Memorial Day: Visiting the Veterans Memorial Home in Paramus, NJ

Memorial Day: Visiting the Veterans Memorial Home in Paramus, NJ

(NOTE: This article was originally published long before the COVID-19 pandemic, when a visit like this was encouraged, healthy and appropriate. We thought that during a very unique 2020 Memorial Day Weekend, it would be nice to re-visit this trip to the Paramus, New Jersey Veterans Memorial Home.)

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 Salerno visits the Paramus Veterans Memorial Home in NJ.
Peter Salerno visits the Paramus Veterans Memorial Home in NJ.

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.

The mission statement of the Veterans Memorial Homes of New Jersey:

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.

Peter Salerno visits the Paramus Veterans Memorial Home in NJ.
Peter Salerno visits the Paramus Veterans Memorial Home in NJ.

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.

Peter Salerno visits the Paramus Veterans Memorial Home in NJ.
Peter Salerno visits the Paramus Veterans Memorial Home in NJ.

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 visits the Paramus Veterans Memorial Home in NJ.
Peter Salerno visits the Paramus Veterans Memorial Home in NJ.

Bergen County Businesses Surprise Valley Hospital With Free Meals

Bergen County Businesses Surprise Valley Hospital With Free Meals

Inspired by the sacrifices our front-line medical workers are making during the COVID-19 crisis, a team of Bergen County businesses joined forces to provide free meals to hard working ER doctors and nurses at Valley Hospital.

The effort was spearheaded by Peter Salerno, CMKBD, owner of Wyckoff’s Peter Salerno Inc. With the assistance of Sunrise Bagels of Wyckoff (their neighbors on Goffle Road) and E&S Foods, an idea was born.

Bergen County NJ businesses unite to give free meals to COVID-19 doctors.
Bergen County NJ businesses unite to give free meals to COVID-19 doctors.

“I was inspired by my daughter Gabby Mayer’s dear friend Sarah Jeane, a nurse (and front line hero) at Valley Hospital,” Peter Salerno said. “Her courage compelled me to help the front line. With the support and encouragement of my wife Tracy, I called my cousin Joe Guttilla of E&S Foods for help with supplies. His generosity, as always, was monumental.”

Now that Peter had food and supplies, he needed assistance putting meals together from a local business. He couldn’t have imagined how generous a friend and neighbor would be.

Bergen County NJ businesses unite to give free meals to COVID-19 doctors.
Bergen County NJ businesses unite to give free meals to COVID-19 doctors.

“I reached out to the owners of Sunrise Bagels, Manish (Sam) Aggarwal and his wife Seema,” Peter continued. “They immediately opened up their kitchen to me, where we prepared two sets of meals for 40 doctors and nurses in the Valley Hospital ER.”

Manish, Seema and Peter got to work, donning full gloves and masks before getting to work. They created 40 dinners of eggplant Parmesan and salad for Friday night, and penne with meatballs and salad for lunch Saturday afternoon.

Bergen County NJ businesses unite to give free meals to COVID-19 doctors.
Bergen County NJ businesses unite to give free meals to COVID-19 doctors.

Bergen County is statistically the hardest-hit New Jersey county in terms of COVID-19 cases (as of this publication). As of April 28, 2020, Bergen County experienced 15,104 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with a death toll nearing 1,000 individuals.

Front-line medical workers in Bergen County have been taxed enormously in terms of time, personal health and risk of exposure. In a time where people are asked to take extra precautions and practice social distancing, it is difficult to find ways to show support to these brave people.

Bergen County NJ businesses unite to give free meals to COVID-19 doctors.
Bergen County NJ businesses unite to give free meals to COVID-19 doctors.

“I felt so helpless during this difficult times. It felt so good to be able to do something for those heroes who are out there every day saving lives,” Peter Salerno reflected.

The hashtag #ValleyStrong is prevalent in the Bergen County (and Valley Hospital) area. We couldn’t support (and agree with) it more.

Bergen County NJ businesses unite to give free meals to COVID-19 doctors.
Bergen County NJ businesses unite to give free meals to COVID-19 doctors.

