Blue, white and gray rule the day in this expanded Ramsey kitchen, perfect for a couple and their three sons.
As the interior designer for not one but two of the Thompson family’s homes, Debbie Crispano is more than familiar with the ins and outs of homeowner Susan Thompson’s style. So when it came to executing the grand finale of her present Ramsey home—a major renovation of the kitchen—the two women worked with Peter Salerno of Peter Salerno, Inc. in Wyckoff to create a blue-and-white masterpiece meant to endure daily use by a family with three boys—and look good while doing it.
“Susan wanted to go with a transition-al look,” explains Salerno, so MMC Construction of Clifton began the renovation by bumping out the kitchen an additional 5 feet to create more space for the large center island. Smoked mirror panels on the Sub-Zero refrigerators, one of many custom details, help make the space look more open. Salerno also incorporated the homeowner’s vision of a beautiful hearth as a focal point plus her request for a second working area by the windows.
Because the kitchen is a very active spot, it needed flooring that could withstand the daily foot traffic from her kids (and dog). Crispano made that happen with a textured porcelain-tiled floor that mimics wood grain.
While Salerno took care of the design, cabinetry and appliances, Crispano went to work on the décor. “My vision was to make it clean and aesthetically pleasing and serene, as it overlooks the beautiful backyard,” she says. Keeping in mind the family’s needs, she selected durable fabrics that play well together with the home’s transitional look. Then she added flourishes such as high-quality faux silk flower arrangements and custom cutting boards created from the countertop materials.
Says Crispano, “It’s one of the prettiest kitchens I’ve done.” Susan Thompson agrees.