A Look Back | A Kitchen Designer’s Trip To France

A Look Back | A Kitchen Designer’s Trip To France

The following are excerpts from articles in October 2013, when Peter Salerno, CMKBD, traveled to the French countryside for design inspiration. What he found in places like Oise and Vence informed several of his award-winning kitchen designs. Enjoy!

Oise (Picardie)

One of the most beautiful kitchen designs Peter Salerno discovered on his trip to France is a custom blue and white painted kitchen in Oise, a department of the Picardie region of northern France. Located about 19 miles north of Paris, Oise is a beautiful region made up primarily of hills and plateaus, as well as forests and plains, which evoke all the charm and beauty of the French countryside.

A beautiful painted French kitchen in Oise, Picardie region.
A beautiful painted French kitchen in Oise, Picardie region. (Photo Credit: Frederic-Leon Ducout, 2013 Morgane Production. In Maison Creative.)

With the natural landscape and terrain of the Picardie region in mind, the designer of this kitchen (Sylvie Bisserie, whom you can read more about here) created a light, vibrant kitchen space filled with blues and whites accented with copper kitchenware, utensils and appliances. As the publication Maison Creative explains (translated from French):

“In the kitchen, created entirely by a custom cabinetmaker and painted with light and bright colors, Sylvie chose glazed tiles blue and white tiles that give the space cheer… decorating with rustic utensils and copper kitchen appliances to respond with the red soil creates a beautiful harmony.”

The kitchen space is said to convey “authenticity and conviviality”, an apt description of a lovely space that brought Peter Salerno fresh inspiration to his classic painted kitchen designs.

Vence (Alpes-Maritimes)

Peter Salerno’s travels for design inspiration throughout France also brought him to the town of Vence, located in the far southeast of France, in the Alpes-Maritimes department of the Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur region. The Alpes-Maritimes department directly borders Monaco and Italy to the east and has some of the most beautiful and varied topography in all of France. As its name suggests, the region is characterized mainly by the maritime Alps – but it’s also one of the few French departments to feature a Mediterranean coastline.

Another beautiful French kitchen, in the town of Vence.
Another beautiful French kitchen, in the town of Vence. (Credit: Maison Creative Hors Serie 2, 2013.)

The most well-recognized cities in the area are Nice and Cannes; Vence is the 12th-largest town in the Alpes-Maritimes department. Located in the hills between Nice and Antibes, Vence features many awe-inspiring, existing medieval elements – for example, the town’s historic village features a fountain originally built in 1578 and an oak planted in 1538. Other aspects of Vence architecture are even older; portions of the external wall were built in the 3rd century and the town’s cathedral was erected in the 4th century.

Design in Vence is based on open flow between rooms and the usage of beautiful, easy-to-use Vence stone, located not only in the town’s walls but in many of its rustic, gorgeous country homes. In the kitchen above, featured in the outstanding publication Maison Creative (Hors Serie 2, 2013), you can see the implementation of the flat, beautiful Vence stone and the open floor plan. The result is a bright, spacious kitchen that makes full use of the sunny climes of the Alpes-Maritimes region; Nice sees almost 1.5 times as much sun per year as the rest of France.

A white wood-burning fireplace and large windows adorn the kitchen walls, and the long slab dining table ensures there will be plenty of room for good food, great wine, and cherished guests.

2019 MLB Playoffs | PANTONE Colors for Every MLB Playoff Team

2019 MLB Playoffs | PANTONE Colors for Every MLB Playoff Team

October is when baseball greats become legends, and when Major League Baseball franchises can etch their names into history. If you’re a fan of one of the 10 MLB franchises that qualified for the 2019 baseball playoffs, now’s your chance to become a design legend and represent your favorite team properly!

We all know the Yankees wear iconic blue and white pinstripes. But exactly which blue is that? And how will you know the difference between shades of red worn by the Braves, Cardinals, Twins and Nationals?

At Design Your Lifestyle, we’ve got you covered for all your design needs during the 2019 MLB postseason and World Series.

