I don’t live in a very large house, and I definitely don’t have a large kitchen, so one of the things I’m most drawn to is larger kitchens that have a ton of storage space (I have none!). And in my opinion, one of the most charming ways to have extra storage in a kitchen is with a butler’s pantry.
Historically, the butler’s pantry was a small room between the kitchen and dining room that was used for the storing of the family china, as well as a staging area for serving meals. Like many things used in the past and then discarded, butler’s pantries are no longer commonly included in today’s homes. But sometimes, the things from the past are actually better than those found now! For instance, the first house we owned had an ironing board built into the wall – best idea ever! Every time I have to drag out my ironing board I remember how wonderful it was to just open a door and pull it down!
So, though many people are no longer eating formal meals in a dining room, I still love the idea of this area. Not only is it pretty, but incredibly practical. Many people have extra sets of dishes, serving pieces that they may not use but would love to display, and many more collect silver or china. And we own way more appliances than we used to. What better way to display them than in an utterly charming space like the butler’s pantry?!
Seriously?! I’m in love! Design by Hayburn & Co.
Design by Tracy Hickman via Luxesource.
I love the simplicity of this one. Design by Brooks and Falotico.
A classic! Via Zillow.
Mick de Giulio via Better Homes and Gardens.
Love this traditional style that serves as a little hallway between the dining room and kitchen. Design by Pamela Gaylin Ryder Inc. via Houzz.
Love the wood counters in this one! Via Better Homes and Gardens.
Via Better Homes and Gardens.
Murphy & Company Design via Houzz.
Gorgeous! Design by Johnson Design Company via Houzz.
The cabinet doors here are amazing! Designed by Elevation Homes.
Loving the brass! Via Anna Braund Design.
Design by Covenant Kitchens and Baths.
This is an amazing chateau in France! Called the Castle of Moissac you can see the whole home here.
Wonderful (and organized!) pantry from Emily of Eleven Gables blog.
Via Atlanta Homes magazine.
Design by Rebecca Brandon via Home Bunch.
Grey cabinets. Via Home Bunch.
Via Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles.
Oh, to have a space to store my ironstone and silver! Perfection via Noah Webb Photography.