Tuesday, March 15, 2011

A new twist on an old classic....Butlers pantries!

Good morning...the situation in Japan sadly is evolving, to become an even more catastrophic one than what was originally suggested. I had a feeling that the death toll and level of destruction would be great, with such a devastating earthquake. All we can do is pray for the people of Japan and ask God to look over and protect them and help them with the recovery process. On our end, we should all take the time to give thanks for even the smallest things.....if it shows us one thing, it is that life is more precious than we can possibly imagine and we must covet and cherish what we have.
I came across this short, to the point list of ways we can help through Time's newsfeed....click 
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I love the look of a beautiful old world butlers pantry. Especially if the ceilings are nice and tall and the cabinets are taken straight up. Butlers pantries have made a comeback and a big one at that! Once used in larger, grander traditional homes, they are now being put into all styles and sizes of homes, more than ever. They were traditionally used for storage, for things like silver, linens, china services,etc.....now they are used for everything from storage to prep to serving. And it has been told that this is one of the most requested rooms in new construction since the mid 1990's.....interesting, how the old eventually becomes the new again.
Pantries can be as small as a single hutch or as large as a kitchen..but suffice to say there are so many fabulous things one can do when designing a butlers pantry..... whether to go all the way up to the ceiling with the cabinets even if it means creating smaller boxed cabinetry on top that might never get used. Whether to use all wood, glass or metal screened doors or a combination of the three. What kind of counter tops to use..I am always a huge fan of marble. What kinds of appliances, sinks,etc..you might need and of course establishing what the needs are of the butlers pantry.
 Will this really be used as a smaller prep kitchen or is it just another beautiful space to store and display gorgeous things? Beautiful things can come in small packages as is evidenced by the gorgeous spaces in today's post. i think its all about scale, execution, texture, and of course the finish. Lighting helps as does the selection of counter tops and back splashes. So many variables..no wrong or right away..it all comes down to personal taste, budget and style. I love each and every one of these......do you have a favorite? How do you like to use a butlers pantry? Would you want one?

Tish Key designed this stunning dramatic black stained butlers pantry
Morgan Creek designed this attractive green glazed pantry with lots of glass
I like the glass sliding doors leading to this pantry with plenty of open shelves
This is neat, a door leading to the open shelved pantry has a chalk board application...what better place to jot things down! Atticmag
Gorgeous gray butlers pantry, belongs to Gina of Willow Decor..love how it goes all the way up to the ceiling and of course all that glass makes for a dramatic space!
You can get funky, here an interior barn door against a chalk board wall is the entrance to this pantry...atticmag
Crown point went all the way up in this attractive small butlers pantry
Wow this is dramatic...a blue lacquered butlers pantry, tons of space and really different! Colleen Fox Interiors
Beautiful tall creamy white butlers pantry, love the water German water glass, Maurys Place
Beautiful dark wood stained butlers pantry topped with luxurious white marble..a winner!
Beautiful dramatic all lead glassed doored pantry, by Morgan Creek
Something about a white pantry topped with dark counter tops and lots of glass that is classic
Habersham created this black distressed butlers pantry/hutch
Incredible pantry lined with glass fronted cabinets...an abundance of space with a small island!
Dransfield and Ross designed this cozy old fashioned feeling butlers pantry
Love this rich dark navy butlers pantry in all its glossy finished glory!
This gorgeous pantry in all its creamy white glory used brass hardware to dress it up
Apply green pantry..love the ladder, the glass cabinets and the open plates for shelving...not sure about the color though...Colleen Fox
Cozy and traditional painted butlers pantry, love the checkerboard floor, photo by Bill Leddon
Fabulous creamy colored butlers pantry with pretty leaded glass, Morgan Creek
A multi purpose pantry with pull out shelves and lots of storage by Superior woodcraft
Lots of open shelving in this country feeling butlers pantry
Habersham designed this distressed green glazed pantry, interesting scroll work on the doors
A butlers pantry that doubles as a pretty decorative hutch
Beautiful art deco feeling butlers pantry, gorgeous teak countertops, Willowbrook
One of my all time favorites, the color, all the glass, the marble and the hardware...all beautiful
Elizabeth Kimberly designed this pretty gray painted hutch/butlers pantry
Kitchen Lab created this small pantry off the main kitchen, love the black walls and marble!
Morgan Creek designed this fabulous gray/green butlers pantry..love the dimaond leaded glass...beautiful!
This is a mega pantry! With another set of full appliances, it is the ultimate prep pantry.
A small set of glass french doors leads to this small pantry....lovely
Morgan Creek designed this gorgeous pantry with a heavy glazing and lots of glass doors for displaying....nicely done
This large European feeling pantry was painted in a pale blue with white hardware
This is different, a wall of books leads to a glass doored pantry full of open shelving!

So what do you think? Anything you absolutely love? Do you think a butlers pantry serves a real purpose beyond a pretty display room? Would you want one? Would love to know! Have a wonderful day!