A Tour of the Veterans Memorial Home in Paramus, NJ

A Tour of the Veterans Memorial Home in Paramus, NJ

Courage is always in style. When Peter Salerno and his daughter Gabrielle had the opportunity to visit the Veterans Memorial Home in Paramus, New Jersey, it was an offer that they couldn’t pass up.

A veteran of the United States Navy, Peter Salerno (owner of Peter Salerno Inc., the most award-winning North American custom kitchen and bath design firm of the 21st century) was humbled and honored to spend time with the residents of the Veterans Memorial Home. Operated by the State of New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, the Paramus Veterans Memorial Home is a living love letter to those who have sacrificed bravely for the United States.

Peter Salerno visits the Paramus Veterans Memorial Home in NJ.
Peter Salerno visits the Paramus Veterans Memorial Home in NJ.

Peter and Gabrielle experienced an informative, life-changing tour, led expertly by two individuals: Anthony, the Home’s Recreation Director, and Susan, its Volunteer Director.

The mission statement of the Veterans Memorial Homes of New Jersey:

To honor and serve the Military Veteran, their spouses and Gold Star Parents by consistently providing the highest quality of resident directed long term care by maintaining excellence in personal services and treatment through professional collaboration, innovation and dedication; in a setting that promotes dignity and independence…. Our Homes provide a dignified environment to Veterans who have honorably served our country, and are now in need for nursing home services.

Peter Salerno visits the Paramus Veterans Memorial Home in NJ.
Peter Salerno visits the Paramus Veterans Memorial Home in NJ.

The Veterans Memorial Home is a beautiful facility, but the true beauty of the Home is its residents. The oldest residents are 102 years old and are proud veterans of World War II. Meeting these individuals was a privilege that Peter Salerno states he “will never forget”.

The benefits of the Home extend from veterans to their spouses, as well as to qualifying Gold Star parents of military veterans.

After his tour, Peter Salerno signed up to become a volunteer at the Paramus Veterans Memorial Homes. Peter and his family encourage citizens of New Jersey to explore becoming volunteers at these valuable Homes – volunteer efforts are greatly needed, and any amount of time one can dedicate is of tremendous value.

Peter Salerno visits the Paramus Veterans Memorial Home in NJ.
Peter Salerno visits the Paramus Veterans Memorial Home in NJ.

It was a day of gratitude for Peter Salerno and Gabrielle Mayer. Thank you to the volunteers who guided this wonderful tour, the NJ Veterans Affairs Department for housing our invaluable veterans and military heroes, and to the veterans of the United States Military for all they have given our country.

For more information about the Paramus Veterans Memorial Home and all the Homes in New Jersey, please visit the official website of NJ Veterans Affairs.

Peter Salerno visits the Paramus Veterans Memorial Home in NJ.
Peter Salerno visits the Paramus Veterans Memorial Home in NJ.

Peter Salerno Inc.’s Holiday 2018-19 Office Hours + Closing Dates

Peter Salerno Inc.’s Holiday 2018-19 Office Hours + Closing Dates

Even the hardest-working team in the kitchen and bath design industry needs a few days off to celebrate the holidays with family! Peter Salerno Inc., the most award-winning North American custom kitchen and bath design firm since 2002, has updated its hours for December 2018 and early January 2019. We wanted to note those changes here, in case you were interested in visiting the award-winning Peter Salerno Inc. showroom and offices in Wyckoff, New Jersey.

(We couldn’t resist throwing in some adorable showroom photos of the “girls” of Peter Salerno Inc. – including Peter and Tracy’s 3 granddaughters, Jesse, Brielle and Aria!)

Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Peter Salerno's granddaughters and the 'girls' of Peter Salerno Inc.!
Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Peter Salerno’s granddaughters and the ‘girls’ of Peter Salerno Inc.!

Here are the updated Peter Salerno Inc. office and showroom closings for this holiday season.

Peter Salerno Inc. Showroom + Office Closings: Holiday 2018

The award-winning Peter Salerno Inc. showroom and offices in Wyckoff, New Jersey will be CLOSED on the following dates:

  • Saturday, December 22, 2018
  • Sunday, December 23, 2018
  • Monday, December 24, 2018
  • Tuesday, December 25, 2018
  • Saturday, December 29, 2018
  • Sunday, December 30, 2018
  • Monday, December 31, 2018
  • Tuesday, January 1, 2019

For more information and contact details regarding appointments at the Peter Salerno Inc. showroom and offices, please visit the official Peter Salerno Inc. website.

