Our Stylish Weekend Getaway | Springtime in Washington, DC

Our Stylish Weekend Getaway | Springtime in Washington, DC

You can daydream about seeing the spring cherry blossoms in Washington, DC – but there’s nothing quite like seeing them in person.

Washington, DC, is a remarkable place to visit any time of year. Springtime in America’s capital, however, is particularly gorgeous. Pops of white and pink dot the landscape of Washington in March and early April, adding a sense of renewal and wonder to the landscape.

Springtime in Washington, DC; cherry blossoms in America's capital.
Springtime in Washington, DC; cherry blossoms in America’s capital.

Peak bloom time for cherry blossoms in the Washington, DC, area is generally late March into the first week of April. Tracy and Peter Salerno (of Peter Salerno Inc.) chose the first weekend in April 2019 to enjoy the occasion, and the resulting photos of the cherry blossoms, U.S. Capitol building, and Mount Vernon (among others) are just a taste of the beauty the Salernos experienced.

Cherry blossom season in Washington, DC, has become a bona fide event in the city, with the annual Cherry Blossom Festival drawing 1.5 million visitors over a 4 week span. There’s even an official Cherry Blossom Watch online for you to check the bloom season, upload and share cherry blossom photos, and plan your spring trip to Washington, DC.

A gorgeous view of cherry blossoms along the Potomac River in spring.
A gorgeous view of cherry blossoms along the Potomac River in spring.

The tradition of cherry blossoms in Washington, DC, dates back to 1912 and a partnership between Japan and the United States. The first cherry trees were planted on March 27, 1912, in West Potomac Park. The first official Cherry Blossom Festival was held in 1934, and the tradition has (quite literally) blossomed into the most beautiful annual spring event in the United States.

Whether it’s the mythical story of George Washington chopping down the cherry tree, the trees’ symbolism of America’s relationship with Japan, or simply the beauty of white and pink blossoms dotting America’s capital, the draw of the National Cherry Blossom Festival cannot be overstated.

Cherry blossoms in front of the Washington Monument.
Cherry blossoms in front of the Washington Monument.

Tracy and Peter Salerno’s visit to Washington, DC, featured a sunrise cherry blossom photography session around the U.S. Capitol, Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument. The Salernos also took a day trip to Mount Vernon, which offered a glance back into American history and gorgeous views of the Potomac River.

Tracy and Peter Salerno at Mount Vernon in spring.
Tracy and Peter Salerno at Mount Vernon in spring.
The bank of the Potomac River at Mount Vernon.
The bank of the Potomac River at Mount Vernon.

If you truly want the prime Washington cherry blossom experience, it’s important to keep track of peak bloom times on an annual basis. While the National Cherry Blossom Festival takes place for 4 weeks, the peak bloom time is a much shorter window. Make sure to consult Cherry Blossom Watch for all the yearly details, and take advantage of an early morning (or two) to get the best photo opportunities of these gorgeous blossoms in the light of sunrise.

We promise you will leave Washington, DC, feeling inspired and fresh – and ready to create vivid design masterpieces of your very own. 

Tracy and Peter Salerno in Washington, DC, during the National Cherry Blossom Festival.
Tracy and Peter Salerno in Washington, DC, during the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

Make Your Own Mozzarella: Recipe, Photos and More!

Make Your Own Mozzarella With Jeanne Dargis (And Us!)

This was SO much fun. Recently, Peter and Tracy Salerno of Peter Salerno Inc. (award-winning custom kitchen and bath design) had the pleasure of making their own mozzarella with Jeanne Dargis – aka “The Cheese Teacher”!

Jeanne Dargis is based out of Nutley, New Jersey, and can travel throughout the Tri-State area. Her expertise in cheesemaking is well-renowned, and “The Cheese Teacher” offers private parties as well as public lessons/courses. From ricotta and mozzarella, to butter, to more advanced cheeses like brie and gouda, Jeanne is the go-to cheese expert in the Tri-State area!

Join us on a journey as we make homemade mozzarella (pictured) with Jeanne Dargis, the Cheese Teacher!
Join us on a journey as we make homemade mozzarella (pictured) with Jeanne Dargis, the Cheese Teacher!

From Jeanne’s website:

Jeanine Dargis is a professional cheesemaker. She offers a variety of cheesemaking classes, parties, and seminars that are fun for adults as well as children. From breezy to serious, Jeanine’s classes can be tailored for any group’s needs.

Peter and Tracy Salerno had a blast making cheese with Jeanne Dargis, friends and family in their northern New Jersey home. The private cheese making party was a smash hit with all participants. It was especially enjoyable to Peter and Tracy themselves, as both are avid and serious home chefs. (And why wouldn’t the most award-winning kitchen designer in North America be a great home chef?)

Join us on a journey as we make homemade mozzarella (pictured) with Jeanne Dargis, the Cheese Teacher!

