Cinco De Mayo Colors: An Official Pantone Color Guide

Cinco De Mayo Colors: An Official Pantone Color Guide

Cinco De Mayo is more than just a big party – although a great excuse to fiesta is always welcome! For Mexicans, Mexican-Americans and people of Mexican heritage worldwide, Cinco De Mayo is a day of national pride, honor and triumph. This article will help you celebrate Cinco De Mayo in proper style!

Cinco De Mayo literally means “May 5th” in Spanish. It’s a celebration of the Mexican Army’s unlikely victory at the Battle of Puebla over the heavily-favored French Empire in 1862 – of course, the battle took place on May 5th. On that day, the French forces outnumbered Mexicans by double, but the Mexicans prevailed and established a sense of national pride and unity that had been lost in previous conflicts.

While not exactly an “Independence Day”, Cinco De Mayo is a celebration and recognition of Mexican pride, spirit, and bravery in the face of adversity. Outside Mexico, the holiday is used to promote Mexican culture, customs, food and music throughout the world, and is especially popular in the United States, Canada and Japan.

As you might expect, the colors closely associated with Cinco de Mayo are the official colors of the Mexican flag: red, white and green. But what are the official colors of the flag of Mexico?

Leave it to Design Your Lifestyle – color design aficionados that we are – to provide you with the answer!

Pantone, the world’s foremost authority of color design, has designated the official colors of many of the world’s flags, including Mexico’s. Through the use of the Pantone Color Matching System (CMS), there are uniform names and codes for virtually every color imaginable – including the three primary colors in the Mexican flag.

So when you celebrate Cinco de Mayo this year, do it properly – and use these three Pantone shades of red, white and green for your Cinco de Mayo fiesta!

Official Pantone Colors of Cinco de Mayo

Red (Pantone 186)

(Hex Value: C8102E)Cinco de Mayo Official Pantone Red

Green (Pantone 3425)

(Hex Value: 006341)

Cinco de Mayo Official Pantone Green

White

(Hex Value: FFFFFF)Cinco de Mayo Official Pantone White

2018 Food Trends: Our Favorite Japanese Cheesecake Recipe

2018 Food Trends: Our Favorite Japanese Cheesecake Recipe

Japanese cheesecake is the “it” dessert when it comes to 2018 food trends. Light, airy, and jiggly (in a really entertaining way – trust us!), Japanese cheesecake has taken the trendiest dining establishment by storm. Dessert foodies everywhere are fawning over the rich (but far less dense) dish – and rightfully so!

What makes Japanese cheesecake so different from traditional cheesecake? For starters, cream cheese isn’t the main component. While it exists in the dish, the core component of Japanese cheesecake is eggs. The recipe for Japanese cheesecake is a little more time-consuming than traditional cheesecake recipes, but we’ve found a little extra patience is well worth the reward.

A Japanese cheesecake recipe you'll love - Spring 2018 food trends!
A Japanese cheesecake recipe you’ll love – Spring 2018 food trends!

There are a bunch of Japanese cheesecake recipes springing up all over the internet, but we found one we like the best. It comes courtesy of the Little Sweet Baker, based out of Ontario, Canada. The blog started as a hobby and has grown into a favorite independent cooking and recipe site for many people – us included!

We love this recipe because it deviates from the ‘big box’ website recipes for Japanese cheesecake. It has personal touches that make it unique – and in our opinion, a bit more delicious than the conventional approach.

We encourage you to visit Little Sweet Baker for the full recipe, and for all of her wonderful cooking tips, recipes and stories!

Japanese Cheesecake Recipe (courtesy of Little Sweet Baker)

  • Prep Time: 30 min
  • Cook Time: 60 min
  • Yield: 8

Ingredients

  • 1 package (250g) cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup (50g) unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup (83ml) milk
  • 1/2 cup (63g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp (16g) cornstarch
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 5 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • powdered sugar for dusting

For full cooking instructions (we don’t plagiarize, and we always give credit!), please visit the full recipe.

