Our walk in pantry was the most haphazard room in our house…

Reveal: Leclaire Pantry

March 21, 2023
Our walk in pantry was the most haphazard room in our house. The shelves were Ikea and installed by the previous owners, which coming from condo living 6 years ago, we were grateful for. However even with bins, a system that only made sense to me and all the best intentions, it was complete chaos. In the pandemic, I just started throwing things in and shutting the door to escape the mess.

Last spring, I started to dream up the possibilities for this room. With a household of 6 people, we need to buy things in bulk. One can’t stock up at Costco without a place to put everything. It was also impossible to tell what we did or didn’t have in this pantry which made be batty. The room was tight, but I knew it could work for us with custom cabinetry and careful space planning.


My first pass sketch. 

The final drawing minus the cross on the center upper cabinet I later decided to eliminate. 


Once things were demoed, you could really see how one wall of cabinets would be more functional and make the space feel larger.

Documented in the event this part of our family history would be accidentally painted over. Which it was.

While we waited for the door and drawer fronts, getting the base cabinets in meant we could have a functional pantry for the several months it took them to come in.

Paint: Farrow & Ball Teresa’s Green on the trim and cabinets, 

Wallpaper: Parete Walls “Show Me Your Peacock” 

So many things bugged me about this pantry, but one of the biggest was that this tiny space had a window, yet we didn’t get the beauty of natural light behind its solid door. I knew exactly what I wanted to do: create french doors with a brass grille in the top panel to allow all that natural light to pour in our family room. The french doors would be tricky because nothing is plum in our 1920s bungalow and they would be very narrow. But we made it happen!

The moment when everything comes together….

Our walk in pantry was the most haphazard room in our house…

Cafe curtains were the perfect finishing touch along with the best Turkish mini rug that pulled in the colors of the wallpaper.

What you can’t see when first looking into the pantry, are these shelves tucked away for display of family heirlooms and entertaining glassware.

I love a design challenge and this space was TRICKY. I hope you enjoyed seeing BTS and that it may help you to reimagine those hard working spaces in your own home.

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