Classic Blue | The Dependable PANTONE 2020 Color of the Year

Classic Blue | The Dependable PANTONE 2020 Color of the Year

It’s like designing with your favorite old pair of blue jeans: comfortable and reliable. The cool, denim backbone of 2020’s color design palette has been named, & with it comes a world of possibilities.

We’re talking about Classic Blue (PANTONE 19-4052), the official 2020 PANTONE Color of the Year. A truly foundational color, Classic Blue signals a return to security. Comfort. Peace. It’s a shade you know instantly, one that makes you feel good.

PANTONE 2020 Color of the Year Classic Blue

Classic Blue’s not here to set the world on fire. And that’s okay. It doesn’t set out to do so – quite the contrary, the PANTONE 2020 Color of the Year is trying to promote cool, calm waters. Unlike recent Color of the Year selections Living Coral (2019) & Ultra Violet (2018), this blue hue won’t dominate the conversation. It’s about stability.

The design benefits of a backbone as sturdy as Classic Blue are large. PANTONE is already suggesting color palettes for designing with Classic Blue which are varied and inspiring. It’s a reassurance that a steady base tone can still create audacious, bold color design options. Palettes like Snorkel and Exotic Tastes are proving how bright & diverse designers can be using Classic Blue as a base of reference.

PANTONE 2020 Color of the Year Classic Blue Snorkel Palette
PANTONE 2020 Color of the Year Classic Blue Snorkel Palette
PANTONE 2020 Color of the Year Classic Blue Exotic Tastes Palette
PANTONE 2020 Color of the Year Classic Blue Exotic Tastes Palette

From the official PANTONE website, a quote from the PANTONE Color Institute regarding the 2020 Color of the Year:

Imprinted in our psyches as a restful color, PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue brings a sense of peace and tranquility to the human spirit, offering refuge. Aiding concentration and bringing laser like clarity, PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue re-centers our thoughts. A reflective blue tone, Classic Blue fosters resilience.

What do YOU think about Classic Blue’s selection as PANTONE 2020 Color of the Year? Leave us a comment below & let’s interact!

Thanksgiving | Using Gratitude as Design Inspiration

Thanksgiving | Using Gratitude as Design Inspiration

There’s nothing more beautiful than gratitude. 

The spirit generated by Thanksgiving is such an inspiration for us at Design Your Lifestyle. It’s a design outlook fostered by our parent company, Peter Salerno Inc, – their focus on “personalized luxury” is rooted in gratitude in two ways.

The first is peter’s gratitude to his clients – for their trust, their business & their openness. “the creative process starts and ends with the client,” Peter explains. “Our design has to reflect their lives and what is important to them.”

Thanksgiving photos with Peter Salerno and Peter Salerno Inc.
Thanksgiving photos with Peter Salerno and Peter Salerno Inc.

It’s that attitude which informs Peter’s second commitment to gratitude in design – personalization through passion. It’s that way of thinking that motivates Peter to take “the deep dives” into clients’ lives & turn individual details into one-of-a-kind design elements. From birthday month flowers painted & carved into custom cabinetry to family emblems and monograms incorporated into design elements, it’s personalized luxury that turns ordinary into extraordinary design,

Gratitude extends outward from clients to community. Honor for the great architecture, culture & history only serves to strengthen Peter Salerno’s commitment to gratitude as a design inspiration. Reverence for classic American construction leads Peter to salvage tin from Route 66. Honor for his father’s Sicilian craftsmanship informs the Maestro Rosolino line of cabinetry. the desire to keep elements of classic architecture alive brought wooden beams from NYC’s St. Patrick’s Orphanage into a stellar transitional kitchen design earlier this year.

Peter Salerno and reclaimed wood beams from St. Patrick's Orphanage, NYC.
Peter Salerno and reclaimed wood beams from St. Patrick’s Orphanage, NYC.
Peter Salerno Inc.'s reclaimed wood beams in transitional kitchen design, 2019.
Peter Salerno Inc.’s reclaimed wood beams in transitional kitchen design, 2019.

This Thanksgiving, how will YOU turn gratitude into inspiration? What are you thankful for, and how will those things inform your design choices in the future? We would love to hear from you in the comments section below. Happy Thanksgiving!

Small Business Saturday: Your Shopping Guide to Bergen County, NJ

Small Business Saturday: Your Shopping Guide to Bergen County, NJ

Avoid the madness of Black Friday this year – there are amazing deals and incredible products available to you right in your backyard!

