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Archive Dive: A Peek Inside 15 of Our Favorite Kitchen Pantries

If you have a kitchen, you have a pantry of some sort—whether it’s a single cabinet or a designated closet-like space off your kitchen, it’s the place you store your cereals, spices, dishes, and more. The question is: How to keep it all in order?

Though you’re not likely to take a nosy peek inside the pantries of other people’s homes, who wouldn’t want to? Here, a glimpse inside 15 pantries of which we’re fond (admittedly: some highly styled, but some less so).

Architect Sheila Narusawa installed a wall of tall storage closets in her Orleans, Massachusetts, home. Here, the pantry stores cookbooks, dry goods, and baking tools. See more in Kitchen of the Week: A Streamlined Cape Cod Classic. Photograph by Matthew Williams for Remodelista.
Above: Architect Sheila Narusawa installed a wall of tall storage closets in her Orleans, Massachusetts, home. Here, the pantry stores cookbooks, dry goods, and baking tools. See more in Kitchen of the Week: A Streamlined Cape Cod Classic. Photograph by Matthew Williams for Remodelista.
In the previous iteration of photographer Aya Bracket’s Oakland kitchen, deep, narrow shelves made it impossible for her to grab the right item. Her new pantry has broad, shallow shelves on rollers. See more in Kitchen of the Week: Aya Brackett’s Hippie House Update in Oakland. Photograph by and courtesy of Aya Brackett.
Above: In the previous iteration of photographer Aya Bracket’s Oakland kitchen, deep, narrow shelves made it impossible for her to grab the right item. Her new pantry has broad, shallow shelves on rollers. See more in Kitchen of the Week: Aya Brackett’s Hippie House Update in Oakland. Photograph by and courtesy of Aya Brackett.
The pantry in Food52’s staff kitchen is stocked with all kinds of sauces, vinegars, and oils. Two pullout shelves hold tin containers of dried spices that have been labeled and alphabetically organized. See Kitchen of the Week: The Ultimate Staff Kitchen in NYC. Photograph by Mark Weinberg.
Above: The pantry in Food52’s staff kitchen is stocked with all kinds of sauces, vinegars, and oils. Two pullout shelves hold tin containers of dried spices that have been labeled and alphabetically organized. See Kitchen of the Week: The Ultimate Staff Kitchen in NYC. Photograph by Mark Weinberg.
In a Portola Valley, California, kitchen by architect Malcolm Davis, the cooking range is flanked by laminated glass doors to a walk-through pantry. See the whole house in California Idyll: A Pitched-Roof Midcentury Revival with Dramatic Valley Views. Photograph by Joe Fletcher, courtesy of Malcolm Davis Architect.
Above: In a Portola Valley, California, kitchen by architect Malcolm Davis, the cooking range is flanked by laminated glass doors to a walk-through pantry. See the whole house in California Idyll: A Pitched-Roof Midcentury Revival with Dramatic Valley Views. Photograph by Joe Fletcher, courtesy of Malcolm Davis Architect.
Wiebke Liu, founder of kitchen organization firm Blisshaus, adds plastic-free order to her own Oakland, California, home. See more strategies in Blisshaus: Bringing Back the Old World Pantry, One Kitchen at a Time. Photograph by Maria Del Rio, courtesy of Blisshaus.
Above: Wiebke Liu, founder of kitchen organization firm Blisshaus, adds plastic-free order to her own Oakland, California, home. See more strategies in Blisshaus: Bringing Back the Old World Pantry, One Kitchen at a Time. Photograph by Maria Del Rio, courtesy of Blisshaus.
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Above: Look to the right and you’ll spy an open pantry. Wooden crates from Ikea keep the contents organized. See A Cost-Conscious House in Sweden that’s a Pinterest Sensation. Photograph by Markus Linderoth, courtesy of Förstberg Ling.
 Says Mill Valley, California, architect Barbara Chambers of her own pantry, “I realized this could be a fun design if I focused on what it looked like instead of what I was going to stuff in there.” See more of Barbara’s (very tidy) home in House Call: An Exercise in Order with Architect Barbara Chambers. Photograph by Andres Gonzalez for Remodelista.
Above: Says Mill Valley, California, architect Barbara Chambers of her own pantry, “I realized this could be a fun design if I focused on what it looked like instead of what I was going to stuff in there.” See more of Barbara’s (very tidy) home in House Call: An Exercise in Order with Architect Barbara Chambers. Photograph by Andres Gonzalez for Remodelista.
A tiled pantry cum wine cellar in an industrial London loft by interior designer Mark Lewis. See more in A ‘Modern Victorian’ Loft in London by Mark Lewis. Photograph by Rory Gardiner, courtesy of Mark Lewis.
