How to Afford Luxury Home Design: Part 1

How to Afford Luxury Home Design: Part 1

“Luxury” and “affordable” are 2 words that seem like polar opposites. This is especially the case when it comes to high-end home design, specifically custom kitchen design and custom bath design.

The world of luxury home design seems like a far-off fantasy to most people. (The author of this article is definitely guilty of perusing Pinterest for high-end home design photos and letting out a wistful sigh or two.) Whether your taste is gorgeous French ovens and ranges, state-of-the-art bath fixtures, custom tile work or unique accessories, luxury home design – and its price tag – appears to be a bit out of reach.

But luxury home design style can be attainable – and affordable.

Peter Salerno Inc. kitchen design, 2017 design trends

World-renowned design firms like the award-winning Peter Salerno Inc. are committing to make design fantasies into realities for a more reasonable cost than ever before.

(Before we dive into the topic further, we should be clear – it takes a respected design firm with years of networking, experience and success to deliver this level of luxury at an achievable price. Without the proper connections and a finely-tuned approach, it’s hard to streamline the design and delivery process of such high-quality materials on a competitive budget.)

The finest custom kitchen and bath design companies in the world are trending towards “affordable luxury” – the idea that high-end design shouldn’t always be reserved for high-end budgets. For Peter Salerno Inc., that idea takes shape in the form of the revamped Transitions™ collection.

Peter Salerno Inc. award winning transitional bath design, 2015. [Photo: Peter Rymwid]

Peter Salerno Inc. is the most award-winning North American custom kitchen and bath design firm of the last 15 years, with awards from prestigious organizations like the NKBA, KBIS, Sub-Zero, Wolf, and Signature Kitchens & Baths. Their tagline, “It’s all about the extraordinary”, now applies to more budgets and households than ever before.

A quote from the official Peter Salerno Inc. website:

For those that appreciate quality, craftsmanship, and design but don’t require a Rolls Royce; Transitions is the only choice. We bring our award-winning design expertise to your space accompanied by quality cabinetry with a wide variety of door styles, finishes, and moldings.

At a price-point 20%-45% less than our Tesoro line, this is the perfect option for builders and homeowners looking to furnish a home with something extraordinary while staying in budget.

The thing we love about the concept of “affordable luxury” is that the term is flexible. As we’ve discussed in previous articles, today’s best design trends are all about personalization, and that includes the design budget. After all, the term “affordable” is relative to each client. For Peter Salerno Inc., “affordable luxury” is as simple (and refreshing) as always providing the highest quality work, craftsmanship, design, materials and delivery for the client’s budget.

In the coming weeks, we’ll be talking more about affordable luxury in custom home design, and the best ways for you and your professional design firm to create the luxurious home space of your dreams without breaking the bank. Stay tuned!

 

Kitchen Design Spotlight Series: “Farm Meets City Sleek”

Kitchen Design Spotlight Series: “Farm Meets City Sleek”

In our first edition of the Kitchen Design Spotlight Series, Design Your Lifestyle featured a traditional kitchen with some well-placed modern aesthetic features called “The Angles Are In the Details”.

Our second Kitchen Design Spotlight Series piece focuses on a spectacular kitchen design photo gallery that manages to combine rustic charm with uptown chic. “Farm Meets City Sleek” is a lustrous transitional kitchen designed by the team at Peter Salerno Inc. – the most award-winning custom kitchen and bath design firm in North America of the last 15 years.

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

One’s first glance at this transitional kitchen design is bathed in white and ambient light, a nod to the recent kitchen design trend where whites and neutrals are used as the primary focus of the overall color design scheme. From the custom Maestro Rosolino cabinetry (a trademark of Peter Salerno Inc. design) to the kitchen island base, this kitchen is adorned with white.

Notes of gray and neutral complement the design, through the custom range hood and counter to the island countertop and wood flooring. One of our favorite aspects of this kitchen design is the the 2×8 mixed metal and glass mosaic backsplash over the range, created by the team at Stratta, the Tile Boutique.

