A Closer Look at Our Featured 2017 Summer Kitchen Design
At Design Your Lifestyle, we’re proud to feature an outstanding kitchen or bath design for each season. Our Summer 2017 featured design (in the header of our page) is a gorgeous transitional kitchen design by Peter Salerno Inc. – the most award-winning North American custom kitchen and bath design of the 21st century.
“Farm Meets City Sleek” is a lustrous transitional kitchen that manages to combine rustic charm with uptown chic. One’s first glance at this transitional kitchen design is bathed in white and ambient light, a nod to the recent kitchen design trend where whites and neutrals are used as the primary focus of the overall color design scheme. From the custom Maestro Rosolino cabinetry (a trademark of Peter Salerno Inc. design) to the kitchen island base, this kitchen is adorned with white.
Notes of gray and neutral complement the design, through the custom range hood and counter to the island countertop and wood flooring. One of our favorite aspects of this kitchen design is the the 2×8 mixed metal and glass mosaic backsplash over the range, created by the team at Stratta, the Tile Boutique.
Here are some specific details about this gorgeous transitional kitchen design.
Cabinetry: Maple wood painted Tennis White
Perimeter Countertop: Caesar Stone Piatra Grey #5003 1 1/4″ by Stone Surfaces in East Rutherford, NJ
Island Countertop: 1 1/2″ Stainless Steel by EMI Industries in Boonton, NJ
Flooring: Original hardwood flooring from home, no information was given by homeowner
Backsplash over range: 2×8 mixed metal & glass mosaic by Stratta Tile Boutique in Wyckoff, NJ
Sink: Franke MHX710-30 30x21x9
Island Light Fixtures: Exter 16-Jar Pendant by Potterybarn
Refrigerator/ Freezer: 48″ Sub-Zero 648 Prog
Gas Range: Wolf #GR606F
Steam Oven: Wolf #CSO24
Wall Oven: Wolf #SO30PE/S/PH
Hood: 60″ Stainless Steel
Dishwasher: Miele Futura Dimensions #G5675SCVI
Microwave: GE #PEM31SFSS with Trim Kit #JX827SFSS
Warming Drawer: 30″ Wolf WWD30
Ice Maker: Sub-Zero UC-15IP
NOTE: All photography featured in this article is courtesy of Peter Rymwid, on behalf of the team at Peter Salerno Inc.
August 17th is National Nonprofits’ Day in the United States. It’s a day when individuals, businesses and organizations are encouraged to find, support, donate to and raise awareness for nonprofit organizations that resonate with them.
Nonprofit organizations don’t just raise funds and awareness for worthy causes; they are a vital part of the American economy. According to Johns Hopkins and Tactical Philanthrophy Reports, the nonprofit sector provided 5.4% of the entire U.S. GDP in 2012 – a figure that rounds out to $887.3 billion dollars.
The primary goals of nonprofits are, of course, altruism, research and awareness. Each of us has been positively impacted by a nonprofit in some way during our lives, whether directly or to the benefit of friends or family. National Nonprofits’ Day is the perfect opportunity to “jumpstart” your altruistic side and support a nonprofit that means something special to you or your business.
For our parent company Peter Salerno Inc., that support manifests itself every year in the form of the Lavallette Breast Cancer Walk. The walk occurs in Lavallette, New Jersey, and is hosted by the American Cancer Society, the Tone Foundation and the Lavallette Municipal Alliance. August 6, 2017 marked the 14th annual Lavallette Breast Cancer Walk.
Peter Salerno once again participated in the walk on behalf of his company and family, as well as family and loved ones who have bravely battled breast cancer. Peter Salerno Inc. is a proud sponsor of the 14th annual Lavallette Breast Cancer Walk.
The ways you can support a nonprofit you care about are innumerable. From donations of money to donations of time, from raising awareness to collecting goods and capital, getting involved with a nonprofit organization is rewarding to you and the world around you!
Take it from us – nonprofit organizations are always happy for your support, so don’t be shy about reaching out to one that means something to you!
