DIY: Pegboard Kitchen Organization Inspired by Julia Child by

Issue 57 · Haberdashery · January 28, 2013

DIY: Pegboard Kitchen Organization Inspired by Julia Child

Issue 57 · Haberdashery · January 28, 2013

If Julia Child revolutionized the way we cook, it can be argued that her beloved husband, Paul, helped revolutionize the way we organize our kitchen with his humble pegboard storage system.

Simply executed design solutions are typically borne out of necessity, as in the case with the Childs. When the couple ran out of space in their small French kitchen, Paul devised an open storage system for Julia, on which many of us continue to model our kitchens today.

Julia Child in her kitchen with background of pots and pans hung on pegboards

Above: Julia Child in her kitchen surrounded by her pegboard organization system. Knowing that his wife was a stickler for organization, Paul actually outlined the shape of each pot and pan onto the pegboard with a black marker. Everything was always in its place and at hand, critical for minimal search time.

Julia Child copper pots and pans on pegboard with outlines, Smithsonian

Above: A display of Child's pots, purchased between 1948 and 1952 when she lived in Provence, and their mapped positions at the Smithsonian Museum.

Katy Naponik, Rice Designs, DIY Pegboard Pot Rack

Above: Following these DIY Pegboard Installation instructions, blogger and mother Katy Naponik from Rice Designs installed her Pegboard Pot Rack in around four hours (two of her son's naps). The rack can be easily disassembled, a bonus for renters like Naponik and her family.

N.B.: Chasing happiness through an organized kitchen? See 1,562 images of Kitchen Organization in our Gallery of rooms and spaces.



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