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

The appliance features are a mix of the finest names in kitchen appliance furnishings: Miele, Sub-Zero and Wolf. We also adore the statement island lighting, a series of Exter 16-Jar Pendants from Pottery Barn. As an added bonus to the homeowners, that gorgeous wood flooring is actually the existing floor in the kitchen.

This Peter Salerno Inc. transitional kitchen design is reminiscent of upscale “farm to table” dining, with a touch of countryside charm melded into a truly modern kitchen design. We hope you love it as much as we do!

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

Here are some specific details about this gorgeous transitional kitchen design.

Cabinetry: Maple wood painted Tennis White

Perimeter Countertop: Caesar Stone Piatra Grey #5003 1 1/4″ by Stone Surfaces in East Rutherford, NJ

Island Countertop: 1 1/2″ Stainless Steel by EMI Industries in Boonton, NJ

Flooring: Original hardwood flooring from home, no information was given by homeowner

Backsplash over range: 2×8 mixed metal & glass mosaic by Stratta Tile Boutique in Wyckoff, NJ

Sink: Franke MHX710-30 30x21x9

Island Light Fixtures: Exter 16-Jar Pendant by Potterybarn

Appliance Information:
Refrigerator/ Freezer: 48″ Sub-Zero 648 Prog
Gas Range: Wolf #GR606F
Steam Oven: Wolf #CSO24
Wall Oven: Wolf #SO30PE/S/PH
Hood: 60″ Stainless Steel
Dishwasher: Miele Futura Dimensions #G5675SCVI
Microwave: GE #PEM31SFSS with Trim Kit #JX827SFSS
Warming Drawer: 30″ Wolf WWD30
Ice Maker: Sub-Zero UC-15IP

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

NOTE: All photography featured in this article is courtesy of Peter Rymwid, on behalf of the team at Peter Salerno Inc.

Questions/comments about this transitional kitchen design or its creator? Fill out the comment form below!

All White Design: A Winter 2016 Bath Design Ideabook

All White Design: A Winter 2016 Bath Design Ideabook

All year, the Design Your Lifestyle team has trumpeted the arrival of “statement neutrals” – using neutral tones as primary color elements in your home, kitchen and bath design. With December 2016 right around the corner, we turn your attention to the most basic (and wintery) of neutrals – white!

The freshness of pure white and off-white neutrals cannot be ignored. A crisp white finish to your home bath design provides an immediate “pop” of class and distinction, and will never go out of style. Combine these white design features with a well-designed amount of ambient light, and you have a brilliant finish to the statement bath design of your dreams!

The team at Peter Salerno Inc. understands and masterfully utilizes the strength of white in bath design. From traditional to transitional, Peter Salerno and his design team bring the beauty of white to life in their award-winning bath designs. (And when you’ve won more national design awards than any firm in North America since 2002, you’re an expert to trust!)

An all-white Peter Salerno Inc. bath design with cherry island. (Photo: Peter Rymwid)
An all-white Peter Salerno Inc. bath design with cherry island. (Photo: Peter Rymwid)

The Peter Salerno Inc. bath designs featured in this article are prime examples of how to properly utilize white as a “statement neutral” in your bath design. Of course, going “full white” as a color design scheme is generally doomed to fail.

So how does an expert designer like Peter Salerno, CMKBD, utilize such large amounts of white in his award-winning bath designs while still maintaining that “WOW” factor his clients desire? Here are a few tips from a master designer and his team.

Peter Salerno Inc. award winning transitional bath design, 2015. [Photo: Peter Rymwid]
An award-winning white transitional bath design from Peter Salerno Inc.
Even the brightest of bath designs needs contrast. In the Peter Salerno Inc. bath designs featured in this piece, notice the utilization of rich wood grains in the feature cabinetry and islands. We love the gorgeous center cherry wood island in the top bath design, as well as the dark wood grains of the custom cabinetry and tables below. The depth and texture of these darker wood elements only serves to make the delicate whiteness of the tile, paint, claw foot tubs and counters that much brighter.

Peter Salerno Inc. award winning transitional bath design, 2015. [Photo: Peter Rymwid]
A white transitional bath design from Stratta and Peter Salerno Inc. (Photo: Peter Rymwid)
Keep in mind that all the white paint, tile and counter spaces you implement will be augmented by proper use of ambient light. There is always room for statement lighting, but nothing beats the mixture of crisp sunshine off white design elements to make a neutral white tone seem earthy and welcoming.

