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A Cleverly Disguised Walk-In Pantry

Author: Linda J. Barkman
Issue: May, 2013, Page 160
Photo by Karen Shell


Walk-in pantries are a popular element in today’s Southwest homes. Here, a deep walk-in pantry disguised as an armoire is a delightful surprise in a Paradise Valley, Arizona, kitchen. Its design—a collaboration between the homeowners, architect Matt Thomas, carpenter/contractor Shawn Stole, and decorative painter Ricardo Guzman—features beautifully embellished doors, 96 cubic feet of shelving for food items, and a separate area where serving pieces may be displayed. “I really like how you open the right-hand door and what you see is a display area. So, upon entry, the initial look is always neat,” comments the lady of the house. “And with its large storage capacity, there is no need for other food storage anywhere else in the kitchen.” Another convenient touch: The pantry’s lighting is activated automatically when the door is opened or closed.
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