More Exclusive Photos from KBIS 2018 Design Conference

More Exclusive Photos from KBIS 2018 Design Conference

In our last article, we gave you an insider look at some photos from the KBIS 2018 conference in Orlando, courtesy of Peter Salerno of Peter Salerno Inc.

Peter Salerno has given us even more exclusive VIP photo from the KBIS 2018 conference to share, including many that will never be seen anywhere else (even on social media)! We’re grateful for our partnership with Peter Salerno Inc., the most award-winning North American kitchen and bath design firm of the 21st century – they give us amazing access to some of the most valuable design conferences, platforms and opportunities the world has to offer.

Peter’s trip to KBIS 2018 (the Kitchen & Bath Industry Showcase) in Orlando was a whirlwind of innovative displays, informative panels, engaging speakers and invaluable networking opportunities. As always, it left him wishing for just “one more day” of KBIS to soak it all in.

Lucky for all of us, Peter documented some of the finest sights from this year’s KBIS conference and is sharing the photos with the world here on Design Your Lifestyle.

As you experience Peter Salerno’s photos from KBIS 2018, you’ll notice a few trends. Peter was especially inspired by a few core concepts and innovations from this year’s conference:

  • Intriguing kitchen appliances and fixtures, specifically some stunning sinks;
  • Wild, artistic tile and backsplash designs and patterns;
  • Innovations and artistic advances in wood flooring;
  • Technological innovations in refrigeration, cooling and storage.

We’re sure you’re saying, “All right already – enough with the talking! Let’s see some awesome design photos!” To that we reply, “no problem!”

We hope you enjoy Peter Salerno’s exclusive photo gallery from the KBIS 2018 conference, hosted by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA).

KBIS 2017: Photo Review of An Amazing Week in Design! [Part 2 of 2]

More Exclusive Photos from the KBIS 2017 Conference in Orlando!

In Part 1 of our KBIS 2017 photo review, we began sharing exclusive photos from inside the illustrious KBIS 2017 Design Conference from earlier this month in Orlando, FL. We followed that article up with exhibit floor photos of some of our favorite designs and displays from that week.

Thanks to our parent company Peter Salerno Inc., we’re able to share even more exclusive exhibit and design photos from the week that was at KBIS 2017, as well as highlights from what was an amazing experience. Thanks to KBIS and the NKBA for putting on a beautiful, educational, and highly efficient experience for designers, vendors, creators and the public!

KBIS 2017: Tiny House Design Challenge

One of the most entertaining new aspects of KBIS 2017 was the Tiny Home Challenge: Student Edition. Based loosely on the hit HGTV show and NKBA’s ingenuity, entrants capitalized on the “tiny house challenge” trend and competed to win fantastic tech/gadget prizes.

The Judging Panel from KBIS 2017's Tiny House Design Challenge.
The Judging Panel from KBIS 2017’s Tiny House Design Challenge.

The esteemed panel of judges for the KBIS 2017 Tiny Home Challenge: Student Edition included Peter Salerno (CMKBD), NKBA member and most award-winning NKBA/KBIS designer since 2003.

KBIS 2017: Magic of Design Awards Dinner

The KBIS 2017 Design Conference kicked off in grand style with the Magic of Design awards dinner on January 9th. Hosted at the World Showplace at Disney’s Epcot Center, the dinner was a fantastic experience to network with designers, trendsetters and luminaries in the world of custom kitchen, bath, home and interior design.

Peter Salerno and Anthony Salerno at the KBIS Magic of Design dinner.
Peter Salerno and Anthony Salerno at the KBIS Magic of Design dinner.

We have it on good authority from Peter Salerno and Anthony Salerno that the Magic of Design awards dinner (and party!) was a perfect mix of fun, recognition, and the opportunity to meet some of the great minds in design today.

More News and Updates from KBIS 2017

As previously stated, the KBIS 2017 exhibitor showcase floor was bigger than ever before, and filled with design inspirations for professionals, industry insiders, vendors and home owners.

Smart bath appliances were the rage at KBIS 2017. Smart toilets, sinks and faucets surged onto the exhibitor floor, leaving an indelible impression on those in attendance. In particular, self-cleaning toilets from brands like American Standard generated quite a bit of interest.