Here are the official team PANTONE colors for each franchise in the 2019 Major League Baseball playoffs!

Note: We’ve mixed and matched some colors from these MLB teams’ official logos and uniform colors to provide the most interesting, versatile design colors to play with – especially when it comes to kitchen design, bath design and home design!

2019 MLB Playoffs | American League PANTONE Colors

Houston Astros

Perhaps the most consistent franchise in baseball over the last 5 seasons, the Astros mixed dominant pitching with athletic fielding and timely hitting to win a remarkable 107 games in 2019. Houston may once again be the favorite to win the World Series, a feat they last accomplished in 2017.

2019 MLB Playoffs Pantone Astros

Minnesota Twins

The Twins’ young roster set a new MLB season record for most home runs during the 2019 regular season. Nelson Cruz, Max Kepler and company hope to bash the Twins to their first World Series victory since 1991.

2019 MLB Playoffs Pantone Twins

New York Yankees

Don Larsen’s perfect game in the World Series. “Mr. October” Reggie Jackson. “Mr. November” Derek Jeter. Mariano Rivera’s mastery. No franchise has a greater postseason resume than the New York Yankees. But can the Yankees overcome injuries, the powerful Twins and the dominating Astros to reach another World Series?

2019 MLB Playoffs Pantone Yankees

Oakland A’s

The Athletics remain one of baseball’s most remarkable franchises, consistently fielding competitive teams with lower payrolls (and ushering in the era of analytics). Oakland won 97 games this season and won’t be sneaking up on anybody; can they advance past the Wild Card game against Tampa Bay?

2019 MLB Playoffs Pantone A's

Tampa Bay Rays

The Rays survived a tough AL East to finish ahead of talented teams like Cleveland and Boston to snag the final AL Wild Card berth in the 2019 playoffs. Tampa’s pitchers gave up the 2nd-fewest runs in the American League this season.

2019 MLB Playoffs Pantone Rays

2019 MLB Playoffs | National League PANTONE Colors

Atlanta Braves

The Braves’ young squad just keeps winning. With all the drama surrounding NL East counterparts like Washington and Philadelphia, Atlanta carried on their winning ways and took the NL East crown yet again. Is Atlanta’s next step to reach the World Series?

2019 MLB Playoffs Pantone Braves

Los Angeles Dodgers

106 wins, the fewest runs allowed in baseball, and the 2nd-best run differential during the 2019 season. The Dodgers are loaded for a deep 2019 playoff run, but will they get over the hump and claim the World Series for the first time since 1988?

2019 MLB Playoffs Pantone Dodgers

Milwaukee Brewers

The Brewers suffered a tough injury to reigning NL MVP Christian Yelich towards the end of the regular season, but the Brew Crew has enough talent to still contend. The question is, will the loss of Yelich keep Milwaukee out of the World Series picture?

2019 MLB Playoffs Pantone Brewers

St. Louis Cardinals

This is the time of year nobody wants to see St. Louis on their schedule. The Cardinals have a history of being downright scary in October, with memorable runs to the World Series on 4 separate occasions this century.

2019 MLB Playoffs Pantone Cardinals

Washington Nationals

Remember when Washington lost Bryce Harper to the Phillies and all was lost? Well, the Nationals just earned a Wild Card berth without Harper, whose Phillies didn’t make the playoffs. We’d bet anything that happens after this will be icing on the cake in DC.

2019 MLB Playoffs Pantone Nationals

Which 2019 MLB playoff teams’ official PANTONE colors do YOU like the best? Which do you think work best for design? Leave 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.

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.

Our Stylish Weekend Getaway | Springtime in Washington, DC

Our Stylish Weekend Getaway | Springtime in Washington, DC

You can daydream about seeing the spring cherry blossoms in Washington, DC – but there’s nothing quite like seeing them in person.

Washington, DC, is a remarkable place to visit any time of year. Springtime in America’s capital, however, is particularly gorgeous. Pops of white and pink dot the landscape of Washington in March and early April, adding a sense of renewal and wonder to the landscape.

