Beautiful Home Bar Design + Wine Cellar | Must-See Design Photos

Beautiful Home Bar Design + Wine Cellar | Must-See Design Photos

Oh, my goodness.

Perhaps that’s not the most eloquent lead we’ve ever written at Design Your Lifestyle. That’s okay. We’ll let the design photos from this home bar and wine cellar tell the story.

This home bar and wine cellar design (by our parent company, Peter Salerno Inc.) sits on the first floor of a gorgeous home. Looking out from behind the bar, your eye takes you through a spacious open floor plan through a dining area and directly into the kitchen. The open flow of the design space is perfect for entertaining guests, making conversation and eye contact from kitchen to dining to the bar area seamless.

The bar design itself features stellar lighting effects in the open cabinetry and kitchen island. A rich blue tone emanates from behind opaque glass in the kitchen island, giving the bar space a beautiful glow at any time of day. The blue color effect is duplicated in the twin bar cabinet areas on either side of the center feature wall, drawing the eye to the liquor selection behind the bar.

The bar itself is as aesthetically pleasing as it is functional. The stainless counter space houses a bar sink, tap, and dual preparation surfaces. The island also houses a refrigeration unit, seven drawers and storage areas, and elegant dark-stained wood construction. The bar’s front has seating for four in cozy cream-colored chairs.

Need a glass of wine? The wine cellar is only steps away, recessed in the left wall of the dining and bar area. (Seriously. It’s right there.) The glass-front wine cellar sits back from the wall, encased by beautiful exposed brick. The vertical wine storage, central space for bottled liquors, and recessed wall space for custom art make this first-floor wine cellar an instant conversation piece and the show-stealer of this design.

Daytime area lighting is provided by large picture windows on either side of the bar. Ambient light streams in and catches the white bar feature wall and ornate white ceiling, allowing it to radiate throughout the open floor plan. At night, a smart assortment of high-hat recessed ceiling lighting complements the recessed blue light of the bar island and cabinetry.

This home bar and wine cellar is a host’s dream – stunning transitional design with an open floor concept, unique light sources, high-quality materials and unexpected aesthetic features. But enough about our opinion – what do YOU think?

Leave us a comment and tell us your reaction to this home bar and wine cellar design!

(Photos and posts courtesy of Peter Salerno Inc. on Instagram.)

May 9th is National Moscato Day: Our Favorite Moscatos

May 9th is National Moscato Day: Our Favorite Moscatos

Ah, Moscato. Perhaps no other beverage has created such divisive opinions within the community of wine aficionados as the product of the Muscat grape. Although the classic Moscato D’Anti originated in Italy, derivatives and clones of the Muscat grape are now grown from Oregon to New Zealand as demand for the fruity wine soars.

The Gallo Family created National Moscato Day in 2012 to celebrate the light, sparkling sipping wine that’s taken dinner tables, wine wholesalers and liquor stores by storm over recent years.

A fresh bunch of Moscato Bianco grapes, just in time for National Moscato Day! (Credit: Wiki Commons)
A fresh bunch of Moscato Bianco grapes, just in time for National Moscato Day!

Like it or not, the Moscato craze appears here to stay! But which Moscato wines are really worth drinking?

If you’re a lover of Moscato wines – be they Orange Muscat, Muscat Blanc or Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains – then May 9th is bound to be one of your favorite days of spring. But celebrating May 9th (National Moscato Day) in style isn’t quite as simple as picking up a pedestrian bottle of the fizzy wine.

As Richard Jennings, author of over 45,000 tasting notes, once noted:

America’s in the midst of a much bigger wine phenomenon than the sudden upswing in Pinot Noir sales following the 2004 release of the movie Sideways. Sales of slightly sparkling sweet wines with underlying acidity made from the Muscat grape have exploded over the past two years among younger buyers, especially Millennials — the 21 to 30 age group.

Some of these wines, especially from Italy’s Asti region, are terrific. Others, produced by huge wine conglomerates on an industrial basis looking to cash in on the latest trend, are truly dreadful.

So this National Moscato Day, how can you tell which Muscat to enjoy in your dining room, sitting room or custom wine cellar?

Imagine the custom wine cellar of your dreams. Peter Salerno makes it. (Credit Peter Salerno Inc.)
Imagine the custom wine cellar of your dreams. Peter Salerno makes it. (Credit Peter Salerno Inc.)

