Hello again! Are you ready for another tour?? Last time I shared all of the little details of our laundry room and today it’s all about our PANTRY!! This is another space (much like our laundry room!) that turned out SO much better than I had envisioned! I’ve ALWAYS dreamed of having a pantry so I’m pretty head over heels for this one! However, if I had the chance to go back in time, I would have stuck with the same finishings and colours but I would have built this space from SCRATCH!
Our pantry is on the second level of our house, just a few steps down from our kitchen and while the different levels add character, the flow of it messes with my head! I wish the pantry was right next to the kitchen, on the same floor, because I find it to be a bit of a pain in the ass to go down the set of stairs to grab something when I’m in the middle of baking or cooking. First world problems, I know … but that aside, I REALLY DO love my pantry!!
Ps. How beautiful is this cake?? Yes … it’s real and it’s VEGAN!! It was made by a friend by the name of Cakes by Laur, who lives right here in Kelowna!!
Wait … there’s one more little itsy bitsy issue … but it’s not really an issue, just more of a heads up for those who might be building a pantry! Because we installed this beautiful oval window from PlyGem, we tend to get quite a bit of sunshine coming through this space which makes it difficult to store things like onions and potatoes without them sprouting! LOL! I mean, I COULD store them in a drawer or a cabinet but they’re already filled with my other items, plus, you can’t beat the view of the mountains from our pantry!!
Some of you might be wondering right now why I even decided to have a window installed in the pantry in the first place, and to be honest, I did it for a couple of reasons! One was for the view, and the other was so that I could get natural light pouring in here so I could take photos of the space … kind of impractical, I know, but hey, it’s what I love to do! LOL!
I remember spending so much time mulling over this space, I wanted it to be as functional as possible, I would think about how I would organize it and spend hours in my old kitchen measuring cereal boxes and the heights of cans and jars to make sure I was allowing for enough room for everything! Once I knew the approximate size of things I was able to start wrapping my head around which dry goods and kitchen supplies would go where! Not only is this where we store some of our food, but it’s also where we store our baking sheets, party and baking supplies, and of course, our candy drawer is in here as well! LOL!
When I first envisioned stocking our pantry, I thought for sure the open shelves would be filled with more food but when I started putting things away, I realized I had a ton of cookbooks (check out some of my faves here!), and antique jars and scales that I wanted to keep on display, so most of the food in our pantry is found in the drawers below and in the cupboards! However, any food that you see on the floating shelves or directly on the counter is used on the regular!
Pro Tip: We actually love going to Bulk Barn to stock up on our nuts, popcorn, and nutritional yeast, buying in bulk not only saves money and waste, but it also looks pretty displayed in beautiful jars and canisters!
The cabinets were designed by Home Image Interiors and made and installed by Kelowna Innovative Cabinets, they did an AMAZING job for a small local company, especially when I barely gave them any direction or drawings as to what I wanted! I think they did a pretty good job executing my vision. We decided to paint the cabinets the same colour as the kitchen cabinets, which is “Nimbus” (from the Classic Collection!) from Benjamin Moore Kelowna! The hardward has a super traditional feel which I love, the cabinet pulls are the Country Traditional Cup Pulls from Schaub (you can purchase them here!).
The pantry is adjacent to the laundry room so we decided to carry the same flooring into this space, which is the beautifully retro, Atlas 1 from the Cement Tile Shop! You’ll also notice that we used the same shiplap finish from Woodtone on the walls and ceiling in the pantry as we did in the main entryway! I decided to go with the Schoolhouse Pendant from Wayfair to give it a nostalgic feel, as always, the lighting in this space is from the fine folks at Sylvania and the stunning countertops are from Caesarstone!
What feature do you think you would love to see in your pantry?? Make sure to share your thoughts in the comments section below!
Photographed: Janice Nicolay
Pot Lights: Sylvania
Electrical: Bridge Energy
Floor Tile: Cement Tile Shop
Schoolhouse Pendant: Wayfair
Cake: Cakes By Laur
Oval Window: Plygem
Cabinet Design: Clarice Maidment from Home Image Interiors
Cabinets: Kelowna Innovative Cabinets
Cup Pulls: Schaub
Paint: Benjamin Moore Kelowna
Justin and I are so excited to work with all of the above-mentioned companies throughout our renovation and we’re so grateful for partnering with some of them on this huge project of ours!!! Stay tuned for more updates!!