Closed for Coronavirus: A Love Letter To Peter Salerno’s Design Showroom

Closed for Coronavirus: A Love Letter To Peter Salerno’s Design Showroom

We hope you are healthy, safe and have the essentials you need during this trying, odd time in our lives. COVID-19 (the novel coronavirus) has turned the world into something none of us expected just a few weeks ago. And yet, “shelter in place” is the new normal. “Social distancing” is the new form of interaction.

And we miss each other.

(L to R) Anthony, Gabrielle, Tracy and Peter Salerno in the Peter Salerno Inc. showroom.(Photo: Andrew Bisdale)
(L to R) Anthony, Gabrielle, Tracy and Peter Salerno in the Peter Salerno Inc. showroom.(Photo: Andrew Bisdale)

This isn’t an article talking about the beautiful facets of Peter Salerno Inc.’s award-winning design showroom in Wyckoff, New Jersey. This isn’t a letter pining for Swarovski crystal, Miele appliances, and state-of-the-art accoutrements. That would be tone-deaf and insincere.

We miss the Peter Salerno Inc. showroom for what it represents.

The showroom is nothing without the people inside it. The social gatherings. The birthday celebrations for Peter, his family and friends. The cooking classes with culinary specialists like Chef Michael Latour. The special events like the art exhibit with Broadfoot + Broadfoot.

Larissa Taboryski of Purcell Murray and La Cornue prepares a cooking class at Peter Salerno Inc.'s showroom.
Larissa Taboryski of Purcell Murray and La Cornue prepares a cooking class at Peter Salerno Inc.’s showroom.

On a normal day, we marvel at the showpiece La Cornue statement kitchen, with Flamberge rotisserie and Grand Palais range. Today, we think about having an espresso at the display island with Anthony Salerno, or a Pellegrino with Gabrielle Salerno-Mayer. We remember watching as Peter Salerno used his own showroom kitchen to create lunch for his staff and loved ones, and thinking how much care he put into everything he does.

We miss all of it.

Some articles are created on a directive. We’re given a theme, a collection of media and a statement to drive home. This is not one of those articles. Today, we simply can’t wait for the moment we can reconvene in Peter’s showroom. To the world, it might be a KBIS Most Innovative Showroom award winner. To us, it’s a gathering place for wonderful people.

There will be updates about the re-opening of the Peter Salerno Inc. showroom to the public in the coming weeks, and we will certainly report that to you.

In the meantime, if you would like design advice or guidance during the COVID-19 pandemic, Peter Salerno and his team are offering remote “Design Online!” assistance, complete with a complimentary first virtual meeting.

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!

Peter Salerno Inc.: Read The 5-Star Design Testimonials Here!

Peter Salerno Inc. Reviews: Read The 5-Star Testimonials Here!

A Compilation of Peter Salerno Inc. Design Reviews

Here at the official Peter Salerno Inc. blog, we understand that it’s important to stay as objective as possible about our subject. It’s easy to focus on the fact that Peter Salerno Inc. is a 30-time national design award winner – the most awarded designer in North America this century. There are also wonderful insights into Peter Salerno’s design showroom, industry partners and exclusive video content.

Read Peter Salerno Inc. reviews here. (Credit Peter Rymwid)
Read Peter Salerno Inc. reviews here. (Credit Peter Rymwid)

But the true measure of a business (especially a custom kitchen and bath design company) is what its clients think. We have pulled some of the most recent Peter Salerno Inc. customer reviews from Houzz, the social media hub for all things design, to provide an unbiased, unfiltered opinion of Peter Salerno Inc. straight from the mouths of its clients.

These testimonials and reviews appear in their entirety, and Peter Salerno Inc. thanks its valued clients for their feedback, comments and design reviews.

