Expert Tips on Finishing Hardware | Making Handles, Pulls + Knobs Shine

Expert Tips on Finishing Hardware | Making Handles, Pulls + Knobs Shine

Finishing hardware on your cabinets, drawers and vanities. No, don’t yawn. These features can be fabulous when done creatively!

Peter Salerno Inc. (our parent company) recently released a set of videos on their official Instagram account which highlight the unique new ways you can feature knobs, pulls and handles to dramatic effect in your kitchen design. From metallic colors to over-sized hardware, glittering crystal to intriguing textures, these features are an exciting option to add elegance to your design in unexpected ways.

Let’s take a look at these videos, which outline 3 expert design tips to make your kitchen design’s finishing hardware truly shine.

3 Expert Design Tips To Make Finishing Hardware Shine

1. Don’t be afraid to turn your hardware into jewelry.

“Hardware is the jewelry of [your] cabinetry,” Peter Salerno says on his official Instagram account. “Add something to make yourself feel like that Hollywood movie star each day!” From glass to Swarovski crystal, add a little ‘bling’ to your cabinet or vanity’s finishing hardware to add a sense of luxury to your everyday life.

One of Peter Salerno’s go-to suppliers for a dash of glitz is Richelieu Hardware.

2. Color + texture = results.

“Adding color into your kitchen makes it go from a standard space to an extraordinary space,” Peter Salerno advises. “Play with textures and finishes on small details.”

If you’re opting for white, gray or natural wood tones for your cabinets, drawers or vanity, then bold color and texture choices on their pulls, knobs and knobs can heighten their drama and “curb appeal”.

3. Play with oversized pulls, knobs, and handles.

“We have been over-sizing pulls on pot drawers and knobs on cabinets,” Peter Salerno remarks about a hot luxury trend in current kitchen design. Over-sizing handles, pulls and knobs adds a bold, eye-catching bit of flair to an accessory that can often be mundane.

The combination of oversized metallic textures on the pulls and knobs in the Instagram video above can’t help but draw your focus. Why not experiment with an over-sized representation of the metallic color (gold, silver, bronze, copper, etc.) that best complements your kitchen design?

Watch a Luxury Kitchen Design Construction Process

Watch a Luxury Kitchen Design Construction Process

Going behind the scenes of a luxury kitchen design construction process is beautiful and rewarding. The team at Peter Salerno Inc. (the most award-winning custom kitchen and bath design firm of the 21st century in North America) recently gave its Instagram followers a sneak peek at a stunning kitchen design that’s still a ‘work in progress’.

The first detail that jumped out at us were the gorgeous, handcrafted twin kitchen islands. Finished in a elegant blue-gray and adorned with hand-carved corner features, these islands will certainly serve as the centerpiece of the kitchen. We also get a sneak peek at the construction of a magnificent soffit above the islands (a Peter Salerno Inc. trademark), and we can’t wait to see how it turns out!

The sheer amount of windows and glass features in this kitchen design is striking; even mid-construction, the amount of natural light cascading into the space is unreal. Utilizing glass doors on the custom Maestro Rosolino cabinetry ensures that daylight will reflect throughout the space, keeping the need for daytime lighting to a minimum.

For Peter Salerno and his team, attention to detail is everything. From the extra cost to properly paper and protect the new flooring to small protective measures, every square inch of this kitchen is treated like gold during the construction process. And if you look closely, you’ll notice a personal touch – the top of each glass panel on every perimeter cabinet is hand-decorated with a carving of flowers. Each unique flower represents the birthday month of a member of the client’s household.

A unique design and construction element of this kitchen is the butler’s pantry, which isn’t ‘tucked away’ like many others. Rather, the butler’s pantry sits quaintly down a short hallway, removed from the kitchen but still within plain view of its occupants. The butler’s pantry hallway is adjacent to the range and hood, making food preparation and finishing details simple and effective.

Function is equally as important to form, and this Peter Salerno kitchen respects that fact. In addition to the abundance of cabinet fixtures, shelving space exists throughout the kitchen design (including a copious amount in the butler’s pantry). The breadth and depth of the cabinets and shelving ensure that nothing is out of reach for this kitchen’s owners.

Making a luxurious design space as functional as it is beautiful is key. It’s what makes this large kitchen seem cozy, and will allow cooks and other food preparers to easily and efficiently share their creations with family, friends and loved ones. After all, the true measure of a great kitchen is how inviting it is for its users and guests!

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Perimeter door details 👌🏻

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We can’t wait for the next kitchen design update Peter Salerno posts to Instagram, and look forward to exclusive photographs of this kitchen design in its finished form. But if you follow them like we do, you won’t have to!

For all the behind the scene photos of this luxury kitchen design construction process, visit Peter Salerno inc.’s official Instagram account.

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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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Peter Salerno and Brian Mayer at the 2019 Lavallette Breast Cancer Walk.

Kitchen Range Hood Design Inspiration | Find a Photo You Love

Kitchen Range Hood Design Inspiration | Find a Photo You Love

Custom range hoods are our favorite way to make your kitchen design special. A singular range hood immediately separates your kitchen from the pack, turning a beautiful design into a one-of-a-kind masterpiece.

For years, our parent company (Peter Salerno Inc.) has worked with RangeCraft, a custom range hood manufacturer that designs “jewelry for the kitchen”.

“A top quality range hood is an essential part of a well-designed high-end kitchen because it will help to protect your cabinetry, flooring, countertops and appliances. RangeCraft Range Hoods are truly a functional work of design art,” explains Ramona Panus, President of RangeCraft. “Walking down an aisle in any appliance showroom, most range hoods on the wall look all the same…how boring!”

