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Saturday, June 19, 2010

A Peek Into My Pantry

When we first began to think about our new home and the rooms that we wanted within , not once had it dawned on me to create a separate space for the storage of our better china, linen and silver or to have a designated preparation area for large dinner parties. I mean all of this was supposed to happen inside the kitchen, right? But once the suggestion of adding a Butler's pantry had been made by our architect, I was smitten with the idea!

Of course I googled like crazy to come up with a design scheme that would suit and I came across several wonderful images and ideas to guide me on my pursuit of the Ultimate Butler's Pantry- well ultimate to me at least! One of the most enjoyable and informative sources of inspiration came in the form of the refreshing blog Willow Decor. The posts on the author's Butler's pantry and Kitchen renovation are just incredible , robust with information. Please do check them out here and here.

So here it is!

My penchant for black kitchens lives on in my new Butler's Pantry! I really am happy with the decision to use black to add to the room's sophistication and to transition the space from kitchen to dining room. I do hope that you all like it.

A view from the dining room looking in.

The countertops and backsplash is the same polished Arabescato marble that we used in the kitchen. Bin pulls and knobs courtesy of Restoration Hardware and cupboard latches from Cliffside Industries as recommended on Willow Decor.

This shot taken from my kitchen. It's a very narrow space so with my low tech camera it's very hard to get a good wide shot.

On the top, the hanging shelves have glass windows and shelves. One day when I buy a better
camera (and learn how to use it!) I hope to be able to take better shots.


  1. Beautiful contrast! Love the white marble! Who's your supplier? btw, I have a Canon G-11. Takes very nice low light shots--makes my pictures look like I know what I'm doing!

    Have to get off my travel posts and into my interiors too--infinitely more inspiring. Actually, I can't decide...ah, to be so multifaceted. >:)

  2. Hi! My supplier is Euroasia for the marble. Everyone has been suggesting that I buy that camera! One of these days I'll get around to it- when I can afford it!

  3. What a wonderful Butler's pantry!! I adore the black cabinets and marble. Truly a beautiful job. Glad I could help in my small way!! Also your kitchen is gorgeous!! I LOVE IT!!!! Can't wait to see more photos.

  4. Thank you Willow Decor! Having you comment on my blog is like having a celebrity over for dinner! I will be posting more soon
    Thanks- Alicia