Springtime in Washington, DC; cherry blossoms in America's capital.
Springtime in Washington, DC; cherry blossoms in America’s capital.

Peak bloom time for cherry blossoms in the Washington, DC, area is generally late March into the first week of April. Tracy and Peter Salerno (of Peter Salerno Inc.) chose the first weekend in April 2019 to enjoy the occasion, and the resulting photos of the cherry blossoms, U.S. Capitol building, and Mount Vernon (among others) are just a taste of the beauty the Salernos experienced.

Cherry blossom season in Washington, DC, has become a bona fide event in the city, with the annual Cherry Blossom Festival drawing 1.5 million visitors over a 4 week span. There’s even an official Cherry Blossom Watch online for you to check the bloom season, upload and share cherry blossom photos, and plan your spring trip to Washington, DC.

A gorgeous view of cherry blossoms along the Potomac River in spring.
A gorgeous view of cherry blossoms along the Potomac River in spring.

The tradition of cherry blossoms in Washington, DC, dates back to 1912 and a partnership between Japan and the United States. The first cherry trees were planted on March 27, 1912, in West Potomac Park. The first official Cherry Blossom Festival was held in 1934, and the tradition has (quite literally) blossomed into the most beautiful annual spring event in the United States.

Whether it’s the mythical story of George Washington chopping down the cherry tree, the trees’ symbolism of America’s relationship with Japan, or simply the beauty of white and pink blossoms dotting America’s capital, the draw of the National Cherry Blossom Festival cannot be overstated.

Cherry blossoms in front of the Washington Monument.
Cherry blossoms in front of the Washington Monument.

Tracy and Peter Salerno’s visit to Washington, DC, featured a sunrise cherry blossom photography session around the U.S. Capitol, Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument. The Salernos also took a day trip to Mount Vernon, which offered a glance back into American history and gorgeous views of the Potomac River.

Tracy and Peter Salerno at Mount Vernon in spring.
Tracy and Peter Salerno at Mount Vernon in spring.
The bank of the Potomac River at Mount Vernon.
The bank of the Potomac River at Mount Vernon.

If you truly want the prime Washington cherry blossom experience, it’s important to keep track of peak bloom times on an annual basis. While the National Cherry Blossom Festival takes place for 4 weeks, the peak bloom time is a much shorter window. Make sure to consult Cherry Blossom Watch for all the yearly details, and take advantage of an early morning (or two) to get the best photo opportunities of these gorgeous blossoms in the light of sunrise.

We promise you will leave Washington, DC, feeling inspired and fresh – and ready to create vivid design masterpieces of your very own. 

Tracy and Peter Salerno in Washington, DC, during the National Cherry Blossom Festival.
Tracy and Peter Salerno in Washington, DC, during the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

Your Favorite NFL Team’s Pantone Colors | AFC South + AFC West

Your Favorite NFL Team’s Pantone Colors | AFC South + AFC West

In this article, you’ll find the official NFL Pantone colors for these teams (as of the 2019 NFL season):

  • Houston Texans
  • Indianapolis Colts
  • Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Tennessee Titans
  • Denver Broncos
  • Kansas City Chiefs
  • Los Angeles Chargers
  • Oakland Raiders

Make sure you check out our article about Super Bowl 53: The Official Team Colors of the LA Rams and New England Patriots!

If you’re unfamiliar with Pantone – it’s the world’s foremost authority on color, and the creator of the best color matching system available. We think Pantone is absolutely essential when it comes to color design. That extends past home design to party decor, accessories, clothing and more. If you’re a super-fan of a particular NFL team, then this series of articles is custom built for you!

Our final article on official 2019 NFL team Pantone colors focuses on the AFC South and AFC West divisions. If you love blue, the AFC South is the color design division for you – each of its 4 franchises (Texans, Colts, Jaguars and Titans) uses at least one variant of blue in its official color scheme. Each of the four AFC West franchises has come to be defined by its historic colors – the dark blue and orange of Denver, Kansas City’s bright red and gold, the Chargers’ bolts of gold (and historic “throwback” powder blue), and the Raiders’ legendary silver and black.