Peter Salerno Inc. Design Client Reviews

      • “Peter Salerno and Company are the ultimate professionals. Between Peter’s creativity and the expertise craftsmanship they produce the highest quality award winning kitchens, baths and cabinetry. Peter designed our kitchen, baths, and built-ins for our new home. It was stress free and a pleasure to watch. And it turned out exquisite! We couldn’t be happier.” – Houzz review, courtesy of user giacopellirj
      • “Great Experience for sure! Re-doing a kitchen is a very long process with many decisions. Patience was worth it. It took over a year to get everything exactly the way we wanted it and Peter and his crew remained supportive through the whole process. He listened to every detail I needed and made sure in the end we were going to be happy with the final results. It is by far the most expensive room in your home to remodel but we kept in mind that it is also where you spend the majority of your time as well. My family couldn’t be happier with our space and we wouldn’t change a thing! The cabinets are very well built and the installers where awesome! Peter gives you a unique experience. He was more than just a designer in this process! He is now a friend and that is what you will get with him!” – Houzz review, courtesy of user kckeane
      • “It was both a a pleasure and an experience working with Peter and his employees. They were polite, professional and extremely helpful with other areas of my newly built home. The craftsmanship and detail was well thought out and the intricate design, breath taking!
        Stellar work, stellar team, thank you, Peter Salerno, Inc., for a job well done!” – Houzz review, courtesy of user michelegalofaro
      • “Peter has been an inspiration and mentor to me for the past few years. His vast knowledge and experience has been proven as he is an NKBA award winning designer. Peter Salerno has demonstrated leadership and is a pioneer in this industry. Using high end materials and fixtures, Peter Salerno is works well with other professionals and is open and honest.” – Houzz professional review, courtesy of Bella Grace Signature Kitchens & Baths
      • “Peter Salerno has exquisite taste and his attention to detail and personalization is extraordinary. His thoughtfulness transcends not only who he is personally, but what they do professionally as well. Your spaces will not only be beautiful but personal. We commonly collaborate with Peter Salerno’s designs.” – Houzz colleague review, courtesy of JM Lifestyles

For more information about Peter Salerno Inc., visit the official Peter Salerno Inc. website, call (201) 251-6608, or fill out the contact form below.

Who is “The Face of The Ultimate Kitchen” in 2019? Exclusive Design Article

Who is “The Face of The Ultimate Kitchen” in 2019? Exclusive Design Article

It’s quite the honor to be named “The Face of the Ultimate Kitchen”. Bergen Magazine set out to bestow that honor on one designer in their 2019 Faces of Bergen edition, and we couldn’t be more confident with their selection.

“We’re about working with clients, big or small, classic or modern, creating the rare and distinctive personalized space for any budget,” explains Peter Salerno, the 2019 “Face of the Ultimate Kitchen” in Bergen Magazine.

Peter Salerno is the owner and founder of Peter Salerno Inc., the most award-winning North American custom kitchen and bath design firm of the 21st century. Since 2000, Peter and his design team have won 35 national and international design awards from such prestigious organizations as the NKBA, KBIS, HGTV, Sub-Zero, Wolf, and Signature Kitchens & Baths.

Peter Salerno Inc. represents a three generation lineage of passionate, masterful custom designers. Peter Salerno founded his eponymous business in 1997 on the shoulders of his father Rosolino’s work as a master cabinetmaker in Sicily. Alongside his wife, Tracy, and his children, Anthony and Gabrielle, Peter has revolutionized the “family business” into a world-class design firm that has installed custom kitchen and bath designs in multiple countries on multiple continents.

Peter Salerno Inc. has expanded to a gorgeous, award-winning showroom on Goffle Road in Wyckoff, New Jersey, and become a cornerstone business in Bergen County’s marketplace. While Peter’s designs have taken him around the world, he still takes great pride and pleasure in being a New Jersey-based kitchen and bath designer, with dozens of award-winning designs in homes spanning New Jersey, New York and the American Northeast.

“With an eye for the unusual, Peter searches the globe for unique materials, reclaimed objects and old timbers from barns and historic buildings,” the article in Bergen Magazine reads. Peter Salerno Inc. has become synonymous with beautiful and eclectic design materials. From reclaimed tin from a Route 66 gas station to old timbers from an historic New York City orphanage, the next great inspiration for an award-winning Peter Salerno Inc. design can truly come from nearly anywhere.

It’s a wonderful honor to be recognized as the “Face of the Ultimate Kitchen” by a forward-thinking publication like Bergen Magazine, and it’s a moniker that Peter Salerno sees as both a great compliment and a great challenge.

Pick up your copy of Bergen Magazine’s “Faces of Bergen 2019” edition!