Like the designs you see here? Want more expert advice from the most award-winning custom kitchen and bath design firm in North America since 2002? Fill out the contact form below!

8 World-Class Kitchen Designs That Will Make Your Jaw Drop

These Kitchen Design Photos Will Make You Say “WOW!”

Sometimes, all a good design article needs is a bunch of beautiful photos. Since 1997, Peter Salerno Inc. has been synonymous with smart, gorgeous, world-class kitchen design. From traditional to transitional design, Peter Salerno (CMKBD) and his staff of designers and artisans specialize in extraordinary kitchen design with a touch of personalized luxury.

This blend of expertise, imagination and client-centric design has created a dynasty. Since 2002, Peter Salerno Inc. is the most award-winning North American kitchen and bath design firm, from such notable sources as the NKBA, Sub-Zero, Wolf, HGTV, Signature Kitchens & Baths Magazine, and KBIS.

Below are eight of Peter Salerno Inc.’s most lauded kitchen designs of the last four years. Included among them are multiple award-winners, including the “Jewel Box” (2014 NKBA Best Kitchen) and the “Chef’s Dream” (2012 NKBA Best Kitchen).

Which kitchen design is YOUR favorite? Let us know in the comments below!

1. Stunning kitchen design with recessed mirrored ceiling over large kitchen island, with custom tin range hood, full custom Maestro Rosolino cabinetry and island, and statement lighting chandelier.

A beautiful Peter Salerno Inc. kitchen design. (Credit Peter Rymwid)

2. Transitional kitchen design with Maestro Rosolino custom cabinetry, custom range hood, small kitchen island with block counter, and custom “pebble” style backsplash.

Maestro Rosolino cabinets: a hallmark of Peter Salerno Inc. custom kitchen design.

3. Peter Salerno Inc.’s “La Cornue” centerpiece kitchen design in its Wyckoff, NJ showroom. Complete with La Cornue Grand Palais range, Flamberge rotisserie, and custom tin range hood and refrigerator accoutrements. Custom cabinetry, island, and (not pictured) Swarovski crystal recessed ceiling.

The La Cornue kitchen in Peter Salerno Inc.'s NJ showroom. (Photo: {Peter Rymwid)

4. The “Jewel Box” – best NKBA kitchen of 2014.

Peter Salerno's 2014 NKBA Best Kitchen. (Credit Peter Rymwid)

5. French inspired, Princeton, NJ kitchen design. Complete with La Cornue range and custom tin range hood, exposed rustic wood ceiling beams, custom cabinetry, custom wood island with marble countertop, and rustic stone door frame.

Peter Salerno's gorgeous French-inspired Princeton kitchen is in his design portfolio

6. 2013 Peter Salerno Inc. kitchen design. Custom Maestro Rosolino white cabinetry and center island with ornate vintage seating. Recessed backsplash behind range with trademark Peter Salerno Inc. “grand piano” design overhead.

Add fresh colors to your kitchen design for Summer 2016!

7. Unique kitchen design with stained glass recessed ceiling over ornate center island. Gorgeous twin sculptures adorn either side of the range and range hood, with white custom cabinetry along the refrigerator wall and “sidebar” counters.

Another award-winning Peter Salerno kitchen. (Credit Peter Rymwid)

8. The “Chef’s Dream” – NKBA 2012 Best Kitchen Award design by Peter Salerno Inc. With massive center stainless steel island for dual chefs, with multiple high-end ranges, large-scale stainless ventilation hood, and stainless steel outer countertops (including sink basin). With white Maestro Rosolino custom cabinetry (with recessed lighting in showcase cabinets), custom backsplash by far sink and in-kitchen seating.

Peter Salerno Inc. kitchen design [Best Kitchen of 2012 & 1st Place Large Kitchen Category]

All featured Peter Salerno Inc. design photography courtesy of Peter Rymwid.

