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 and Gabrielle experienced an informative, life-changing tour, led expertly by two individuals: Anthony, the Home’s Recreation Director, and Susan, its Volunteer Director.
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.
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.
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 Cookbook Preview: Eight Pasta Dishes That Will Wow You
We recently reported about a highly anticipated series of cookbooks forthcoming from Peter Salerno, CMKBD. (Peter is the owner and founder of Peter Salerno Inc., the most award-winning custom kitchen and bath design firm of the 21st century – and an exceptional chef!)
“The response was so overwhelming I had no choice but to start putting together recipes immediately, so here we are!” Peter recently explained to us in a phone interview.
Earlier this week, Peter Salerno put out a survey on his Facebook account, asking friends and followers to vote on 8 different homemade pasta dishes for his cookbook. The top 4 dishes in the vote were guaranteed to make the cookbook. There was only one problem…
“The trouble was, everybody kept saying, ‘Put all of them in!'” Peter continued. “So we’re going to publish all eight recipes.”
As a result, Peter is now hard at work refining and perfecting all 8 pasta recipes, based on Sicilian tradition, family secrets, and his travels to fine dining establishments, conversations with world-class chefs, and attending CIA culinary classes.
As if THAT wasn’t enough to get you drooling, Peter also announced a partnership with David Hamburger of Acker, Merrall & Condit, wine merchants of New York City since 1820. David is a top wine educator, and will be working closely with Peter Salerno to create exceptional wine pairings for each of these pasta dishes!
In no particular order, here are 8 pasta dishes that will appear in Peter Salerno’s debut pasta cookbook:
Lobster ravioli with a Grand Marnier cream sauce (the winner of the vote)
Fettuccine with a wild mushroom and cream sauce, topped with black truffles (2nd place in the vote)
Rigatoni with a puttanesca sauce
Cavatelli with broccoli rabe and sausage
Penne alla Norma (eggplant, tomato,basil)
Pappardelle al Cinghiale (wild boar sauce)
Fettuccine with bolognese and sweet peas
Lobster, macaroni and 3 Italian cheeses
The pasta cookbook will only be the first in a series of installments from Peter Salerno, who states that pasta felt like the most organic place to start the series.
“I wanted to make sure each of the pasta dishes we presented was unique,” Peter explained. “There will be classics like Cavatelli with broccoli rabe and sausage, and then a bit more exotic offerings like Pappardelle with Cinghiale, with is a wild boar sauce.”
For Peter Salerno, one of the real joys of creating pasta dishes is the ability to do so with his family. In the beautiful moment captured above, Peter Salerno rolls out homemade fettuccine with his granddaughter Jesse. It’s part of the Salerno family tradition, passing down old-world Sicilian traditions and recipes through generations.
Part of Peter’s appeal as a custom kitchen designer is his expertise in actually using kitchen design to its fullest. For over two decades, professional chefs and avid home cooks have trusted Peter Salerno Inc. to create state-of-the-art kitchen designs that not only look beautiful, but function as a world-class, operational kitchen.
So, we’re curious – which of the eight pasta dishes listed above sounds most appetizing to you? Which one are you most excited to see appear in Peter Salerno’s forthcoming cookbook? Let us know in the comments below!
Bold Optimism | The Complete Pantone Spring 2019 Color Palette
It feels like kismet.
For years, we’ve been devoted followers of Pantone, the world’s foremost color matching system. Pantone’s staff diligently forecasts color trends, palettes and seasonal color projections for the design industry – from industrial design to textiles, from the runway to home design, Pantone helps guide the ship of international design from season to season.
When we first saw the Pantone Fashion Color Trend Report for Spring 2019, two things made us feel like the universe was speaking to us:
It’s our favorite color palette of the last five years; and
The Report was written by Laurie Pressman… who is a recent client of Peter Salerno Inc., our parent company (and the most award-winning North American kitchen and bath design firm since 2000).
We can’t stress enough – we had no idea of the connection until a recent meeting with Peter Salerno and his staff. Needless to say, we’re more compelled than ever to gush over the Pantone Spring 2019 color palette and Fashion Color Trend Report.
Led by the Pantone 2019 Color of the Year, Living Coral, this collection is all about a sunny disposition. (Living Coral itself has been described as “a big hug”.) But the optimism and inviting nature conveyed by the Pantone Spring 2019 color palette doesn’t stop at Living Coral. This season’s collection is at once a love letter to the recent past and a bright statement on the future; a melange of trends past and present that leaves us feeling very good about the 2019 year in design.