Peter Salerno's granddaughter, Jesse, playing with Elliot the Elf on a Shelf!
Peter Salerno’s granddaughter, Jesse, playing with Elliot the Elf on a Shelf!

From the entire Peter Salerno Inc. staff, Peter and Tracy Salerno, their children, grandchildren and extended ‘design family’, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a very Happy New Year!

Reclaimed Tin + Swarovski Crystal Used in Beautiful Kitchen Design

Reclaimed Tin + Swarovski = Beautiful Kitchen Design

This beautiful kitchen in Colts Neck, New Jersey, received an amazing interior design makeover from Peter Salerno Inc. The makeover was due in large part to two items that at first glimpse have nothing to do with one another: reclaimed tin, and gorgeous Swarovski crystal.

But when these two design elements are combined in the hands of a master designer and craftsman like Peter Salerno, the results are extraordinary. Peter Salerno refinished the reclaimed tin and embedded it with the beautiful Swarovski crystals, and here are the results:

Reclaimed tin and Swarovski crystal, used to amazing results in this kitchen makeover. (Credit Peter Salerno Inc.)
Reclaimed tin and Swarovski crystal, used to amazing results in this kitchen makeover. (Credit Peter Salerno Inc.)
Another view of this reclaimed tin & Swarovski kitchen makeover. (Credit Peter Salerno Inc.)
Another view of this reclaimed tin & Swarovski kitchen makeover. (Credit Peter Salerno Inc.)

As you can see, the Swarovski-encrusted reclaimed tin is lit on the ceiling above a handcrafted kitchen island, creating a dazzling effect that the homeowners love. The kitchen was also fitted with new tile, custom cabinetry, and state-of-the-art oven and range. The reclaimed tin was also molded into a gorgeous custom tin range hood.

If you’d like more information about this kitchen makeover, or if you’d like to schedule an appointment to talk to Peter Salerno about your own kitchen makeover or interior design project, fill out the contact form below. With the most award-winning North American interior designer of the last decade on your side, you too can have amazing interior design results like this!

A beautiful kitchen makeover in Colts Neck, NJ. (Credit Peter Salerno Inc.)
A beautiful kitchen makeover in Colts Neck, NJ. (Credit Peter Salerno Inc.)

Cooking on the La Cornue Flamberge Rotisserie

Cooking on the La Cornue Flamberge Rotisserie

Your choice of kitchen appliances is highly subjective, of course. For our money, the best rotisserie on the market today is the La Cornue Flamberge Rotisserie.


The Flamberge Rotisserie by La Cornue is as effective physically as it is stunning artistically. A French Blue edition of the Flamberge is present in the main display at the award-winning Peter Salerno Inc. flagship design showroom in Wyckoff, New Jersey – and it’s so wonderful, the staff can’t help but use it sometimes (see video above).

The Flamberge Rotisserie is powered by a 27,000 BTU gas burner, yet requires no special ventilation methods and needs only a 120-volt power supply. La Cornue utilizes its trademark vaulted design in the Flamberge’s concave rear walls, which is covered with synthetic wicks to draw up radiant heat without the flame ever touching your food.

An overview, directly from La Cornue’s official website:

A real jewel of technology, the Flamberge Centenaire roasts all meats, poultry, fish and whole fruits perfectly.

With a new, streamlined yet spectacular design, and a reliable, simplified mechanism, the Flamberge optimises the circulation of heat flow.

Both easy to fit because it has no particular ventilation constraints and practical, the Flamberge is a magnetic attraction in any kitchen, immediately arousing a desire to use it.

La Cornue designed special cabinet to accommodate “The Flamberge rotisserie” which will also offer you additional storage.

The centerpiece of Peter Salerno Inc.'s design showroom, complete with La Cornue Flamberge Rotisserie.
The centerpiece of Peter Salerno Inc.’s design showroom, complete with La Cornue Flamberge Rotisserie.

We at Design Your Lifestyle have been lovers of the La Cornue brand for years. An excerpt from a past article:

Ever since Albert Dupuy invented the first La Cornue oven over a century ago, the company has stood at the forefront of cooking design, craftsmanship and innovation. As such, La Cornue has developed a reputation as one of its industry’s leaders, and one of the world’s most luxurious brand names in the world of kitchen design.