Here’s a great, short list of fabulous Moscatos to enjoy May 9th (or any day)!

Best Moscatos to Enjoy on National Moscato Day

1. Borgo Maragliano La Caliera Moscato D’Asti, 2014 (Italy)

At between $12-16 a bottle at most retailers, La Caliera is our favorite Italian Moscato D’Asti when it comes to a combination of taste and price. While each edition from 2013-2016 is a real winner, our selection is the 2014 vintage, full of green grape, pear and yet not overly sweet. This Borgo Maragliano Moscato D’Asti is a great pair with most desserts (even chocolate!).

The winemaker describes La Caliera as carrying a “fragrance of candied fruit, acacia flowers and a typical musky but delicate bouquet”.

2. Foris Moscato, 2013 (Rogue Valley)

Foris is a great Oregon-based brand that has a knack for versatile, light Moscato. 2013 is our favorite (2012 and 2016 aren’t half-bad either) for its low alcohol content and intriguing citrus quality. Rated an 87 by Wine Enthusiast, we also love Foris for use in mimosas and other wine-mix beverages – primarily due to the low alcohol content and orange flavor we mentioned.

At a price tag of roughly $15-17 per bottle, this is an affordable, enjoyable Moscato.

Custom wine cellar from Peter Salerno Inc. Man Cave Classics.
Custom wine cellar from Peter Salerno Inc. Man Cave Classics.

3. Stemmari Moscato, 2013 (Terre Siciliane)

This beautiful pale yellow Moscato sits neatly at 8.5% ABV and, unlike many Moscatos, serves exceptionally well as an aperitif rather than a dessert wine. Like its Foris counterpart, the 2013 vintage is exceptional, garnering a rating of 90 at the Ultimate Wine Challenge. (The 2012 is also excellent, receiving a score of 86 from Wine Enthusiast.)

Sweeter than some of its counterparts, you’ll also find the price tag a bit sweeter as well – retail average for this bottle is just about $10. If you feel like venturing out of the Asti region and into Sicily, you’ll be highly satisfied with this effort from Stemmari.

Gorgeous Custom Grilles Add Luxury to Cabinetry + Kitchen Design Spaces

Gorgeous Custom Grilles Add Luxury to Cabinetry + Kitchen Design Spaces

Making your kitchen design and cabinetry stand out from the pack is tough. Whether traditional or transitional, so many kitchens end up looking highly comparable to others. So how do you make your design unique? What can you do to separate your kitchen (and kitchen cabinets) from the rest?

The answer: custom design elements.

We’re always looking for custom elements that will help design clients own a kitchen that looks like no other. In the past, we’ve shown you fully customizable La Cornue ranges and appliances, reclaimed tin range hoods from Route 66, and even a motorized bar crafted out of a ’59 Corvette.

Now, we’re excited to introduce you to our latest find: a line of custom grilles crafted out of gorgeous, versatile materials.

These custom grilles are crafted in the United Kingdom, and available in a myriad of metals and finishes. From polished to satin finishes, nickel to brass, and a wide array of colors and tones, these grilles aren’t a “one size fits all” affair.

The beautiful rosette features on many of the grilles are eye-catching. For a more transitional look, considering matching the color and finish of your grille – satin nickel grilles and rosettes, for example. A more traditional, elegant approach would be to match polished nickel grilles with brass rosettes (like the Instagram post above).

We love the tight mesh backing on these custom grilles, which add a great deal of stability. The opportunities to use these grilles on cabinetry, There’s plenty of space to play with the size and spacing of the large diamond pattern, depending on how much design space you’re looking to cover.

What do YOU think about these custom grilles? How would you utilize them in your design? Do you like how they look on cabinetry? Are you more intrigued by mixed finishes and colors, or a more streamlined approach? Leave us a comment!

Glass Cabinetry | Open Your Kitchen Design Space

Glass Cabinetry | Open Your Kitchen Design Space

Current kitchen design focuses on clean, fresh colors, a healthy dose of light, and a sense of ‘open space’ – even in tight quarters. How do today’s best designers maximize the space available in each new kitchen, and make even small kitchens seem larger than the space they occupy?

For many, glass cabinetry is the answer. Simple glass panels on the front of kitchen cabinets allow for greater, more varied applications of light, as well as ‘open up’ the design space. Glass cabinets can feature beautiful dishware, stemware and accessories, as well as provide a needed ‘break’ for the eye in a stretch of closed-off cabinet space.

