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A Multifunctional Modern Pantry for a Newly Renovated Home

client: Norma and Leo Dean

location: Indianapolis, IN

design consultant:

A Multifunctional Modern Pantry for a Newly Renovated Home
Close Up of White Wood Grain Pantry With Drawers Shelving Cubbies and Etched Glass Cabinet Doors

What They Wanted

Instead of downsizing, the Deans, a retired couple, decided to renovate their home to suit their needs. They put in an amazing new kitchen and bathroom, new floors and other great elements—now they needed a reimagined pantry that would serve as a coffee bar, wine storage and pottery storage. Since the door to the pantry is usually open, the Deans wanted the space to harmonize with their modern remodel. Particularly, they wanted the design to incorporate some pieces of art. How the pantry looked was just as important to them as its function.

White Wood Grain Pantry Storage Close Up of Pull Out Drawers

How we did it

With the door being open all the time, it was important to Simon that the design sparked a wow factor. Friends and family would use this room to pick out a bottle of wine or make a cappuccino, so the space needed to look stunning. To open up the room, she added reeded glass doors with Ecoresin Hollywood Silver and mirror backing. Making space for a coffee and wine bar also meant getting the electric outlets in the right places, as well as installing a proper countertop for pouring. Space was left above the system for pottery while sliding shelves underneath the countertop provided easy-to-access storage.

final result

Even though this is a 'pantry,' this room is so much more than that. The Deans love how it doesn't look like storage space—and that it fits the style of a picture they showed me of a French kitchen.

Simon made a pantry look like a piece of art while providing her clients with the space they needed for their multiple storage needs. They were amazed at how creative this usually utilitarian space turned out.

Design Details


Lago® Adriatic Mist

Hardware & Accessories

Drawer dividers

Brushed Chrome decorative hardware

Wine X cube storage

Pull-out shelves


5-piece traditional door and drawer fronts

Ecoresin Hollywood Silver backing

Classic Cashmere countertop

Mirrored backing

LED puck lights

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