Peter Salerno Inc. is proud to not only offer La Cornue’s outstanding line of cooking range products, but to display four La Cornue pieces in our beautiful showroom – a CornuFé range, a CornuFé 1908, a Flamberge Rotisserie, and an absolutely stunning Château range. Much of our partnership with La Cornue is thanks to the tireless work of our business ally and friend Craig Kmiecik, the East Coast Territory Manager for La Cornue at Purcell Murray Company. For over 30 years, Purcell Murray has personified culinary passion and provided the most exquisite brands of appliances, including La Cornue ovens.

For more information on the La Cornue Flamberge Rotisserie, please contact authorized dealer Peter Salerno Inc. at (201) 251-6608.

More Photos from Exclusive New Jersey Sculpture + Design Event at Peter Salerno Inc.

More Photos from Exclusive New Jersey Sculpture + Design Event at Peter Salerno Inc.

In late September 2018, Peter Salerno Inc. opened its doors for a special two night art exhibition, curated by the renowned Scott Broadfoot (of Broadfoot and Broadfoot). The artists were at the show to discuss their work and process, and all the displayed pieces were available for purchase. Peter Salerno offered a selection of his hand-picked champagnes and sparkling wines, and a selection of hors d’oeuvres were crafted in the transitional Miele USA kitchen vignette in the Peter Salerno Inc. showroom.

Broadfoot and Broadfoot displayed a stunning variety of sculpture, from steel to stone, that masterfully complemented the renowned Peter Salerno Inc. showroom in Wyckoff, New Jersey. The two-night event was attended by clients, business partners, trusted advisors, friends, family and some of the finest design professionals in the world.

Enjoy these exclusive photos and videos from the event, entitled “Champagne, Culinary Arts & Culture”!

Exclusive sculpture photo from Broadfoot and Broadfoot exhibit at Peter Salerno Inc., 2018
Exclusive sculpture photo from Broadfoot and Broadfoot exhibit at Peter Salerno Inc., 2018
Exclusive sculpture photo from Broadfoot and Broadfoot exhibit at Peter Salerno Inc., 2018
Exclusive sculpture photo from Broadfoot and Broadfoot exhibit at Peter Salerno Inc., 2018
Peter Salerno and Tracy Salerno, Exclusive photo from Broadfoot and Broadfoot exhibit at Peter Salerno Inc., 2018
Peter Salerno and Tracy Salerno, Exclusive photo from Broadfoot and Broadfoot exhibit at Peter Salerno Inc., 2018
Anthony M. Salerno (l.) and Scott Broadfoot (r.), Exclusive photo from Broadfoot and Broadfoot exhibit at Peter Salerno Inc., 2018
Anthony M. Salerno (l.) and Scott Broadfoot (r.), Exclusive photo from Broadfoot and Broadfoot exhibit at Peter Salerno Inc., 2018
Exclusive sculpture photo from Broadfoot and Broadfoot exhibit at Peter Salerno Inc., 2018
Exclusive sculpture photo from Broadfoot and Broadfoot exhibit at Peter Salerno Inc., 2018
Scott Broadfoot, Exclusive photo from Broadfoot and Broadfoot exhibit at Peter Salerno Inc., 2018
Scott Broadfoot, Exclusive photo from Broadfoot and Broadfoot exhibit at Peter Salerno Inc., 2018
Exclusive sculpture photo from Broadfoot and Broadfoot exhibit at Peter Salerno Inc., 2018
Exclusive sculpture photo from Broadfoot and Broadfoot exhibit at Peter Salerno Inc., 2018
Exclusive sculpture photo from Broadfoot and Broadfoot exhibit at Peter Salerno Inc., 2018
Exclusive sculpture photo from Broadfoot and Broadfoot exhibit at Peter Salerno Inc., 2018

5 Year Anniversary: Our Most Popular French Kitchen Design Photos

5 Year Anniversary: Our Most Popular French Kitchen Design Photos

As part of our “Design Your Lifestyle” 5th Anniversary Series, we’re re-visiting some of our most popular and well-read articles of the last half-decade. Statistically, our most popular kitchen design article of the last 5 years is this one – about Peter Salerno Inc.’s award-winning traditional kitchen design inspired by the countryside regions of France. This piece combines some new content with a look at many of the features from that article. Enjoy!

