30 Inspiring Butler’s and Kitchen Pantries, Old and New

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?


At the Breakers in Newport, Rhode Island. Ever been there? The Newport mansions are not to be missed. To be fair, this is the mansion of all mansions, but that’s still one massive space.



Above, another striking and I think even more spectacular, is the butler’s pantry at the Biltmore Estate.


Mills at Staatsburg incredible Butler's pantry

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.


preservation-triage-in-providence - walnut butlers pantry

The Henry Lippitt House of Providence, Rhode Island


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.


pantry greek revival historical home

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 Newport kitchen via Town & Country

Edith Wharton’s Newport kitchen pantry via Town & Country


- Wall street journal - Edith Wharton kitchen - Newport

Above, is another image via The Wall Street Journal.


42 Ledge Rd, Newport RI, Kitchen pantry

Above is the entire kitchen pantry from the real estate listing.


via – Photo Gilles Trillard

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.


Southern Living – photo: Laurey W. Glenn


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.

You can see more of this kitchen here.


Butler's Pantry Sandberg Raphael wallpaper - Honored to have helped to make this one of the best kitchen pantries.

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.


Sandberg Raphael - green

You can purchase this beautiful paper here.

For the complete source list for Mary’s kitchen, please go here.


one of the most classic kitchen pantries by Hayburn


Yes. It’s one of the most popular pins on Pinterest. But, in case you haven’t seen this spectacular specimen, here it is.


classic kitchen pantries

This one’s too pretty to have a door on it.



Tim Barber


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.


Smallbone - incredible kitchen pantries

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.

There are a lot of great storage solutions here.


Cantley & Co. one of the most perfect kitchen pantries

Cantley and Company

I adore this kitchen pantry. There are many more fantastic kitchens on their website.


Below are a trio of gorgeous dark blue kitchen pantries.


And I can’t resist sharing  Sue Di Chiara’s perfect dark blue butler’s pantry designed by Muse Interiors. It’s quite gorgeous! For the rest of the home, please click the link.


photo Emily Followill - LAUREN DELOACH INTERIORS and T.S. ADAMS STUDIO, ARCHITECTS - sexy mirrored wall dark butler's pantry

Photo: Emily FollowillLauren 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.


photo @janetmesicmackie via @jpinteriorschi - instagram - exquisite kitchen pantries

photo @janetmesicmackie via @jpinteriorschi  on Instagram


Oh man, that is some spectacular interior design. It makes me want to see the rest of the home.


Elle Decorations SE

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?


Pantry_Round_Window- Sacris Design - French Country kitchens

Pantry_Round_Window- Sacris Design




Above, is another glorious pantry featuring Raphael Sandberg in the light blue-gray colorway. You can see more of this lovely pantry in this post about French country kitchens.


cuisine-alex-macarthur_photo Gilles Trillard via Cote Maison

cuisine-alex-macarthur_photo Gilles Trillard via Cote Maison.

This is an excellent example of an old kitchen pantry that looks perfectly at home in the 21st century. I love its handsome sophistication.


minnie peters tall-glass-cabinet-doors-flank-butlers-pantry - one of my favorite kitchen pantries

Every time I see this image, I fall in love with it again. I adore all of Minnie Peter’s work.


eannette-whitson-garden-variety-design-floor-to-ceiling-cabinet-old-glass-doors - classic kitchen pantries

Above, is another beauty by Jeannette Whitson.


one kings lane_carolyne roehm_BUTLERS PANTRY 4 - fantastic kitchen pantries

via OKL

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.


@boxwoodinteriors on instagram - lovely bulter's pantry - one of the best kitchen pantries ever!


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!

BTW, thank you so much to everyone who’s now following me on Instagram!


china cabinet_DARRYL CARTER's shop butler's pantry storage via OKL

Via OKL and a fantastic article by Darryl.

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!


Darryl Carter custom display cabinetI don’t I

I don’t know who took this image, but it’s the best one I could find of the entire cabinet.