We’re giving you two great insights from the cheese making party with Jeanne in this article:

  1. All these fun, appetizing pictures!
  2. A few pages from Jeanne’s personal cheese making handbook!

Check out the PDF attachment that accompanies this article for your primer on how to get started making a beautiful mozzarella – then, contact Jeanne Dargis, “The Cheese Teacher”, to schedule your party and/or class!

Click to view the PDF of Jeanne’s personal mozzarella recipe and guide!

Join us on a journey as we make homemade mozzarella (pictured) with Jeanne Dargis, the Cheese Teacher!

Join us on a journey as we make homemade mozzarella (pictured) with Jeanne Dargis, the Cheese Teacher! Join us on a journey as we make homemade mozzarella (pictured) with Jeanne Dargis, the Cheese Teacher!

Exclusive VIP Photos: Rolls Royce Owners Club USA Event 2016

Check Out VIP Rolls Royce USA 2016 Event Photos!

When it comes to style and luxury, it doesn’t get any more exclusive than the prestigious Rolls Royce Owners Club Event. The 2016 edition of this Rolls Royce VIP event was held at the glamorous Biltmore Estate in North Carolina, and the invitees are a “who’s who” of design, luxury and style.

The Rolls Royce Owners Club USA 2016 Event in Asheville, NC. (Photo: Peter Salerno Inc.)
The Rolls Royce Owners Club USA 2016 Event in Asheville, NC. (Photo: Peter Salerno Inc.)

This year, Peter and Tracy Salerno were part of the exclusive Rolls Royce guest list. The always-stylish couple were dazzled by the array of stunning Rolls Royce and Bentley automobiles both new and classic. The Salernos attended as guests of Edward Jordan, Director of Partnerships from St. James’ House in London.

As part of their participation, Peter Salerno Inc. is listed in the prestigious official Rolls Royce Owners Club 2016 Table Book. The book, available only to Rolls Royce and Bentley owners and dealer showrooms, contains the finest brands in design, glamour, clothing, and lifestyle.

Click Here to View Peter Salerno Inc.’s Feature in 2016 Rolls Royce Bentley Table Book!

Peter and Tracy Salerno with Edward Jordan, Director of Partnerships, at Rolls Royce Owners Club USA 2016 Event. (Photo: Peter Salerno Inc.)
Peter and Tracy Salerno with Edward Jordan, Director of Partnerships, at Rolls Royce Owners Club USA 2016 Event. (Photo: Peter Salerno Inc.)

The most award-winning custom kitchen and bath design firm in North America since 2002, Peter Salerno Inc. is synonymous with luxurious home design. Peter Salerno Inc.’s inclusion in the Rolls Royce Owners Club 2016 Table Book is the latest in a string of recent accolades and awards which includes a 2016 HGTV People’s Choice Award, a 2016 NKBA Large Kitchen Award, and features in (201) Magazine and Spectacular NJ Kitchens.

In total, Peter Salerno Inc.’s 34 national design awards place it above all other competitors in custom kitchen and bath design in the 21st century.

Peter and Tracy Salerno at Rolls Royce Owners Club USA 2016 Event. (Photo: Peter Salerno Inc.)
Peter and Tracy Salerno at Rolls Royce Owners Club USA 2016 Event. (Photo: Peter Salerno Inc.)

It is a true honor for Peter Salerno Inc. to be included in the official Table Book of the Rolls Royce Owners Club USA Event for 2016. Peter and Tracy Salerno had an amazing time at the Owners Club Event at the Biltmore Estate, and were happy to share exclusive VIP photos from the occasion with us.

Take a special look inside the Rolls Royce Owners Club USA Event 2016, as well as a sneak peek inside the 2016 Rolls Royce Table Book at the Peter Salerno Inc. feature!

Special thanks to Edward Jordan, Director of Partnerships, St. James’ House, London, as well as Rolls Royce and Bentley USA for their courtesy and hospitality.

Peter Salerno and Family Celebrate Father Jim Kelly’s 50 Years of Service [PHOTOS]

Peter Salerno and Family Celebrate Father Jim Kelly’s 50 Years of Service [PHOTOS]

We Love and Honor Father Jim Kelly!

It is a rare gift in life to know someone who is not flesh and blood but that you still consider family. For Peter Salerno and his family, Father Jim Kelly is one of these special treasures.

Peter Salerno (left) with Father Jim Kelly.
Peter Salerno (left) with Father Jim Kelly.

Throughout much of Peter and Tracy Salerno’s lives, Father Jim Kelly has been a part of their “extended family”. From spiritual guidance and personal companionship, to religious services and heart-to-heart conversations, Father Jim has been an integral figure in the lives of the Salerno family. Father Jim and Peter, along with other friends, worked in Zimbabwe during the HIV/AIDS pandemic. It was an eye- and heart-opening experience for all involved.