It was also interesting to note the trend of stainless steel with a “black finish” in kitchen appliances. Major appliance manufacturers like Samsung and LG continued to promote the arrival of “black stainless steel” ranges and ovens, featuring several prototypes along the way.

Anthony, Gabrielle and Peter Salerno with Teddwood under a Peter Salerno Inc. design photo.
Anthony, Gabrielle and Peter Salerno with Teddwood under a Peter Salerno Inc. design photo.

The KBIS conference is always a wonderful time for designers from across the map to come together and share tips, innovations and insights. Peter Salerno was thrilled to have the opportunity to reconnect with some of his favorite people in the design industry. Below, Peter catches up with Maria Stapperfenne, former NKBA 2015 president, and Rhonda Knoche, owner of Rhonda Knoche Design in Oregon.

Peter Salerno with Maria Stapperfenne former 2015 president of the NKBA & Rhonda Knoche owner of Rhonda Knoche Designs in Portland, Oregon.
Peter Salerno with Maria Stapperfenne former 2015 president of the NKBA & Rhonda Knoche owner of Rhonda Knoche Design in Portland, Oregon.

If you want more information about the NKBA and how to become a certified member of one of the foremost design associations in the world, pick up a copy of the brand new NKBA Kitchen & Bath Certification Guidebook. The NKBA Guidebook has helpful tips and insights on NKBA membership requirements, exam procedures and application forms. The cover photo on this year’s NKBA Guidebook is a custom kitchen design from Peter Salerno Inc., the most award-winning North American design firm since 2002.

The new NKBA Certification Book cover, with Peter Salerno Inc. kitchen design photo.
The new NKBA Certification Book cover, with Peter Salerno Inc. kitchen design photo.

Peter Salerno Inc.’s 20 Years in Design: Habitat for Humanity + Hurricane Katrina

How Peter Salerno Inc. Aided Hurricane Katrina Victims: Photos

This month, we’re celebrating our parent company Peter Salerno Inc.’s 20th year in the custom kitchen and bath design business. The celebration takes a look back at some of Peter Salerno Inc.’s memorable moments over the last 20 years – from humble beginnings at their first showroom to becoming the most award-winning North American design firm since 2002.

Since Peter Salerno opened his first showroom in 1997, a core value in his mission statement has been giving back to those in need. It’s a value instilled in Peter and his family by his parents and passed down through Peter and his wife Tracy to their children, Anthony and Gabrielle.

Peter Salerno Inc., family and the community at the Habitat for Humanity Hurricane Katrina project, 2006.
Peter Salerno Inc., family and the community at the Habitat for Humanity Hurricane Katrina project, 2006.

In 2006, Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast of the United States. Cities and towns like New Orleans, Gulfport and Mobile were devastated by the effects of one of the most notable hurricanes in American history. It was a time for all Americans (and the world) to come together to aid one of the most vital portions of our nation and rebuild the Gulf Coast region.

Through the support and guidance of Habitat for Humanity of Bergen County (New Jersey), Peter Salerno, his family, work team and neighborhood came together to help one family who lost their home in Hurricane Katrina.

Peter Salerno Inc., family and the community at the Habitat for Humanity Hurricane Katrina project, 2006.
Peter Salerno Inc., family and the community at the Habitat for Humanity Hurricane Katrina project, 2006.

New home construction through Habitat for Humanity took place in the back parking lot of Peter Salerno Inc.’s old showroom (which stood nearly adjacent to the current Peter Salerno Inc. showroom on Goffle Road in Wyckoff, New Jersey). Peter Salerno, the Peter Salerno Inc. team and his family worked diligently to create a new home for a family affected by Hurricane Katrina. In doing so, they asked the community for help.

They couldn’t have dreamed how large the response would be.

Peter Salerno Inc., family and the community at the Habitat for Humanity Hurricane Katrina project, 2006.
Peter Salerno Inc., family and the community at the Habitat for Humanity Hurricane Katrina project, 2006.

Members of the local high school turned out to assist in the Habitat for Humanity construction, as well as members of the Westwood (NJ) High School basketball team. Anthony and Gabrielle’s current and former teachers (at the time) showed up to aid Peter Salerno Inc. in the new home construction, and family and community volunteers came together to help create a new home for a wonderful family.

