A Kitchen Designer Shares His 2017 Home Thanksgiving Photos
Peter Salerno Inc. is the most award-winning North American kitchen and bath design firm of the 21st century. So it stands to reason that in the Salerno family home, Thanksgiving is a pretty big deal.
“[F]amily dinners are all about food, love and more food,” Peter Salerno quipped on social media during Thanksgiving 2017, posting a series of photos of his immediate and extended family sharing a sumptuous Thanksgiving dinner in their stunning Bergen County, New Jersey home.
Peter Salerno was joined for Thanksgiving by his wife Tracy, his father Rosolino and his mother-in-law Jo. Peter’s son Anthony was accompanied by his wife Eve and daughter Jesse, and Peter’s daughter Gabrielle came with her husband Brian and their daughter Brielle.
Peter was sure to thank the renowned Goffle Farms for the family’s delicious 18 pound turkey. The main course was accompanied by some outstanding side dishes, from the traditional (mashed and roasted potatoes, string beans) to the unconventional (a delicious lime and pineapple mold).
The meal also featured a beautiful and delicious pasta course – homemade pumpkin fettucine with a creamy sausage sauce. The fettucine was a huge hit with the family!
As the 2017 holiday season swings into full force, it’s important to take these moments to cherish those around you – both in your professional and personal lives. Peter Salerno takes great care to maintain a good work-life balance, and takes the time to nurture his work family alongside his own.
Thanksgiving 2017 was a pretty beautiful day for Peter Salerno and his family, but nothing compares to the warmth he felt in his own home. Peter sincerely hopes you had a blessed, safe and satisfying Thanksgiving full of love this year.
Enjoy these exclusive photos from Peter Salerno (of Peter Salerno Inc.)’s 2017 home Thanksgiving!
Perfect Pantone Colors For Your Thanksgiving Design
Thanksgiving is right around the corner (less than a week away!), and we know you’re hard at work preparing for the holiday. This is especially true if you’re hosting family, friends and loved ones for a day of food, fun, and perhaps a little football.
If you’re hosting, you already have enough on your plate – cooking, cleaning, the list is endless. You don’t want to throw dollar-store napkins on the table, but who can find the time to create a Thanksgiving design for your home or table from scratch?
Leave that to us! We’ve found the 5 very best colors for your Thanksgiving design this year, thanks to the handy Pantone Color System. Each color is beautiful, adaptable – and as an added bonus, directly ties to a food or drink you may already be putting on your Thanksgiving table this year!
So from sweet corn to cranberry sauce, here’s a list of 5 great Pantone colors to utilize in this year’s Thanksgiving design. Whether you like warm tones, earth tones or neutrals, we have the Thanksgiving colors you need!
A Thanksgiving Table Full of Pantone Colors
Cranberry (Pantone 17-1545)
This is a shade of red that really pops! One may expect Cranberry to have a darker hue (like the cranberry sauce or jam on your Thanksgiving table), but the Pantone Cranberry is a festive hue that will spruce up any Thanksgiving design or table setup.
Add a dash of Cranberry (Pantone 17-1545) to your Thanksgiving table this year, or to your home decor. It’s a great choice for accents, statement decor pieces, and table accessories. Try it in throws, pillows, tablecloths and napkins, or anywhere in your place settings for a nice, warm touch.
Chestnut (Pantone 19-1118)
An intriguing shade of brown or green in your home design can augment its inviting nature. And with a name that’s perfect for the Thanksgiving season, why not fall in love with Chestnut this season?
Chestnut is a beautiful shade of brown that arouses images of warmth – wood in a crackling fire, hot cocoa, and – of course – warm chestnuts. It’s a sturdy hue as well, working perfectly with the wood and wood-grain elements in your design. It can also be incorporated in a design that utilizes falling autumn leaves.
Sweet Corn (Pantone 11-0106)
For 2 straight years, neutrals have dominated the Pantone color design landscape. Custom kitchen, bath and interior designers (like Peter Salerno Inc.) love the idea of “flipping the script” and letting the neutrally-colored design elements take the lead.
At first glimpse, you almost can’t SEE Sweet Corn in the graphic below, can you? That’s what makes this shade of off-white so unique. A blush of light, light yellow adds a real sweetness to the color, giving it a “country kitchen” aesthetic. Sweet Corn and Chestnut are a beautiful pairing of “earth tone and neutral” for your Thanksgiving design in 2017. You can also try Sweet Corn with our next color, Vineyard Wine.
