Most of us need a flashlight, not a ladder, to find what we want in our pantries and cupboards. But one couple in Georgia built a wall full of 4-inch shelves, just wide enough for a single jar, so that everything is out in the open...This pantry is part of a sprawling kitchen that's big and open but still feels very cozy, thanks to old pieces of furniture and warm, well-used accessories. The room looks like it was put together over time—almost as if the space weren't a kitchen at all to begin with.
A big reason it feels so eclectic is that much of the couple's belongings are hanging from the ceiling or on top of the counters. Very little is tucked into tidy, uniform cabinets. As one of the owners says, "I think the biggest mistake people make in doing a kitchen is going to someone who sells cabinets, because you wind up with every square inch covered in cabinets, and of course you fill them."
Few of us have the kind of real estate along a wall to create the kind of pantry above, but it is fun to look at. Everything out and accounted for, nothing lost in the dark shadows. And it could certainly be adapted to a smaller collection—say, spices or grains (kind of like this or this).