Expert Tips on Finishing Hardware | Making Handles, Pulls + Knobs Shine

Expert Tips on Finishing Hardware | Making Handles, Pulls + Knobs Shine

Finishing hardware on your cabinets, drawers and vanities. No, don’t yawn. These features can be fabulous when done creatively!

Peter Salerno Inc. (our parent company) recently released a set of videos on their official Instagram account which highlight the unique new ways you can feature knobs, pulls and handles to dramatic effect in your kitchen design. From metallic colors to over-sized hardware, glittering crystal to intriguing textures, these features are an exciting option to add elegance to your design in unexpected ways.

Let’s take a look at these videos, which outline 3 expert design tips to make your kitchen design’s finishing hardware truly shine.

3 Expert Design Tips To Make Finishing Hardware Shine

1. Don’t be afraid to turn your hardware into jewelry.

“Hardware is the jewelry of [your] cabinetry,” Peter Salerno says on his official Instagram account. “Add something to make yourself feel like that Hollywood movie star each day!” From glass to Swarovski crystal, add a little ‘bling’ to your cabinet or vanity’s finishing hardware to add a sense of luxury to your everyday life.

One of Peter Salerno’s go-to suppliers for a dash of glitz is Richelieu Hardware.

2. Color + texture = results.

“Adding color into your kitchen makes it go from a standard space to an extraordinary space,” Peter Salerno advises. “Play with textures and finishes on small details.”

If you’re opting for white, gray or natural wood tones for your cabinets, drawers or vanity, then bold color and texture choices on their pulls, knobs and knobs can heighten their drama and “curb appeal”.

3. Play with oversized pulls, knobs, and handles.

“We have been over-sizing pulls on pot drawers and knobs on cabinets,” Peter Salerno remarks about a hot luxury trend in current kitchen design. Over-sizing handles, pulls and knobs adds a bold, eye-catching bit of flair to an accessory that can often be mundane.

The combination of oversized metallic textures on the pulls and knobs in the Instagram video above can’t help but draw your focus. Why not experiment with an over-sized representation of the metallic color (gold, silver, bronze, copper, etc.) that best complements your kitchen design?

Cooling Off | The Cool Tones of PANTONE Autumn 2019

Cooling Off | The Cool Tones of PANTONE Autumn 2019

With all the Autumn Heat dominating this fall’s color design landscape, PANTONE had to do something to cool it down a bit.

The 5 cool tones chosen by PANTONE to balance the overall heat of the Autumn 2019 Color Trend Report are thoughtful and understated. (Even the relative vibrance of a tone called Guacamole is muted when surrounded by Orange Tiger and Chili Pepper.)

Pantone Autumn 2019 Cool Color Tones

Guacamole, Eden, Evening Blue, Galaxy Blue and Bluestone offer a bridge between the core Autumn 2019 PANTONE collection and its accompanying “Classics”. Guacamole stands a bit on its own, as Eden’s lush forest green stands a bit closer to the night sky of Evening Blue. Bluestone is a versatile and ‘quiet’ blue-gray that works beautifully in traditional and transitional kitchen and bath design. Galaxy Blue is “that” mainstay blue tone – royal, elegant and alluring.

The overall steadiness of PANTONE’s Autumn 2019 cool colors is a departure from the rest of the Autumn 2019 collection, and certainly from the Bold Optimism of the Spring 2019 Color Trend Report. Spring’s ‘cool colors’ were vibrant and commanded attention; tones like Pepper Stem and Princess Blue were less ‘shrinking violet’s and more center stage.

By contrast, Fall 2019’s cool tones are more sedate, more content to provide stability in the background. While the lush elegance of Eden and Evening Blue is evident, they’re not going to dazzle you from across the room.

And that sedate beauty is precisely what this season’s Color Trend Report needed. With firecrackers like Dark Cheddar and Fruit Dove going off all over this PANTONE collection, high-visibility cream tones like Crème de Pêche and Vanilla Custard demanding their own turn in the spotlight, and the sweet tones of Sugar Almond and Peach Pink pulling some focus, the cool colors in the PANTONE Autumn 2019 collection had to provide a quiet, complementary backbone.

Let’s take a look at the 5 cool colors selected for the PANTONE Autumn/Winter 2019-2020 Color Trend Report.