Vineyard Wine (Pantone 19-1623)
There is a cornucopia of “Wine” colors in the Pantone color system (yes, we had to get one Thanksgiving pun in there!). Our favorite is Vineyard Wine (Pantone 19-1623). Not too light to be a raspberry color and not so dark that it dulls your design, Vineyard Wine has a rich burgundy feel, evocative of dark red grapes hanging in a French vineyard.
It’s hard to design with purple without it appearing garish at times (or a little girl’s bedroom). Vineyard Wine has an air of class that pairs incredibly well with light and sage greens, earth tones, and light neutrals (like Sweet Corn above).
Harvest Pumpkin (Pantone 16-1260)
A carryover from our Halloween Pantone list that makes a ton of sense. After all, who doesn’t love a nice pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving dessert? Harvest Pumpkin is a spunky, warm Pantone color that adds a bit of spicy brown into traditional orange to create an appetizing hue.
Harvest Pumpkin is more of an accent color than a core shade in your overall design. However, if you’re looking to create a real splash, why not try it on an accent wall to give that old room a little zest? harvest Pumpkin is a great choice for Thanksgiving table accents like napkins, place settings and centerpieces.
Shop Bergen County, NJ on Small Business Saturday 2016!
Avoid the madness of Black Friday this year – there are amazing deals and incredible products available to you right in your backyard!
Saturday, November 26, 2016 is Small Business Saturday – the day when brick-and-mortar local businesses encourage you to get out and shop in your area’s finest small businesses. Lest you think that Small Business Saturday is a “small fry event”, think again! 2016 marks the 7th annual Small Business Saturday, and is observed nationwide by the great small businesses that make America strong!
Design Your Lifestyle is based in northern New Jersey, one of America’s true hotbeds of thriving small business. While many associate our area with malls and large commerce centers, northern New Jersey’s backbone is truly its small businesses.
We love Bergen County, New Jersey’s gorgeous main street and downtown shopping areas, which offer fantastic Small Business Saturday escapes from overcrowded malls and “big business” storefronts. From Wyckoff to Westwood, Ridgewood to hidden gems along Routes 4 and 17, Bergen County offers a plethora of amazing shopping options this Small Business Saturday!
Here are a few of our personal favorite “hidden gems” for you to check out on November 26th, as Small Business Saturday returns to Bergen County!
Small Business Saturday: Bergen County, NJ Shopping
Anchored by a showroom that 201 Magazine called “a wonderland under one roof”, this 3-shop design storefront is a must-visit for anyone considering a new home, home remodel, or update to their custom kitchen or bath design. Located just off Routes 208 and 4 in Wyckoff, NJ, the Peter Salerno Inc. Home Design Shops are an all-in-one center for home design enthusiasts.
The journey begins at Peter Salerno Inc., winner of the most national design awards since 2002. Peter and his team specialize in custom kitchen and bath design, ranging from classic to contemporary, traditional to transitional. The gorgeous showroom (winner of KBIS’ Most Innovative Showroom award) features kitchen, bath and bar designs. Peter Salerno Inc. also specializes in lounges, wine cellars, and “man caves” for the most discerning of customers.
Adjacent to Peter Salerno Inc.’s showroom are Stratta, the Tile Boutique and Oberg & Lindquist. Stratta is a jaw-dropping center for amazing artisan tile, ranging from fine marble to quirky art pieces to the latest in “green” tile (cork, faux wood, etc.). Oberg & Lindquist is a one-stop small business destination for home appliances, including some of the finest names in the industry – Wolf, Sub-Zero, Miele and more.
A fine escape from the big business bath companies, B. Witching Bath Co. is a great find in the heart of downtown Ridgewood. From soaps to lotions, oils to soaks, the product assortment at B. Witching is alluring and high-quality.
Stemming from a 40-year family tradition of fine handmade bath products, B. Witching Bath Co.’s products “are uniquely formulated with the finest therapeutic botanicals, wholesome ingredients, essential oils and minimal preservatives”. Each batch of their products are crafted to high standards on an individual basis.
