From the February/March 2013 Issue:

Serve it Up

    Writer: Lisa Rackley | Photographer: Peter Rymwid | Kitchen Design: Peter Salerno, CMKBD | Architect: Andrew Passacantando, AIA | Interior Designer: Theresa Scelfo |

Two North Jersey cooks get their dream kitchen and more

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enlarge | A coffered ceiling and other millwork soften the edginess of the stainless steel island without overshadowing its status. Task lighting can be seen under the hood, recessed in the ceiling, under cabinets and in the stylish fixtures over the bar and breakfast area. To the right of the bar stools is a dining table for large gatherings.
One might feel intimidated when asked to design a dream kitchen for two avid cooks and their large family. Not Peter Salerno, a certified master kitchen and bath designer and owner of Peter Salerno Inc. in Wyckoff. He took on the owners’ challenge to build a kitchen featuring a stainless steel island similar to one they saw in a high-end New York City restaurant. The resulting design won first place in the large kitchen category in the National Kitchen & Bath Association’s 2012 Design Competition.

The space, designed from scratch, needed to include a large work area and storage for oversized blenders, mixers and other appliances. The homeowners, who have four children and entertain frequently, also needed ample seating and a place to display their extensive dish and glass collections.

Salerno and the owners worked closely with architect Andrew Passacantando, AIA, and interior designer Theresa Scelfo, both of Morristown, and contractor George Strother of Eaglesite Management in Rock­away.

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enlarge | A lighted cabinet with glass doors and a row of 10 glass doors just under the ceiling display part of the owners’ dish collection.
Island Time
The kitchen features an 11-foot-long stainless steel island with four workstations comprising two ovens, eight burners, a griddle, a salamander (a culinary broiler that professional kitchens use for overhead grilling), a sink and a pot filler. Crowning it all is a massive Rangecraft stainless steel hood. “Stainless steel used to be foreign as a major design element in residential kitchens, but now it’s a focal point,” Salerno says.

Balancing all the stainless steel are white-painted maple and natural walnut cabinets, walnut-stained quarter-sawn oak flooring and a coffered ceiling with bead-board insets and unique molding details. “The stainless steel island surrounded with gorgeous, functional wood cabinetry and architectural detail are part of the charm of this kitchen,” Salerno says

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enlarge | The family enjoys breakfast at the booth and uses it for additional seating when entertain­ing. Leaded glass windows (salvaged from another part of the home’s original architec­ture) filter natural light into the space.
Storage & Seating
White-painted maple cabinets and a chic backsplash of oval stainless steel tiles face one side of the island. A built-in television allows guests to catch up on the news while still visiting with the cooks. On the other side of the island is a counter with more storage, another sink and bar stools that separate the kitchen from an open space with a dining table to seat large groups.

A large refrigerator/freezer centers a perpendicular wall that also includes a glass-doored cabinet for the display of treasured plates and a breakfast booth under leaded glass windows salvaged from another part of the home.

The homeowners, who spend many hours in their kitchen, are more than happy with the end result. “It’s definitely our dream kitchen and, even though our kids are pretty much grown now (with one away at college), it’s our main gathering place and will be for many years to come,” the husband says.



Kitchen design, Peter Salerno Inc. in Wyckoff; architect, Andrew Passacantando, AIA, in Morristown; interior designer, Theresa Scelfo Designs LLC in Morristown; general contractor, George Strother of Eaglesite Management in Rockaway; wood flooring, Alite Flooring in Morristown; stainless steel island, countertops and sinks, Marlo Manufacturing in Boonton; wood cabinetry, Craft-Maid; cherry countertops, Brooks Custom in Mount Kisco, New York; honed stone countertops, Stone Surfaces Inc. in East Rutherford; Metalissimo stainless steel backsplash, Theresa Scelfo with Enzo Corsone of Wayne Tile in Ramsey; drapery in dining area, Theresa Scelfo with Ruth Reiner of Pollack & Associates; light fixtures over breakfast booth and bar area, Restoration Hardware; booth fabric, Donghia in New York City; Traulsen refrigerator and freezer and Jade Range cooktop, range, broilers and griddle, through DL Foodservice Design in Brick; hood, Rangecraft in Fair Lawn; dishwasher, Miele in Princeton; faucets Rohl; microwave drawer, Sharp.

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