PANTONE Autumn 2019 Color Trend Report: The Cool Color Tones

Guacamole (PANTONE 17-0530)

Guacamole (PANTONE 17-0530)

Eden (PANTONE 19-6050)

Eden (PANTONE 19-6050)

Evening Blue (PANTONE 19-3815)

Evening Blue (PANTONE 19-3815)

Galaxy Blue (PANTONE 19-4055)

Galaxy Blue (PANTONE 19-4055)

Bluestone (PANTONE 19-4055)

Bluestone (PANTONE 19-4055)

Which of these 5 colors (Guacamole, Eden, Evening Blue, Galaxy Blue or Bluestone) do you think is the most versatile and useful? Which would you like to use in your dream kitchen or bath design? Leave us a comment!

2019 Lavallette Breast Cancer Walk Raises Over $27,000 [PHOTOS]

2019 Lavallette Breast Cancer Walk Raises Over $27,000 [PHOTOS]

The 2019 Lavallette Breast Cancer Walk attracted more than 1,000 walkers and raised over $27,000, both record accomplishments.

The event was hosted by The Tone Foundation, Lavallette Municipal Alliance and The American Cancer Society. The Lavallette Breast Cancer Walk was created by Aggie Roberts and his wife, Josephine Sessa-Agliata, organized the walk and founded The Tone Foundation in honor of Mr. Roberts’ mother, Antoinette “Toni” Agliata, 89, who is a 25-year survivor of breast cancer.

2019 Lavallette Breast Cancer Walk photo
Aggie Harris, Peter Salerno, Gabrielle Mayer, Brian Mayer and Brielle Mayer at the 2019 Lavallette Breast Cancer Walk.

Our parent company, Peter Salerno Inc., was proud to once again be a Sponsoring Partner of the Lavallette Breast Cancer Walk. Attendees of the 2019 Walk included Peter Salerno (CMKBD), his daughter Gabrielle Mayer, son-in-law Brian Mayer, and Gabrielle and Brian’s daughter Brielle.

Peter Salerno Inc. is a custom kitchen and bath design firm based in New Jersey with an international clientele and master custom cabinetry expertise. Peter Salerno and his team are proud to be the most award-winning North American kitchen and bath design firm of the 21st century.

2019 Lavallette Breast Cancer Walk photo
The start of the 2019 Lavallette Breast Cancer Walk.

Peter and his family were overjoyed to spend part of the walk with Aggie Roberts himself, an inspirational man whose love for his mother spawned this tremendous annual fundraiser.

“Every year this day comes and it gets a little more special for me,” Mr. Roberts said to The Ocean Star. “Like all of you, I’m here for a reason. I’m here for people that are fighting this everyday. I’m here for the memory of people.”

2019 Lavallette Breast Cancer Walk photo
The official t-shirt of the 2019 Lavallette Breast Cancer Walk.

The borough of Lavallette, New Jersey, is a gorgeous point on the Jersey Shore that boasts a picturesque boardwalk, inviting beaches and some of the most beautiful shore homes in New Jersey. One of Lavallette’s most enjoyable attractions is The Music Man Singing Ice Cream Shoppe, which served as the launch point for this year’s Breast Cancer Walk.

You can learn more about the Lavallette Breast Cancer Walk, donate to The Tone Foundation or keep up-to-date on future registrations by visiting its official website.

2019 Lavallette Breast Cancer Walk photo
Peter Salerno and Brian Mayer at the 2019 Lavallette Breast Cancer Walk.

Summer Food Trend Alert: Beat the Heat With Chilled Soup Recipes

Summer Food Trend Alert: Beat the Heat With Chilled Soup Recipes

When our most trusted recipe sources start producing mass quantities of chilled soup and cold soup recipes, we take notice.

The last few days have been blazing hot in our area (the NYC/Tri-State region), with the heat index approaching 120 degrees. For food lovers, eating a hot meal in oppressive heat can be uncomfortable. Cold drinks don’t provide enough nourishment, and cold meals don’t offer enough refreshment.

The answer, according to Epicurious and other recipe experts, is cold soups.

Gazpacho cold soup recipe
Find delicious cold soup and chilled soup recipes to beat the summer heat.