Peter Salerno Inc. Design Featured on Bergen Magazine Fall 2016 Cover

Peter Salerno Inc.’s Kitchen Design Lands Prestigious Cover

Utilizing gorgeous transitional kitchen design and Fall 2016’s Pantone color palette, Peter Salerno Inc. recently created another stunning kitchen. Now, that kitchen design is featured on the cover (and in a beautiful article) of the Fall 2016 edition of Bergen Magazine.

The Ramsey, New Jersey kitchen was designed by Peter Salerno Inc., along with interior designer Debbie Crispano at Interior Distinction in Ridgewood, NJ. Pairing transitional kitchen design elegance with personalized luxury, the result is a breathtaking kitchen that will be both stylish AND functional for years to come.

Bergen Magazine Fall 2016 edition, featuring Peter Salerno Inc. transitional kitchen design photos.
Bergen Magazine Fall 2016 edition, featuring Peter Salerno Inc. transitional kitchen design photos.

Mirroring the Fall 2016 Pantone color palette and the latest in transitional kitchen design trends, Peter Salerno and Debbie Crispano centered their design around blues, grays, and earth tones. (These colors reflect Pantone’s Fall 2016 selections like Airy Blue, Riverside, and Sharkskin.)

The Bergen Magazine article, penned by Nicole Lupo, is a masterful walk-through of the transitional kitchen from start to finish. The centerpiece of the kitchen design (and therefore the article) is the “denim” blue-gray kitchen island, adorned with a Danby Marble countertop and modern seating that evokes upscale restaurant bar-and-counter seating.

Bergen Magazine Fall 2016 edition, featuring Peter Salerno Inc. transitional kitchen design photos.
Bergen Magazine Fall 2016 edition, featuring Peter Salerno Inc. transitional kitchen design photos.

The walls are painted with Sherwin-Williams Notable Blue, quite the appropriate name for a shade of blue that so perfectly walks the line between statement and neutral. Reminiscent of the Airy Blue hue that dominates Fall 2016 design trends, the walls are the perfect compliment to much of the decor – from seating to valances to pottery.

The custom cabinetry from Peter Salerno Inc. is a neutral white to match the Danby Marble island countertop and shelving. The range sits in front of a neutral-yet-appealing backsplash and topped with shelving that casts the silhouette of a grand piano – a Peter Salerno Inc. trademark design.

Bergen Magazine Fall 2016 edition, featuring Peter Salerno Inc. transitional kitchen design photos.
Bergen Magazine Fall 2016 edition, featuring Peter Salerno Inc. transitional kitchen design photos.

Matching form with function, the flooring is a porcelain wood tile. Coupling the gorgeous aesthetic of dark, weathered wood with the durability of porcelain tile ensures that the floor will look great AND hold strong. It’s the perfect way to get that transitional kitchen flooring “feel” while making sure it can withstand the toll of kids, guests and the family dog.

Credit goes to Debbie Crispano of Interior Distinction (Ridgewood, NJ) and the kitchen owners for selecting the chairs, window treatments and light fixtures. The bold statement lighting was an inspired choice  to add a bit of flair to the cleanliness of the transitional kitchen design.

Bergen Magazine Fall 2016 edition, featuring Peter Salerno Inc. transitional kitchen design photos.
Bergen Magazine Fall 2016 edition, featuring Peter Salerno Inc. transitional kitchen design photos.

A final touch of ingenuity is the smoked mirror features on the refrigerator panels. The mirror panels make the open floor plan of this kitchen feel even bigger, while the smokiness of the glass eliminates glare from the ambient light of the windows. The smoked mirrors also pair exceptionally well with the gray and blue-gray elements of the transitional design.

For more on this world-class custom transitional kitchen design from Peter Salerno Inc., pick up the Fall 2016 edition of Bergen Magazine! If the magazine is unavailable in your area, please contact Peter Salerno Inc. directly by calling (201) 251-6608 or filling out the contact form below.

 

Transitional Elegance Kitchen Featured by Sub-Zero and Wolf

Sub-Zero, Wolf, Peter Salerno Inc. Combine For Transitional Kitchen

This transitional kitchen design is so stunning, Sub-Zero and Wolf call it an “inspiration” on their official website. From the companies that transformed the American kitchen, that’s saying something!

