Pantry of the Week: A Dark & Dreamy Larder for Designer Emily Henderson

In order to keep her kitchen neat and serene, designer Emily Henderson carved out a spacious walk-in pantry to conceal the everyday clutter of family life: food staples, small appliances, cookbooks, water bottles, a coffee/tea station, and everything else that needs to be out of the way but easily accessible (we’re looking at you, school forms). It’s essentially her catch-all space with plenty of both storage and style.

“I like…dedicated closets/rooms to throw the mess and pretend it’s not mine. It’s part cognitive dissonance, part denial, maybe some ADHD tendencies, and definitely a byproduct of my job. Containing the mess just makes it manageable,” Emily wrote on her blog about her pantry.

Below, we take a tour of Emily’s beautifully planned pantry.

Photography by Kaitlin Green, courtesy of Style by Emily Henderson.

the pantry is just off the kitchen, via a doorway flanked by vintage windows. t 14
Above: The pantry is just off the kitchen, via a doorway flanked by vintage windows. The windows help brighten the otherwise dark pantry.

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Above: Emily chose to paint everything in Slate Tile by Sherwin-Williams. She loves the moody color but says, in hindsight, she wished she had chosen a lighter shade for the ceiling, door, and walls in order to tone down the contrast between the white walls in the kitchen and the somber blue of the pantry.

the cabinetry is by unique kitchen and bath. the hardware, outlets, and li 16
Above: The cabinetry is by Unique Kitchen and Bath. The hardware, outlets, and light switches from Rejuvenation are in Oil Rubbed Bronze to coordinate with the dark honed granite countertops. The Crawford Flush Mount light is also from Rejuvenation. The door leads to the basement.