Friday, February 26, 2010

Pantry = Storage and Convenience

(Step in to My.....Pantry!)




Every house should have a pantry!

Old houses always had them. They served as storage places, maybe before cabinets came on the scene.


In my own childhood memories, my paternal grandmother's pantry stands out as clear in my mind as if it were yesterday. Grandma lived in a very old farmhouse that had one of those old-fashioned iron woodstoves with a huge pipe going up the wall.

The pantry was located off the main kitchen. When one walked into it, the change in temperature was amazing. The kitchen always felt warm and cozy. The pantry was chilly to the bone. Grandma's pantry had rows of shelves all the way along both walls. It was a narrow room but still stored quite a bit.


The thing remembered most is Grandma's pies. As soon as they came out of that big monstrous oven, she'd carry them over to a pantry shelf where they probably cooled off pretty quickly. Needless to say, the pantry always smelled divine.




When we found our current house six years ago, it was thrilling to learn a pantry had been built off a hallway. It has a push-through door on hinges. There are glass panes so one can glimpse inside even before opening the door.

Glass-fronted cabinets line both sides of the long, narrow room. In the huge window at the end of the room, hangs a piece of stained glass and it reads, "Home, Sweet, Home."


















Down below are wains coating doors that open up to reveal more shelving. Floors are old-fashioned wood slats.



This catch-all room is a wonderful and useful addition to the house. It's chilly in there, too, but these days, I don't make any homemade pies.(Sad but true).



Do you have a pantry in your house?

12 comments:

diane stetson said...

I don't think you will find a pantry in any modern home...I know my home is over thirty nine years old at least and there is NO pantry...That was the OLD days....And by the way I love to make homemade pies...every holiday there is I make one! Enjoy your pantry and the pleasure it gives you!

Susan Wicker said...

Hi Di....Oh, I definitely love our pantry. Currently, it needs a little organizing though. ha! Take care. Thanks for your visit and comment. Always, Susan

BECKY said...

Oh Susan! Your pantry is positivly divine!! It's more beautiful than some kitchens! I have a "walk-in" pantry, that I'm very happy to have, but it's certainly nothing like yours! I would spend LOTS of time in it, just because it is so lovely!! Thanks for sharing the photos!

Susan Wicker said...

Thanks, Becky. That was very sweet of you to compliment my pantry! So happy you visited, too. Sincerel, Susan

Carolyn said...

Hi Susan,
I love your charming pantry! I do have a small pantry that I find very useful.
Enjoy your weekend,
Carolyn

Susan Wicker said...

Hi Carolyn! Thanks for visiting and commenting. I hope you will have a wonderful weekend, too! Sincerely, Susan

Karen Lange said...

Wonderful pantry! No, I do not have one, but would surely love one:)
Have a wonderful weekend,
Karen

Susan Wicker said...

Hi Karen! Hope you have a great weekend, too! Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Sincerely, Susan

Chatty Crone said...

I have a small pantry in my kitchen - but it is nothing like your gorgeous pantry! Your pantry is beautiful! Nice pictures.

sandie

Susan Wicker said...

Hi Sandie! Always great to have you stop by and comment. Hope your day is great. Sincerely, Susan

Rebecca said...

Just amazing - all this storage space and BEHIND doors! I'm going to have to piece together more parts of your house. It must be very charming.

Susan said...

Hi Rebecca...It is a lovely house. It's a front entry colonial, built in 1935. I love it, Rebecca. It's white and has black shutters...very New Englandy. I keep lighted candles in the four front windows year-round, as a sign of welcome. It's a big house....way too big for us...but I love it and I'm sooooo grateful. There's always something that needs doing but that's how it is with a house, as you probably already know.Thanks for visiting and commenting, Rebecca. Sincerely, Susan

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