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6 Beautiful, Functional Pantries You’ll Actually Want to Hang Out In

Melissa Valladares

A small island acts as a focal element that can be used for cutting, prep work or food layout in this pantry. A small skylight above provides filtered daylight to further brighten the room. “The main entertaining zones of the house are set up to be clean spaces,” says architect Erik Koss. “The pantry became a place where items—including spice and seasoning bottles, baking/cooking staples, containers, utensils and recipes—could be more accessible and left out in the open for easy access while still looking clean and organized. The space is a functional, friendly and ready to work hard.”

These captivating cupboards prove that even functional spaces can be stylish.

A good pantry has the power to go beyond stowing crockpots and cereal boxes. With the right design choices, it can become a multitasking powerhouse—and an extension of the kitchen. “Even the smallest rooms can be used to solve a multitude of design issues by using creative solutions and thinking a little outside of the box,” says architect Erik Koss. “Pantries can accommodate room for countertop appliances, a small area for cooking/baking prep, as well as secondary cooking appliances. They can become not only functional but also inviting, comfortable spaces that are enjoyable to work in.” We asked local aesthetes to share their most handsome hideaways, whether walk-in, built-in, freestanding or butler’s style.

Nick Sorensen

“This English countryside-inspired pantry is the direct result of the owner’s and my shared obsession with ‘Downton Abbey,’” says interior designer Jenny Slingerland, referencing the popular British historical drama TV series. Teal cabinetry, floral accents and an apron sink would be perfectly at home in a charming rural garden cottage—or the early 20th century Yorkshire scullery popularized in the show.

Jason Black

This practical design by Classy Closets features various sizes of metal baskets, drawers for hidden storage, outlets, horizontal dividers for pans and adjustable shelving. “The homeowner had a spacious area for their pantry, so our goal was to make it feel open, bright and inviting,” says designer Jim Tattersall. The team used white melamine shelving for its aesthetic quality and durability.

Kevin Kaminski

Homeowner Debbie Bloy’s passion for exploring other cultures echoes in her curated collection of dishware, many of which she acquired on her adventures around the world. “Yes, I have an entire pantry for dishes, serving and entertaining things,” quips the interior designer, author and former restaurateur. “I just love them.” White cabinetry and a crystal chandelier create a neutral yet elegant backdrop for a confection of colors and patterns.

Mark Lipczynski

The COVID pandemic inspired homeowners to trade a standard pantry for a more versatile butler style with multiple functions and amenities. “We zoned it for party cleanup, with a sink and dishwasher, a coffee bar, beverage refrigerator and storage of food and tableware,” says interior designer Wendy Black Rodgers. “The room also includes a secret door to a small, hidden kids’ closet/playroom for future grandkids.”

Girls at Flourish

By using the same palette of ivory and gold as found in the adjacent kitchen, interior designer Emily Yeates was able to create a steady flow between the two spaces. “We opted to maintain a consistent color scheme and use the same materials in the pantry as in the kitchen,” says the designer. A second sink and Wolf appliances extend the functionality—and provide a space to stash dirty dishes away from the main entertaining space. “By fusing these elements into the pantry, we created a culinary hub that not only enhances the overall look but also meets practical needs and fosters an inviting environment for hosting.”



Architect: Erik Koss, AIA, NCARB, LEED, A.P., Koss design + build, Phoenix, Cabinets, countertops, open shelving, glass backsplash, island and task lighting: Skylight (by Solatube): The Skylight Guys, Phoenix, Window (by Fleetwood Window): Sienna Custom Window and Door, Scottsdale,

Architectural designer: Gary Wyant, Calvis Wyant Design Group, Scottsdale, Builder: Calvis Wyant Luxury Homes Project manager: Hans Balazs,

Interior design: Jenny Slingerland, Black Ink Interiors, Scottsdale, Builder: Starwood Custom Homes, Chandler, Cabinetry: Premium Millwork, Phoenix, (480) 754-9204. Tile: Paint: Sink: Faucet: Hardware: Art: Light: Flooring: Facings of America, Phoenix,

Closet designer: Jim Tattersall, Classy Closets, Organization and staging: Neat Method, Scottsdale,
Architect: Erik Peterson, AIA,NCARB, PHX Architecture, Scottsdale, Builder: Schultz Development, Scottsdale, Interior designer: Wendy Black Rodgers, Wendy Black Rodgers Interiors, Scottsdale,

Interior designer: Emily Yeates, Urban Revival, Phoenix,


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