This Pantry Borrowed 4 Smart Ideas from Boutique Shops

This Pantry Borrowed 4 Smart Ideas from Boutique Shops

Alyssa Longobucco
Mar 13, 2017
(Image credit: Michelle Drewes)

When blogger Erin Hiemstra of Apartment 34 was planning her dream pantry, she knew she wanted a place that was pretty yet still highly functional. She needed storage for food and wanted additional prep space to use some of her small appliances.

The result of her work with California Closets and Neat Method basically looks like a store, with some smart organizing details borrowed from retail design. Browse around to see what's on display!

(Image credit: Michelle Drewes)

1. Neat labels

First takeaway from a pretty boutique shop: cute labels. This isn't just for show; nuts, rice, pasta, and more are kept in matching jars and labeled on the front with a white marker for easy identification.

2. Smart boxes for wine storage

Wine gets stashed in specially designed X-shaped boxes, which give the feel of a traditional wine cellar and are a great place to house an extensive collection. Even paper towels look pretty in here!

(Image credit: Michelle Drewes)

3. A bookstore experience for cookbooks!

Clearly an avid cookbook fan, Erin had her designers designate a spot for her favorite instructional reads. Each title faces out on the shelf, acting almost as art. But this is practical too; it makes it easier to spot something and get organized with the books you'll use that week facing out. (One of the hardest-working cooks we know, Cheryl Sternman Rule, did the same and loves it. Here's a peek at her shelves.)

(Image credit: Michelle Drewes)

4. A barista-style coffee station.

Doesn't this look like a mini coffee shop in a cute boutique kitchen store? It's hard to believe it's actually a pantry. There's also a bar area in here. We kid you not.

(Image credit: Michelle Drewes)

If you have this kind of space to make similar displays, we totally support that. And we're very jealous. If you have a fraction of the space (or a fraction of just the wine storage space!) to work with, there's no shame in silently lusting over these pics.

See the project from start to finish: How to Design the Pantry of Your Dreams at Apartment 34

Pantries to Pin is a new column on our site! While many of us could only ever dream of having a pantry this nice (or at all!), the column is meant to give you inspiration and fodder for your Pinterest board. You might even get some ideas to steal for your own kitchen.

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