An avid Pantone follower’s first glimpse at the Spring 2019 collection brings one comment: “Wow, this is a warmer collection than typical springs!” (And we love it.) While past Spring color palettes have kept warm colors somewhat muted – focusing on pastels and blushing shades – the Pantone Spring 2019 report projects some hot, hot shades. There’s nothing shrinking about colors like Turmeric, Fiesta and Aspen Gold. Pink Peacock, in particular, is turning heads on the runway, in textiles, and in industrial design.
The nod towards 2017 Color of the Year Greenery and other earth tones is quite evident – see the green tones Pepper Stem and Terrarium Moss. Staying with the theme of earth tones, perhaps the least “eye-catching” of the collection may prove the most versatile and useful in home design in 2019. Brown Granite is a dusky, dark neutral that we instantly fell in love with, with its notes of coffee and dark-grain wood.
Joining Brown Granite in the 4-tone Spring 2019 Neutrals portion of the color palette are 2 inviting off-whites, Soybean and Sweet Corn, and a rather enticing dark blue named Eclipse.
Award-Winning Kitchen Designer Announces Cookbook Series in 2019
Peter Salerno of Peter Salerno Inc. To Debut Cookbook Series
Our mouths are watering already.
Peter Salerno, CMKBD (the founder of Peter Salerno Inc., the most award-winning North American kitchen and bath design firm of the 21st century) has announced a series of cookbooks inspired by his designs, his Sicilian heritage, and his world travels as an ensign in the United States Navy.
The first Peter Salerno cookbook is set to debut later in 2019.
The announcement was made via Peter Salerno Inc.’s official Instagram and Facebook accounts and was received with anticipation and excitement.
Instagram user Stephanie Lee (@stephanie_lee_): “I’d like to preorder ASAP!!!”
Instagram user J. Patryce Design (@jpatrycedesign): “Congrats!… lmk where to purchase!”
Peter Salerno’s mastery of custom kitchen design, both transitional and traditional, stems from two places – his family tradition of cabinetry and woodworking, and his love of cooking. Peter’s friends and family often find him in his home kitchen, as well as the centerpiece kitchen of his award-winning Wyckoff, New Jersey showroom. Peter blends old-world Sicilian family recipes with other Mediterranean fare, and is eager to bring that knowledge from his kitchen to yours.
Peter also is an avid wine enthusiast, and promises to bring wine pairing expertise to his cookbooks with every recipe.
“Developing an understanding of wine pairings doesn’t depend on your budget,” Peter notes. “I’ll be pairing recipes with both high-end and affordable bottles of wine so everyone can enjoy.”
We’ve been present in the Peter Salerno Inc. showroom for some of Peter’s culinary creations, and trust us – we made sure to get a sample (or two, or three…). Whenever Peter dons his La Cornue or Miele chef’s apron, you know something special is about to happen.
Now, those special moments are about to be shared with the world!
Keep an eye out for future articles here on Design Your Lifestyle, as we keep track of Peter Salerno’s new line of cookbooks!
Peter Salerno Named Presenter at KBIS 2019 Voices From The Industry Conference
‘Where Does Inspiration Come From?’: A Sequel to Acclaimed Miele Presentation
Peter Salerno, North America’s most award-winning custom kitchen and bath designer since 2002, will present “Where Does Inspiration Come From?” at the KBIS 2019 Voices from the Industry Conference. It will be a follow-up seminar to Peter’s acclaimed presentation of the same name, conducted at Miele’s Experience Center in Princeton, New Jersey in 2018.
As outlined in previous articles, the Kitchen & Bath Industry Showcase (KBIS) is North America’s largest annual trade show, with over 31,000 attendees, 600 exhibitors, and 400 members of the press. Presented by the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA), KBIS 2019 is dedicated to the kitchen and bath design industry.
Education is at the forefront of what makes KBIS 2019 a superior trade show and conference. Much of that educational focus lies in the Voices From the Industry Conference. After a successful presentation at the Miele Princeton Experience Center (on behalf of the NKBA), Peter Salerno was asked to reprise it at this year’s Voices From the Industry Conference in Las Vegas.
“Where Does Inspiration Come From?” revolves around pulling inspiration from the world around us – both natural and architectural/technological – and how to convert that ‘library of thoughts’ into design inspiration and application.
Peter’s original 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’s “Where Does Inspiration Come From?” joins an incredible, world-class slate of presentations at this year’s VFTI Conference (some of which we have covered). From personalized luxury to synesthesia, design inspiration to smart technology in design, the 2019 edition of the Voices From the Industry Conference may be the best to date.
For more information about Peter Salerno and Peter Salerno Inc., visit their official website.
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!)
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.
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!
KBIS 2019 Voices from the Industry Conference | 5 Sessions to Watch
KBIS 2019 is coming to Las Vegas from February 19-21, 2019 – in other words, it’s time to start getting prepared for the biggest North American kitchen and bath industry trade show of the year!
