Design Your Lifestyle Turns 5: A Look Back!

Design Your Lifestyle Turns 5: A Look Back!

This month, we celebrate our fifth anniversary at Design Your Lifestyle. We’re so grateful to our readership, contributors and especially our parent company, Peter Salerno Inc. Without everyone’s support, this ‘little vision’ of ours wouldn’t have become as well-read as it is today!

Our first article was a simple-yet-delicious recipe for Rosemary Lemonade (which you can still find here). We followed that up with an exclusive interview that’s still one of our favorites to date – with Ren Miller, editor-in-chief of Design NJ Magazine.

NKBA Best Kitchen of 2012, Peter Salerno Inc. - one of our site's first features!
NKBA Best Kitchen of 2012, Peter Salerno Inc. – one of our site’s first features!

Since then, we’ve published over 450 articles about topics ranging from kitchen design to coffee makers, bath design to backsplash tile, classic Italian recipes to modern transitional design. We’ve benefited from the travels and experiences of Peter Salerno, CMKBD, as he drew design inspiration from travels to the French countryside, Moscow, and a myriad of world destinations. It was also quite a privilege to get Peter’s VIP “insider access” to renowned home design trade shows and conventions like KBIS (the Kitchen & Bath Industry Showcase, hosted by the NKBA) and the Architectural Digest Design Show.

Peter Salerno with the Miele family at KBIS 2018.
Peter Salerno with the Miele family at KBIS 2018.

We’ve also gotten exclusive information from some of the most reliable sub-contractors, specialists, designers and vendors in the custom interior, home and kitchen design industries, as well as some of Peter Salerno Inc.’s most trusted business partners. In the past, we’ve leaned heavily on the expertise and experience of people like Craig Kmiecik of Purcell Murray, Mary A. Moulds of Miele USA, and members of Peter’s staff.

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

And then there’s the stunning kitchen design, bath design, wine cellar and showroom photography, much of which is attributable to Peter Rymwid – one of the finest photographers of interiors in the world.

All this has been interlaced with fun recipes, tips and tricks for purchasing cutlery, appliances and range hoods, and exclusive looks at Peter Salerno Inc.’s world-class, award-winning design showroom.

A custom RangeCraft range hood dazzles in this Moscow kitchen design by Peter Salerno Inc.
A custom RangeCraft range hood dazzles in this Moscow kitchen design by Peter Salerno Inc.

We hope you’ve had half as much fun following Design Your Lifestyle over the last five years as we’ve had creating content for you – now, let’s get back to business. On to the next five years!

Why You Should (Still) Love the Miele Generation 6000 Range

Why You Should (Still) Love the Miele Generation 6000 Range

There are many incredible, state-of-the-art kitchen ranges on the market today. We’re (still) in love with the Miele Generation 6000 Range.

Never mind that it’s the centerpiece of Peter Salerno Inc.‘s jaw-dropping transitional kitchen design in its Wyckoff, NJ Showroom (voted Most Innovative Small Showroom by KBIS). Never mind that it’s easy to pick a front-running, world-renowned appliance maven like Miele as the brand of choice for sleek and functional ranges.

If you take away the brand, the accolades and the honors, the Generation 6000 Miele Range is still top of its class.

The flagship 48" Generation 6000 range from Miele, to be featured in the Peter Salerno inc. showroom.
The flagship 48″ Generation 6000 range from Miele, to be featured in the Peter Salerno inc. showroom.

It’s a range so incredible, Miele is comfortable referring to it simply as “The Miele Range”.

From the official Miele Range press release:

“For the first time ever, a consumer has the option to have one unifying design throughout their kitchen,” said Nick Ord, President of Miele USA. “Each piece complements the other in form and function and ensures consistent and professional results.”

The Ranges, offered in All Gas, All Electric, Induction and Dual Fuel and ranging from 30” to the flagship 48” model allow for the ultimate flexibility. Many of the innovations available in Generation 6000 can be found in the Range to create perfect harmony in a full suite of kitchen appliances. From M-Touch controls that offer effortless navigation to the ComfortSwivel handle that moves ergonomically with the motion of the user’s wrist, no detail was left out. Precise results can be expected from the M Pro Dual Stacked Burner System with up to 19,500 BTU and TrueSimmer capability and for ease of cleaning, the ComfortClean grates are dishwasher-safe.