But one of their latest articles, regarding the hottest prints, patterns and textures in home design for 2017, might be our favorite of the recent bunch.
“Make a Statement: Print, Pattern and Finishes Trends” by HGTV’s Felicia Feaster may as well be your 2017 Design Primer when it comes to home creation and renovation. In the article, Felicia guides you through the “trendsetting fabrics, wallcoverings, patterns and finishes that define great style in 2017”.
Here are a few of our favorite selections from the article. Read them through, and then head over to HGTV to read the full article and see all the trends!
HGTV’s 2017 Top Prints, Patterns and Finishes
1. Creative Transitions.
Transitional design is all the rage (especially in transitional kitchens). In this case, Felicia Feaster is referring to mixed media and materials when it comes to major design elements like flooring.
“[A] thoughtful mix of wood and other surfaces to create flooring juxtapositions,” explains Felicia. This also pertains to surprising materials or “faux” materials, like in the Peter Salerno Inc. transitional kitchen design below. The “wood grain flooring” you see is actually durable porcelain wood tile. Coupling the gorgeous aesthetic of dark, weathered wood with the durability of porcelain tile ensures that the floor will look great AND hold strong. It’s the perfect way to get that transitional kitchen flooring “feel” while making sure it can withstand the toll of kids, guests and the family dog.
2. Scenic Landscapes.
Wall prints, designs and frescoes are a great way to transport the mind and body while remaining in the comfort of your home. In the Peter Salerno Inc. bathroom design below, a gorgeous painted wall features the countryside and seaside of Italy, allowing the occupant’s imagination to soar and wander.
3. Liquid Metal.
Metallic tones aren’t just for small fixtures anymore. Copper, silver, platinum and gold are everywhere, making standout appearances against neutral, white and black design elements.
Be bold in your approach to metallic and mineral tones (more on that in the full HGTV article). Much like whites and neutrals, they’re not just complementary to your design strategy in 2017 – they can be the feature!
Peter Salerno isn’t just a master kitchen designer, he loves spending time in his own kitchen entertaining family, friends and guests. This love of cooking and creating recipes filters up and down the Salerno family for generations, and has produced some time-tested, delicious recipes.
When Peter Salerno married his wife Tracy, she brought with her a wealth of delicious recipes, cocktails and other “secret family recipes”. Tracy’s father, Mike Cavallo, was a master of many of these – but one of the family’s favorite creations from Mr. Cavallo was his famous sangria.
What makes the “Cavallo family sangria” recipe so delicious? It might be the perfect mix of ingredients, or the use of brandy and triple sec at the base. Or it may just be the special amount of love with which Mike made it.
In any event, it’s a sangria recipe that’s sure to please, and we’re sharing it with you. It’s the perfect summer sangria recipe for entertaining guests!
Mike Cavallo’s Perfect Summer Sangria Recipe
inexpensive brandy (something like Christian Bros., no need to go over the top!)
a bottle of red wine, preferably Merlot or Shiraz
oranges (you can add apples and pears as well)
Fill a *large* pitcher with whole slices of orange (leave the peels on), use a wooden spoon to press on the oranges to get a little bit of juice at the bottom.
Fill a 1/3 of the pitcher with ice
Pour even parts 7 Up/Sprite and wine (pouring both at the same time is the easiest way) until 2/3 of the way filled
Pour equal parts brandy and triple sec to taste (usually about 1/2 -2/3 a cup)
Fill remaining with the rest of the wine
Stir and let sit for 10 minutes in the refrigerator
If it comes out too strong for you, it can be diluted by adding more soda.
DON’T add sugar, citrus fruits (lime, lemon, pineapple), or bitters!
July 23rd is National Parents’ Day, and that’s starting to mean more and more in our office as the years go by.
After all, there are now FOUR generations of Salernos involved in the life of our parent company, Peter Salerno Inc. – the most award-winning North American kitchen and bath design firm of this century.