We couldn’t agree more with Ramona on all fronts.

Much like Peter Salerno’s ability to make soffits spectacular, RangeCraft has perfected the art of fusing function and beauty. Modern kitchen design isn’t strictly about providing luxury or about world-class functionality. The best kitchen designers (and their design elements) must be able to provide both to their clients.

It’s not enough to have beautiful social media photos, and RangeCraft knows this. Their custom-built range hoods are equipped with extremely quiet fans, bright halogen bulbs, and precise attention to form. Only after their technical prowess has been applied does the beautification process being – exquisite detail, first-class materials and design specs that fit each individual client’s kitchen.

This isn’t all a big ‘fluff piece’. This is simply what we believe the standard ought to be for every kitchen designer and manufacturer in today’s market.

We’ve selected some of our favorite collaborations between Peter Salerno Inc. and RangeCraft, which provide us with constant kitchen design inspiration. We’d love to know which ones you love best!

  • A daring look: Open-back custom range hood, cabinetry behind stove (2nd slide = video)
  • Clean & Sleek: Custom range hood set on Madison Nacar tile
  • An audacious walnut range hood
  • A dreamy rustic tin range hood set back in opulent kitchen

2019’s Most Beautiful Kitchen Ceiling Soffit Designs

2019’s Most Beautiful Kitchen Ceiling Soffit Designs

“Soffits are boxy. Soffits are meant to be functional, not fashionable.” We’ve heard it all before. And none of it is true.

The truth is, kitchen ceiling soffits can be the crown on your kitchen design masterpiece! In the past, soffits were strictly created to hide wiring and cover the underside of surfaces, without much thought to ‘curb appeal’ or aesthetic value. Today’s smartest designers (like Peter Salerno Inc.) understand that every square inch of design space is an opportunity to add on to a masterpiece.

“When our clients say go bigger,” Peter Salerno recently remarked on Instagram, “we go sky high!”

Making your kitchen soffits dazzle takes a bit of ingenuity, vision and daring. But when executed properly, soffits can go from simple to showpieces and elevate the luxury of your kitchen.

Let’s take a look at some of our favorite kitchen ceiling soffits of 2019 and talk about why we love them!

Awesome Kitchen Soffit Ideas + Designs

1. Swarovski Crystal, Reclaimed Tin + Statement Lighting

“The cherry on top of an amazing kitchen” is how Peter Salerno describes this soffit. This hexagonal soffit is framed with white and glitters with thousands of Swarovski crystals. Recessed lighting inside the ceiling feature and twin crystal chandeliers create a dazzling sparkle, turning this kitchen soffit into the centerpiece of the design.

2. Dark Wood Border + Large Pendant Lighting

One of Peter Salerno Inc.’s favorite locations for a statement kitchen soffit is over the kitchen island. The intricate craftsmanship on the dark-stained wood border is a visual tie-in to the custom range hood on the far wall. Once again, recessed lighting accents the tin ceiling panels in the soffit. The piece is finished off with large, bold pendant lighting that illuminates the entire kitchen design.

3. Sleek + Simple Brushed Tin Ceiling Soffit

Evocative of classic “drop tin ceilings”, this simple and elegant soffit features a square of 9 brushed tin ‘panels’, bordered by a beautiful scalloped design. Clean white wood borders the feature, with two understated lighting pieces hanging like bubbles underneath the tin.

What are some of your favorite design ideas for kitchen soffits? We’d love to hear them in the comments section below!

Dark Wood + White | A Modern, Opulent Transitional Bathroom

Dark Wood + White | A Modern, Opulent Transitional Bathroom

If transitional bathroom design is your taste, then Peter Salerno Inc. invites to take a look at this breathtaking bath project, called ‘Simple Tranquility’.

Peter Salerno Inc. award winning transitional bath design, 2015. [Photo: Peter Rymwid]

This transitional bath design is a gorgeous dark wood & white transitional bath in northern New Jersey. With a lot of hard work, inspiration, and teamwork (Stratta, the Tile Boutique and Stone Surfaces, to name a few), the results became truly magnificent.

‘Simple Tranquility’ is a transitional bathroom in Bergen County, NJ. The cabinets are walnut with an espresso stain from Peter Salerno Inc’s coveted “Mastro Rosolino” (TM) line of cabinets.

Fill out the form below for more information on Peter Salerno Inc. designs, or call (201) 251-6608!

The tops are marble from our friends at Stone Surfaces in East Rutherford, NJ. The backsplash is glass and porcelain, and the floor is marble tile by Stratta – The Tile Boutique , Wyckoff, NJ. The hardware is polished stainless from Hardware Designs in Fairfield, NJ. All the fixtures and fittings also came from Hardware Designs, while the sconces and chandelier came from Capitol Lighting in Paramus, NJ.

 

Photos courtesy of Peter Rymwid and Peter Salerno Inc.
Contact Peter Salerno Inc. for more information about their award-winning bath designs!

5 Gorgeous Kitchen Designs Featured on Instagram | See Them Here!

5 Gorgeous Kitchen Designs Featured on Instagram

Kitchen Design #1: Transitional “Farm House Industrial” Kitchen

Kitchen Design #2: “Christmas in July” Dark Wood Kitchen

Kitchen Design #3: Jersey Shore La Cornue Kitchen

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That perfect homey feel in a kitchen 👌🏻

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Kitchen Design #4: Dazzling Moscow Transitional Kitchen

Kitchen Design #5: Clean + Sophisticated White Transitional Kitchen

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Curved perimeter 😍

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If you love any of the kitchen designs you see above, visit the designer’s website!