We’re not just talking about gazpacho! There are some extraordinary chilled soup recipes available, with inventive minds designing new additions to the cold soup cookbook. It’s no surprise that – once again – some of our favorite selections come courtesy of Epicurious.

Epicurious’ recent list of 34 Cold Soup Recipes to Keep You Cool This Summer features no less than a half-dozen recipes we’re instantly enamored with. From a cool AND filling Chilled Coconut Corn Soup to a guacamole-inspired Chilled Avocado and Yogurt Soup with Tomato Salsa, there are plenty of savory options that will leave even the biggest appetites fulfilled.

If your idea of chilled soup on a hot day involves lighter fare, we love the intriguing Chilled Tomato and Stone Fruit recipe, as well as a Chilled Golden Tomato Bisque that requires zero cooking!

We won’t post the full Epicurious recipes here (we’re not big on plagiarism… ha!), but here are links to six of our favorite Epicurious chilled soup recipes, along with brief descriptions of each.

Try them all, and leave us a comment about the one you love most!

Links to Our Favorite Epicurious Cold Soup Recipes

1. Chilled Coconut Corn Soup

Possibly our favorite cold soup recipe on Epicurious’ list; this fulfilling soup comes stocked with corn, potatoes and onion. Coconut milk, ginger, turmeric and lime zest finish off a bright and satisfying recipe that we will be making again.

2. Cool Jade Soup

Currently holding a 100% “Make Again” rating on Epicurious, this Cool Jade Soup offering is inspired bissara, an Egyptian bean-and-herb purée. The mix of green and lima beans blends well with mint, parsley and other herbs to create a refreshing cold soup.

3. Chilled Tomato and Stone Fruit Soup

We were a bit skeptical about this recipe to start. It looked precisely like a normal gazpacho… until the stone fruit came into play. Peach and cherry ingredients give this gazpacho base a surprising – and very enjoyable – sweetness that kept us dipping our spoons into our bowls.

Cold soup recipe
Try these chilled soup recipes to cool off during a hot summer.

4. Watermelon Gazpacho with Feta Crema

Much like the Stone Fruit recipe above, we start with a gazpacho inspiration and venture off into inspired fruit-based territory. According to original author and recipe creator Susan Spungen, the key is a super-juicy, heavy watermelon.

5. Chilled Golden Tomato Bisque

This no-cook recipe is the height of ease; we found the final result every bit as enjoyable as the short prep period. The notes of sherry and mild honey are small but pop beautifully out of the heavy bisque broth, giving a sweet touch to a savory soup.

6. Lemongrass-Ginger-Carrot Soup

In terms of visual presentation, this soup might have the most beautiful color of any on the list. The mellow gold color of this chilled soup is due to carrots and ginger, and a healthy dose of chicken bone broth adds texture. Feel free to try this one hot as well.

PANTONE Home + Interiors 2020 Color Forecast | A First Look

PANTONE Home + Interiors 2020 Color Forecast | A First Look

In the latest edition of what has become a must own series for home and interior design enthusiasts, PANTONE explores “Color for a New Era: Trends, Twists and Tweaks.”

PANTONEVIEW home + interiors 2020 is an essential style guidebook to color trends for the upcoming year in home design. From the official PANTONE release:

PANTONEVIEW home + interiors 2020 guides us into this new era reinforcing the notion that muted and vibrant tones can co-exist, and that a traditional style, especially when tweaked with futuristic touches, offers an unusual and original approach to a product or an interior.

PANTONEVIEW home + interiors 2020

PANTONEVIEW home + interiors 2020 is more than the ‘book’ itself; it comes with an enclosed USB drive featuring forecast imagery separated by color family and projected color palettes. In addition, each book comes with a complimentary PANTONE Color Software Manager download which allows you integrate PANTONE colors into digital designs. It’s the perfect way to ensure that your digital design presents the exact color palette you will see in your finished home design space.

What can we learn from the colors presented in this PANTONE forecast? Primarily, that we can throw some staid, traditional color design “rules” out the window. Of particular note to our team at ‘Design Your Lifestyle’ was the re-imagining of traditional neutral tones – taking their place as ‘anchor’ tones in color palettes are more diverse shades like Infinity (a gorgeous dusky blue), Plum Kitten (a gray with very faint reddish-purple undertones), and the classic Maroon.

