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A family in the upscale enclave of Edina, Minnesota, looking to create their dream home—one with modern lines, an open concept floorplan, traditional design elements with touches of warmth and plenty of splashes of color—turned to the teams at John Kraemer & Sons Custom Builders, PKA Architecture, and interior design firm Rauscher & Associates to help realize their vision.

kitchen

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The client wanted to make sure the design connected the life inside of the house with the activity outside so the kitchen, with a Cambria White Cliff™ island, showcases the nature that lies just steps away.

“We actually remodeled their previous home in an adjacent neighborhood,” says John Kraemer of John Kraemer & Sons. “And it was a very traditional home with coffered ceilings, wainscoted walls, and crown molding. And they really wanted to switch it up this time. They wanted to go more modern or transitional.”

bathroom

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“Everybody wants the closet to themselves because, not only is it a wonderful space, but it’s resilient,” says Kristine Anderson of PKA Architecture. “It ties in perfectly with the vibe throughout this house.”

With that said, the homeowners commissioned a Belgian Modern gem with an exterior that toes the line between durable and playful and an interior that brings the entire aesthetic to life.

bathroom

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Cambria White Cliff countertops neutralize a bright pop of color in this bathroom.

“One of the first things you notice is that it has this very light feel and a very airy kind of personality,” says Kristine Anderson of PKA Architecture. “It has a playfulness to it where the clients wanted something that was modern but also traditional. So, it rides that line between clean lines and traditional forms. At the same time, there are places where the rules get broken. So, we might have these wonderful moments with splashes of color.”

bar area

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Durable Cambria White Cliff quartz is nonporous, making these shower shelves easy to clean.

Take, for example, the home’s bar, which features a bold orange floral wall covering juxtaposed with Cambria White Cliff countertops. Or the temperature-controlled wine room, which has vintage-inspired green cabinetry and waterfall edge White Cliff countertops.

Those same orange and green hues are again replicated in the laundry room, basement, and office with Cambria White Cliff accents keeping the colors from becoming too overpowering.

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“Our clients didn’t want an expensive wine room that you walk into,” says Anderson. “They wanted a smaller space, a temperature-controlled wine room with black doors and a White Cliff countertop.”

“Orange isn’t a color normally used in homes, so this was a really fun way to get our creativity flowing,” says Tom Rauscher, who led the interior design effort for Rauscher & Associates, of the client’s favorite shade.

bar area

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The design teams relied on bold pops of color to leaven the otherwise monochromatic home.

The generous use of Cambria’s White Cliff design throughout the space enhances that sense of lightness. Of Cambria’s many designs, White Cliff is the purest white surface. It helps brighten the pops of color throughout the home.

laundry room

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In the laundry room, a green geometric patterned tile pairs well with Cambria White Cliff countertops.

“We were all attracted to White Cliff,” says Anderson. “It’s super bright, and it’s got this great vibrant punch to it.”

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Hardworking Cambria White Cliff countertops serve as a calming presence in this work-from-home space.

While the team relied primarily on White Cliff in most of the home’s spaces, they supplemented the design with Cambria Newport™ upstairs. Cambria VP of Design Summer Kath describes Newport as “a soft, subtle, monochromatic design with some movement,” which is perfect for when “you want just a little bit of contrast and depth.”

bar area

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This fun wall covering pops thanks to Cambria White Cliff countertops.

Creating individualized experiences in each room was central to the design schematic and, while the clean lines of the home provided the bones, the pops of color lent much-needed personality.

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Cambria White Cliff quartz is scratch and stain resistant and maintenance free, making it the perfect choice for this highly trafficked mudroom.

The simplicity in both designs is their strength. “When the family moved into this home on day one, they were just ecstatic,” says Kraemer. “The owner described a typical moment in the home, ‘When I am standing at my kitchen sink, I can enjoy the beauty of the property—to me, the house feels light and airy and free.’”

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Cambria White Cliff countertops do double duty in this butler’s kitchen as an aesthetic win but also a food-safe solution for cooking and prep.

Learn more about the home in the Cambria case study here.

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