Saturday, November 30, 2019 is Small Business Saturday – the day when brick-and-mortar local businesses encourage you to get out and shop in your area’s finest small businesses. Lest you think that Small Business Saturday is a “small fry event”, think again! 2019 marks the 10th annual Small Business Saturday, and is observed nationwide by the great small businesses that make America strong!

Design Your Lifestyle is based in northern New Jersey, one of America’s true hotbeds of thriving small business. While many associate our area with malls and large commerce centers, northern New Jersey’s backbone is truly its small businesses.

We love Bergen County, New Jersey’s gorgeous main street and downtown shopping areas, which offer fantastic Small Business Saturday escapes from overcrowded malls and “big business” storefronts. From Wyckoff to Westwood, Ridgewood to hidden gems along Routes 4 and 17, Bergen County offers a plethora of amazing shopping options this Small Business Saturday!

Here are a few of our personal favorite “hidden gems” for you to check out on November 30th, as Small Business Saturday returns to Bergen County!

Small Business Saturday: Bergen County, NJ Shopping

1. Peter Salerno Inc. Home Design Shops (511 Goffle Road, Wyckoff, NJ)

Anchored by a showroom that 201 Magazine called “a wonderland under one roof”, this 3-shop design storefront is a must-visit for anyone considering a new home, home remodel, or update to their custom kitchen or bath design. Located just off Routes 208 and 4 in Wyckoff, NJ, the Peter Salerno Inc. Home Design Shops are an all-in-one center for home design enthusiasts.

511 Goffle Road, Wyckoff, NJ: A home design paradise!
Peter Salerno Inc. Home Design Shops, in beautiful Wyckoff, NJ!

The journey begins at Peter Salerno Inc., winner of the most national design awards since 2002. Peter and his team specialize in custom kitchen and bath design, ranging from classic to contemporary, traditional to transitional. The gorgeous showroom (winner of KBIS’ Most Innovative Showroom award) features kitchen, bath and bar designs. Peter Salerno Inc. also specializes in lounges, wine cellars, and “man caves” for the most discerning of customers.

Adjacent to Peter Salerno Inc.’s showroom are Stratta, the Tile Boutique and Oberg & Lindquist. Stratta is a jaw-dropping center for amazing artisan tile, ranging from fine marble to quirky art pieces to the latest in “green” tile (cork, faux wood, etc.). Oberg & Lindquist is a one-stop small business destination for home appliances, including some of the finest names in the industry – Wolf, Sub-Zero, Miele and more.

2. B. Witching Bath Co. (11 S. Broad St., Ridgewood, NJ)

A fine escape from the big business bath companies, B. Witching Bath Co. is a great find in the heart of downtown Ridgewood. From soaps to lotions, oils to soaks, the product assortment at B. Witching is alluring and high-quality.

Stemming from a 40-year family tradition of fine handmade bath products, B. Witching Bath Co.’s products “are uniquely formulated with the finest therapeutic botanicals, wholesome ingredients, essential oils and minimal preservatives”. Each batch of their products are crafted to high standards on an individual basis.

For the guys out there who often find themselves at a loss in big bath care stores, fear not! We love B. Witching’s efforts to invite men into their store with fine products designed “for him” as well.

3. Serene Spa & Boutique (288 Center Ave., Westwood, NJ)

A walk through the charming downtown center of Westwood brings you to Serene, a quaint spa and boutique with a natural vibe. The name “Serene” is indicative of the feeling you get upon entering the storefront, as customers find its atmosphere relaxing and peaceful.

Serene Spa and Boutique, Westwood, NJ.
Serene Spa and Boutique, Westwood, NJ.

Serene offers a wide array of products, from clothing to skin care. Need a break from the stressful rush of holiday shopping? Serene also offers a litany of fairly priced health options – from massage to waxing, Reiki massage to skin care.

The Serene boutique also offers the added bonus of some very unique jewelry options! If you’re a lover of baubles and bangles, bracelets and necklaces, then make sure you stop by for a fine small business option for your jewelry needs.

4. Caffe Anello and Sogno Coffee (425-429 Broadway, Westwood, NJ)

Of course, all this Small Business Saturday shopping is bound to make you hungry! Our favorite local haunt for a unique bite to eat and a world-class cup of coffee is Sogno Coffee – conveniently, just a short walk away from Serene Spa & Boutique in the heart of Westwood.