The kitchen, dubbed “Transitional Elegance”, belongs to owner and co-designer Julie Ferrara. It was designed by Peter Salerno Inc. of New Jersey (winners of the most national kitchen and bath design awards since 2002), and features a stunning array of appliances by Sub-Zero and Wolf.

A recent Sub-Zero and Wolf article features Peter Salerno Inc.'s award-winning transitional kitchen.
A recent Sub-Zero and Wolf article features Peter Salerno Inc.’s award-winning transitional kitchen.

Sub-Zero and Wolf refer to the kitchen as the “soul of the home”, and it’s no accident their appliances found their way into such a stunning transitional kitchen. Clean and inviting, this open design beckons guests into the kitchen space with tons of seating at its dual booked-match walnut islands.

The ceiling serves as a “fifth wall” in this transitional kitchen design, with audacious statement lighting and a lit recessed silver tin section.

Julie Ferrara’s original traditional kitchen design featured gorgeous archways which were not lost in the updated design (as per her vision and request). As a result, the primary archway provides the frame inside which your first view of the kitchen is “painted”. That view includes a sleek, world-class exhaust hood and clean marble backsplash – not to mention the latest in Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances.

A recent Sub-Zero and Wolf article features Peter Salerno Inc.'s award-winning transitional kitchen.
A recent Sub-Zero and Wolf article features Peter Salerno Inc.’s award-winning transitional kitchen.

It was important for this kitchen to be as functional as it is beautiful, as Sub-Zero and Wolf explain in their feature article:

Since both clients are passionate cooks, the kitchen needed to have the best cooking and refrigeration products. The use of Sub-Zero and Wolf products – 60” range, convection steam oven and warming drawer, integrated refrigerator and freezer – allowed the designer to have both form and high-quality function.

Since 1997, Peter Salerno Inc. has operated with one creed in mind: “it’s all about the extraordinary”. The combination of Peter Salerno’s years of business and industry knowledge with his passion for art and architecture has made him one of the most sought-after designers in the industry. Now, Peter Salerno Inc. stands alone as the most award-winning custom kitchen and bath design firm in North America in the 21st century.

Visit Peter Salerno Inc.’s New Second Showroom in Mendham, NJ!

Visit Peter Salerno Inc.’s New Second Showroom in Mendham, NJ!

Peter Salerno Inc. Opens New Design Showroom in Mendham, NJ

For years, clients have come to expect world-class design and service at Peter Salerno Inc.’s award-winning flagship showroom in Wyckoff, New Jersey. Winner of the Most Innovative Showroom Award at the prestigious KBIS 2015 conference, Peter Salerno’s main showroom is a mecca of forward-thinking, gorgeous kitchen and bath design with a focus on individual client needs and luxurious design solutions.

The La Cornue kitchen in Peter Salerno Inc.'s NJ showroom. (Photo: {Peter Rymwid)
Already seen Peter Salerno Inc.’s La Cornue showroom kitchen in Wyckoff? Visit their new showroom in Mendham, NJ! (Photo: {Peter Rymwid)

Now, Peter Salerno and his team proudly invite you to their second showroom, a beautiful satellite storefront in the heart of scenic Mendham, New Jersey. Located just off the historic Patriot’s Path (a Revolutionary War landmark), the second Peter Salerno Inc. showroom is a smaller slice of heaven, but just as enjoyable (and pleasing to the eye) to visit!

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.

Peter Salerno Inc.'s new, refurbished logo - updated with classic style.
Peter Salerno Inc.’s new satellite showroom is at 5 West Main Street, Mendham, New Jersey.

Winners of 34 national design awards since 2002 (the most of any North American custom kitchen and bath design firm), Peter Salerno Inc. is excited to expand into the heart of historic Morris County, New Jersey. The storefront sits on West Main Street, a thoroughfare of Mendham, and the surrounding businesses and wonderful shops evoke memories of walking through the heart of town on a bustling “Main Street” full of local shops and artisans.

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.

Peter Salerno and the entire Peter Salerno Inc. family invite you to visit our new showroom location – 5 West Main Street, Mendham, New Jersey. We hope you love it, and we promise – like everything Peter Salerno does – “it’s all about the extraordinary”.