More recently, Father Jim has presided over the weddings of both of Peter and Tracy’s children, as Anthony married his wife Eve and Gabrielle married her husband Bryan. He has also been a constant comfort through more difficult times, such as a recent passing in the Salerno family.

Peter and Tracy Salerno (left) with Father Jim Kelly.
Peter and Tracy Salerno (left) with Father Jim Kelly.

Through good times and difficult ones, celebrations and solemn occasions, Peter Salerno and his family have received the greatest of guidance, love and friendship from Father Jim Kelly. Always ready with a warm embrace, a clever joke or timely advice, those who know Father Jim know him to be a man of joy.

It is with pride, honor and a great deal of love that Peter, Tracy, and the entire Salerno family celebrate Father Jim Kelly and his 50 years of service to the church. Thank you, Father Jim, for being such a dear part of our lives.

Here’s to the continuation of a wonderful journey and friendship!

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Peter Salerno Inc. Wishes You a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Merry Christmas from Peter Salerno Inc.!

NKBA's Suzie Wheeler gives 2014 Best Small Kitchen Award to Peter Salerno, Kimberly Hill and Marcia Thornhill.
Peter Salerno wishes Merry Christmas to award-winning clients…

As 2014 draws to a close, the Christmas and holiday season gives us all one more chance to spend time with family, friends and loved ones. At Peter Salerno Inc., we’ve been blessed that our family has expanded – in more ways that one!

Peter and Tracy Salerno welcomed a new son-in-law into their lives, as their beautiful daughter Gabrielle married Brian Mayer. Anthony Salerno celebrated his first year of marriage to wife Eve in style in the UK. The office even an unofficial Peter Salerno Inc. “mascot”, as an adorable Boston Terrier named Harper joined the team.

Peter Salerno spent a wonderful 72 hours bringing his kitchen designs to Russia.
Happy Holidays to our wonderful new friends in Russia…

Just as important to Peter Salerno Inc. is our family of new and existing clients, who we are proud to call not only our clientele but our friends. Peter Salerno and his team work tirelessly to earn their clients’ trust, and the reward is world-class, award-winning custom kitchen and bath designs.

2014 was an amazing year, with Peter Salerno Inc. winning the NKBA’s Best Small Kitchen award, being named a finalist for the KBIS Innovative Showroom awards, and creating kitchen and bath designs not just in New Jersey and the United States, but abroad in beautiful regions of Russia and Canada as well. We hope to continue our wonderful international relationships in 2015!

Anthony Salerno, the NKBA's Andrew Mackenzie, Ash Sukumar & Peter Salerno in the Peter Salerno Inc. showroom.
And Happy New Year to our valued business partners, like the NKBA!

With so much to be thankful for, it is with joy that Peter Salerno, his family, and his staff wish you all the very merriest of Christmas Days, Hanukkahs, holiday seasons and Happy New Year!

Peter Salerno's staff delivering Thanksgiving turkeys to St. Andrew's Church.
Merry Christmas, from Peter Salerno, his family and his staff to yours!

Happy Halloween From Peter Salerno Inc.!

Happy Halloween From Peter Salerno Inc.!

Scooby Doo and Slimer Visit The Peter Salerno Inc. Showroom

When Peter Salerno walked into his award-winning design showroom in Wyckoff, NJ, this morning, he thought something seemed… funny.

Maybe it was the flickering lights. Maybe it was the chill in the air. Or maybe it was the weird creaking noise coming from the 1959 Corvette that becomes the world’s most amazing bar.

Anthony, Tracy and Gabrielle Salerno soon entered the office, and the four of them tip-toed into the Peter Salerno Inc. showroom quietly. The La Cornue showpiece kitchen seemed normal. All the fixtures were in working order. Nobody could seem to figure out what was wrong.

Finally, Tracy turned to the group and said, “Hey guys… maybe it’s the humongous green ghost that’s hanging out in the Cadillac.”

We caught Slimer hanging out in the Peter Salerno 1959 Corvette bar.
We caught Slimer hanging out in the Peter Salerno 1959 Corvette bar.

It seems like Slimer, the famous ghost from “Ghostbusters”, decided to take up residence in the hood of the 1959 Corvette wet bar. (Whether he liked the car or wanted a martini, we’ll never know.)

Either way, Peter Salerno and his family quickly called Scooby Doo and the gang to solve the case. Sadly, all Scooby and Shaggy wanted to do was hang out in one of the showroom kitchens and order a pizza.

Scooby and the gang having a pizza in the Peter Salerno showroom.
Scooby and the gang having a pizza in the Peter Salerno showroom.

On second thought, maybe Peter should have called the Ghostbusters instead.

Happy Halloween from Peter Salerno Inc.! Be safe, be spooky, and have fun!