Why Is It Still So Cold? Get Warm With The Miele Generation 6000 Coffee System

Why Is It Still So Cold? Get Warm With The Miele Generation 6000 Coffee System

Hey. Mother Nature. It’s SPRING. The middle of April. Stop playing games. We’re all getting very depressed out here.

We’ve read all the theories. “Global warming is causing colder temperatures”? Look, it probably makes scientific sense, but it doesn’t make… you know, logic sense. There was an article about something called “Arctic oscillation”, which seemed promising. The theory was that global patterns had changed, based on geopotential heights, and – okay, we have no idea what any of those words mean.

What we do know is that it’s still way too cold, and we are so darn happy we have a Miele Generation 6000 Coffee System in the showroom.

When Peter Salerno Inc.’s showroom was named Most Innovative Small Showroom at the 2015 KBIS convention in Las Vegas, it wasn’t just an award – it was a responsibility. Peter Salerno understood that people would be looking to his state-of-the-art showroom in Wyckoff, New Jersey, to display the latest in design trends, technological advances, and streamlined kitchen design, bath design and custom cabinetry.

So when the opportunity presented itself, it went without saying that Peter Salerno put Miele’s state-of-the-art coffee maker in the showroom. And trust us – with record low temperatures outside the showroom for pretty much all of 2018 thus far, we’re getting plenty of use out of it!

Let’s take a look at one of the highlights of the Generation 6000 Miele product line, the Miele Generation 6000 Coffee System.
The Miele Generation 6000 coffee system, to be featured in Peter Salerno Inc.'s showroom.

From the latest Miele Generation 6000 Coffee System press release:

There are several new highlights to the Generation 6000 Whole Bean Coffee System including a new
CupSensor, EasyClick Milk System and One Touch for Two features. Exclusive to Miele, the
CupSensor automatically adjusts the height of the spout to the optimum position for different cup and glass sizes.

Whether a tall latté macchiato or a dainty espresso is being prepared, the central spout automatically adjusts to the cup’s rim and eliminates splashing. The CupSensor even reacts precisely to beverages made with milk by raising the spout slightly to make room for the incoming espresso. Also new is the EasyClick milk system, which is a dishwasher-safe glass milk flask that effortlessly clicks into place at the front of the machine. And for easy maintenance, the new Miele Coffee Systems now automatically rinse all milk spouts and hoses with water after each use.

The Miele Generation 6000 coffee system, to be featured in Peter Salerno Inc.'s showroom.

The One Touch for Two feature allows the user to prepare two coffee specialties such as cappuccino and latté macchiato at the same time, thus reducing prep time when two or more drinks are being served. Miele Generation 6000 series is distinguished by its elegant design and remarkable innovations to deliver unmatched results that can be seen, touched and tasted. German engineered and tested to last 20 years, Generation 6000 reinforces the Miele Design for Life philosophy and solidifies Miele at the forefront of residential culinary appliances.

The Miele Generation 6000 coffee system, to be featured in Peter Salerno Inc.'s showroom.

Peter Salerno Inc.’s Mendham Design Showroom Celebrates 2nd Anniversary!

Peter Salerno Inc.’s Mendham Design Showroom Celebrates 2nd Anniversary!

Two years ago, Peter Salerno Inc. took a leap of faith and opened its second showroom – a quaint but luxurious space along West Main Street in historic Mendham, New Jersey. The move reminded Peter Salerno and his wife Tracy of the risk they took in 1997, when they opened their first showroom location in Wyckoff, New Jersey.

Since their first showroom opened, Peter Salerno Inc. has become the most award-winning North American custom kitchen and bath design firm of the 21st century. Even when their re-designed main showroom in Wyckoff, New Jersey, was named Most Innovative Small Showroom by KBIS in 2015, there was still a need for expansion.