Darryl Carter via instagram - gorgeous tall arched pantry doors

And one more Darryl beauty I found on his Instagram.


Jean Stoffer Design incredible butler's pantry and one of the most gorgeous kitchen pantries ever!

And, I’m finishing off with one of the most spectacular kitchen pantries out there by Jean Stoffer.



PS: Please check out the newly updated HOT SALES!

And, for a week’s work of kitchen inspo, please go here.

If you have longer than a week, please go here. ;]


18 Responses

  1. What lovely ideas for a pantry. I am planning to build a home later in the fall and will have a pantry. Likely, not on any of these levels. There is a window in mine, which I don’t like, but for aesthetics on the outside, it must be there. I had not thought of storing my China in there, but think I will. This is one of my favorite posts. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Hello,
    I really loved the pantry with the following reference under the picture: photo @janetmesicmackie via @jpinteriorschi on Instagram
    1. What color is that blue?
    2. Are the counters stainless steel?
    Thank you.

    1. Hi Claudia,

      I’m sorry. It’s not my work. I always say match what you see. The actual color will surprise you 99% of the time. The counters look to be concrete.

  3. I vote this one of my favorite posts in a long time. I have a real thang for pantries!
    In my life before interior design, I was in catering and got to work out of the butler’s pantry at the Carolands, near my place here in California. I drooled the entire time. Not attractive for someone serving food! LoL. Here is a link. The yellow butler’s pantry was the BEST room in the house. http://carolands.org/estate-gallery/kitchens/

  4. Laurel, this is all just “WOW!” Thanks for taking the time to treat us all to a pantry tour. Each pantry holds one’s attention ~ there’s just so much detail to take in! But IMHO, Mary’s pantry wins. It is functional AND beautiful; it feels like the home I hope to create.

  5. Hi Laurel,
    Those butler’s pantries are just gorgeous. Those folks must do a lot of entertaining. I don’t entertain in my home. I live by myself & have 4 place settings that I keep in a small drawer next to my sink. It’s certainly a lot less to take care of.

    1. Hi Mary,

      So funny, but even with just me, I go through silverware and dishes like crazy. Sometimes I marvel at the giant mess I’m capable of making in a relatively short period of time, too.

  6. Every one of those pantries is gorgeous! When I see the really huge ones, I think about the truly enormous amount of china, flatware, crystal, and serving dishes that had to be stored. Didn’t the people who owned those estates host dinners for dozens of people? And when setting up for a big dinner, wouldn’t there have been an army of footmen doing the work, overseen by the butler? No wonder they needed all that square footage! In my very modest house, I have lots of kitchen storage plus a very large china cabinet stuffed with all my equipment for entertaining.

  7. I love these pantries. I plan to incorporate one in my new home (if it’s ever feasible to build again). Thank you for sharing these inspiring ideas.

  8. New to your blog and I love it. We are in the process of building a new house and was wondering if you have a blog or any advice on wood versus mdd/hdf kitchen cabinets. I have a limited budget but can’t seem to get a lot of info on the long term use of mdd/hdf, what will it look like in 10 years.
    Mary’s kitchen/pantry was lovely and inspiring, just the feel I’m hoping to produce.
    I look forward to spending time with all of you!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Welcome To Laurel Home!


Hi, I’m Laurel, and Laurel Home is the website and blog for Laurel Bern Interiors.
I’ve been creating new-traditional interiors since 1988. The blog is where I share all.

New Edition, November 2023! Get The Indispensable Guide For 100s of Home Furnishings And Interior Design Sources That Everyone Is Raving About

laurels-rolodex-final-book-cover-master 10th edition 23-24

laurel home archives


Please click the image below for more info about my rockin’ Interior Design Guides for 2024!

Laurel Home Interior Design Guides 2024
Amazon ad

please click below to check out my favorite decorating & design books

Laurel Bern's Favorite Interior Design and Decorating Books
Subscribe To The Laurel Home Blog And You Will Receive A FREE Guide Where I Share How To Get Your Paint Colors Right, The First Time.