It all started with the “Maestro” himself, Rosolino Salerno (Peter’s father). Rosolino worked tirelessly to become a master cabinetmaker and craftsman in Sicily before coming to the United States to start his family. Rosolino’s son Peter grew up in his father’s workshop and soon developed a love for woodwork, fine craftsmanship and world-class design.
After Peter Salerno’s tour of duty as an ensign in the United States Navy, he came home to begin a design career of his own – and did he ever.
Since 2002, no custom kitchen and bath design firm has been more awarded or lauded than Peter Salerno Inc. Peter and his wife Tracy have created a legacy of kitchen and bath design that has made Peter’s father proud. All the while, Rosolino has kept a watchful, expert eye over his son’s business, and his knowledge and expertise has been invaluable to Peter’s business.
To the delight of Peter and the Peter Salerno Inc. family, both of his children (Anthony and Gabrielle) became part of the family business, as a third generation of Salernos entered the custom kitchen and bath design industry.
Gabrielle has become an invaluable part of the daily business at Peter Salerno Inc., managing clients, orders, and presenting a warm, friendly face to everyone who enters their showroom. Anthony has become a craftsman and knife designer (EDGES custom cutlery), and was recently named to the prestigious NKBA 25 Under 25 list.
In a continuation of family blessings, both Anthony and Gabrielle have welcomed baby girls into the family! Anthony and his wife Eve brought Jesse Caren Salerno into the world, and Jesse was soon followed by Brielle Nova Mayer, daughter of Gabrielle and her husband Brian Mayer.
Professional success is wonderful, but nothing will ever be more important than the bonds, traditions and love of family. Peter Salerno is overjoyed to be surrounded by family in both his personal and professional lives, and takes special pride in this year’s Parents’ Day – as it is an opportunity to celebrate his parents, his children, his wife, and his two grandchildren.
To you and your family from ours, please enjoy a safe and fulfilling Parents’ Day 2017!
“Luxury” and “affordable” are 2 words that seem like polar opposites. This is especially the case when it comes to high-end home design, specifically custom kitchen design and custom bath design.
The world of luxury home design seems like a far-off fantasy to most people. (The author of this article is definitely guilty of perusing Pinterest for high-end home design photos and letting out a wistful sigh or two.) Whether your taste is gorgeous French ovens and ranges, state-of-the-art bath fixtures, custom tile work or unique accessories, luxury home design – and its price tag – appears to be a bit out of reach.
But luxury home design style can be attainable – and affordable.
World-renowned design firms like the award-winning Peter Salerno Inc. are committing to make design fantasies into realities for a more reasonable cost than ever before.
(Before we dive into the topic further, we should be clear – it takes a respected design firm with years of networking, experience and success to deliver this level of luxury at an achievable price. Without the proper connections and a finely-tuned approach, it’s hard to streamline the design and delivery process of such high-quality materials on a competitive budget.)
The finest custom kitchen and bath design companies in the world are trending towards “affordable luxury” – the idea that high-end design shouldn’t always be reserved for high-end budgets. For Peter Salerno Inc., that idea takes shape in the form of the revamped Transitions™ collection.
Peter Salerno Inc. is the most award-winning North American custom kitchen and bath design firm of the last 15 years, with awards from prestigious organizations like the NKBA, KBIS, Sub-Zero, Wolf, and Signature Kitchens & Baths. Their tagline, “It’s all about the extraordinary”, now applies to more budgets and households than ever before.
A quote from the official Peter Salerno Inc. website:
For those that appreciate quality, craftsmanship, and design but don’t require a Rolls Royce; Transitions is the only choice. We bring our award-winning design expertise to your space accompanied by quality cabinetry with a wide variety of door styles, finishes, and moldings.
At a price-point 20%-45% less than our Tesoro line, this is the perfect option for builders and homeowners looking to furnish a home with something extraordinary while staying in budget.
