How to Afford Luxury Home Design: Part 2 [Personalization, Not Price]

How to Afford Luxury Home Design: Part 2 [Personalization, Not Price]

In this series, Design Your Lifestyle shows you how luxury home design in 2018 can be far more affordable than you think. The series began with Part 1, where we stated that ‘luxury’ is a far more flexible term than you might think – especially when it comes to custom kitchen design and custom bath design.

The key to luxury home design is simple, and it’s the exact opposite of what you’re told to believe: you shouldn’t want to keep up with your neighbors. True luxury home design in today’s marketplace isn’t about trying to ‘one-up’ others; rather, it’s about focusing on yourself.

New kitchen design installation photos from Peter Salerno Inc.
New kitchen design installation photos from Peter Salerno Inc.

Achieving true luxury in your kitchen design, bath design or whole home design is all about personalization – not price.

Personalized Luxury is the best kind. What good is a beautiful home design if it’s sterile? Imagine a spacious, glamorous home full of the hottest design trends, posh furniture, luxury appliances and state-of-the-art technology. That would be a great place to hang out for awhile, but would it be a great place to live?

A house can be virtually anything. But your HOME has to reflect you. A home provides comfort, security, sentimental touches and reflections of your family, friends and loved ones. And if it doesn’t compliment your own personality and sense of style, then is it truly “yours”?

One of the reasons we lean on our parent company, Peter Salerno Inc., for constant design advice is simple. Peter Salerno and his team spend an inordinate amount of time honing their crafts, attending conferences and design showcases, and partnering with the finest brands and sub-contractors in the world. But they spend even more time learning about their clients.

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

The application of personal touches and ‘personalized luxury’ even extends into Peter Salerno’s own home. Peter’s home kitchen is adorned with hand-painted floral arrangements on each of his custom cabinets – one to signify the birth month of each of his family members.

There are two ways to approach the concept of adding value to your home through hiring a world-class custom designer. One is, of course, financial – resale value is an important measurable to consider for the future. But in the here and now, the second concept of added home value is invaluable – and that’s the idea of personal value.

Peter Salerno's 2014 NKBA Best Kitchen. (Credit Peter Rymwid)

We’ll put it this way. Whatever your current design (or re-design, or renovation) budget may be, would you rather spend it on impersonal items that will only serve to add re-sale value? Or would you choose to invest some or all of that budget in making your home a place where you (and the world) can feel a true connection to who you are and what you love?

Quality home design firms today must take the time to learn about you as a client. Everyone wants beauty in his or her daily life, but the definition of beauty is unique to each individual. Ultimately, your custom kitchen designer, custom bath designer, or whole home designer must answer to one standard of beauty – yours.

The details make the design, and they also make it personal. Whether it’s reclaiming materials from your first home for use in your new home, or finding decor from your hometown, or simply utilizing your favorite colors, expert designers like Peter Salerno understand the difference between ‘a gorgeous house’ and ‘your perfect home’. And by utilizing that thought process, they can provide you with luxury home design that focuses on personalization, not price.

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’59 Corvette Transformed Into Motorized Man Cave Bar of Your Dreams [VIDEO]

’59 Corvette Becomes Amazing Bar: Watch Video!

Do you love classic cars? Do you dream about having an incredible, world-class bar in your own home? Why not fulfill BOTH your love of great cars and great bars at the same time?

The Peter Salerno Inc. showroom at 511 Goffle Road in Wyckoff, NJ, is home to some extraordinary, award-winning kitchen and bath designs. One of the most beloved pieces in Peter’s showroom is the 1957 Corvette that has been transformed into a fully mechanized wet bar, complete with working headlights, custom sink and faucet, glassware, and an industrial toolbox that doubles as a working refrigerator.

 Check out the video of the most amazing bar in the world:

The Peter Salerno 1959 Corvette bar is the perfect way to showcase its Man Cave Classics line, and how Peter Salerno Inc. can transform your den or living area into a truly magnificent, one-of-a-kind man cave that will be the envy of your friends and loved ones.

Want to know more about how Peter Salerno Inc. can build the custom bar of your dreams? Do you want to take your man cave to the next level? Fill out the contact form below for more information on this amazing ’59 Corvette bar and the rest of Peter Salerno’s Man Cave Classics collection!

Follow Award-Winning Kitchen and Bath Design on Instagram

Follow Award-Winning Kitchen and Bath Design on Instagram

If you’re looking for kitchen design expertise, bath design inspiration, or just some beautiful design photos to brighten your day, we have the Instagram account for you!