The Rangetops, with 30”, 36” and 48” units available, deliver the ultimate in versatility – in both form and function. Featuring the M Pro Dual Stacked Burner System, users have the ability to go from sear to TrueSimmer with the turn of a knob. The M Pro Grill and M Pro Infrared Griddle available for Rangetops offer high power output, even heat distribution and constant control –allowing for the most resourceful culinary preparation.

(L to R) Anthony, Gabrielle, Tracy and Peter Salerno in the Peter Salerno Inc. showroom.(Photo: Andrew Bisdale)
(L to R) Anthony, Gabrielle, Tracy and Peter Salerno in the Peter Salerno Inc. showroom.(Photo: Andrew Bisdale)

As the reigning Most Innovative Small Showroom in North America (awarded by KBIS and the NKBA), Peter Salerno Inc. has an obligation to present new, innovative and outstanding designs, appliances and technology in its Wyckoff, New Jersey showroom. When Peter Salerno saw the Miele flagship 48″ range in person at the Oberg & Lindquist boutique appliance studio, he knew it had to be featured in his new design vignette.

“I’m thrilled to have the new Miele 48-inch range as the centerpiece of our new transitional kitchen showroom vignette,” Peter Salerno said. “It truly is the definition of modern transitional design.”

That quote, incidentally, is from Peter Salerno inc.’s Miele transitional kitchen showroom vignette launch from nearly 3 years ago. When reached for comment regarding his updated feelings about the Miele Range, Peter said simply, “The same applies.”

Need a convection oven? The Miele Range has it. M Touch display panel with a 35-degree tilt for access and visibility? You bet. Four distinct power options – All Gas, All Electric, Induction and Duel Fuel? You guessed it.

The flagship 48" Generation 6000 range from Miele, to be featured in the Peter Salerno inc. showroom.
The flagship 48″ Generation 6000 range from Miele, to be featured in the Peter Salerno inc. showroom.

Add in a built-in wireless roast probe, MasterChef™ programming, soft and close open, and optional Pro Infrared Griddle and Pro Grill features, and you have one of the most versatile kitchen ranges ever created.

Miele’s Generation 6000 built-in appliances offer the consumer the ability to have one, unifying design throughout their kitchen. The Range Series is a perfect complement – offering a seamless look and common user interface. (Source)

Need more information about the Generation 6000 Miele Range? Fill out the form below to talk to an expert, or contact (201) 251-6608 and talk to one of our experts!

Peter Salerno Talks Design Inspiration At NKBA + Miele USA Presentation

Peter Salerno Talks Design Inspiration At NKBA + Miele USA Presentation

Peter Salerno scored with a well-received presentation about custom design inspiration and innovation at a recent NKBA presentation held at Miele USA’s Princeton, New Jersey Experience Center.

Peter Salerno, CMKBD, is the owner and founder of Peter Salerno Inc., the most award-winning North American kitchen and bath design company of the 21st century.  As the keynote speaker and presenter of an NKBA Mid-Atlantic function in April 2018 at Miele USA’s Princeton Experience Center, Peter’s “Where Does Inspiration Come From?” was well-attended and well-received!

Peter Salerno Inc., NKBA presentation at Miele USA in Princeton, NJ, April 2018.

Plenty of familiar faces were on hand for this NKBA/Miele USA co-branded event, including Peter Salerno Inc.’s longtime friend and colleague Mary A. Moulds, Culinary Events Manager at Miele USA. Peter Salerno noted it was ‘humbling’ to see such a turnout for the event, with many attendees taking the time to speak to him personally both before and after the presentation.

Peter Salerno Inc., NKBA presentation at Miele USA in Princeton, NJ, April 2018.

Peter’s presentation was accompanied by visual examples of his design inspirations, followed by each inspiration’s final creation. One of the more stunning examples shown during the keynote speech was that of seagulls drifting through the ocean air, and how Peter Salerno turned that image into a stunning kitchen design innovation – embedded LED animation of seagulls over crashing waves, displayed in a kitchen island countertop.

Peter Salerno Inc., NKBA presentation at Miele USA in Princeton, NJ, April 2018.
Images of seagulls floating over the ocean air…
Peter Salerno Inc., NKBA presentation at Miele USA in Princeton, NJ, April 2018.
…led Peter Salerno Inc. to design this breathtaking LED animation embedded in a kitchen island countertop.

Peter Salerno also noted the warmth of his reception – not just by the attendees of the event, but by the representatives of Miele USA and the NKBA. It’s not always easy speaking publicly, but Peter and his team remarked how at ease they were made to feel at the spacious Miele USA Princeton Experience Center, and what a blast they had in general! By the end of the evening, everyone in attendance was sharing in refreshments, chatting like old friends, taking pictures and having a blast!

