes with the new generations”, and we love the idea. From appetizers to entrees, lunches to dinners to desserts, the site features some great Italian classics and modern spins on your favorite old-world Italian dishes.

You MUST try this almond coffee Italian Christmas cookie recipe. (Photo credit: Cooking with Nonna)
You MUST try this almond coffee Italian Christmas cookie recipe. (Photo credit: Cooking with Nonna)

Cooking With Nonna is the creation of Rossella and Vito Rago. Rossella travels to the kitchens of grandmothers from all regions of Italy, bringing you the greatest recipes (and secret family recipes!) from all over Italy.

This recipe for Almond Coffee Cookies is one of our all-time favorites, and will be one of the recipes that we use when they make Christmas cookies this year. We’re looking forward to taking it to our parent company Peter Salerno Inc.’s flagship showroom and making another batch myself!

Try it out for yourself, and see how these amazing flavors combine in your mouth for a beautiful Italian holiday dessert experience.

Italian Christmas Cookie Recipe: Almond Coffee Cookies (from Cooking With Nonna)

Ingredients:

  • 1 Lb Almonds
  • 1/2 Lb Sugar
  • Zest of 2 medium lemons
  • 3 Egg whites
  • 1 Tbs Espresso Ground Coffee
  • 2 Tbs Unsweetened Cocoa powder
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar for glazing (put it in a flat plate for rolling)
  • 50 Whole coffee beans

Preparation:

  • To prepare the paste, boil the almonds and remove the peel. Once they are cold and somewhat dry, put them in a food processor or a blender and chop them finely.
  • Put the chopped almonds in a bowl, add the zest of the two lemons, the sugar, the ground coffee and the cocoa powder.  Mix everything very well.
  • Add the egg whites and mix until the egg whites dilute the sugar and the mixture becomes a paste.
  • Take a lump of mixture in your hand, roll it into a ball the size slightly smaller than a golf ball.
  • Roll the ball completely into the sugar and place it on a baking sheet.
  • Slightly insert a coffee bean on top of each cookie.
  • Roll all your cookies and bake them for 30 mins. at 350F.

See more by clicking on this link and visiting Cooking With Nonna!

The 2017 Peter Salerno Inc. Christmas Party Photos

The 2017 Peter Salerno Inc. Christmas Party Photos

Peter Salerno Inc. held its 2017 Christmas party inside the beautiful confines of its award-winning design showroom in Wyckoff, New Jersey earlier this month. As usual, the event was attended by family, friends, associates, staff and a few very special (and very cute) guests!

2017 brought several new babies into the Peter Salerno Inc. family – Gabrielle Salerno-Mayer’s daughter Brielle and Nadya Russov’s daughter Olivia join Anthony Salerno’s daughter Jesse as the next generation of passionate designers! As you’d expect, these beautiful little ladies were the main attraction at this year’s Christmas festivities.

Of course, something that’s always a featured treat at Peter Salerno Inc. showroom gatherings is Peter Salerno’s culinary creations! For 2017, Peter made a few of his special sauces . The first two sauces was a bolognese sauce with three meats, sweet peas, shredded prosciutto and a splash of merlot. The second sauce was a metro sauce, featuring plum tomatoes, eggplant, zucchini, mushrooms, prosciutto and heavy cream.

Peter Salerno was joined by some of his most cherished business associates at the Christmas 2017 party as well. Guests included longtime friend and photographer Peter Rymwid, Nicole Sakosits (owner of Stratta, the Tile Boutique), and staff from New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Peter is also blessed to be surrounded by his family this holiday season – his wife Tracy, son Anthony, daughter Gabrielle, daughter-in-law Eve, son-in-law Bryan, father Rosolino, and two beautiful grandchildren (the adorable Jesse and Brielle mentioned earlier).

There are many reasons for Peter Salerno and the Peter Salerno Inc. family to feel blessed during Christmas and the 2017 holiday season. The most important of all, as always, is the love and bond of family and friends, and the time and talents of Peter’s professional family.

Enjoy these exclusive photos from the 2017 Peter Salerno Inc. Christmas Party – we hope they add a little warmth and love to your day!

Your Christmas 2017 Pantone Color Design Palette

Your Christmas 2017 Pantone Color Design Palette

The 2017 Christmas season is upon us – party hosts and decorators, that means it’s time to rejoice! The holiday season brings countless opportunities (and excuses) to entertain guests, re-decorate your living spaces, or to just have a great party!

The mark of a memorable Christmas party, get-together, or occasion is always the ones you’re with, and the warmth of their company. But don’t underrate ambience and presentation! A unique, well-thought-out design approach can set your living space up as the Christmas party people will be talking about for years to come.