We’re blessed to be a subsidiary of Peter Salerno Inc., the most award-winning North American custom kitchen and bath design firm of the 21st century. Under the guidance of Peter Salerno, Certified Master Kitchen & Bath Designer (CMKBD), Peter Salerno Inc. has set trends, thrilled clients and cultivated luxury kitchen and bath design creations for over 21 years.

Are you following Peter Salerno Inc. on Instagram? You should be!
Are you following Peter Salerno Inc. on Instagram? You should be!

In other words – if you’re not following the official Peter Salerno Inc. Instagram, what are you waiting for?

Peter Salerno Inc.’s Instagram account is a mix of professional and personal. Much like Peter’s award-winning designs, it’s a mix of luxurious professional photos and intimate details that bring each client’s life into his or her design.

Our favorite aspect of the Peter Salerno Inc. Instagram is the ability to follow custom kitchen designs and bath designs from beginning to end, with stunning before and after transformation photos in real time. Peter’s on-site installation team and workshop design crew take copious photos from the inception of each project through final installation and delivery, giving you a true feel for the magnitude of each design journey.

Are you following Peter Salerno Inc. on Instagram? You should be!
Are you following Peter Salerno Inc. on Instagram? You should be!

Peter also takes videos of his personal experiences, from his attendance at annual KBIS conventions to daily life at the award-winning Peter Salerno Inc. flagship design showroom in Wyckoff, New Jersey. And of course, Peter is thrilled to show off photos of his grandchildren as well!

The Peter Salerno Inc. Instagram account is a one-stop opportunity to see some of the foremost kitchen and bath designs and photos in the world today, and features a good deal of photography from the outstanding Peter Rymwid.

Take the time to follow this gorgeous, trend-setting Instagram account, and stay in constant contact with one of the foremost kitchen and bath designers in the industry today!

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.

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!

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!

Design New Jersey Releases 2017 “Great Gifts” Holiday List

Design New Jersey Releases 2017 “Great Gifts” Holiday List

We lean heavily on a few sources for much of our inspiration here at “Design Your Lifestyle”. One of those sources, the team at Design New Jersey, released their Great Gifts list for the 2017 holiday shopping season – and we love it!

The article, entitled “11 Great Gifts to Round Out Your List” (written by Marirose Krall), covers a lot of ground with a smartly selected group of 11 gift ideas for virtually everyone on your list this holiday season.

Do you have a friend who’s “the life of the party”? What about new parents, design hobbyists, wine lovers and gourmets? This single list from Design New Jersey has them all covered! Whether it’s Christmas shopping, Chanukah gifts, a “Friends-mas” get-together or a birthday that falls during the holiday season, Ms. Krall’s gift list will provide you thoughtful, stylish guidance!

We strongly encourage each of you to visit the Design New Jersey website and read the full article for yourself. As a way to whet your appetite, we’ve selected several of Ms. Krall’s “Great Gifts” for 2017 that we love the most.

Enjoy!

Our Favorites: Design New Jersey’s 2017 “Great Gifts”

1. EDGES Custom Cutlery’s Sommelier Collection

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

We’ve featured EDGES Custom Cutlery numerous times on our blog, so we were thrilled to see its inclusion on the Design New Jersey “Great Gifts” list. This list features the stunning Sommelier Collection, a set of stunning hand-crafted knives with handles made from the American White Oak of actual wine barrels.

The result is a world-class knife blade with a unique wood handle, and a backstory to share with its users for generations to come.

2. Decor Kitchen Appliances’ WineStation

The Decor Kitchen Appliances WineStation. (Credit: Decor Kitchen Appliances)
The Decor Kitchen Appliances WineStation. (Credit: Decor Kitchen Appliances)

From the Decor website:

The WineStation® is the first automated, temperature controlled, four-bottle wine dispensing and preservation system for the home. The connoisseur can choose the right wine and just the right amount – a taste, a half glass or a full glass – with the touch of a finger. A perfect addition to your home, in the kitchen, bar, den, game room or wine cellar, the WineStation maintains the freshness of your favorite wine selections for up to 60 days without the loss of flavor or natural aroma.

3. Land of Nod’s Jungle Pavilion Playhouse

Land of Nod's Jungle Pavilion Playhouse. (Credit: Land of Nod.)
Land of Nod’s Jungle Pavilion Playhouse. (Credit: Land of Nod.)

We adore this safari-influenced playhouse for the young ones in your life. Inspire the explorer in every child with this playhouse from Land of Nod, which features cotton canvas side panels that can be rolled up and secured. At 55″ tall and nearly 50″ in diameter, there’s plenty of room for little ones to play, imagination, and spot their favorite jungle animals!