The event was a beautiful marriage of three stunning brands. When an internationally-acclaimed award-winning designer speaks at a function held by the National Kitchen + Bath Association, held inside a world-class Miele USA Experience Center, you know you’ve created something special.

We hope you enjoy these exclusive photos from the Miele USA and NKBA Mid-Atlantic event, “Where Does Inspiration Come From?”, featuring Peter Salerno of Peter Salerno Inc.!

Peter Salerno Inc., NKBA presentation at Miele USA in Princeton, NJ, April 2018. Peter Salerno Inc., NKBA presentation at Miele USA in Princeton, NJ, April 2018.

NKBA Presents Inspirational Design Seminar April 10, 2018 at Miele Experience Center

NKBA Presents Inspirational Design Seminar April 10, 2018 at Miele Experience Center

On April 10, 2018, the NKBA Mid Atlantic chapter presents a can’t-miss seminar and networking opportunity from the stunning Miele Princeton Experience Center in Princeton, New Jersey.

The keynote speaker of the evening will be Peter Salerno, CMKBD, owner and founder of Peter Salerno Inc. Since 2002, Peter Salerno Inc. is the most award-winning North American custom kitchen and bath design company, accumulating 35 national design awards over that time. 24 of those awards are from the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA), of which Peter is a valued member.

Register for NKBA Mid Atlantic's April 10th Miele event in Princeton, NJ, featuring Peter Salerno!
Register for NKBA Mid Atlantic’s April 10th Miele event in Princeton, NJ, featuring Peter Salerno!

Peter Salerno Inc. is also a distributor and business partner of Miele USA, going so far as to showcase several Miele appliances in its jaw-dropping, award-winning showroom in Wyckoff, New Jersey. With those factors in mind, it’s a natural choice for Peter Salerno to speak at the April 10th NKBA event at the Miele Princeton Experience Center.

From the NKBA Mid Atlantic website:

Peter Salerno, CMKBD of Peter Salerno, Inc. presents Where Does Inspiration Come From? Join us for this unique event at the Miele Experience Center in Princeton, NJ for our NKBA Mid Atlantic Chapter April Event.

The “Where Does Inspiration Come From?” NKBA and Miele event begins at 5:30 p.m. with cocktails and hors d’ouevres. Peter Salerno’s presentation commences at 6:00 p.m., and valuable networking time and opportunities follow.

To register online for this exclusive, valuable event, please follow this link.

The Miele Princeton Experience Center is located at 9 Independence Way, Princeton, NJ 08540. For more information on the Experience Center, you can visit its website or call (800) 843-7231 Ext: 1002.

World-Class Miele Transitional Kitchen Display: 2nd Anniversary

World-Class Miele Transitional Kitchen Display: 2nd Anniversary

Two years ago, Miele and Peter Salerno Inc. partnered on what would become one of the foremost Miele transitional kitchen displays in the world.

On Wednesday, November 4, 2015, Peter Salerno Inc., Miele, and some of the finest representatives of the custom kitchen design, appliance and hardware industries came together to celebrate the exclusive unveiling of this spectacular new transitional kitchen showroom vignette.

Peter Salerno (center) and Miele USA representatives admiring the custom kitchen island.
Peter Salerno (center) and Miele USA representatives admiring the custom kitchen island.

The new transitional kitchen vignette was not only a showcase of Peter Salerno Inc.’s award-winning transitional kitchen design efforts, but of the state-of-the-art Miele kitchen appliance line.

Miele USA was represented by Miele USA VP of Sales Bob Fava, National Director of A&D Research Group Paul McCormack, NY Metro Regional Sales Manager Dan Gallagher, and Princeton Miele Culinary Events Manager Mary Moulds.

The Island

The centerpiece of the new transitional kitchen display is a stunning kitchen island, topped with a beautiful counter designed by Galaxy Glass. The thick glass slab is embedded with stainless steel mesh for a gorgeous, clean transitional design feel, and allows the user to opt between a soft white light or color wheel display option.

Miele Culinary Events Manager (Princeton, NJ) Mary Moulds slices a beautiful tenderloin.
Miele Culinary Events Manager (Princeton, NJ) Mary Moulds slices a beautiful tenderloin with EDGES custom cutlery.

