Room Envy: A butler’s pantry gets a pretty—and practical—makeover

Grace Brackman made the most of vertical space

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Room Envy

Photograph by Brian Bieder

“The homeowner has a large family and likes to entertain,” says interior designer Grace Brackman of Maggie Griffin Design, “but there isn’t a whole lot of storage in the kitchen.” This butler’s pantry got a makeover that is pretty and practical.

Bathed in blue
This house in charming Griffin isn’t historic—it was built in the ’90s—but Brackman played off its colonial style with a traditional wallpaper from Schumacher called “Hydrangea Drape.” Benjamin Moore “Van Courtland Blue” coats cabinets and trim.

Fine function
“This space needed to function for a family as well as look nice,” says Brackman. A quartz countertop provides durability, while a deep farmhouse sink can hide dishes and pans during a party.

Luxe layering
A vintage Persian rug, classic chandelier by Circa Lighting, and collected accessories elevate the room.

Winsome windows
Roman shades in linen have a trim that mimics the wallpaper’s vertical stripe.

Designer tip: Make maximum use of vertical space. “We took advantage of the 10-foot ceilings and ran cabinetry all the way to the ceiling on one wall,” says Brackman, who also stacked a trio of open shelves on either side of the window.

This article appears in our November 2020 issue.

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