If you’re a fan of one of the eight franchises listed above, then it’s crucial you’re up to date on the color trends and official Pantone colors of your favorite NFL team. Each color code is verified as authentic; basing your apparel, decor or home design around these Pantone colors will guarantee you exhibit pinpoint team pride!

Note: Some color names (“gray”, “silver”, etc.) are over-arching color names for Pantone colors without a specific title. Please refer to the color codes under each graphic for the exact specifications for each team’s variant of those colors. (In particular, note the varieties of blue and gray/silver among these teams in particular!) We have limited each set to the 2-3 prevailing colors for each team and chose jersey colors over helmet colors. Also, there is no Pantone code for white unless an opaque white is specified.

NFL Team Pantone Colors: AFC South

Houston Texans

Official 2019 NFL Team Pantone color codes:  Houston Texans
Official 2019 NFL Team Pantone color codes: Houston Texans
  • Deep Steel Blue: Pantone PMS 5395 C
  • Battle Red: Pantone PMS 187 C

Indianapolis Colts

Official 2019 NFL Team Pantone color codes:  Indianapolis Colts
Official 2019 NFL Team Pantone color codes: Indianapolis Colts
  • Speed Blue: Pantone REFLEX BLUE C
  • Gray: Pantone PMS 429 C

Jacksonville Jaguars

Official 2019 NFL Team Pantone color codes:  Jacksonville Jaguars
Official 2019 NFL Team Pantone color codes: Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Teal: Pantone PMS 3155 C
  • Dark Gold: Pantone 126 C
  • Black: Pantone PMS 6 C

Tennessee Titans

Official 2019 NFL Team Pantone color codes:  Tennessee Titans
Official 2019 NFL Team Pantone color codes: Tennessee Titans
  • Titans Navy: Pantone PMS 289 C
  • Titans Blue: Pantone PMS 279 C
  • Red: Pantone PMS 186 C

NFL Team Pantone Colors: AFC West

Denver Broncos

Official 2019 NFL Team Pantone color codes:  Denver Broncos
Official 2019 NFL Team Pantone color codes: Denver Broncos
  • Broncos Orange: Pantone PMS 1655 C
  • Broncos Navy: Pantone PMS 289 C

Kansas City Chiefs

Official 2019 NFL Team Pantone color codes:  Kansas City Chiefs
Official 2019 NFL Team Pantone color codes: Kansas City Chiefs
  • Red: Pantone PMS 186 C
  • Gold: Pantone PMS 1235 C

Los Angeles Chargers

Official 2019 NFL Team Pantone color codes:  LA Chargers
Official 2019 NFL Team Pantone color codes: LA Chargers
  • Navy: Pantone PMS 289 C
  • Gold: Pantone PMS 1235 C
  • Powder Blue: Pantone PMS 285 C

Oakland Raiders

Official 2019 NFL Team Pantone color codes:  Oakland Raiders
Official 2019 NFL Team Pantone color codes: Oakland Raiders
  • Raiders Black: Pantone PMS BLACK
  • Raiders Silver: Pantone PMS 8180 (METALLIC)

Your Favorite NFL Team’s Pantone Colors | AFC East + AFC North

Your Favorite NFL Team’s Pantone Colors | AFC East + AFC North

In this article, you’ll find the official NFL Pantone colors for these teams (as of the 2019 NFL season):

  • Buffalo Bills
  • Miami Dolphins
  • New England Patriots
  • New York Jets
  • Baltimore Ravens
  • Cincinnati Bengals
  • Cleveland Browns
  • Pittsburgh Steelers

Make sure you check out our article about Super Bowl 53: The Official Team Colors of the LA Rams and New England Patriots!

If you’re unfamiliar with Pantone – it’s the world’s foremost authority on color, and the creator of the best color matching system available. We think Pantone is absolutely essential when it comes to color design. That extends past home design to party decor, accessories, clothing and more. If you’re a super-fan of a particular NFL team, then this series of articles is custom built for you!

