Hi Everyone, this is part II about butlers and kitchen pantries. If you missed part I, which focused on the Victorian butler’s pantries in the Back Bay section of Boston, please go here.
This post is where I’m sharing some of my favorite butler’s and kitchen pantries from Victorian times to the present day.
Many of today’s butler’s pantries are like mini kitchens. In fact, if they added a range, many of them aren’t significantly different than a galley kitchen. However, a pantry doesn’t need to be a galley or even a walk-in situation.
Okay, let’s first look at some beautiful Victorian-era butler’s pantries.
While most of these are in the northeast, none are in Boston.
As we discussed in the last post, the butler’s pantries were where the final preparations were made before the meal was served.
After much research of the old 19th and early 20th-century butler’s pantries, I was fascinated to learn that some pantries are not the closets we associate them with. In fact, some are closer in size to a football stadium! Or at least they were in some dwellings.
Whoa! That’s the butler’s pantry?
Above, another striking and I think even more spectacular, is the butler’s pantry at the Biltmore Estate.
Above, Staatsburg House is beautifully preserved as a museum. McKim Mead and White designed it in the early 20th century. They are the iconic Beaux-Artes architectural firm that also designed the exquisite New York Public Library and many other such buildings.
If you’re interested in learning more about this historic estate and maybe going on a tour, please check out their website.
As you can see, each of these old butler’s and kitchen pantries are in a richly stained wood.
I love the antique walnut finish in an old home–especially a Victorian or Edwardian period home. The accents of wood in white kitchen pantries are handsome too.
This reminds me of the Greek Revival home we looked at a few years ago. You can see more of this lovely here. She did a fabulous facelift on her kitchen, but kept the old butler’s pantry. Gorgeous!
42 Ledge Rd. in Newport, Rhode Island, is a stunning estate once owned by Edith Wharton.
This grand estate sold not too long ago for 8.6 million. Actually, that’s not too bad for this place, in Newport, RI, with spectacular ocean views. Please check it out here.
Edith Wharton’s Newport kitchen pantry via Town & Country
Above, is another image via The Wall Street Journal.
Above is the entire kitchen pantry from the real estate listing.
Who wouldn’t want this? Actually, I just realized that this is the beautiful kitchen pantry section of the frequently posted kitchen taken by Bieke Claessens.
I love hidden kitchen pantries, and it seems they’ve become quite trendy. However, it’s a good one because when your guests congregate in the kitchen, you can make a hasty exit, shut the door, lock it and prepare your meal in peace. :] For more hidden rooms, please go here.
It doesn’t get any better than this stunning kitchen.
I don’t think it’s actually in a pantry, but it could be. However, it’s possible that once upon a time, there was a wall separating the kitchen pantry section from the rest. Great move!
In this kitchen we did several years ago, we also took down the wall because the kitchen felt cramped otherwise. In this case, it suited the house so much more; I think to do without the separate kitchen pantry. However, this side of the room acted as such with beautiful pull-out drawers.
Of course, one of my new favorite kitchen pantries is the one I helped my friend Mary with. She fell in love with the Raphael by Sandburg wallpaper. I think it looks especially nice in this pantry.
Yes. It’s one of the most popular pins on Pinterest. But, in case you haven’t seen this spectacular specimen, here it is.
This one’s too pretty to have a door on it.
Glass-fronted cabinets that end up at the gates of heaven. This is one of the prettiest little kitchen pantries and has inspired me a lot.
I adore these English pantry cabinets from Smallbone. They hold a lot in a minimal amount of space. American companies have a version of them too. Although this idea isn’t new, it certainly took a long time to come into being.
Another extraordinary kitchen pantry by Heidi Piron. She’s an incredibly talented kitchen designer.
I adore this kitchen pantry. There are many more fantastic kitchens on their website.
Below are a trio of gorgeous dark blue kitchen pantries.
Photo: Emily Followill – Lauren Deloach Interiors and T.S. Adams Studio, architects, via Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles. I love that sexy mirrored wall in this dark butler’s pantry.
A butler’s or kitchen pantry, like a powder room, is a terrific place to do a deep color or a wallpaper that would be overwhelming in a large room.
Oh man, that is some spectacular interior design. It makes me want to see the rest of the home.
Oh, how I wish that I had a collection of vintage china. Remember Nancy Keyes’ beautiful collection? And, don’t you just love that little door? I wonder what it’s for?
This is an excellent example of an old kitchen pantry that looks perfectly at home in the 21st century. I love its handsome sophistication.
Every time I see this image, I fall in love with it again. I adore all of Minnie Peter’s work.
Above, is another beauty by Jeannette Whitson.
A small section of Carolyne Roehm’s enormous and gorgeous kitchen pantry. You can see more of it, plus more of her amazing home, in the link above.
Above, is one of those kitchen pantries that everyone went nuts for several months ago when it made its debut on social media.
Fantastic and charming work by Boxwood Interiors. Please follow them on Instagram!
Above, Darryl Carter found these gorgeous doors and then had two substantial display cases made to showcase his wares in his shop in Washington, DC. I am gaga over those very shallow drawers that are more like pull-out trays. So cool!
I don’t know who took this image, but it’s the best one I could find of the entire cabinet.
And, I’m finishing off with one of the most spectacular kitchen pantries out there by Jean Stoffer.