Saturday, July 4, 2009


It's the place where we store punch bowls for parties and pots large enough to boil a lobster—none of which is needed everyday. It's also the CostCo closet, where we store items bought in bulk like paper towels. And in my current home, as well as the one I renovated previously, it's proved the trick to cutting a kitchen renovation budget in half. 
My kitchen today consists of a large island with storage on two sides, a tiny builtin wall unit with only two sets of doors, and a large, multipurpose walk-in pantry. No walls covered from floor to ceiling with little boxes, no deep drawers to fumble around in on bent knees. The pantry holds the bulk of our kitchen storage instead. Pans hang from the ceiling, and pots sit stacked in cubbies. After all, who cooks with all at a time? Even the coffeemaker, used once daily, sits plugged-in on its own dedicated shelf in the pantry. 
Every inch of the pantry is open storage, which explains the savings in terms of kitchen cabinetry costs. We find is easier to walk in, see what you're looking for and grab it quickly. But style plays a role as well. It's just too much fun to prop those few shelves you see at the pantry's entrance. In my last house (featured in the Spring 2009 issue of Better Homes & Gardens Kitchen Makeovers magazine), I tiled one wall just inside the pantry's doorway with honed travertine
bricks to add an extra layer of texture. In our current home, a large print of a Savarin coffee can by Jasper Johns (above, left) graces the pantry's entrance. 
Of course, providing Mouse her own comfy spot to rest away from the fray of meal prep is another big pantry perk. Why, when I'm lucky enough to live with her, would I ever invite her to sit anywhere but close by?  


  1. Oh how I wish I had had a photo of your gorgeous pantry featuring the delightful mouse when I did a post on them.

    Well done!

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