While ‘neutral’ takes on a different role in this collection, green and floral tones are dominant. We are enamored with the two green colors in the set (Smoke Green and Watercress), which open up a myriad of pairing options. We love the green tones with the light mustard-yellow Acacia, the peachy Dusty Pink, and the punchy Super Pink.

In all, there are 72 forecasted colors in the PANTONEVIEW home + interiors 2020 guide; we’ve narrowed our preview of this collection to 8 of our very favorite from the “Beyond the Pale” series. We’d love to know what you think about the color palette – leave us a comment!

PANTONEVIEW home + interiors 2020 Preview | “Beyond the Pale” Palette

Dusty Pink (PANTONE 14-1316 TCX)

PANTONE Dusty Pink

Smoke Green (PANTONE 15-6315 TCX)

PANTONE Smoke Green

Super Pink (PANTONE 17-2625 TCX)

PANTONE Super Pink

Acacia (PANTONE 13-0640 TCX)

PANTONE Acacia

Watercress (PANTONE 13-0640 TCX)

PANTONE Watercress

Maroon (PANTONE 18-1619 TCX)

PANTONE Maroon

Plum Kitten (PANTONE 18-1619 TCX)

PANTONE Plum Kitten

Infinity (PANTONE 17-4015 TCX)

PANTONE Infinity

Our Updated Guide to World-Class Grilling | Expert Grill Tips

Our Updated Guide to World-Class Grilling | Expert Grill Tips

When you’re a branch of the most award-winning custom kitchen design firm of the 21st century, the way you cook is very important. And when summer at the shore is your favorite time (and place) of the year, “getting your grill game” up to par is a must!

5 steps to becoming a better grill cook this summer! (Photo: Gyfjonas via Wiki Commons)
5 steps to becoming a better grill cook this summer! (Photo: Gyfjonas via Wiki Commons)

Making the leap from “throwing a few things on the barbecue” to becoming a grill master seems daunting. But like any journey worth taking, you shouldn’t look at it as a “leap” at all. Every skill is learned and mastered over the course of thousands of baby steps. It’s the same lifelong process that led Peter Salerno (CMKBD) to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a master craftsman and artisan. From his father’s cabinetry business in Sicily to Peter’s award-winning custom design firm in America, Peter’s journey to becoming a master wouldn’t have happened if his father hadn’t taken the first step so many years ago.

Using the Salerno backstory as inspiration, let’s break the journey to becoming a grill expert into smaller steps and look at what YOU can do to become a better grill cook this summer!

Expert Grilling Step 1: The Proper Grill

Peter Salerno is an avid grill enthusiast, with stellar grill equipment at his home, beach house, and award-winning showroom in Wyckoff, New Jersey. From Weber grills to Miele grill tops to La Cornue rotisseries, Peter understands that world-class grilling begins with world-class grill appliances.

Regardless of your budget, there is generally a ‘best option’ at most price points for grill hardware. Whether you choose gas, charcoal or pellet is entirely up to you and your personal taste; there are reputable reviews and ratings of every style readily available online. But whether you inevitably choose Weber, NexGrill, Kenmore or another brand, the type of grill is every bit as important as the brand.

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You’re going to get a much different taste experience off a pellet grill, for example, than you would off charcoal. That doesn’t make one better than the other; it’s simply about your preference. Do you like the woodsier taste a pellet grill may provide, or the traditional smoke of a charcoal grill? Do you prefer the clean efficiency of a gas grill? There is no right answer to those questions – the only “correct” answer is what suits you best.

Each type of grill brings its own perks and its own unique cleaning and maintenance regimen; make sure you read up on these as well!

Expert Grilling Step 2: The Proper Ingredients

All else being equal, a great steak is going to taste better than a mediocre one. (Obviously, you can foul up a great steak as easily as a poor one, but let’s focus on the upside here!)

There really isn’t a ton to say here. It’s worth buying better quality raw ingredients. Spring for the fresher, in-season vegetables. Spend a few more dollars on the right cut of meat, or the higher-quality seasoning.

Expert Grilling Step 3: The Proper Technique

Learning how to grill properly is the most intimidating step in this process; don’t be scared! The Internet has made the journey from novice to expert grill cook so much simpler.