For the guys out there who often find themselves at a loss in big bath care stores, fear not! We love B. Witching’s efforts to invite men into their store with fine products designed “for him” as well.
A walk through the charming downtown center of Westwood brings you to Serene, a quaint spa and boutique with a natural vibe. The name “Serene” is indicative of the feeling you get upon entering the storefront, as customers find its atmosphere relaxing and peaceful.
Serene offers a wide array of products, from clothing to skin care. Need a break from the stressful rush of holiday shopping? Serene also offers a litany of fairly priced health options – from massage to waxing, Reiki massage to skin care.
The Serene boutique also offers the added bonus of some very unique jewelry options! If you’re a lover of baubles and bangles, bracelets and necklaces, then make sure you stop by for a fine small business option for your jewelry needs.
4. Caffe Anello and Sogno Coffee (425-429 Broadway, Westwood, NJ)
Of course, all this Small Business Saturday shopping is bound to make you hungry! Our favorite local haunt for a unique bite to eat and a world-class cup of coffee is Sogno Coffee – conveniently, just a short walk away from Serene Spa & Boutique in the heart of Westwood.
You’ll visit Sogno Coffee for its magnificent coffee and beverage selection, including espresso, macchiato, cappuccino and some fantastic hot chocolates. You’ll stay for their assortment of freshly made crepes, available in both Sweet and Savory options. We highly recommend the simple delight of the Fourth Avenue, a handmade crepe made fresh and served with lemon juice, honey, sugar and butter.
If you need a little more nourishment, the double storefront also features Caffe Anello, a tremendous sit-down restaurant you’ll visit over and over again!
Take Our 2016 Thanksgiving Turkey Donation Challenge!
Thanksgiving 2016 is almost upon us (Thursday, November 24, 2016). It’s a time to give thanks for family, friends, food and shelter – things we often take for granted. Sadly, these basic comforts are not always guaranteed in life.
It is with open hearts and loving thoughts that we, on behalf of our parent company Peter Salerno Inc., invite you to take part in our 2016 Thanksgiving Turkey Donation Challenge!
For years, Peter Salerno Inc. has pledged to donate no less than 75 turkeys every Thanksgiving season to its local food bank – the St. Andrew’s Parish Food Pantry in Westwood, NJ. St. Andrew’s is a spiritual home for Peter Salerno and his family, where Peter’s children Anthony and Gabrielle were both married.
It is with great honor and pride that we announce Peter Salerno Inc. made a donation of 99 turkeys to St. Anthony’s Food Pantry for Thanksgiving 2016. Now, we’re asking you to make a similar pledge!
If you’re reading this article, it’s likely you can afford to donate at least one turkey to your local food pantry or food bank. If it’s not a turkey, food pantries are grateful to accept non-perishable food items, canned goods, coffees and shelf-stable drink items, stuffing, etc. – anything you can think of to make someone else’s Thanksgiving table more plentiful this holiday season.
You can use this helpful Food Pantry locator guide courtesy of Feeding America to find a local food bank or pantry near you that is in need of what you can afford to give.
Here’s a list (for reference) of items listed as “currently in need” by many organizations:
Coffee, Macaroni & Cheese, Peanut Butter, Jelly, Cereal, Tuna Fish, Dish Detergent, Hand Soap, Shampoo, Deodorant, Body Wash, Bar Soap, Toothpaste, Tooth Brushes, Toilet Paper, Paper Towels, Paper Plates, Paper Cups, Napkins, Laundry Detergent, Fabric Softener, and Cleaning Supplies.
Whether you can donate 100 turkeys or a few bars of soap, some peanut butter and jelly or a large array of non-perishable food items, your Thanksgiving 2016 donation WILL ALWAYS BE HELPFUL!
Remember, you are blessed to be a blessing! On behalf of the award-winning custom kitchen and bath design team at Peter Salerno Inc., we challenge you to donate with a full heart and generous thoughts. Let’s all strive to make everyone’s Thanksgiving as rich and plentiful as we would wish our own to be.
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Thanksgiving 2016: How An Award-Winning Designer Gives Back
For Peter Salerno, leading a truly blessed life means little unless he gives back to those in need. That’s why the award-winning owner of Peter Salerno Inc. takes such care to give to those in need – especially during the Thanksgiving season.