World-class Peter Salerno Inc. kitchen design in the new Peter Salerno Inc. boutique showroom in Mendham, NJ.
World-class Peter Salerno Inc. kitchen design in the new Peter Salerno Inc. boutique showroom in Mendham, NJ.

With that expansion came the need for greater display space, and Peter’s business family (and actual family) began to look into a satellite showroom. That search led them to beautiful Mendham, New Jersey, a charming town along the famed Patriot’s Path of Revolutionary War lore.

The new Peter Salerno Inc. showroom (located at 5 West Main Street, Mendham, NJ) features multiple custom kitchen design solutions focusing on a blend of classic and contemporary transitional kitchen design. A rustic awning and opulent, original stained glass adorn the front window and invite you inside.

Once inside the Mendham showroom, Peter Salerno dazzles you with fresh white walls and tile resting atop custom kitchen cabinetry. This showcases the perfect blend of “new school” transitional kitchen design and “old world” custom Maestro Rosolino cabinetry that is the hallmark of Peter Salerno Inc. custom kitchen design. Clients can also procure exclusive, unique pieces from the brand new EDGES custom cutlery collection.

The new Peter Salerno Inc. boutique showroom in Mendham, NJ.
The new Peter Salerno Inc. boutique showroom in Mendham, NJ.

From there, you are taken on a “mini” tour of the signature style that has made Peter Salerno Inc. the most award-winning kitchen and bath design firm in North America this century. The boutique showroom features a mix of classic and contemporary, traditional and transitional kitchen design. A large high-definition screen gives our clients a further look into the state-of-the-art Peter Salerno Inc. design portfolio.

The heart of Mendham was the perfect place for Peter Salerno Inc.’s satellite showroom, which balances a charming blend of high-end, world-class kitchen design with the charm of one of the most historic suburbs in New Jersey.

For more information about the two-year anniversary of Peter Salerno Inc.’s Mendham, New Jersey showroom, please call (201) 251-6608 or fill out the contact form below. Congratulations to Peter Salerno and his family on this milestone!

Top Kitchen Design Trends For Spring 2018: Splashy Bright Tones and Botanical Decor

Top Kitchen Design Trends For Spring 2018: Splashy Bright Tones and Botanical Decor

Are you “on trend” with your Spring 2018 kitchen design? While it’s important to create an overall kitchen design aesthetic that’s “built to last”, there are always ways to tweak your kitchen design and spice things up with changing times.

Maybe you don’t have it in your budget for a total kitchen makeover – but that’s not necessary! Changing or updating just one small facet of your current kitchen can make all the difference in the world. The key is choosing the right updates – and utilizing a world-class kitchen designer certainly doesn’t hurt.

From Pantone’s Spring 2018 color collection to neutral and wood tones, there are plenty of wonderful Spring 2018 kitchen trends from which to choose. Whether you’re looking for a new backsplash design, an updated kitchen island, new cabinetry and flooring options, or modernizing some out-of-date appliances, this season’s kitchen design trends offer lasting solutions to your individual needs.

Let’s take a look at several of Spring 2018’s best kitchen design trends, and how you can utilize them to create (or update) the kitchen of your dreams.

Top Spring 2018 Kitchen Design Trends: Update Your Kitchen!

1. Use a splash of Spring 2018 color to update your kitchen island or backsplash.

Spring 2018’s color scheme, according to Pantone, is full of bright tones and pastels that work as well in your kitchen as they do on the runway. From Spring Crocus to Meadowlark, so many of these bright tones can be utilized to add a splash of color to your kitchen design.

New kitchen design installation photos from Peter Salerno Inc.
A gorgeous blue kitchen island in a new Peter Salerno Inc. kitchen design.

The kitchen island pictured above (from Peter Salerno Inc.) is a fresh take on Pantone Spring 2018’s Little Boy Blue, set against the backdrop of a neutrally-based color palette. The result is a stunning pop of color that transforms a useful kitchen island feature into a true conversation piece. It’s the perfect example of how to incorporate a splash of Spring 2018 Pantone color into your kitchen design without being overbearing or garish. (Note the knotty faux-wood grain flooring, another major trend in Spring 2018 kitchen design.)