The kitchen island affords comfortable seating for three on one side and is adorned by statement globe lighting which hangs from the recessed ceiling. The recessed ceiling itself is a beautiful 9-panel design painstakingly decorated with silver leaf, and features seamless custom edge moulding.

The base of the island is an ivory white custom piece by Peter Salerno Inc., featuring the astounding Knock2Open Miele Dishwasher. Simply knock, and the dishwasher automatically opens for you – no fussy latches or slamming doors! The base also includes custom cabinetry work from Peter Salerno Inc.’s Maestro Rosolino line.

The Flooring

The flooring is a beautiful, durable faux-wood concrete which was voted on by you, the readers of Peter Salerno Inc.’s official blog. Wonderful job!

The Backsplash

The backsplash, provided by the world-class artists at Stratta, the Tile Boutique, was also voted on by readers of this blog. A seamless design that appears to be one solid pre-fab piece, it is actually comprised of over 250 meticulously set tiles.

The Salerno family celebrates the new transitional kitchen showroom vignette.
The Salerno family celebrates the new transitional kitchen showroom vignette.

The Feature Wall

In front of the backsplash, 4 glass shelves are mounted in front of LED lighting, which presents the illusion of pure white light streaming from within the shelves. A bold stainless steel range hood design was custom-designed by Peter Salerno Inc. and crafted especially for this transitional kitchen display by the artisans at Rangecraft.

The custom ivory white Maestro Rosolino cabinetry features over a dozen drawers. 6 drawers are push-to-open (to complement the Knock2Open Miele Dishwasher), with 2 more “hidden drawers” which border the Miele range in the form of moulding columns.

The Miele 48″ range and cooktop itself is a wonder of modern technology. It features a conventional range, warming drawer and storage unit, as well as a 6-burner cooktop. The range features a wireless roast probe which communicates directly with the oven. For example, if you want to cook a tenderloin to an internal temperature of 135 degrees Fahrenheit, simply turn on the oven and set the roast probe to 135. When the internal temperature of the tenderloin reaches the desired temperature, the oven will automatically shut off and alert the user that the roast is ready!

From bread to roasts, sear to bake, the Miele oven features hundreds of customizable settings to suit the needs of every chef, from amateur to professional. The 48″ Miele range also features a built-in speed oven which eliminates the need for a microwave.

The feature wall also includes a new Miele coffee maker that must be experienced to be believed! Below the coffee maker is a combination steam oven which allows user to stack cooking programs and save cooking recipes beforehand, where the user can seamlessly go in and out of cooking and steam functions or even use those functions in conjunction with each other. The combination steam oven also allows user to control the percentage of steam from 0-100% which is unique to Miele.

Each of the Miele appliances showcased in this transitional kitchen design vignette is constructed with the same look and feel- from the construction and materials to the display and functionality. Every detail is methodically crafted to provide a seamless user experience.

Professional Chef Testimonial: Why EDGES Custom Cutlery Is Superior

Professional Chef Testimonial: Why EDGES Custom Cutlery Is Superior

Culinary Specialist Explains Why You Should Own EDGES Cutlery

EDGES, the custom cutlery collection, is available exclusively from Peter Salerno Inc. Using the highest quality materials and a proprietary “hand-ground, hand-crafted” process, each piece of EDGES custom cutlery is a one-of-a-kind work of art.

Sovereign Promo Photo

The founder and creator of EDGES, Anthony Michael Salerno, designed the series of custom knives and cutlery with three objectives in mind: performance, handling, and aesthetic beauty. The ergonomics of each piece are monitored with pinpoint accuracy in mind, and early reviews of the EDGES collection rave about the “perfect balance” between handle and blade.

We could tell you so much about why we love this cutlery collection. But it’s far more important for you to know what professional chefs have to say about actually using the knives in the EDGES collection.

Miele Culinary Events Manager (Princeton, NJ) Mary Moulds slices a beautiful tenderloin.
Miele Culinary Events Manager (Princeton, NJ) Mary Moulds slices a beautiful tenderloin with EDGES custom cutlery.

Mary A. Moulds is a Culinary Events Manager for Miele USA. Based out of their Princeton, NJ, showroom, Mary is a highly-qualified professional with a great deal of responsibility (and work) on her shoulders. The knives she uses in a professional setting must be balanced, reliable, and perform to the highest of standards.

When Mary Moulds had the opportunity to handle and work with the EDGES collection, she was instantly impressed by the quality and effectiveness of the various designs in the initial fleet of custom cutlery. We asked Mary for a testimonial about her EDGES experience, and this is what she had to say.