You’ll visit Sogno Coffee for its magnificent coffee and beverage selection, including espresso, macchiato, cappuccino and some fantastic hot chocolates. You’ll stay for their assortment of freshly made crepes, available in both Sweet and Savory options. We highly recommend the simple delight of the Fourth Avenue, a handmade crepe made fresh and served with lemon juice, honey, sugar and butter.

If you need a little more nourishment, the double storefront also features Caffe Anello, a tremendous sit-down restaurant you’ll visit over and over again!

Color Design For Foodies | This Season’s ‘Yummiest’ Trendy Kitchen Colors

Color Design For Foodies | This Season’s ‘Yummiest’ Trendy Kitchen Colors

When PANTONE draws inspiration from food to name a color, it likely belongs in a kitchen design. PANTONE’s renowned Color Matching System is the gold standard of color design schemes for home designers, textile designers, industrial designers, fabric designers & clothiers. the ability to transition a PANTONE color across media (cloth to paper to online to plastic & more) is unparalleled.

With endless color possibilities in the ever-expanding PANTONE universe, where do you even begin to find the perfect colors for your updated kitchen design? We love taking cues from the names PANTONE gives to its colors. When a PANTONE shade’s name reflects something found in your kitchen or pantry, our “spidey senses” go off!

Maybe it’s a simple case of the power of suggestion, but we know the team at PANTONE as a group which acts with purpose. So if we have a choice for a neutral color for our kitchen… well, we’re going to consider Sugar Almond a bit more strongly than Warm Sand.

(Sorry, Warm Sand – you just don’t sound quite as delicious!)

There’s an abundance if trending PANTONE colors with food-inspired names lately, so why don’t we draw a bit of kitchen design inspiration?

Here’s our selection of 8 trendy PANTONE colors with names foodies will love. See if you get inspired to use one (or more) of them in your kitchen!

8 Kitchen Design Colors For Trendy Food Lovers

Rocky Road: a dark brown earthy neutral & sturdy ‘backbone’ color

PANTONE Autumn/Winter 2019 Rocky Road

Guacamole: the splash of green in your leafy, plant-laden design

Guacamole (PANTONE 17-0530)

Dark Cheddar: a zesty pop of accent color – more accessory than focus

PANTONE Autumn 2019 Color Dark Cheddar

Pancake Batter: a warm, sugary-sweet off-white rooted in golden yellow

PANTONE Polyester Standards

Chili Pepper: a spicy hot red – handle with care to succeed!

PANTONE Autumn 2019 Color Chili Pepper

Peach Pink: a gorgeous blush tone for a summery beach kitchen

PANTONE Autumn 2019 Color Peach Pink

Sugar Almond: the warm mid-tone brown neutral coveted by trendy designers

PANTONE Autumn/Winter 2019 Sugar Almond

Coconut Milk: a creamy, comforting white that provides balance for an inviting kitchen space

PANTONE white color Coconut Milk

Which of these PANTONE colors is your favorite? Connect with us!

This World-Class Miele Transitional Kitchen Display Still Turns Heads

This World-Class Miele Transitional Kitchen Display Still Turns Heads

It’s been 4 years since Peter Salerno Inc. & Miele USA teamed up to create a game-changing transitional kitchen design, and it still turns heads.

The new Peter Salerno Inc. showroom vignette. Pictured: Peter Salerno, Bob Fava, Paul McCormack and Dan Gallagher.
The new Peter Salerno Inc. showroom vignette. Pictured: Peter Salerno, Bob Fava, Paul McCormack and Dan Gallagher.

On Wednesday, November 4, 2015, Peter Salerno Inc. proudly held a debut celebration for its new transitional kitchen showroom display at its gorgeous Wyckoff, NJ showroom. The event was attended by a “who’s who” of the kitchen design, appliance and custom design world.

The transitional kitchen vignette is not only a showcase of Peter Salerno Inc.’s award-winning transitional kitchen design efforts, but of the new, state-of-the-art Miele kitchen appliance line. It is with great pride and excitement that Peter Salerno Inc. and Miele USA share exclusive design photos and information with you!

Peter Salerno Inc. and Miele Transitional Kitchen Design

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 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.

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.

Visit the Peter Salerno Inc. Showroom!

We invite you to come see this stunning transitional kitchen design display for yourself at the Peter Salerno Inc. showroom, located at 511 Goffle Road, Wyckoff, New Jersey. Thank you to Miele USA for its unwavering support and partnership, and Andrew Bisdale Photography for the exclusive photography!

The BEST Thanksgiving Guide You Will Find: Right Here!

The BEST Thanksgiving Guide You Will Find: Right Here!