2. Botanicals and fresh, leafy arrangements are a great choice to spruce up your kitchen decor.

Botanicals are back in a big way, with imaginative presentations leading the charge. (We love Decoist’s coverage of Framed Botanicals as a decor option.) From large vases to wall-mounted frames, bold botanical presentations are all the rage in Spring 2018.

We love botanical and floral presentations in your kitchen design for any season because of the air of freshness they exude. Nothing’s more appetizing and refreshing in your kitchen than a beautiful display of plants, flowers or succulents to brighten the room with pops of color and the scent of the outdoors. Plus, you can use your botanical and floral arrangements to accent the color scheme of your kitchen!

Peter Salerno Inc. kitchen design, 2017 design trends
Botanical arrangements add a natural ‘pop’ to your Spring 2018 kitchen design, no matter how neutral the colors.

3. Matte appliances are still in style for Spring 2018.

Matte appliances began their ascent back to kitchen design prominence midway through 2017, and the trend still very much applies to Spring 2018 kitchen design. World-renowned appliance makers like Miele, La Cornue, Sub-Zero and Wolf are all on board, letting the state-of-the-art functionality of their machinery do the talking while the finish on the appliances themselves is subtle and understated.

Using matte appliance finishes allows you to let other elements of your kitchen design ‘flash’, and also lets you flow your range, sink, and refrigerator more naturally into brushed, matte handles on your cabinetry.

A closer look at a custom RangeCraft range hood design.
A closer look at a gorgeous custom RangeCraft range hood design.

4. Love traditional colors? Nautical color schemes are “on trend” for Spring 2018.

In addition to the oversized Pantone Spring 2018 collection, Pantone released a sub-set of 4 “Classic Colors” that bring nautical themes back into kitchen design. From Warm Sand to Sailor Blue, Harbor Mist to Coconut Milk, this collection of off-whites, deep blue and neutral beige is a godsend to “yacht party” style enthusiasts and classic color lovers.

The thing we love about the Spring 2018 Classic Colors collection is its versatility. Whether you utilize these colors in your island countertop, cabinetry, flooring, backsplash or kitchen counters, they all work and flow together beautifully to create a traditional color palette that will last for years.

 

A Pantone Spring 2018 Home Design Ideabook

A Pantone Spring 2018 Home Design Ideabook

What good is a stunning color design palette if you don’t put it to use? That’s the question we set out to answer when creating a Pantone Spring 2018 Home Design Ideabook, utilizing 8 Pantone Spring 2018 colors in four distinct combinations to give a ‘visual pop’ to this brilliant color collection.

As always, the design photos featured were taken by Peter Rymwid, and the designs themselves were created and executed by the brilliant Peter Salerno and his team at Peter Salerno Inc. Since its inception in 1997, Peter Salerno Inc. has been at the forefront of custom kitchen and bath design. Since 2002, no North American design company has won more national design awards than Peter Salerno Inc.

As with past Pantone seasonal ideabooks, Design Your Lifestyle attempts to present this season’s hottest trending colors in as many different home design forms and functions as possible. In the Spring 2018 edition, we present Peter Salerno Inc. designs for a traditional living space, a transitional kitchen, a beach house kitchen, and a traditional kitchen/bar combination design.

We also did our best to represent all facets of the Pantone Spring 2018 color palette, highlighting neutrals, bright tones, pastels and the classic color palette. There’s certainly a design featured here for everyone’s taste, and we hope you all find something from which to draw design inspiration!

We’d love feedback on the Peter Salerno Inc. designs featured, the outstanding Peter Rymwid photography, and the Pantone Spring 2018 color collection as a whole. Don’t be afraid to interact with us in the comments section, and make sure to subscribe to Design Your Lifestyle for the very latest in home design and design trends!

