Your Spacious Summer Kitchen Design Tips for 2017

Summer Home Kitchen Design Tips To Maximize Your Space

So you’re thinking about creating the perfect summer kitchen. That’s fantastic! What better way to share one of the most intimate rooms of your home with friends, family and guests than by creating an inviting, warm summer kitchen in which to share meals and memories?

Updating your kitchen, of course, can seem daunting. Where do you start? What should you value? And what special design elements can you implement to add the warmth and joy of summer into your kitchen – whether it’s for a vacation home, or all year round?

Create an inviting summer kitchen with open floor plans and a splash of color.
Create an inviting summer kitchen with open floor plans and a splash of color. (Credit Peter Rymwid)

Our expert design friends at Peter Salerno Inc. are here to help with a few design tips (and some great photography, courtesy of Peter Rymwid). With our help, you can transform your kitchen into an inviting space sure to please your loved ones and guests for years to come.

Tip #1: Utilize an open floor plan.

Make sure your kitchen has enough space to accommodate as many guests as you may have. This doesn’t just include comfortable seating – there needs to be space in which to maneuver. Also, it’s important that the person utilizing the kitchen feels just as much a part of your gathering as anyone else, so make sure he or she can easily see and be seen by your guests!

Tip #2: Multiple seating areas.

The same summer kitchen design, from another angle. Notice the added seating!
The same summer kitchen design, from another angle. Notice the added seating! (Credit Peter Rymwid)

Take a look at this second photo. Surprise – it’s the same kitchen as above! Adding a center island with bar-style seating is a fantastic way to provide your guests with more areas to relax and enjoy themselves. It also provides the “chef du jour” with the opportunity to interact more intimately with your guests. Creating this island seating space also ensures that you can accommodate more people without detracting from your open floor plan.

Tip #3: Have fun with summer color(s)…

…but don’t go overboard! Pick one or two bright, friendly summer tones to accent your kitchen (notice our combination of clean white and light nautical blue). You can easily add color to your space by setting out fresh fruit and vegetables, bringing in fresh flowers, and/or setting out enticing foods and drinks (like a great bottle of red wine or a tall pitcher of rosemary lemonade – you can find the recipe for that here!).

Of course, when it comes to designing your dream summer kitchen, there’s no better place to start than a visit to your trusted design experts. With 30 years of custom, award-winning kitchen and cabinetry design experience, turn to Peter Salerno and our top-notch team to create your ideal summer kitchen with love and care.

For more information on Peter Salerno Inc. and their award-winning summer kitchen designs, please visit their website.

Summer Drink Recipe: Ginger and Honey Sweet Tea

Iced Tea Recipe For Ginger and Honey Sweet Tea

If you’re like us at Peter Salerno Inc., the perfect glass of iced tea is the final touch to a late summer afternoon. Unsweetened iced tea (or “sun tea”) is refreshing, but sometimes you just feel like a touch of sweet goodness to end your day.

But how do you avoid all the sugar that goes into traditional Southern sweet tea? What if you are serving your sweet tea to a mixed crowd, all of whom can’t take in sugar (due to diabetes and other health concerns)? Or what if you simply want an alternative, delicious way to prepare your sweet tea?

During the summer of 2014, our favorite sweet tea recipe comes courtesy of MyRecipes.com. It combines naturally delicious ingredients that blend together to create a fresh take on sweet tea with all the “zing” of an ocean breeze.

Check out this amazing recipe for Ginger and Honey Sweet Tea (courtesy of MyRecipes.com):

 

A delicious Ginger and Honey Sweet Tea recipe. (courtesy MyRecipes.com)
A delicious Ginger and Honey Sweet Tea recipe. (courtesy MyRecipes.com)

Ginger And Honey Sweet Tea Recipe

Ingredients

  • 3 cups water
  • 2 family-size tea bags
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 7 cups cold water
  • Garnish: lemon slices

Preparation

  1. Bring 3 cups water to a boil in a saucepan; add tea bags. Boil 1 minute; remove from heat. Cover and steep 10 minutes.
  2. Discard tea bags. Stir in honey and ginger. Pour into a 1-gal. container, and add 7 cups cold water. Serve over ice. Garnish, if desired.

(Recipe from MyRecipes.com, first published in Southern Living, May 2011.)

Happy 4th of July! Beautiful Independence Day Beach Home Photos

4th of July Award-Winning Beach Home Design Photos

From all of us at Peter Salerno Inc. to all of you, we wish you a happy, safe, and memorable 4th of July weekend! Whether you can get away to the beach or shore for July 4th or not, Peter Salerno proudly brings the “beach house” life to you with these photos of his award-winning beach house design on the Jersey Shore:

Sal Beach House Spread Over Counter Kitchen

Sal Beach House Spread Fireplace Angle 2

Sal Beach House Spread Fireplace Angle 1

Sal Beach House Spread Behind Counter Kitchen

Sal Beach House Spread Bath

CLICK HERE for Peter Salerno Inc. Summer Showroom Hours!

