Cooking-Family Style

Blue, white and gray rule the day in this expanded Ramsey kitchen, perfect for a couple and their three sons.

A palette of white, blue and gray creates a warm and inviting space anchored by a large center island topped with white Danby marble that’s perfect for prep work or entertaining. The hearth above the stainless steel Wolf range serves as a focal point, accented by a Calcatta marble backsplash and Thassos tile in a chevron pattern. Recessed and three scalloped linen-and-glass fixtures illuminate the kitchen workspaces.

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.


The smoked mirrors on the side-by-side Sub-Zero refrigerators with freezer drawers and stainless steel Wolf microwave drawer break up the white cabinetry. Silestone countertops in Haze contrast with the wood-like porcelain floor. Oversize polished-nickel hardware coordinates with the Brizo Artesso faucets over the kitchen’s two sinks. Custom trellis-patterned window treatments frame the large set of windows overlooking the yard.

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.


The wall paint is Sherwin-Williams Notable Hue; the color recurs within the trellis-patterned white-and-blue wallpaper in the hall. Seating includes functional swivel stools with nailhead trim and a laminated finish, along with a large wood pedestal table and a pair of upholstered chairs that mirror the color scheme.

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