Peter Salerno Inc.'s reclaimed wood beams in transitional kitchen design, 2019.
Glass cabinetry helps your kitchen design feel fresh, open and bright.

Used in intelligent doses, glass provides wonderful reflection of ambient light sources, as well as the opportunity to add more light to your kitchen design. Glass panels open up the front of your cabinets, allowing interior and recessed lighting within the cabinets themselves to radiate out into the kitchen design space. The result is a brighter kitchen without going overboard on accent lighting and island lighting (or using an overbearing quantity of high hats).

In the white transitional kitchen pictured below, placing glass cabinets both adjacent to the large window features and the far design wall allows natural light to reflect beautifully throughout the space, allowing the large kitchen to be well-lit with a minimal amount of ceiling fixtures.

Peter Salerno Inc. 2017 new white kitchen design - stunning and trendy.
Peter Salerno Inc. 2017 new white kitchen design – stunning and trendy.

Glass cabinets can also create an elegant effect, like the ones seen below in Peter Salerno Inc.’s award-winning showroom in Wyckoff, New Jersey. The glass cabinetry features gorgeous blue plates and glassware to match the La Cornue range, rotisserie and chandeliers. Recessed lighting within the cabinets adds a luxurious glow to the kitchen, and mirrors the accent lighting inside the recessed Swarovski crystal ceiling feature.

Larissa Taboryski of Purcell Murray and La Cornue hosts a cooking class at Peter Salerno Inc.'s showroom.
Glass cabinetry in the La Cornue feature of Peter Salerno Inc.’s showroom.

The addition of glass cabinet faces helps open up the walls in the transitional design below. High-hat recessed lighting is placed around the ceiling’s perimeter to utilize these glass surfaces in carrying their light around the kitchen space. These tall, vertical glass cabinets help elongate the room, and provide pleasant breaks of the flat gray wall spaces for the eye to enjoy. The transparent cabinets also play nicely against the reclaimed tin on the recessed ceiling and the twin refrigerator doors.

This Jupiter, FL kitchen utilizes glass cabinets to open the design space.
This Jupiter, FL kitchen utilizes glass cabinets to open the design space.

Glass cabinetry also helps add depth to more ornate kitchen designs (like the one seen below). The mirrored ceiling only augments the traditional curved cabinetry on either side of the range, with recessed cabinet lighting to highlight the gorgeous dishware stored inside. The additional depth created by the glass cabinetry blends seamlessly with the twin archways into the dining room and hall on either side of the kitchen, helping add perceived length to the space.

Peter Salerno Inc.'s award-winning 2015 kitchen design. Photo credit Peter Rymwid.
Peter Salerno Inc.’s award-winning kitchen design. Photo credit Peter Rymwid.

Making the simple choice to use glass on your kitchen cabinets reaps tremendous benefits. It allows the owner to display dish and stemware, while adding additional light to the design space through the use of recessed cabinet lighting. It reflects both ambient light and lighting fixtures, adding a layer of brightness to the entire kitchen. Glass cabinetry also provides a ‘break’ for the eye along a flat design wall, as well as a point of focus to break up long rows of closed-off cabinetry.

What’s your take on glass cabinetry? Do you utilize it in your designs? Is it an idea you’re playing with for your next kitchen design or renovation? We’d love to hear from you in the comments!

Glass cabinetry helps your kitchen design feel fresh, open and bright.
Glass cabinetry helps your kitchen design feel fresh, open and bright.

Pantone’s Spring 2019 Warm Tones | Spice Up Your Home Design

Pantone’s Spring 2019 Warm Tones | Spice Up Your Home Design

This spring, why not dare to add a little spice to your home design?

If you’re looking for ‘permission’ to heat up your home’s color palette, look no further than Pantone, the world’s foremost authority on color intelligence. The Pantone Spring 2019 color collection is the most audacious Spring palette in years. Led by Living Coral – the 2019 Pantone Color of the Year – the warm tones in the Spring 2019 collection are approachable, festive and begging to be utilized in your designs.

Pantone Spring 2019 warm tones add spice to home design.

