Traditional White Kitchen - EaganTraditional Kitchen, Minneapolis

Location: Eagan, MN, USA

This family of five wanted an inviting space to gather with family and friends. Mom, the primary cook, wanted a large island with more organized storage – everything in its place – and a crisp white kitchen with the character of an older home.

Design an island that could accommodate this family of five for casual weeknight dinners.

Create more usable storage within the existing kitchen footprint.

Design a better transition between the upper cabinets on the 8-foot sink wall and the adjoining 9-foot cooktop wall.

Make room for more counter space around the cooktop. It was poorly lit, cluttered with small appliances and confined by the tall oven cabinet.

A large island, that seats 5 comfortably, replaced the small island and kitchen table. This allowed for more storage including cookbook shelves, a heavy-duty roll out shelf for the mixer, a 2-bin recycling center and a bread drawer.

Tall pantries with decorative grilles were placed between the kitchen and family room. These created ample storage and helped define each room, making each one feel larger, yet more intimate.

A space intentionally separates the upper cabinets on the sink wall from those on the cooktop wall. This created symmetry on the sink wall and made room for an appliance garage, which keeps the countertops uncluttered.

Moving the double ovens to the former pantry location made way for more usable counter space around the cooktop and a dramatic focal point with the hood, cabinets and marble backsplash.

Special Features:
Custom designed corbels and island legs lend character.
Gilt open lanterns, antiqued nickel grilles on the pantries, and the soft linen shade at the kitchen sink add personality and charm.
The unique bronze hardware with a living finish creates the patina of an older home.
A walnut island countertop adds the warmth and feel of a kitchen table.
This homeowner truly understood the idea of living with the patina of marble. Her grandmother’s marble-topped antique table inspired the Carrara countertops.

The result is a highly organized kitchen with a light, open feel that invites you to stay a while.

Liz Schupanitz Designs

Photographed by: Andrea Rugg

Example of a mid-sized classic u-shaped dark wood floor kitchen design in Minneapolis with an undermount sink, shaker cabinets, white cabinets, marble countertops, white backsplash, stone tile backsplash, stainless steel appliances and an island —  Houzz
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This photo has 12 questions
lindsayefox wrote:Jun 28, 2015
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    Liz Schupanitz Designs

    With the Ceiling Height and the 48" depth, I would consider one Medium Darlana. If you want two, the 12 1/2" would work also, but I usually lay it out to scale in an elevation to make sure. The mini's seem too small, especially for the 15' ceiling.

  • Stacy McMillan

    Thank you. That's very helpful.

sahai6 wrote:Jan 25, 2017
  • Tara Forcier

    Thank you!! I have a sample cabinet in white dove. Just redid my sunroom trim in simply white. Trying to decide between the two colors for my kitchen Reno and I'm driving myself bananas. I like both... But worried white dove is too ivory and simply white is too white.

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    Liz Schupanitz Designs

    Try Benjamin Moore Capitol White if you want another clean white with some warmth without going to ivory. It's a beautiful color and is part of the Williamsburg collection which was introduced a few years ago.

coupbrown wrote:Jan 28, 2017
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    Kitchen Magic

    The contrasting island in black really grounds the kitchen design. The stools are perfect. Same color as the cabinets. nailed it!

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    Liz Schupanitz Designs

    Thanks! Actually the stools are a very soft minty gray. The photo is skewing the color a bit.

laurhamilton25 wrote:Oct 2, 2016
  • tricia Maddox

    I just saw those at Ethan Allen - worth the price??

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    Liz Schupanitz Designs

    I think so! I am working with the client on her bathrooms now and spent quite a few hours sitting on these chairs and thought they were comfortable.

Courtney Harper wrote:Feb 6, 2016
  • twogoldensandawestie

    Clearance between the edge of the island (the side with the seating) and the cabinets? I have a kitchen which is 12'8" wide and I'm concerned about putting an island like this in.

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    Liz Schupanitz Designs

    There is about 47" between the edge of the seating side of the island and the counter behind it. That is the distance for the farthest chair. All the rest of the chairs have 56" between counter edge and wall.

    This island is 42" wide, countertop to countertop and is the minimum you need with full depth cabinets on one side and knee room for sitting on the open side. With a 12'8" kitchen that would leave you 41" from countertop to countertop on the seating side. According to the NKBA guidelines, you need 44" from countertop to countertop or wall to walk past someone seated at the island and 36"to edge past. It's a little tight and would depend on what you have on the wall behind the seating.

livinwell50 wrote:Jan 12, 2016
  • tricia Maddox

    do you think this gray is a pure gray or leans a little blue? i love all of your kitchens I remember Casa Verde as my mom lives nearby I am redoing one and having a hard time with picking a gray, I am more of a blue person but will have blue leather couch nearby on red/blue oriental rug.


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    Liz Schupanitz Designs

    Hi Tricia,

    Thank you! Yes, it is definitely a blue gray - one of my favorites! This kitchen has mostly West facing lighting. I would think it would look good with a blue leather couch but it just depends on what the undertones of the blue couch are - whether it leans more gray/black blue or a green blue.

    Also, check out my Edina Kitchen and Hearth project - that is also BM Coventry Gray, but is East lighting and you can see how the color changes in different photos.

Caroline Corr wrote:Sep 27, 2015
  • Betsy Douglass

    Liz, are these Darlana Medium or Small? Curious as I think this looks like 9 ft ceilings , please let me know :)

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    Liz Schupanitz Designs

    Betsy, yes they are 9 ft ceilings and it is the Darlana Medium.

michellereiff wrote:Aug 20, 2017
katesmom23 wrote:May 9, 2017
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    Liz Schupanitz Designs

    Without knowing the dimensions of the room or even seeing it, I can't really say. I would recommend finding complementary lighting to one or the sounds like too much of the same to me.

Jennifer Casey Reyes wrote:Aug 5, 2015
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    Liz Schupanitz Designs

    The hardware is Ashley Norton and the finish is Light Bronze. The pull is the Fleur-de-Lis.

dbrenn1 wrote:Aug 3, 2015
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    Liz Schupanitz Designs

    The homeowner hired the wood floor contractor so I'm not sure of the stain color. I remember it being a mix of 2 colors. The size is probably 2 1/2 -3".

What Houzzers are commenting on:

nancysue85 added this to New kitchenSep 10, 2019

Ample seating with bar height seats that have backs.

karenbirkhead added this to 2019 kitchen karen favoritesSep 4, 2019

favorite kitchen if we could make happen

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