Start with the Epicurious Guide to GrillingWe love it. It’s a soup-to-nuts (or in this case, burger-to-chop) guide to grilling techniques and ingredients, from some of the best amateur and professional grillmasters today.

Get yourself a great Bluetooth or WiFi thermometer. Seriously. There are some amazing Bluetooth applications out there that gauge the temperature of your grill AND the internal temperate of what you’re grilling. Whether you’re cooking with the grill top open or closed, you can monitor the process of your meal no matter where you are. Gone are the days when you had to hover over your grill like a vulture, out of fear you’ve over-cooked!

We love the Weber iGrill 2 Bluetooth Thermometer; unless you’re on a smaller budget, it’s currently our favorite product on the market. If you’re looking for a WiFi-based alternative rather than connecting to Bluetooth, we suggest the ThermoPro TP20 Wireless Meat Thermometer

Expert Grilling Step 4: The Proper Accompaniments + Sides

Don’t just slather a ton of sauce on your beautifully grilled meat, vegetables or vegan substitutes! The right sides, dressings, dips and garnishes can make or break your summer grill meals.

We found an awesome treasure trove of Grilling Dips & Sauces courtesy of Patricia C. Wilson. We strongly encourage you to jump over to Patricia’s site and take a look at her grilling dips and sauces; there are some really unique, simple preparations that are going to ‘wow’ your dinner guests!

There’s also a wonderful piece on the Williams-Sonoma blog courtesy of their Test Kitchen chef, Belle English. Belle encourages us to “just buy the sauce or rub” – sometimes, there’s no reason to over-think the process! Belle does go on to provide some highly valuable advice on what sauces and rubs to pair with different types of meats, and how to incorporate them into your meal’s preparation.

Expert Grilling Step 5: The Proper Company

Well-prepared food is like any beautiful creation; it’s best when shared with others and consumed by people who will appreciate it! Expert grilling is meant to be shared with family, friends and loved ones.

So now that you’ve taken the first steps to improving your “grill skills”, it’s time to gather the people you care for around a big table, spread out some big family-style dishware, and have a summer grill celebration to remember!

Trending Red + Blue Tones For 4th of July Design

Trending Red + Blue Tones For 4th of July Design

The 4th of July is all about expressing your American patriotism – so make sure you’re doing so in the most stylish way possible!

The freedom of expression is one of the great liberties Americans possess. Within that right is the ability to create, express and design your lifestyle in ways you find beautiful. Independence Day is a perfect occasion to blend your personal style with the colors that represent American pride.

4th of July Pantone color palette Peter Salerno Inc.

Red and blue color tones take center stage on the 4th of July, with re-imaginations of the American flag everywhere you look. From classic, traditional salutes to the flag to trendy takes on red and blue shades, patriotic color design extends from clothing to furniture, accessories to decor, and residential to commercial expressions.

So, how can you set yourself apart this 4th of July if everyone’s working with the same two colors?

Our trusted advisors at PANTONE – the world’s foremost authority on color – have their finger on the pulse of color, design and application. Consistently ahead of the curve on color theory and intelligence, PANTONE provides informative articles as well as the world’s finest color matching system.

Smart design experts understand what a valuable resource PANTONE can be. We’ve taken their expertise and applied it to the 4th of July, searching their latest articles, trend forecasts and color palettes for our favorite red and blue hues to inspire your Independence Day style.

We’ve developed a palette of 8 colors – 4 reds and 4 blues – upon which to build our 4th of July color design. A series of versatile blues spans from light and airy to rich and stable. The four red tones sizzle with all the pizzazz of 4th of July fireworks.

We’d love to know which red and blue tones you like best – Happy 4th of July, and make sure to leave us a comment!

4th of July Color Palette | PANTONE Reds + Blues

Fruit Dove

4th of July Pantone color palette Fruit Dove

Fiesta

4th of July Pantone color palette Fiesta

Valiant Poppy

4th of July Pantone color palette Valiant Poppy

Chili Pepper

4th of July Pantone color palette Chili Pepper

Eclipse

4th of July Pantone color palette Eclipse

Galaxy Blue

4th of July Pantone color palette Galaxy Blue

Princess Blue

4th of July Pantone color palette Princess Blue

Sky Blue

4th of July Pantone color palette Sky Blue