Coconut Milk and Harbor Mist: A Clean Transitional Kitchen Design Pairing

Transitional kitchen design, Peter Salerno Inc. 2017 (Photo: Peter Rymwid)

Meadowlark and Emperador: A Studious Traditional Design Combination

kitchen design, Peter Salerno Inc. 2017 (Photo: Peter Rymwid)

Little Boy Blue and Spring Crocus: A Cheerful Splash to a Kitchen Design

This bright shore kitchen showcases Greenery in the form of actual greenery! (Credit: Peter Salerno Inc., Peter Rymwid)

Almost Mauve and Warm Sand: A Lush, Luxurious Living Room Design

peter salerno inc 2018 home design spring 2018 pantone

Exclusive Photos from 2018 Architectural Digest Design Show

Exclusive Photos from 2018 Architectural Digest Design Show

It’s good to have ties to influential kitchen and bath designers. Sometimes, they get to attend really neat things and bring us back pictures and videos to gawk at!

CLICK HERE to view all of Peter’s photos & videos from the 2018 Architectural Digest Design Show!

That was recently the case, as Peter Salerno (of our parent company Peter Salerno Inc.) recently attended the 2018 Architectural Digest Design Show. The Design Show took place from March 22-25, 2018, at Piers 92 & 94 in New York, NY. Produced by the Mart, the 2018 Architectural Digest Design Show had one thing in spades – the “WOW” Factor!

The 2018 Architectural Digest Design Show - see more on Peter Salerno's Instagram!
The 2018 Architectural Digest Design Show – see more on Peter Salerno’s Instagram!

Peter Salerno’s photos and video from his personal journey through the show were so great, he was encouraged by the entire team at Peter Salerno Inc. to share them with the world on Instagram – and he was happy to oblige!

CLICK HERE to view all of Peter’s photos & videos from the 2018 Architectural Digest Design Show!

We are totally dazzled by the variety and creativity in the exhibits we saw at this year’s Architectural Digest event. As Peter said in his first Instagram post about the event, “We haven’t even walked into the AD Show and we are floored already!”

The 2018 Architectural Digest Design Show - see more on Peter Salerno's Instagram!
The 2018 Architectural Digest Design Show – see more on Peter Salerno’s Instagram!

From kitchen design masterpieces to glitzy kitsch, sleek lighting displays to jaw-dropping glass and tile creations, Peter Salerno’s Instagram posts (photo and video) from inside the Design Show are must-see for serious designers, fans of design, and those of you who simply love beautiful creations. We’ve placed a few “teasers” directly from the Peter Salerno Inc. Instagram account here for you to get a sneak peek!

CLICK HERE to view all of Peter’s photos & videos from the 2018 Architectural Digest Design Show!

Peter Salerno Inc. is the most award-winning North American custom kitchen and bath design company of the 21st century. This figure includes 23 national awards from the National Kitchen and Bath Association within the past 10 years. Peter Salerno’s designs have been published in numerous magazines including Design New Jersey, 201 Magazine, New Jersey Home and Style, Luxury Living, The Robb Report, Woman’s Day, New York Spaces, Millionaire Magazine, 201 Magazine, K+BB, Profiles, Aspire and Kitchen & Bath Design News as well as other numerous trade publications.

The 2018 Architectural Digest Design Show - see more on Peter Salerno's Instagram!
The 2018 Architectural Digest Design Show – see more on Peter Salerno’s Instagram!

Not one to remain stagnant, Peter built a design center with the intention of creating a stress free experience for his clients. Peter Salerno, Inc. tripled its showroom size and raised the bar for its competition with its innovative and cutting edge vignettes. A well respected & known appliance store and an avant-garde tile boutique round out the design center, creating a one stop shopping destination for his clients. The opening of the new project happily coincided with Peter Salerno, Inc.’s 15 year anniversary in Wyckoff. Peter’s philosophy is if you can imagine it, we can build it. Art, married with functionality, has no limit.