Peter Salerno, CMKBD, is the owner of Peter Salerno Inc., the most award-winning North American custom kitchen and bath design firm since 2002. His company’s list of accolades includes multiple Best Kitchen awards from the NKBA since 2010, HGTV People’s Choice Awards, and recognition from industry leaders like Sub-Zero, Wolf, La Cornue and Signature Kitchens & Baths Magazine.
As a recent article (pictured in this piece) states, “For Peter Salerno, genuine success means touching the lives of others in need”. Since the inception of Peter Salerno Inc. in 1997, Peter has sought out meaningful avenues through which to improve the lives of those in need.
One of those avenues is The Little Company of Mary, through which Peter Salerno has visited Zimbabwe and cared for those stricken by poverty and AIDS. Peter’s work with the Sisters of the Little Company of Mary, along with generous contributions, have led to the healthy birth of babies who otherwise may have risked life-altering illness or early death. Peter thanks his close friend Father Jim Kelly for introducing him to this worthwhile cause.
Peter also serves on the board of Covenant House (New Jersey), which primarily serves homeless youth who have aged out of the formal state youth aid system.
“CHNJ gives (these young people) the opportunity to make the most of their talents and abilities and helps prepare them for adulthood,” Peter explains.
Every year, Peter Salerno and the Peter Salerno Inc. team strives to make Thanksgiving a wonderful experience for local families in need. For several years, the company has donated 75-100 turkeys per Thanksgiving to their church’s food pantry. It’s a blessing that fulfills Peter and his team as much as they people who receive Thanksgiving meals.
What can YOU do to take steps to assist those in need and give back this Thanksgiving season? According to Peter Salerno, it’s all about targeted giving.
“Instead of helping dozens of charities, choose two or three that resonate with you to maximize your effectiveness,” Peter encourages. “Imagine how much better a world (we’d have) if everyone who could, would take action.”
Mulled wine is all the rage this Thanksgiving season, so the staff at Peter Salerno Inc.’s official blog went hunting for our very favorite Thanksgiving cocktail recipe incorporating the unique flavors of mulled wine. And we found it!
For years, Bon Appetit (and its sister publication/site, Epicurious) has provided readers with trendy, stylish cuisine through practical application – “life through the lens of food”, as their slogan says. So it’s no wonder that Bon Appetit provided us all with perhaps the most delicious, satisfying mulled wine drink of the season!
Bon Appetit’s Flaming Brandy Punch is one part savory, one part festive, one part spice and all parts fun! Combining the taste of the season with a spark (literally!) of entertainment, it’s the perfect Thanksgiving party cocktail for your punch bowl.
For the full recipe and details, please visit the recipe page on Bon Appetit.
Bring first 5 ingredients to boil in large pot, stirring until sugar dissolves. Add wine; stir to heat through. Pour mixture into large heatproof glass, ceramic, or metal punch bowl. Mix in orange juice and lemon juice. Holding ladle over punch bowl, fill ladle with brandy; carefully ignite. Pour into punch bowl and allow flame to burn out. Mix in remaining brandy. Grate some nutmeg over punch.
Peter Salerno Participates in 2015 Covenant House Sleep Out NYC
Raising Awareness for NYC’s Homeless Population
This November, Peter Salerno participated in the 2015 Covenant House Sleep Out NYC, which is conducted to raise awareness for the homeless population in NYC and around the country. Much has been made of America’s homeless population of late, especially the issue of homeless veterans. This issue is of particular concern to Peter Salerno, who is a veteran of the U.S. Navy himself.
As part of the Covenant House Sleep Out, Peter Salerno slept on the streets of NYC on November 19, 2015. Peter is proud to announce that his group raised $20,000 through the event, and that Covenant House as a whole raised $1.4 million in their efforts.
Peter Salerno was joined in the cause at Sleep Out NYC by friends, dignitaries and more. Peter’s group included Howard Roberts (owner of Liquidscapes), Joe McNeill (executive of iTec), and Cassandra Hadel.
Peter also had the opportunity to meet notable, wonderful people, such as New York Yankees GM Brian Cashman and Kevin Ryan, director of Covenant House.
This Thanksgiving season, take a moment to think of America’s homeless. If you are so moved, do what you can to volunteer, donate or help fight the epidemic of homelessness in the United States.