We hope you enjoy these pictures of Peter Salerno Inc.’s Hurricane Katrina new home project through Habitat For Humanity of Bergen County from 2006.

Peter Salerno Inc., family and the community at the Habitat for Humanity Hurricane Katrina project, 2006.
Peter Salerno Inc., family and the community at the Habitat for Humanity Hurricane Katrina project, 2006.

Stay tuned to Design Your Lifestyle blog all January 2017 long as we continue to bring you pictures from the past as Peter Salerno Inc. celebrates its 20th anniversary in the custom kitchen and bath design industry!

Christening Photos of Peter Salerno’s Granddaughter Jesse

Christening Photos of Peter Salerno’s Granddaughter Jesse

Beautiful Christening Photos of Jesse Caren Salerno

It was with pride, honor and love that Peter Salerno and his family celebrated the christening of beautiful baby Jesse, Peter’s first grandchild. The daughter of Anthony and Eve Salerno, Jesse Caren was christened by Father Jim Kelly on January 2, 2016.

Jesse Caren Salerno christening, photos courtesy of Peter Salerno Inc., 2016.

In a beautiful service at St. Andrew’s Church in Westwood, NJ, Jesse Caren was christened in front of adoring family and friends. The service included multiple traditional rites from different historical eras and regional Catholic faiths, and was orchestrated wonderfully by Father Jim.

Afterwards, Peter and Tracy Salerno invited family and friends back to their lovely home for a celebration, which lasted hours – mainly because no one could take their eyes off Jesse, who looked radiant in her white christening dress.

Jesse Caren Salerno christening, photos courtesy of Peter Salerno Inc., 2016.

But don’t take our word for it – look at these beautiful photos from Jesse Caren Salerno’s christening and see for yourself!

Jesse Caren Salerno christening, photos courtesy of Peter Salerno Inc., 2016.

We are so proud to share these photos with the world! The christening of baby Jesse was certainly a perfect way to ring in the New Year of 2016.

Exclusive Photos from Peter Salerno Inc. Miele Showroom Gala!

Exclusive Photos from Peter Salerno Inc. Miele Showroom Gala!

Miele, Peter Salerno Inc. Present New Transitional Kitchen Showroom Photos

For several months, Peter Salerno Inc. has kept you up-to-date on its new transitional kitchen showroom vignette, filled with the incredible new line of Miele kitchen appliances. You even voted on the custom backsplash and flooring options for the showroom vignette (and Peter Salerno and his team picked the winning options).

Well, the time has come to share this vignette with the world!

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., Miele, and some of the finest representatives of the custom kitchen design, appliance and hardware industries came together to celebrate the exclusive unveiling of this spectacular new transitional kitchen showroom vignette.

Miele USA was represented by Miele USA VP of Sales Bob Fava, National Director of A&D Research Group Paul McCormack, NY Metro Regional Sales Manager Dan Gallagher, and Princeton Miele Culinary Events Manager Mary Moulds.

The Salerno family celebrates the new transitional kitchen showroom vignette.
The Salerno family celebrates the new transitional kitchen showroom vignette.

Peter Salerno Inc.’s entire staff was there, including Peter Salerno, his wife and office manager Tracy Salerno, Anthony Michael Salerno and Gabrielle (Salerno) Mayer and their respective spouses.

Other notable guests include Bill Volz of Oberg & Lindquist, Purcell Murray Eastern Territory Manager Craig Kmiecik, master chef Michael Latour, Nicole Sakosits of Stratta, the Tile Boutique, and representatives from such fine contractors as Hardware Design, Inc., and Edges custom cutlery.

Miele Culinary Events Manager (Princeton, NJ) Mary Moulds slices a beautiful tenderloin.
Miele Culinary Events Manager (Princeton, NJ) Mary Moulds slices a beautiful tenderloin.

Special thanks to Dawn’s Catering and Service of Ridgewood, NJ, for their outstanding catering services at this transitional kitchen vignette reveal.

Stay tuned to Peter Salerno Inc.’s official blog for a complete overview of the new Peter Salerno Inc. showroom transitional kitchen display, featuring state-of-the-art Miele appliances!

Thank you to Andrew Bisdale for the fantastic event photography!