If you followed Design Your Lifestyle from the very beginning, you know all about Peter Salerno’s 2013 visit to France and the inspiration he drew from beautiful French kitchen design. From the painted kitchens of Oise to the rustic stonework in Vence, Peter’s travels provided a stunning array of diverse, spectacular interior design work.

In 2013, Peter and his team used that French design inspiration to present one of their most lauded kitchen designs, pulling in elements from the finest kitchens in France. We’re proud to present several photos of this Princeton, New Jersey kitchen, of which we’re exceptionally proud.

Note the Vence-inspired stonework in our French kitchen.
Note the Vence-inspired stonework in our French kitchen.
A peek inside Peter Salerno's latest French-inspired kitchen.
A peek inside Peter Salerno’s latest French-inspired kitchen. (Credit Peter Rymwid)

Upon entry into the kitchen, you’ll notice the use of custom stonework, an open floor plan and extensive ambient light, all of which are drawn from Vence kitchen design. The light painted cabinets are a feature of the Picardie region. And, of course, what would a beautiful French-inspired kitchen be without an authentic La Cornue oven (below)?

Our French kitchen design features a La Cornue oven (of course!)
Our French kitchen design features a La Cornue oven (of course!) 

 

Extensive windows bring in beautiful natural light.
Extensive windows bring in beautiful natural light.

In our next post, we’ll focus on our bathroom design for this beautiful home in Princeton, and how we tied in elements of French-inspired design to that space.

Want more information about Peter Salerno Inc.? Interested in consulting with us about your own home? Please visit our website!

Peter Salerno Inc.’s Mendham Design Showroom Celebrates 2nd Anniversary!

Peter Salerno Inc.’s Mendham Design Showroom Celebrates 2nd Anniversary!

Two years ago, Peter Salerno Inc. took a leap of faith and opened its second showroom – a quaint but luxurious space along West Main Street in historic Mendham, New Jersey. The move reminded Peter Salerno and his wife Tracy of the risk they took in 1997, when they opened their first showroom location in Wyckoff, New Jersey.

Since their first showroom opened, Peter Salerno Inc. has become the most award-winning North American custom kitchen and bath design firm of the 21st century. Even when their re-designed main showroom in Wyckoff, New Jersey, was named Most Innovative Small Showroom by KBIS in 2015, there was still a need for expansion.

World-class Peter Salerno Inc. kitchen design in the new Peter Salerno Inc. boutique showroom in Mendham, NJ.
World-class Peter Salerno Inc. kitchen design in the new Peter Salerno Inc. boutique showroom in Mendham, NJ.

With that expansion came the need for greater display space, and Peter’s business family (and actual family) began to look into a satellite showroom. That search led them to beautiful Mendham, New Jersey, a charming town along the famed Patriot’s Path of Revolutionary War lore.

The new Peter Salerno Inc. showroom (located at 5 West Main Street, Mendham, NJ) features multiple custom kitchen design solutions focusing on a blend of classic and contemporary transitional kitchen design. A rustic awning and opulent, original stained glass adorn the front window and invite you inside.

Once inside the Mendham showroom, Peter Salerno dazzles you with fresh white walls and tile resting atop custom kitchen cabinetry. This showcases the perfect blend of “new school” transitional kitchen design and “old world” custom Maestro Rosolino cabinetry that is the hallmark of Peter Salerno Inc. custom kitchen design. Clients can also procure exclusive, unique pieces from the brand new EDGES custom cutlery collection.

The new Peter Salerno Inc. boutique showroom in Mendham, NJ.
The new Peter Salerno Inc. boutique showroom in Mendham, NJ.

From there, you are taken on a “mini” tour of the signature style that has made Peter Salerno Inc. the most award-winning kitchen and bath design firm in North America this century. The boutique showroom features a mix of classic and contemporary, traditional and transitional kitchen design. A large high-definition screen gives our clients a further look into the state-of-the-art Peter Salerno Inc. design portfolio.

The heart of Mendham was the perfect place for Peter Salerno Inc.’s satellite showroom, which balances a charming blend of high-end, world-class kitchen design with the charm of one of the most historic suburbs in New Jersey.

For more information about the two-year anniversary of Peter Salerno Inc.’s Mendham, New Jersey showroom, please call (201) 251-6608 or fill out the contact form below. Congratulations to Peter Salerno and his family on this milestone!