As convivial as the Pantone Spring 2019 palette may be, it’s not like hot pinks and oranges are simple to implement into home design – especially in the kitchen and bath. You can take that information in one of two ways – it can either be a signal to stay away, or a challenge to see what you can do! (To be clear: BOTH approaches are just fine by us. We happen to think that a cooler color from this collection may be the breakout color in 2019 kitchen design – click here to find out which one!)

It’s much simpler to lean on the neutrals, blues and greens in the Spring 2019 Pantone collection for design purposes; sometimes, the simple choice is the proper one for your home. But if you’re feeling a little spicy, there are definitely ways to incorporate some of the hotter tones of Spring 2019 into your kitchen, bath and home decor.

Here’s a look at four of our favorite warm tones from the Pantone Spring 2019 color collection, and how you can utilize them to add a ‘kick’ to your home design!

Pantone Spring 2019 Warm Tones + Home Design

1. Living Coral

Living Coral, Pantone Spring 2019 color

The Pantone 2019 Color of the Year didn’t get that honor by accident. Living Coral is far more complementary than it appears, with its upbeat vibe and natural underwater presence. Living Coral pairs beautifully with most light neutrals, a nice variety of blues, and (sparingly) with other red tones.

Living Coral (Pantone 16-1546) provides a great punch of color without overwhelming the senses. Try it on accent walls, in tile, stemware and dishware, and virtually any decor. This especially holds true if you’re looking for a fresh new splash for a beach home, condo or house in a warmer climate.

2. Aspen Gold

Aspen Gold, Pantone Spring 2019 color

A bit ‘safer’ than some of the other Pantone Spring 2019 warm tones, Aspen Gold is a warm color with a lot of versatility. An eye-catching shade of yellow, Aspen Gold blends beautifully with off-white, cream, taupe and brown neutrals – perfect for those of you looking to take advantage of trends like neutral-based kitchen designs and exposed vintage wood beams.

If you want to warm up your home design but don’t feel like taking a plunge into extremely bold territory, Aspen Gold is a smart choice.

3. Fiesta

Fiesta, Pantone Spring 2019 color

Fiesta may be too hot for some, but those with a deft color design touch can hit a home run with this punchy red. We’re not sure if you want to ‘lead’ with Fiesta, but it can make a spicy dance partner as a complementary shade in neutrally-dominated color schemes.

If your kitchen, bath or living space is too ‘flat’ (maybe you’ve gone TOO neutral with your color choices thus far?), then Fiesta can pack a massive punch in minimal doses. You don’t need to do a lot with Fiesta; apply sparingly, and let one of the hottest colors of Spring 2019 do the talking.

 

4. Mango Mojito

Mango Mojito, Pantone Spring 2019 color

If you’re looking for a tangy color to start an immediate conversation, Mango Mojito might be the one for you. You’ll want to think outside the box with this orange tone – if all you’re going to do is use Mango Mojito in throws, pillows and other predictable accessories, why bother? If you’re going to “go Mango”, you might as well go for broke!

Be imaginative, and come up with a fan way that Mango Mojito can work for you! Can you incorporate it into your bath tile, backsplash or floor tile? Is it a spicy choice for the base of your kitchen island? Perhaps you’ll give your dinner dishware a ‘southwest flair’. The possibilities – if approached intelligently – can reap a massive design reward.

We want to hear from YOU! Which warm tone from the Pantone Spring 2019 color collection is YOUR choice as a home design star? Leave a comment!

Kitchen + Bath Designs Go Green for St. Patrick’s Day 2019!

Go Green With Your Designs On St. Patrick’s Day 2019!

Any day is a good day to “green” your living space – but if you need a festive excuse, look no further than St. Patrick’s Day! The most famous of Irish holidays, St. Patrick’s Day is a wonderful time to get inspired by the green shades, tones and design elements that are trending in 2019.

We’re sure you’re expecting the usual fare in this article – shamrocks, green throw pillows and drapes, etc. Fear not – we’re bringing you something different!

What are the Pantone Spring 2019 green colors? How can you incorporate fresh greens and florals in a new and interesting way in your kitchen design? This article will help you answer those questions.

Of course, we should already be “going green” with as many design choices as possible, in an effort to reduce our carbon footprint and become more environmentally conscious. So in terms of this St. Patrick’s Day, we’re taking the idea of “going green” a bit more literally.

Green isn’t the simplest color choice to use in a kitchen or bath design in 2019. With color design trending more and more towards neutral and white tones, it’s often hard to find a place for green as more than a complementary color. But is that really a problem? Utilized properly, a complementary green tone in your design can create quite the impression.