Christmas 2017 Pantone color design collection, courtesy Design Your Lifestyle.
Christmas 2017 Pantone color design collection, courtesy Design Your Lifestyle.

From the award-winning design firm at Peter Salerno Inc. to the expert publications we source, “Design Your Lifestyle” knows that color -and color design – is key in the presentation of any party or in the refreshment of any living space.

Based on the color design schemes, patterns and trends of 2017 – and the traditional colors of the season – we’ve created a Christmas 2017 color palette for designers, decorators, party hosts, or those of you just looking for a holiday-inspired design project this year.

From greens to neutrals to pops of natural red, here’s your Christmas 2017 Pantone color design palette (along with Pantone TCX numbers for easy reference)!

Your Christmas 2017 Pantone Color Design Palette

1. Peppermint (Pantone 16-6329 TCX)

Any color design palette based on 2017 trends starts with a natural, crisp green (see Greenery, Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year). For the 2017 Christmas season, that color is Peppermint (and why wouldn’t it be?). A slightly cooler green, Peppermint is reminiscent of winter foliage, mint leaves, and is a generally pleasant and inviting tone.

Christmas 2017 color design: Pantone Peppermint
Christmas 2017 color design: Pantone Peppermint

2. Poinsettia (Pantone 17-1654 TCX)

Poinsettia is a fiery red that will liven up any design – be it graphic, wardrobe or living/home space. A classic Christmas red, Poinsettia will instantly bring up visions of Santa’s suit, candy canes and Rudolph’s nose.

Christmas 2017 color design: Pantone Poinsettia
Christmas 2017 color design: Pantone Poinsettia.

3. Marshmallow (Pantone 11-4300 TCX)

2017 was a year where neutral colors dominated the design landscape. Our 2017 Christmas homage to that trend begins with Marshmallow, a gentle off-white with just a hint of warm yellow. A fresh white neutral that can certainly serve as a primary or complementary design color, Marshmallow will instantly open up your design options.

Christmas 2017 color design: Pantone Marshmallow
Christmas 2017 color design: Pantone Marshmallow

4. Holly Green (Pantone 16-5932 TCX)

If you want a green shade in your Christmas 2017 design that’s a bit more “blue spruce”, then Holly Green is for you. Holly Green pairs well with cooler colors, with blue-tone neutrals, and more natural, earth-tone hues (browns and tans). And if we’re going to have Holly Green…

Christmas 2017 color design: Pantone Holly Green
Christmas 2017 color design: Pantone Holly Green

5. Holly Berry (Pantone 17-1633 TCX)

…then why not have its counterpart, Holly Berry? These two shades actually work quite well together – as they do in nature, of course. A far less dominating red than Poinsettia, Holly Berry is a great shade of red for parties and design schemes with a more “vintage” feel.

Christmas 2017 color design: Pantone Holly Berry
Christmas 2017 color design: Pantone Holly Berry

6. Gingerbread (Pantone 18-1244 TCX)

And now, for the neutral tone that pulls the collection together. Gingerbread is a warm, inviting brown neutral that ties our Christmas 2017 Pantone color design collection together. If you want to work with strictly neutrals, try a Gingerbread and Marshmallow combination as well!

Christmas 2017 color design: Pantone Gingerbread
Christmas 2017 color design: Pantone Gingerbread

Why Should You Choose a Custom Range Hood For Your Kitchen?

Why Should You Choose a Custom Range Hood For Your Kitchen?

You’re ready to create or update the custom kitchen design of your dreams. Working with the very best kitchen designers (like 30-time national award winner Peter Salerno Inc.), you’ve settled on the finest luxury appliances, the perfect counter surface and backsplash, statement lighting, and a gorgeous kitchen island.

Peter Salerno Inc. 2015 2nd place, Best Large Kitchen, NKBA. (Photo: Peter Rymwid)
Using reclaimed tin in kitchen designs: just one way Peter Salerno Inc. creates the custom range hood of your dreams.

But what will you do to take your dream kitchen to the next level? What will make your kitchen the one-of-a-kind custom creation that will truly make it the envy of your guests?

Experts like Peter Salerno, CMKBD, agree that a custom range hood for your cooktop and range is the perfect statement piece to adorn any truly unique kitchen design.

“The hood and refrigerator are key elements in creating the ultimate kitchen,” Peter Salerno Inc. notes. “We have our own designs custom-made to our exact specifications so each of our clients has one-of-a-kind pieces, made right here in New Jersey.”

A custom range hood, when created masterfully, reflects the taste and personal style of the kitchen’s owner while adding a tone of elegance and unique backstory to your kitchen.