The thing we love about the concept of “affordable luxury” is that the term is flexible. As we’ve discussed in previous articles, today’s best design trends are all about personalization, and that includes the design budget. After all, the term “affordable” is relative to each client. For Peter Salerno Inc., “affordable luxury” is as simple (and refreshing) as always providing the highest quality work, craftsmanship, design, materials and delivery for the client’s budget.
In the coming weeks, we’ll be talking more about affordable luxury in custom home design, and the best ways for you and your professional design firm to create the luxurious home space of your dreams without breaking the bank. Stay tuned!
Your website’s sense of style MUST match your own style standards. It’s paramount in the modern age of branding and web design that your personal or business website (or blog) is as well-designed and constructed as you and your business are.
Many designers, businesses and those with personal brands make the mistake of thinking their social media is the most important impression they can make in online marketing. This isn’t true. After all, there’s only so much you can do to differentiate your Facebook or Twitter from everyone else’s. Even your Instagram account isn’t that unique; past your own crop of photo and video media, the layout will never set you apart.
You have to assume EVERY potential client will eventually find and judge your website on its appearance. Web design is crucial. But high-end web design is also expensive. For small businesses and personal brands, hiring an expensive web designer or development team is simply not a financially feasible option.
So what can you do to make your brand stand out and make your website beautiful? We recently visited the refurbished Peter Salerno Inc. website to look for clues. Peter Salerno and his team handle their web design in house, and have created a sleek, user-friendly site that mirrors the world-class quality of their custom kitchen and bath design.
Here are a few tips and trends we discovered that can help you update your web design and website’s style for your clients, without breaking the bank.
Modern Web Design Tips: Summer 2017
1. De-clutter your home page.
90% of website visitors decide whether or not they like your brand in the first five seconds of visiting your site. It doesn’t matter how amazing you are, or how revolutionary your product may be. A clutter-filled home page makes you and your brand look disorganized.
Don’t throw too much information at your viewers at once. Let them discover your brand at their leisure, page by page. A clean landing page with a few eye-catching designs or photos and a simple navigation menu is plenty for your visitors to take in at first glance. If you give them just enough, they’ll want to see more. If you give them too much, they will leave before finding out anything.
2. Turn your menu into a portfolio.
You may notice the term “UX Design” floating around, and not know quite what it is. Let’s take the mystery out of it. UX Design simply means “user experience design”, and it’s THE most important thing you can take into consideration when designing a website. Don’t focus on trendy effects, tricks or flashy content. Just focus on creating the simplest, most engaging user experience possible.
A great way to implement UX design is to turn your menu into a portfolio. On your homepage, give each of your core menu categories a corresponding photo or image (much like Peter Salerno Inc. does on its homepage). This allows you to give your visitors a visual representation of everything your site (and your brand) has to offer, with a simple text label attached to each.
Peter Salerno’s site does this to perfection. You can look at his homepage for 5 seconds and know exactly what his custom kitchen and bath design lines look like, what products he offers, and where to go for more information.
3. Choose two simple “main” colors, and stick to them.
The most essential piece of advice when it comes to color is simple – please don’t go nuts with text colors. If you have a dark background, use a simple white or light gray. If you have a light background, use a dark gray or black. Using funky colors for your text copy content is incredibly passe and frankly, looks unprofessional.
Base your website’s overall color scheme off two main colors – the color of your background, and the color of your text. Make those two colors firm, unchanging elements of your design across all pages, menus and other design elements. Use a third color for highlighted effects (media borders, links, etc.) if you’d like. But much like home design in 2017, less is often more when it comes to color.
4. Auto-play videos or music are an annoyance.
Unless you’re a band or musician (and even then!), music should never auto-play when you visit a website. What if you’re browsing a website at work, or late at night with family in the house? The last thing you want is to scramble for your speakers when music comes blaring out at you.
The same goes for lightbox pop-up introduction videos. Clients want to see simple, clean design and layout when they first visit your page; an auto-play video only clutters their initial concept of your brand and is generally clicked out of within the first 3 seconds – and often, your website disappears with it.