Designer Diaries: The Pantry

Earlier this week I asked for opinions on adding molding to this kitchen built-in on Instagram Stories. The response was unanimously in favor of molding. Being able to ask this community for feedback has been amazing. It got me thinking about what I wanted to share today for Designer Diaries. You might have seen my post about the kitchen but I figured the pantry should get its own post since there’s so much going on and I am so excited about this space.


The pantry was an area of the home that I immediately loved. I love how it’s visible from the dining room. I love thinking through the history of how it was probably originally used when a live-in staff probably would work out of the space. The existing cabinets have been well loved. They’re pretty worn out and broken. The space also had two additional small closets which weren't very practical as well. I decided to open it all up to make the pantry more functional. It will make for a bigger pantry as well as make better use of the chopped up space. It was a main priority to incorporate the details of a traditional pantry. I incorporated a dental molding in the crown, added some antique mirrors and display shelves for pretty dishes and brought in some wood tones at the back of the bookcase and the counter. 

Like most designers, I love to entertain (did you see our Thanksgiving tablescape?) so I have a large collection of dishes and entertaining pieces. I’m excited that this pantry will have glass doors and open shelving in some areas where I can display these pretty pieces!

Originally I was wanting to do wood floors but after thinking through the historical character of the home, I am leaning towards tile in this area for that traditional feel. The tile I’m thinking of has a black and white border and then small herringbone marble on the inside with marble on the outside. A very classic look!

For light fixtures, I’m thinking of a few beautiful pieces that are dressy enough for the space but also period appropriate. 

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The other side of the pantry will be used as a craft room. I love that this space became large enough to be multifunctional once the closets were removed.

I can’t wait for it to come together and to show you the final result. Would you do anything differently? How would you use this extra storage space to make your home more functional?

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