Another Peter Salerno Inc. custom range hood.(Credit Peter Rymwid)
Another Peter Salerno Inc. custom range hood.(Credit Peter Rymwid)

Imagine being able to tell your family, friends and guests that your range hood is made from reclaimed tin collected from classic gas stations along Route 66. Think about the elegant, opulent story your kitchen will tell if your range hood is custom-made from materials taken from a speakeasy once owned by Al Capone or an historic jazz club in New Orleans.

Your kitchen can tell these stories with its very own custom range hood, designed exclusively for you by Peter Salerno Inc. and its network of master craftsmen and artisans. Working with its own staff of skilled artisans, as well as industry leaders and innovators like Rangecraft, Peter Salerno Inc. will create a state-of-the-art, unique range hood for your kitchen that is both fully functional and truly one-of-a-kind.

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

For more information about Peter Salerno Inc. and its custom range hoods for your kitchen, visit their official website, call (201) 251-6608, or fill out the contact form below.

Best Food Gifts of 2017, According to NorthJersey.com

Best Food Gifts of 2017, According to NorthJersey.com

The season of stylish 2017 gift-giving trends continues here on “Design Your Lifestyle”! In this article, we feature another wonderful list of gifts for the 2017 holiday season – this time, centered around food, the kitchen and kitchen design.

The list, compiled by NorthJersey.com (part of the USA Today Network), is a fine collection of food items, pantry items, cutlery, glassware and sweets. Much like the previous list we featured, we selected Esther Davidowitz’s piece for its scope of options, selective nature and inclusivity (there’s a little something for everyone on your list). Ms. Davidowitz serves as the Food Editor for NorthJersey.com, and her expertise certainly shines here.

Try a pickle subscription as a cool 2017 holiday gift idea! (Photo credit: Wiki Commons)
Try a pickle subscription as a cool 2017 holiday gift idea! (Photo credit: Wiki Commons)

For the rest of Esther Davidowitz’s wonderful list of 2017 holiday food and kitchen gift ideas, please visit her full article on NorthJersey.com!

We’ll admit a little bias – as we’re based in northern New Jersey, this list is of particular appeal to us. Each item on the list is created by a local artisan, shop or chef in the northern NJ area. However, that doesn’t exclude the rest of you – a majority of these items are available to buy online, or to ship directly to you through the individual storefront or merchant.

The intent of this article is not only to inform holiday gift buyers, but to support local business and small businesses during the 2017 holiday season – a concept we absolutely love. As Esther Davidowitz explains in the opening to her article:

Of course you can show your appreciation with a bottle of wine or a bouquet of flowers, but if your host is a food lover (isn’t everyone?) consider giving a food gift. Not just any food, but rather a treat that isn’t just delicious but also made in North Jersey. This way you can nourish your host and support your local businesses simultaneously.

That’s the kind of smart, stylish thinking that we can get behind when it comes to 2017 Christmas shopping and holiday shopping in general, Esther!

Here are a few of our favorite gems from Ms. Davidowitz’s list of 2017 food gifts and kitchen gifts, as featured on NorthJersey.com.

Selections from Esther Davidowitz’s 2017 Food Gift Ideas

1. Pickle Subscriptions from Pickle-icious

We know this one made you look twice – and that’s why we love it. Never mind that Pickle-licious is well-known in northern New Jersey as a go-to for pickle lovers – the store ships nationwide and offers a variety of pickle options in 3 and 6-month subscriptions. Pickle-icious offers subscriptions in quart and gallon sizes as well. What’s not to love?

2. Essie Spice Blends, Essie Spice

Essie Spice Blends are a tremendous way to introduce yourself to the flavors of west Africa in a genuine way. Owner Essie Bartels grew up in Ghana and sources all of her core spice blend ingredients from west Africa directly. Essie’s spice blends have achieved enough acclaim to be available in northern NJ Shoprite and Whole Foods locations – so they certainly have a place in the kitchen of any adventurous, flavor-loving cook.

3. Custom Handmade Cutlery, EDGES Custom Cutlery

EDGES Custom Cutlery Sommelier Collection, 2017.
EDGES Custom Cutlery Sommelier Collection, 2017.

Avid readers of “Design Your Lifestyle” already know all about our obsession with EDGES Custom Cutlery, one of the finest unique, hand-crafted cutlery houses in the United States. Rather than talking about the EDGES collections again here, check out what we’ve said about them in the recent past!

4. Chocolate Ganache Leather Notebook, Sook Pastry

Sook Pastry’s “The Notebook” isn’t just another chocolate gift assortment for the holidays. “It’s a gift of a lifetime,” owner Izzy Yanay told Esther Davidowitz in her article. Not only do you get a beautiful assortment of chocolate ganache pieces, but you receive them in a stunning faux-leather memory box that you can re-purpose after eating your treats!

For the rest of Esther Davidowitz’s wonderful list of 2017 holiday food and kitchen gift ideas, please visit her full article on NorthJersey.com!