Let’s take a look at the official Pantone green tones of Spring 2019, and a few “outside the box” design ideas to add a splash of green this spring.

The Pantone Green Colors of Spring 2019

Terrarium Moss

Deep, earthy and rich, Terrarium Moss is a steady dark green Pantone color that pairs nicely with light neutrals, earth tones and blues.

Terrarium Moss, Pantone Spring 2019 color palette

Pepper Stem

Pepper Stem is a lively, inviting Pantone green that works beautifully in designs that feature plenty of ambient light, whites and off-whites, and plant and floral elements.

Pepper Stem, Pantone 17-0542

St. Patrick’s Day 2019 “Outside the Box” Design Inspirations

1. Use deep greens to add a luxurious tone to wood-heavy designs.

Dark green decor adds a luxurious touch to rich wood features in this sitting room from Peter Salerno Inc.
Dark green decor adds a luxurious touch to rich wood features in this sitting room from Peter Salerno Inc.

2. Fresh greens, foliage and florals bring even more sunshine into a bright kitchen design.

Touches of greenery and florals freshen up an already bright kitchen.
Touches of greenery and florals freshen up an already bright kitchen.

3. In 2019, vegetables can be utilized as design elements (before ripe/ready to eat, of course!)

Use fresh vegetables as design elements in your kitchen before they're ready to eat.
Use fresh vegetables as design elements in your kitchen before they’re ready to eat.

7 Pantone Spring 2019 Color Palettes to Inspire You

7 Pantone Spring 2019 Color Palettes to Inspire You

We’ve shown you the 16 shades in Pantone’s Spring 2019 Fashion Color Trend Report – now let’s start putting them to use!

Our task is slightly different from other design and style publications; we’re looking at the Spring 2019 Pantone colors in terms of home design. After all, color design isn’t limited to what you wear and the decor around you. It’s in the walls of your home, the flooring and tile, the large furniture pieces, and the largest elements in your kitchen and bath design.

If you aren’t thinking about color from the very beginning of your design concept, you should be.

VOTE ON YOUR FAVORITE PANTONE SPRING 2019 PALETTE AT THE END OF THIS ARTICLE!

In order to jump start you with some design inspiration, we’ve created seven color palettes based on the Pantone Spring 2019 color report. Some are audacious, bold and daring; others are more traditional, rooted in neutrals and earth tones. Whether once or multiple times, we’ve utilized all 16 colors in the Spring 2019 collection in these palettes.

Do you prefer a “pop” of Spring 2019 color to lead your design, like Living Coral, Mango Mojito or Princess Blue? Or will you opt for a neutral as your leading lady, like Sweet Corn or Toffee?

Enjoy these 7 color palettes from the Pantone Spring 2019 color collection – then scroll to the bottom and vote on your favorite!

7 Color Palettes Based on the Pantone Spring 2019 Color Collection

The Living Coral Palette: Warm and Rooted in Classic Colors

Pantone Spring 2019 Color Palette: Living Coral
Pantone Spring 2019 Color Palette: Living Coral

The Soybean Palette: An Earth-Tone Selection with a Floral Undertone

Pantone Spring 2019 Color Palette: Soybean
Pantone Spring 2019 Color Palette: Soybean

The Mango Mojito Palette: Spicy, Sharp and Eye-Catching

Pantone Spring 2019 Color Palette: Mango Mojito
Pantone Spring 2019 Color Palette: Mango Mojito

The Sweet Corn Palette: Classic Neutrals and Natural Earth Tones

Pantone Spring 2019 Color Palette: Sweet Corn
Pantone Spring 2019 Color Palette: Sweet Corn

The Princess Blue Palette: Audacious, Unshrinking and Crisp

Pantone Spring 2019 Color Palette: Princess Blue
Pantone Spring 2019 Color Palette: Princess Blue

The Sweet Lilac Palette: Calm and Inviting with a Splash of Blue

Pantone Spring 2019 Color Palette: Sweet Lilac
Pantone Spring 2019 Color Palette: Sweet Lilac

The Toffee Palette: Neutrals Complemented by Extroverted Reds

Pantone Spring 2019 Color Palette: Toffee
Pantone Spring 2019 Color Palette: Toffee

Vote here on your favorite Pantone Spring 2019 color palette!