Peter Salerno Welcomes His First Granddaughter! [Warning: CUTE PHOTOS!]

Peter Salerno Welcomes His First Granddaughter! [Warning: CUTE PHOTOS!]

See Pictures of Peter’s New Granddaughter, Jesse Caren Salerno!

Welcome to the world, Jesse Caren Salerno!
Welcome to the world, Jesse Caren Salerno!

It is with great joy that we welcome Jesse Caren Salerno into the world! Jesse is the daughter of proud parents Anthony and Eve Salerno, and the first grandchild of Peter Salerno and his wife, Tracy! (Special congratulations also go out to Eve’s family, the Turners!)

Jesse was born on Tuesday, September 8th, at 9:10 p.m. She weighed in at a healthy 6 pounds, 5 ounces, and was 20 inches long. Anthony and Eve were blessed to be surrounded by the love of all four of Jesse’s grandparents, as well as Jesse’s ecstatic aunt and uncle, Gabrielle and Brian Mayer, and her uncle Ben Turner!

Baby Jesse with her proud father, Anthony Salerno!
Baby Jesse with her proud father, Anthony Salerno!

Jesse’s first name spelling is a tribute to the heritage of Eve’s family. Early reports are that she is beautiful, healthy, and (thank goodness) a good sleeper!

Congratulations to the Salerno and Turner families, and especially to Anthony and Eve on the beautiful new addition to their family!

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Check Out Peter Salerno’s “Showstopper” Showroom Featured by KBB [PHOTOS]

Check Out Peter Salerno’s “Showstopper” Showroom Featured by KBB [PHOTOS]

Thank You to the KBB For the Awesome Feature Article!

Earlier this year, Peter Salerno Inc. was honored as Most Innovative Small Showroom at the 2015 KBIS convention during their inaugural Innovative Showroom Awards. The people at the KBB (Kitchen and Bath Business, the geniuses behind the KBIS convention) were generous enough to follow up Peter Salerno’s Innovative Showroom award with a wonderful piece about Peter’s award-winning design showroom in Wyckoff, New Jersey.

The La Cornue kitchen in Peter Salerno Inc.'s NJ showroom. (Photo: {Peter Rymwid)
The La Cornue kitchen in Peter Salerno Inc.’s NJ showroom. (Photo: {Peter Rymwid)

The article, titled “Showstopper” (click the link to read it!), covers various aspects of Peter Salerno Inc.’s renowned kitchen and bath design showroom, and includes quotes directly from Peter Salerno as well as a linked photo gallery of exclusive Peter Salerno Inc. showroom photos.

KBB journalist Erinn Waldo, the author of “Showstopper”, provides a comprehensive and enjoyable review of Peter’s showroom. From the birth of Peter’s showroom (with the gifted Ellen Cheever), to the 2015 KBIS Most Innovative Small Showroom award, it is quite a journey through time and design!

The animated fiber-optic kitchen island in Peter Salerno Inc.'s showroom, which you have to see to believe! (Photo: Peter Rymwid)
The animated fiber-optic kitchen island in Peter Salerno Inc.’s showroom, which you have to see to believe! (Photo: Peter Rymwid)

Special thanks goes out to Erinn Waldo, a thorough and highly professional journalist, for her coverage in this article. And, as listed in Erinn’s original KBB article, the Peter Salerno Inc. showroom truly was (and is) a collaborative effort. Thank you to ALL listed below, as well as Peter’s outstanding clientele and staff!

Designer: Peter Salerno, Peter Salerno Inc.; Ellen Cheever, Ellen Cheever & Associates

Photography: Peter Rymwid Photography 


Antique Tin Hoods/Panels: Simply Amy LLC, Milford, N.J.


Appliances: La Cornue, Paris France; Oberg & Lindquist Corp, Wyckoff N.J.; Sub-Zero Wolf Inc.

Concrete Counters and Specialty Pieces: J & M Lifestyles LLC, Randolph, N.J.

Lighting Fixtures: Capital Lighting Inc., Paramus, N.J.


Reclaimed Wood Products: Southbend Building Products, Cornelius, N.C.

Stone Counters: Stone Surfaces Inc., East Rutherford, N.J. Tile Backsplashes and Flooring: Stratta Inc., Wyckoff, N.J.