The AFC East and AFC North are home to the 2 NFL franchises with the most Super Bowl wins as of 2019; following Super Bowl 53, the Pittsburgh Steelers and New England Patriots have each won six Super Bowls. The other six teams in the AFC East and AFC North each have their own storied histories. The Jets, Dolphins and Ravens each have won Super Bowls, and the Dolphins own the NFL’s only undefeated season. The Buffalo Bills appeared in four consecutive Super Bowls. The Cleveland Browns boast a legacy that includes all-time greats Jim Brown, Ozzie Newsome and Otto Graham. The Bengals boast all-time greats like Anthony Munoz and are credited with being the first team to feature the West Coast offense.

If you’re a fan of one of the eight franchises listed above, then it’s crucial you’re up to date on the color trends and official Pantone colors of your favorite NFL team. Each color code is verified as authentic; basing your apparel, decor or home design around these Pantone colors will guarantee you exhibit pinpoint team pride!

Note: Some color names (“gray”, “silver”, etc.) are over-arching color names for Pantone colors without a specific title. Please refer to the color codes under each graphic for the exact specifications for each team’s variant of those colors. (Don’t confuse the orange used by the Browns and Bengals, for example!) We have limited each set to the 2-3 prevailing colors for each team and chose jersey colors over helmet colors. Also, there is no Pantone code for white unless an opaque white is specified.

Also, in the case of the Pittsburgh Steelers, we’ve featured the three colors used in their famous “three stars” logo. The team also features black, silver and white in their jersey designs.

NFL Team Pantone Colors: AFC East

Buffalo Bills

Official 2019 NFL Team Pantone color codes:  Buffalo Bills
Official 2019 NFL Team Pantone color codes: Buffalo Bills
  • Royal Blue: Pantone PMS 287 C
  • Red: Pantone PMS 186 C

Miami Dolphins

Official 2019 NFL Team Pantone color codes:  Miami Dolphins
Official 2019 NFL Team Pantone color codes: Miami Dolphins
  • Aqua:  Pantone PMS 321 C
  • Orange: Pantone PMS 1655 C
  • Teal Blue: Pantone PMS 7701 C

New England Patriots

Official 2019 NFL Team Pantone color codes: New England Patriots
Official 2019 NFL Team Pantone color codes: New England Patriots
  • Nautical Blue: Pantone PMS 289 C
  • Red: Pantone PMS 186 C
  • New Century Silver: Pantone PMS 8180 C

New York Jets

Official 2019 NFL Team Pantone color codes:  New York Jets
Official 2019 NFL Team Pantone color codes: New York Jets
  • Hunter Green: Pantone PMS 5535 C

NFL Team Pantone Colors: AFC North

Baltimore Ravens

Official 2019 NFL Team Pantone color codes:  Baltimore Ravens
Official 2019 NFL Team Pantone color codes: Baltimore Ravens
  • Purple: Pantone PMS 273 C
  • Metallic Gold: Pantone 8660 C

Cincinnati Bengals

Official 2019 NFL Team Pantone color codes:  Cincinnati Bengals
Official 2019 NFL Team Pantone color codes: Cincinnati Bengals
  • Orange: Pantone PMS 1655 C
  • Black (Bengals-Specific): Pantone PMS 6 C

Cleveland Browns

Official 2019 NFL Team Pantone color codes:  Cleveland Browns
Official 2019 NFL Team Pantone color codes: Cleveland Browns
  • Dark Brown: Pantone 412 C
  • Orange: Pantone PMS 2028 C

Pittsburgh Steelers

Official 2019 NFL Team Pantone color codes:  Pittsburgh Steelers
Official 2019 NFL Team Pantone color codes: Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Steelers Gold: Pantone PMS 1235
  • Reflex Blue: Pantone Reflex Blue C
  • Red: Pantone PMS 186
  • Silver: Pantone 429