Pantry room entrance door, yes or no?

“To door, or not to door, that is the question:”

That’s Shakespeare (well, sort of). I think Hamlet’s contemplating suicide in this scene, which is definitely not the topic today, so I changed it. Poetic license.

This is about whether or not you should have a door to your new walk-in pantry.

If you’re sitting on the fence about it, do not fear. By the end of this post you will have made up your mind (let’s hope so anyway).

Everything we hate about walk in pantries

Have you noticed that walk in pantries are getting bigger and bigger?

It’s no longer surprising to see a sink, dishwasher, fridge, wine fridge, second oven(s), and coffee machine in a pantry. Leaving the kitchen with a fancy stove, a sink and about 20 metres of empty bench space.

The bench space is supposed to be for people to mill around, since we don’t use dining rooms anymore.

It’s the dream to have a showcase kitchen with all the everyday-life-stuff tucked away in a pantry. We all love to look them on Pinterest and wish they were ours.

What I hate is when a beautiful kitchen and big pantry don’t function together properly. Let me explain…

Everything we love about walk in pantries

Does pantry organisation make you weak at the knees? We love the thought of walking into a pantry and seeing all those matching containers on a shelf, all lined up in a row… (sigh) so pretty.

Perhaps they’re jars of beautiful home made goods, grandma’s recipes, using produce from the garden. Jars of jam, chutney, pickles, and olives from the local farmers market. The room always smells of cinnamon and cloves, mmm.

Here’s some dreamy pantry rooms that inspire me. I hope you enjoy them too.

6 storage solutions that every kitchen needs

There's always new gadgets coming onto the market for the kitchen.  I find it hard to keep up with it all, and I'm in the business dealing with it every day!  So, for someone who doesn't design kitchens for a living, it must be a challenge.  

You know what?  I've got your back.

I'm showing you the most vital cabinetry hardware accessories you should have in your kitchen.  These will be the solution to a majority of your pet peeves when it comes to storage.

Trend alert: Matt Black Kitchens

You probably noticed that matt black kitchens are trending right now.  I have to admit, they are very cool.  Now, just because everyone else is doing it, doesn’t mean you should do it too (do I sound like your mother?).  
Hey, I’m all for it but let’s take a minute to think about whether you would actually enjoy a black kitchen in your home.  I’ve got some fantastic pictures to show you too.

Epic guide to designing a spectacular Hamptons kitchen

We know it’s classy, it’s a bit coastal, it’s white and fresh and it’s a popular classic style that doesn’t seem to date.  

But that’s true of many styles.  

What is it that makes a Hamptons kitchen truly spectacular?   What is the Hamptons aesthetic?  What particular items should be used in an authentic Hamptons kitchen design?  

I’m going to give you my view, as an Australian.  Let’s dive into it.

How to select beautiful timber like an interior designer

"I want my timber cupboards to look woody…"  What does that mean, woody? It's something that comes from a tree, right?  You could be talking about thousands of different timber styles.  Describing the type of timber look you want for your furniture is quite difficult.  Without knowing the right lingo it's so hard to get your point across.  I’m going to tell you how to do it and you will impress people with your smarts.  Especially if you remember the trade names of some of the things I’m going to tell you about.