In terms of information, nothing tops the Voices from the Industry Conference, which emanates from the KBIS convention on an annual basis. The KBIS 2019 Voices from the Industry conference will feature 80+ world-class speakers and topics including business growth, design, management, customer service, and kitchen/bath specialty training.
Also new for 2019, NKBA is proud to present four Professional Development courses as part of its Voices from the Industry Conference at KBIS 2019. The seminars are two hours each and offer 0.2 CEU credits and 2 Education Hours toward earning or maintaining AKBD, CKBD or CMKBD certification. The price for a one-day VFTI pass (up to four sessions) is $250 for NKBA members and $325 for non-members for advance registration; prices increase for onsite purchase of a one-day pass. Multi-day passes are also available.
With over 80 speakers representing virtually every facet of the kitchen and bath industry, KBIS 2019 attendees can’t possibly check out every presentation in the 2019 Voices from the Industry conference. So which presentations should you choose?
You should tailor your KBIS 2019 Voices from the Industry schedule to your own needs, experiences and plans for the 2019 design year. But there are a few sessions that we at “Design Your Lifestyle” found particularly interesting – either in terms of the topic, the speaker, or a mixture of both.
From the can’t-miss to the intriguing, here are the 5 sessions we’ll be watching at the KBIS 2019 Voices from the Industry conference.
KBIS 2019 Voices from the Industry Conference: 5 Sessions to Watch
1. Color and the Senses: Exploring Synesthesia + Current Color Trends
Who? Kathryn Grube – Owner, Functional Color Solutions, LLC
Where? Room N230
When? Tuesday, February 19, 2019; 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Synesthesia is the production of a sense impression relating to one sense or part of the body by stimulation of another sense or part of the body. In this context, it’s the experience of sensing color in ways other than sight. People who experience synesthesia may “smell lemons” when seeing the color yellow or hear a certain tone when seeing the color pink. Kathryn Grube will explore this phenomenon, and how it interacts with 2019’s color design trends.
Kathryn will also dive into the 2019 color palette, including Pantone’s seasonal 2019 color selections.
2. Applying Sustainability and Biophilia to Residential Design: What and Why?
When? Tuesday, February 19, 2019; 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Biophilia is the assertion that “humans possess an innate tendency to seek connections with nature and other forms of life” (Wikipedia). With the trend towards sustainable materials, natural color palettes and the ‘greening’ of residential spaces, Jeannifer Ellington looks for practical applications of sustainable finishes, designs, and materials in the home.
Jeannifer will also discuss WELL Building Standards, and ways to enhance your living space to promote well-being and health.
3. Designer Health: Meeting the Demands of Luxury and Lifestyle
Health is the ultimate luxury. The discerning client of the present and the future is redefining the luxury lifestyle. No longer about mere beauty, the most successful and sought after projects are now designed with health and wellbeing at the center. Premium materials with healthy finishes, responsibly sourced are becoming in greater demand, and clients are willing to pay a premium for them. Like their organic, non-GMO groceries, the homes of today’s luxury clientele need to take care of them from the inside out.
4. Modern Luxury: More Than Just a High Price Tag
Who? Christopher Grubb – President/Founder, Arch-Interiors Design Group
Where? Room N226
When? Wednesday, February 20, 2019; 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Keeping with our Wednesday theme of “the new definition of luxury”, Christopher Grubb’s presentation on modern luxury appears to be a highlight of the Voices from the Industry schedule. Christopher brings 25+ years of experience with luxury clients to this session, discussing how the term “luxury” has gone from a financial definition to an emotional one. Attendees to this seminar will learn which elements of a design project speak to this new definition of luxury, including which materials, finishes, fixtures, and other architectural and decorative details help to create a personalized sense of luxury, even for today’s most budget conscious homeowners, architects, and builders.
5. Home Hot Spots–How to Convert Emotions Into Sales
Who? David Brown – Partner, Hoffman York, Inc.
Where? Room N224
When? Thursday, February 21, 2019; 10:30 am – 11:30 am
This presentation reveals the findings of an extensive $100,000 research study of over 900 consumers who were interested in either major remodeling or purchasing a home. The research identified how dealers, architects, designers, builders and remodelers and dealers can increase the salability of their projects, and elevate their reputations. The research is comprised of a number of firsts: –1st comprehensive examination of the emotional connections made with various areas of the home. –1st use of advanced research to identify how a room’s overlap between relaxation, socialization and functionality shapes attitudes. –1st in-depth understanding of how space design and corresponding amenities can increase home appeal. Better yet, the research is accompanied by turn-key design concepts developed by Visbeen architects, winners of over 40 Best In American Living Awards.