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Pantry of the Week: A Dark & Dreamy Larder for Designer Emily Henderson

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Pantry of the Week: A Dark & Dreamy Larder for Designer Emily Henderson

July 13, 2023

In order to keep her kitchen neat and serene, designer Emily Henderson carved out a spacious walk-in pantry to conceal the everyday clutter of family life: food staples, small appliances, cookbooks, water bottles, a coffee/tea station, and everything else that needs to be out of the way but easily accessible (we’re looking at you, school forms). It’s essentially her catch-all space with plenty of both storage and style.

“I like…dedicated closets/rooms to throw the mess and pretend it’s not mine. It’s part cognitive dissonance, part denial, maybe some ADHD tendencies, and definitely a byproduct of my job. Containing the mess just makes it manageable,” Emily wrote on her blog about her pantry.

Below, we take a tour of Emily’s beautifully planned pantry.

Photography by Kaitlin Green, courtesy of Style by Emily Henderson.

the pantry is just off the kitchen, via a doorway flanked by vintage windows. t 17
Above: The pantry is just off the kitchen, via a doorway flanked by vintage windows. The windows help brighten the otherwise dark pantry.
emily chose to paint everything in slate tile by sherwin williams. she loves th 18
Above: Emily chose to paint everything in Slate Tile by Sherwin-Williams. She loves the moody color but says, in hindsight, she wished she had chosen a lighter shade for the ceiling, door, and walls in order to tone down the contrast between the white walls in the kitchen and the somber blue of the pantry.
the cabinetry is by unique kitchen and bath. the hardware, outlets, and li 19
Above: The cabinetry is by Unique Kitchen and Bath. The hardware, outlets, and light switches from Rejuvenation are in Oil Rubbed Bronze to coordinate with the dark honed granite countertops. The Crawford Flush Mount light is also from Rejuvenation. The door leads to the basement.
emily decants beans, nuts, and other bulk items in kilner clip top jars. &# 20
Above: Emily decants beans, nuts, and other bulk items in Kilner Clip Top Jars. “I bought three sets of eight in different sizes and really really love how they look,” she wrote.
emily keeps snacks, packaged staples, and a basket of onions in the large half  21
Above: Emily keeps snacks, packaged staples, and a basket of onions in the large half drawers, and bread and bagels in the Amish Bread Box.
a favorite feature: a slim vertical drawer that&#8\2\17;s stocked with cann 22
Above: A favorite feature: a slim vertical drawer that’s stocked with canned goods.
a home behind closed doors for unattractive kitchen essentials, like the blende 23
Above: A home behind closed doors for unattractive kitchen essentials, like the blender, water bottles, and disposable dinnerware. The Round Wire Storage Baskets are by Hearth & Hand with Magnolia, from Target.
and the pièce de résistance—the tea and coffee station. 24
Above: And the pièce de résistance—the tea and coffee station.
the microwave is kept on its own little built in shelf with retractable doors.  25
Above: The microwave is kept on its own little built-in shelf with retractable doors. (See 11 Strategies for Hiding the Microwave.)

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N.B.: This story originally appeared on our sister site The Organized Home on April 7, 2023.

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Frequently asked questions

Who is Emily Henderson?

Emily Henderson is an interior designer and author known for her approachable, eclectic design style. She has been featured on HGTV's 'Design Star' and has her own design blog.

What is a pantry design?

A pantry design refers to the layout and organization of a pantry space in a kitchen or pantry room. It involves optimizing the storage space and creating functional and aesthetically pleasing storage solutions.

Why is pantry design important?

Pantry design is important because it helps maximize storage space and makes it easier to access and organize food items and kitchen supplies. A well-designed pantry can streamline meal preparation and reduce clutter in the kitchen.

What are some key features of a well-designed pantry?

Some key features of a well-designed pantry include ample storage shelves or cabinets, adjustable shelving, clear containers for dry goods, proper lighting, and effective organization systems such as labels or categorization.

What are some tips for organizing a pantry?

Some tips for organizing a pantry include grouping similar items together, using clear storage containers to see contents easily, labeling shelves or containers, utilizing vertical space with hooks or racks, and regularly decluttering expired or unused items.

How can I make the most of a small pantry space?

To make the most of a small pantry space, consider using stackable storage containers, installing adjustable shelving, utilizing the back of the pantry door with hooks or racks, and implementing a rotation system for items to ensure nothing goes unused or expired.

What are some popular pantry design trends?

Some popular pantry design trends include walk-in pantries with sliding barn doors, open shelving for a modern and minimalist look, incorporating a pantry into the kitchen cabinetry for a seamless design, and using glass jars or canisters for a stylish display.

Where can I find more pantry design inspiration?

You can find more pantry design inspiration from interior design websites, home improvement magazines, social media platforms like Pinterest and Instagram, and by consulting with professional interior designers or kitchen remodelers.

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