White Shaker Cabinets with Alder Wood Floating Shelves in Rancho Santa Fe

Remodel with Large Island, White Painted Shaker Cabinets, and Alder Wood Floating Shelves for Accent

For this kitchen, great room, and laundry room remodel, the homeowner wanted to replace her previously cramped design with an open floorplan, and she wanted to maximize storage throughout by replacing her outdated, dark cabinetry (with its limited storage and lack of accessibility) without relying solely on cabinets.

To accomplish this, Holland’s built floating shelves with custom, integrated lighting. This accentuated the space plus created easy-access storage and a cohesive design flow.

We didn’t do away completely with cabinets, of course, going with white, painted uppers and lowers to add lightness to the overall look and feel. Within the cabinets, we used stained wooden shelves to provide a bit of contrast to the otherwise mostly white kitchen.

While the floating shelves enhanced the sense of openness, the cabinets allowed the client to become more organized and make the kitchen a space she could use and enjoy while entertaining friends and family.

Kitchen • Great Room • Laundry Room


In addition to floating alder wood shelves, which we used to make small areas more useable as well as to increase storage, the kitchen features lighted upper glass front cabinets.

Kitchen highlights include an alder wood, one level center island with seating, a custom farm sink, and a dishwasher featuring a custom appliance panel.

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The center island features large drawers and a detached, adjoining wet bar that functions as the perfect coffee and/or beverage area.

Other highlights include large pantry cabinets with custom rollouts, a wine bar featuring shelving with attached custom stemware racks, a built-in wine fridge, and the use of custom drawer inserts throughout to help organize silverware and other kitchen gadgets.

Great Room

While the great room carries through design elements from the kitchen, mainly in the form of color and featuring cabinets with floating shelves above, it does so in a distinctly different way. We went with doors only on the base cabinets, with no drawers. This was intentional to distinguish between typical kitchen cabinetry, which features both drawers and doors, to this more “furniture-like” approach, which conceals rollouts and adjustable shelving behind doors.

Highlights include custom built-ins to the left of the fireplace, floating box shelves above, and an alder wood mantle.

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Laundry Room

In the laundry room, where the client needed space for folding, we built cabinets around the washer and dryer so a countertop could be installed as a work surface.

Other features include lower cabinets for additional storage and upper cabinets with hanging space for laundry prep.