Above: A tiled pantry cum wine cellar in an industrial London loft by interior designer Mark Lewis. See more in A ‘Modern Victorian’ Loft in London by Mark Lewis. Photograph by Rory Gardiner, courtesy of Mark Lewis.
 “We’re not particularly tidy people, so we had reservations about it. But we found it useful for quickly seeing what you have and don’t have, and really liked it,” says homeowner and architect Emma Perkin. They’re sold on the merits of open shelving in the kitchen: “We’re currently designing our new kitchen, and we’re going for even larger open pantry shelves,” she says. See Tricks of the Trade: 7 Small-Space Storage Tips from Emil Eve Architects. Photograph by Mariell Lind Hansen, courtesy of Emil Eve.
Above: “We’re not particularly tidy people, so we had reservations about it. But we found it useful for quickly seeing what you have and don’t have, and really liked it,” says homeowner and architect Emma Perkin. They’re sold on the merits of open shelving in the kitchen: “We’re currently designing our new kitchen, and we’re going for even larger open pantry shelves,” she says. See Tricks of the Trade: 7 Small-Space Storage Tips from Emil Eve Architects. Photograph by Mariell Lind Hansen, courtesy of Emil Eve.
Says Clare McCamy of her Mill Valley, California, kitchen, “I love our walk-in pantry. Our designer did a near-perfect job of hearing us out about what we have and what we wanted and giving us just slightly more storage than we need.” See more in Kitchen of the Week: A New-Build Kitchen in Mill Valley, CA, the Six-Month Check-Up. Photograph by Andres Gonzalez for Remodelista.
Above: Says Clare McCamy of her Mill Valley, California, kitchen, “I love our walk-in pantry. Our designer did a near-perfect job of hearing us out about what we have and what we wanted and giving us just slightly more storage than we need.” See more in Kitchen of the Week: A New-Build Kitchen in Mill Valley, CA, the Six-Month Check-Up. Photograph by Andres Gonzalez for Remodelista.
An open pantry in the North Chattanooga, Tennessee, kitchen of Local Milk blogger Beth Kirby, was designed by Jersey Ice Cream Co. and fabricated in one month. See the rest of the moody space in The One-Month Makeover: Beth Kirby’s Star-Is-Born Kitchen. Photograph by and courtesy of Beth Kirby.
Above: An open pantry in the North Chattanooga, Tennessee, kitchen of Local Milk blogger Beth Kirby, was designed by Jersey Ice Cream Co. and fabricated in one month. See the rest of the moody space in The One-Month Makeover: Beth Kirby’s Star-Is-Born Kitchen. Photograph by and courtesy of Beth Kirby.
Says photographer Abi Campbell of her kitchen pantry: “I had a funny dead space at the end of my kitchen, and Plain English suggested that I turn it into a pantry. I blew my budget here, but I love being able to see everything and getting my hands on it fast.” See the rest of the gray and white design in Reader Rehab: A Photographer’s Kitchen in London. Photograph by Matt Clayton, courtesy of Abi Campbell.
Above: Says photographer Abi Campbell of her kitchen pantry: “I had a funny dead space at the end of my kitchen, and Plain English suggested that I turn it into a pantry. I blew my budget here, but I love being able to see everything and getting my hands on it fast.” See the rest of the gray and white design in Reader Rehab: A Photographer’s Kitchen in London. Photograph by Matt Clayton, courtesy of Abi Campbell.
An old roller shade serves as a cover for pantry shelves in Justine’s summer cottage. See The Soulful Side of Old Cape Cod: Justine’s Family Cottage. Photograph by Matthew Williams for Remodelista.
Above: An old roller shade serves as a cover for pantry shelves in Justine’s summer cottage. See The Soulful Side of Old Cape Cod: Justine’s Family Cottage. Photograph by Matthew Williams for Remodelista.
In the “Bistro” kitchen by Swedish firm Ballingslöv, dark gray shelves hold the essentials behind a glass-fronted corner cabinet. See the rest in Kitchen of the Week: A Swedish Kitchen with a Place for Everything. Photograph courtesy of Ballingslöv.
Above: In the “Bistro” kitchen by Swedish firm Ballingslöv, dark gray shelves hold the essentials behind a glass-fronted corner cabinet. See the rest in Kitchen of the Week: A Swedish Kitchen with a Place for Everything. Photograph courtesy of Ballingslöv.
Architects Butler Armsden rehabbed a 1939 William Wurster home in the Pacific Heights neighborhood of San Francisco, generous pantry and artistic flair included. Photograph by Eric Rorer, courtesy of Butler Armsden.
Above: Architects Butler Armsden rehabbed a 1939 William Wurster home in the Pacific Heights neighborhood of San Francisco, generous pantry and artistic flair included. Photograph by Eric Rorer, courtesy of Butler Armsden.

N.B.: This post is an update; it was originally published on Remodelista on November 2, 2017.

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