When we built this home in 2010 I knew I wanted a pantry off the kitchen with tons of kitchen cabinetry storage. We also love to host parties and I wanted my pantry to service as a bar sometimes and a hidden work station other times. Last, I wanted this walk-in pantry to operate as any office would, with an office desk, utility drawer and file cabinet. A walk-in pantry with an office desk and more? That’s not too much to ask, is it?
- Hide away all of my pots, pans, large kitchen accessories, dry groceries and canned goods
- Function as an out-of-sight work station during large parties (place to hide the party mess)
- Open up as a wine bar for smaller parties
- Operate as a real working office with a desk
Below is a photo of my kitchen. The arch to the right leads you to the walk-in-pantry behind the kitchen.
The long open countertop transitions to a wine bar and the under cabinet lighting illuminates this space really well in the evening. As you can see, my love for reclaimed barn wood made its way into this area as backsplash.
I know you’re thinking I must have amazing will-power to display these delicious cupcakes from Gourmet Goodies just inches away from my desk??? Think again, my friends! These confectionary favorites will be gone as soon as this photo shoot is over! No shame!
Love Me Some Lilac
Although the lilac is New Hampshire’s state flower, lilacs are a huge deal here in Upstate, New York. People have been celebrating this beautifully fragrant flower since 1898 when 3,000 viewers gathered one May day in Rochester to celebrate the blooms. In 1908 the first Lilac Festival was organized and today, over 100+ years later, over 500,000 viewers come together to celebrate the lilac bloom. I LOVE the way the lilac fills my home with the most incredibly beautiful and intoxicating fragrance. The tiny petals in various shades of purple have a strong association with love and romance throughout history.
I keep this antique mirrored tray filled with flowers and a variety of wines. Should anyone ever pop over I’m ready to transform into the “hostess with the mostess”.
The desk drops down to seating height. The two drawers to the left serve as my “office” drawers. The top one is my utility drawer and the bottom one is my file cabinet.
The Turkish throw on the desk stool has our home’s name, Bella Nido, embroidered on it.
The tall wall cabinetry to the left of the desk is only 12″ deep. This is where I store all of my dry goods like canned foods and cereal and my baking ingredients, like flour, baking soda, sugar, etc… I also use the lower bottom half of the tall cabinet closest to the desk to hide all of my other office items I regularly access. The oversized window allows in a ton of natural light.
Mission accomplished! I have the all-in-one walk in pantry that does it all and I love it! Now for those cupcakes…