We found the greatest Thanksgiving recipe guide we’ve ever seen. Now, we’re sharing it. And wouldn’t you know it; it’s all thanks to Epicurious.

Epi’s 2019 Thanksgiving Recipe Finder” is a brilliant interactive flow chart of Thanksgiving recipes and ingredients. It couldn’t be simpler to use. Pick up to 3 base ingredients on the interactive chart, and Epicurious automatically narrows down its 509 Thanksgiving recipes to the select few that meet your needs.

Epi’s 2019 Thanksgiving Recipe Finder
Epi’s 2019 Thanksgiving Recipe Finder

From sweet potato to fennel, cider to sausage, Epi’s 2019 Thanksgiving Recipe Finder has it all. Are you or your Thanksgiving guests gluten free, vegan or lactose intolerant? No problem; you’re still covered.

You can also filter the Thanksgiving flow chart by dish type. Narrow the recipes by one of 7 categories (main, side, stuffing, etc.) before selecting ingredients to focus your search. The possibilities are so fun to explore!

Here are just a few great combinations we uncovered:

Cranberry + Apple + Thyme = Skillet Stuffing with Apples, Shallots, and Cranberries

Green Beans + Cauliflower + Citrus = Herb-Crusted Cauliflower Steaks with Beans and Tomatoes

Seafood + Potato + Mushroom = Crudités With Bacon XO Sauce

Epi’s 2019 Thanksgiving Recipe Finder

If these 3 recipes don’t strike your Thanksgiving fancy, don’t fret – there are 506 more where those came from!

This Epicurious Thanksgiving interactive flow chart is a passionate home cook’s dream. It’s perfect for a creative food lover who has the ingredients in mind and simply needs a little direction. If you’re hosting Thanksgiving this year, the 2019 Thanksgiving Recipe Finder from Epicurious is as close to a ‘must have’ tool as we’ve found.

Happy browsing and Happy Thanksgiving!

Peter Salerno's favorite pumpkin ravioli recipe from Williams-Sonoma.

Will YOU Accept Our 2019 Thanksgiving Food Bank Challenge?

Will YOU Accept Our 2019 Thanksgiving Food Bank Challenge?

One look at the hashtag #FoodBankChallenge on Twitter, and you’ll see how dire the situation has gotten for many of our food banks. Around the world, food banks are woefully depleted of basic and necessary supplies. With Thanksgiving right around the corner, this is a food shortage that we need to try and correct!

The task seems daunting – but if each of us focuses on our local food banks and pantries, the mission becomes easier to manage. It all starts with finding your local food bank – our favorite resource is the Feeding America locator.

Will you take Peter Salerno Inc.'s #FoodBankChallenge?
Will you take Peter Salerno Inc.’s #FoodBankChallenge?

For years, our parent company Peter Salerno Inc. has pledged to donate no less than 75 turkeys every Thanksgiving season to its local food bank – the St. Andrew’s Parish Food Pantry in Westwood, NJ. St. Andrew’s is a spiritual home for Peter Salerno and his family, where Peter’s children Anthony and Gabrielle were both married.

This isn’t a statement to ‘prop ourselves up’. When broken down amongst several members of a work team, the cost of 75 turkeys isn’t that massive – and the ability to provide enough Thanksgiving main courses for over 1,000 people (1 person fed per pound of turkey) is a number that will change an entire community for the better.

Peter Salerno's staff delivering Thanksgiving turkeys to St. Andrew's Church.
Will you take Peter Salerno Inc.’s #FoodBankChallenge?

If you’re focusing on turkey, remember that simple calculation – 1 pound of turkey feeds 1 person. If you donate a 16 lb. turkey, a food pantry can feed roughly 16 people.

If your focus extends past Thanksgiving, non-perishable and shelf-stable items are your target.What food items are pantries and food banks most in need of this Thanksgiving season? According to Feeding America, these are the six most requested shelf-stable items by food banks during the fall months:

•    Boxed stuffing
•    Instant mashed potatoes
•    Canned vegetables
•    Dry macaroni
•    Cranberry sauce
•    Canned Pumpkin

What can YOU do to take steps to assist those in need and give back this Thanksgiving season? According to Peter Salerno, it’s all about targeted giving.

“Instead of helping dozens of charities, choose two or three that resonate with you to maximize your effectiveness,” Peter encourages. “Imagine how much better a world (we’d have) if everyone who could, would take action.”

Keep in touch with us – and the movement – using #FoodBankChallenge on Twitter. Let us know how you’re helping give back this Thanksgiving season!