Peter Salerno Inc. Summer 2014 Showroom Hours

From all of us at Peter Salerno Inc., we hope that you had a memorable, safe, and meaningful Memorial Day 2014!
If you are interested in visiting the Peter Salerno Inc. showroom or office over the summer months of 2014, here is our official Summer 2014 Showroom and Office schedule of hours:

JUNE:
Monday – Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Sunday: CLOSED

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As always, should you care to make a personal, private appointment to visit the Peter Salerno Inc. showroom or office, you can do so by calling (201) 251-6608, emailing info@petersalernoinc.com, or filling out the contact form below.

We look forward to your next visit to our beautiful showroom at 511 Goffle Road, Wyckoff, New Jersey (click for Google Map of our address!)

Peter Salerno Ad Campaign 2014: YOU DECIDE! [Poll]

Peter Salerno Inc. values the input of our amazing clients in virtually every facet of our business. So when we came to a difficult marketing decision, we figured why not leave the decision in the hands of our most valuable asset – YOU!

The staff at Peter Salerno Inc. is hard at work creating a new ad campaign for 2014, featuring some of our best award-winning kitchen designs. But should the focus of the campaign be on traditional, painted kitchens or a more contemporary style of kitchen?

Kitchen A is an example of a contemporary kitchen design by Peter Salerno Inc., which Kitchen B represents a more traditional style of kitchen. Which do you prefer? Which should we feature in an upcoming advertising campaign? Look at the photos below, and then scroll down to VOTE IN OUR POLL! (And we’d love to read your comments as well!)

Contemporary or traditional: which kitchen should we feature?
Contemporary or traditional: which kitchen should we feature? (Credit Peter Rymwid)

 

Recipe: Magnolia Bakery’s Blueberry Jamboree

Try Magnolia Bakery's wonderful Blueberry Jamboree! (Credit: Delish.com)
Try Magnolia Bakery’s wonderful Blueberry Jamboree! (Credit: Delish.com)

A recurring theme in our Summer 2013 edition has been the use of various shades of blue in modern summer home and beach house design. From Ren Miller, editor-in-chief of Design New Jersey magazine, to the expert staff at Peter Salerno Inc., to interior designers everywhere, blue seems to be the “it” color for vacation homes – especially summer kitchens.

With this ‘blue’ theme in mind, we present a sweet treat courtesy of the fine folks at Delish: Blueberry Jamboree, created by the expert bakers at Magnolia Bakery.

Whether  you’re looking for a sweet treat to please your loved ones and guests, or just a vibrant slice of dessert for yourself, this recipe is sure to be a hit in your newly redesigned summer kitchen. The ingredients are easy to find, the recipe is simple, and you’ll look like a famous dessert chef in no time!

(For more about the world-renowned Magnolia Bakery, its delicious menu and locations, please visit their website: Magnolia Bakery.)

Magnolia Bakery’s Blueberry Jamboree: Ingredients

Blueberry Topping

  • 1 1/2 cup(s) fresh blueberries
  • 1/4 cup(s) granulated sugar
  • 1/8 cup(s) brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon(s) cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon(s) cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon(s) water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon(s) water
  • 2 cup(s) fresh blueberries
  • 3/4 teaspoon(s) lemon zest

Crust

  • 3/4 cup(s) (1 1/1 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 2 cup(s) flour
  • 1 cup(s) toasted pecans, chopped

Filling

  • 2 cup(s) heavy cream
  • 1 pound(s) cream cheese, room temperature, cut into chunks
  • 2 cup(s) sifted confectioners’ sugar

Magnolia Bakery’s Blueberry Jamboree: Recipe

  1. Prepare blueberry topping: In a large pot combine 1 1/2 cups blueberries and both sugars.
  2. Place on stove on medium-high heat and stir constantly. Stir until sugar is combined and blueberries start to pop and come to a boil.
  3. Dissolve cornstarch in water. Add cornstarch/water mixture to the pot and stir until mixture becomes thick.
  4. Remove from the heat and stir in remaining blueberries, combining gently. Add in the lemon zest and continue to combine gently and fully.
  5. Cool to room temperature and refrigerate until ready to use.
  6. Prepare the crust: Melt butter and combine with flour and pecans.
  7. Butter a 9″ x 13″ rectangular glass dish and press crust into it. Bake at 325°F for about 15 minutes or until it just starts to lightly brown. Cool to room temperature.
  8. Prepare the filling and assemble: Whip heavy cream and set aside.
  9. Meanwhile, in a mixer bowl, beat together cream cheese and confectioners’ sugar. Fold whipped cream into cream cheese mixture until combined and then spread onto cooled crust.
  10. Top with a thin layer of blueberry topping, about 4 cups.
  11. Refrigerate for 1 hour or until set.

For more great summer recipes, visit Delish! And as always, for more information about creating your perfect beach house and/or summer kitchen, visit us online: Peter Salerno Inc.