“On November 4, 2015, I had the absolute pleasure of working with the team from Peter Salerno, Inc. as they unveiled their new Miele Transitional Kitchen Display. This was an evening where some of the industry’s finest came out in support of this modern day kitchen & design firm to see what Peter’s team had been working so diligently on. While cooking has always been my passion and I have an opportunity to do this job I love every day, it is also a great chance for me to work in someone else’s kitchen once in a while as I get to experience new and unique opportunities.

One of these opportunities was at this event where I got the exclusive chance to work on the new line of custom knives called “Edges”, designed by Anthony Michael Salerno. Everyone knows that when a chef travels, they almost always bring their own knives with them because they don’t leave home without them. Before this event, I was asked if I would try out these custom knives and give them a test run. All I can is “Wow”! Where I am normally grabbing 5-6 different knives to do particular things in the
kitchen, I was able to call 3 knives my “go-to” for the evening. There was so much versatility and flexibility in these knives that served dual purposes for the novice or experienced chef. And at last, a chef’s knife with a petite hand in mind. That has always been my problem….finding the right chef knife that worked with my small hand size but still did what I needed it to do. And now, the fact that these knives can be made custom with a pop of color or blade edge angle degree, that will suit everyone who loves to cook or spend time in the kitchen. Every once in a while you use a product that makes you feel good. This was one of those times for me. I used a knife that worked well, but more importantly, made me feel good using it. I could not have asked for more!”

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If you’re interested in the fine line of EDGES custom cutlery, please contact Peter Salerno Inc. at (201) 251-6608 for more details. 

Peter Salerno Inc. Presents EDGES Custom Cutlery

Peter Salerno Inc. Presents EDGES Custom Cutlery

Edges: Custom Cutlery by Anthony Michael Salerno

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At Peter Salerno Inc., it’s important that we not only deliver the ultimate kitchen, but the ultimate cooking experience as well. Cooking is a passion that every designer at Peter Salerno, Inc. shares. Through this passion we discovered that the most important tool while preparing food was the kitchen knife. A poor quality knife can turn cooking into a chore instead of a fun activity.

With this in mind, it is with great pride and excitement that we officially present EDGES – custom cutlery designed by Anthony Michael Salerno, available exclusively at Peter Salerno Inc.!

After speaking with dozens of home-cooks and professional chefs, Anthony Michael Salerno, AKTI, NKBA Member, designed a simple yet elegant set of cutlery for both the home kitchen and professional kitchen. Peter Salerno, Inc. collaborated with Aldo Bruno (New Jersey Steel Baron) to use only the highest quality materials and ensure that each knife is hand-ground and hand-assembled right here in New Jersey to bring each client a truly custom piece by local custom knife makers.

Miele Culinary Events Manager (Princeton, NJ) Mary Moulds slices a beautiful tenderloin.
Miele Culinary Events Manager (Princeton, NJ) Mary Moulds slices a beautiful tenderloin with EDGES custom cutlery.

The EDGES custom cutlery collection is already receiving rave reviews from industry experts and chefs alike! At the recent Peter Salerno Inc. and Miele USA showroom celebration, the EDGES collection was utilized by Mary A. Moulds, Culinary Events Manager for Miele USA (Princeton, NJ). Here are some of her glowing words regarding the EDGES custom knife collection:

There was so much versatility and flexibility in these knives that served dual purposes for the novice or experienced chef. And at last, a chef’s knife with a petite hand in mind. That has always been my problem….finding the right chef knife that worked with my small hand size but still did what I needed it to do. And now, the fact that these knives can be made custom with a pop of color or blade edge angle degree, that will suit everyone who loves to cook or spend time in the kitchen. Every once in a while you use a product that makes you feel good. This was one of those times for me. I used a knife that worked well, but more importantly, made me feel good using it. I could not have asked for more!

Anthony Michael Salerno, presenting the EDGES custom cutlery collection at a recent Peter Salerno Inc. showroom event.
Anthony Michael Salerno, presenting the EDGES custom cutlery collection at a recent Peter Salerno Inc. showroom event.

We are so grateful to Mary A. Moulds for her expertise, and her praise means the world to Anthony and the EDGES team.

What sets the EDGES collection apart from other custom cutlery and knife sets? You can find out more in Part 2 of our Peter Salerno Inc. blog exclusive series on EDGES custom cutlery, coming soon!

For more information on the EDGES custom cutlery collection, available exclusively at Peter Salerno Inc., please call (201) 251-6608 or fill out the form below.