Pantry Inspiration and Plans – Canyon View Project House

April 8th, 2013
Okay things have gotten real over here with our new house. We’re going to break ground in a few weeks and until then we’re RUSHING to get the house designed so that everything is to our exacting specifications before we even start. We had to compromise on a lot of rooms/things in the house, but one thing that we both wanted was a large pantry.
I’ve been collecting pantry ideas and am so thrilled to be able to design my very own pantry. Here is some of my awesome inspiration:
Who doesn’t want a hidden entry into a pantry:
And this pantry design was the first inspiration that I had to create a butler’s type pantry with a countertop for appliances etc.
What an awesome place for your microwave! And more open shelving – love it!
Fun barn doors leading to a very open pantry really does make it like a second kitchen.
And if you’re looking for a more elegant butler’s style pantry. I love the idea of wallpaper or patterned tile. Or possibly planked wood.
And why not do it in a fabulous color??
Baskets, shelves, cabinets and coffee!
Might as well throw in a ladder!
This one is just perfection! I think mine will look closest to this room – though I think the color will be a more bluer version of this green – so a desaturated aqua/teal.
Aren’t those all mouth-watering pantries??? I get giddy just thinking about having something similar in my house. The space that we saved for a pantry is about 16’x8′ and is right off the kitchen area so that it can be used as a second kitchen. We’ll have a sink, dishwasher, fridge, and microwave in there. I’m also including a “mom’s desk” or “command central” for all the bills, mail, homework, tasks etc. The pantry also opens into the hallway right next to the garage, so it’s a good central exit/entrance.
I’ve put together my preliminary elevation ideas (using Adobe Illustrator), I’m sure these will change a bit before the final product. Check em out:
Sink View:
You can see the profile of the shelves on the right, And then there will be a small apron sink (24″), and a single dishwasher drawer to the left. I’m so beyond excited to have a window in the pantry.
Fridge View:
A few things to note on this side – The door from the kitchen will be a pocket door – so no swing issues. I’m thinking a cute little cup cabinet next to the sink – I had an inspiration photo of this but can’t find it. Left of the door is a built-in microwave (counter height), and plate dowels above the microwave. A row of glass-door cabinets above all of that for serving ware storage. We’ll also have a full-sized fridge in here, and next to that a big metal or chalkboard message board. (the wall here is flush with the fridge because of a coat closet that is in the hallway.
Desk View:
This is where my big open shelves come into play. So excited about those (I just adore open shelving). I’ll have some pull-out baskets for onions & potatoes, and then my awesome command central with lots of mail slots, and a pin board for chores etc. We’ll also have a charging station for phones and electronics here, and a printer.
I thew in a little color just to play around with some of the ideas floating in my head. I saw this awesome black/navy hutch, and thought the color was perfect for my desk area:
And the rest of the cabinets I was thinking a desaturated blue/green color and a wood or butcher block countertop. Here’s my illustration with some color dropped in:
So that’s our pantry plan for now. I would have to say that this is the room I’m most excited about in the whole house. I can’t wait for it to be done just so I can dance around in it!  What do you think? What would you put in a butler’s pantry if you were designing it?

9 responses to “Pantry Inspiration and Plans – Canyon View Project House”

  1. Amie says:

    How fun to plan! I wish wish wish we had room for a pantry in this home. Unfortunately, the basement laundry/utility room is the only space we have to store items.

  2. Renee says:

    Those are beautiful! But if all of that is in your pantry, what’s in your kitchen??? Can’t wait to see!

  3. Patricia says:

    Love it! Especially your choices. I’d be sure to make my storage options flexible–looks like your are. You know how it is…after living in/using a space you often want to reorganize for better function/use.

    Love the colors you are considering.

    Thanks for sharing.

  4. KJ says:

    What a brilliant idea, butlers pantry! I hadn’t even thought of that, but I love the idea. So excited to see how it all comes together! Good luck – the building process is fun, but stressful.

  5. Tery says:

    LOVE all your ideas and know your new house is going to be stunning. I was looking at another blog and thought of your pantry. Check out and look at her post for Thurs. May 11th. I absolutely love the 2nd picture of “exposed” pantry. Those windows, the lights and fresh flowers! Beautiful!

  6. Lisa says:

    Great ideas. I’d make room for an ice machine. Sounds bizarre, but if you drink a lot of water, it’s nice to be able to scoop ice into you glass easily, without worrying about the fridge. Also, if you do an ice machine, your fridge doesn’t have to have one, which saves money.

    And, if you’re doing a central vacuum, make sure you have access to a vent in here for it. If not, include a vacuum of some sort, even a small one. Pantry is where you’ll spill some flour or sugar, for sure!

  7. Jen Allyson says:

    Thanks lisa, there is an ice machine in there 😀 I think we’re going to pass on the central vac though. I had one before and never really liked using it. I LOVE my wireless dyson.

  8. Nancy Cheney says:

    The best butler’s pantries that have seen. So enjoyed viewing. Nancy Cheney

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