Butler’s Pantries


May I introduce Mari, who wrote this lovely guest post about one of my favorite things:  “Butler’s Pantries”    (I need a butler!!)



Hello, everyone! I’m Mari, a writer for Arcadian Home, a fabulous online place to find chandeliers, lighting fixtures in all styles and finishes, and stunning home decor. I am delighted to be visiting with you today to share a guest post about charming butler’s pantries.

Also known as a serving pantry, a butler’s pantry is a room, large or small, that’s most often used to store china, glassware, serving pieces and table linens. Often found in large older houses, these convenient spaces seem to be showing up in lots of new construction, especially sought after by homeowners who do a lot of entertaining. Here are eight beautiful butler’s pantries that just might have you dreaming of your very own. Please enjoy!

Butlers Pantry

With a gorgeous apron sink, this spacious butler’s pantry is not only extremely functional but beautiful as well. An ornate little chandelier joins under-cabinet lights and up-lighting at the ceiling.

Butlers Pantry

With back-lit shelves, this enormous butler’s pantry is at once rustic and contemporary. Where the home is located in Alabama, USA, this awesome space is called the dish room.

Butlers Pantry

This narrow pass through butler’s pantry was featured in The Hampton Designer Showhouse 2010. With a traditional feel and pretty neutral palette, the space contrasts nicely with the more colorful dining room beyond. I love the juxtaposition of a crystal chandelier and the contemporary globe pendant light.

Butlers Pantry

A tiny but convenient butler’s pantry has been carved out of what might have once been a closet. The black chandelier brings a bit of whimsy to this rather formal space.

Butlers Pantry

This hallway butler’s pantry has custom storage from floor to ceilingóplenty of room for table linens, silver, china, glassware and serving pieces. The red, white and blue rug brings a bit more color to the space.

Butlers Pantry

Marble countertops are a lovely contrast to the rich wood paneling and cabinetry. Antique copper pans and molds are a charming addition.

Butlers Pantry

A bit more rustic, this country style butler’s pantry features open shelving, butcher’s block countertop and beadboard backsplash. Hammered copper stars here in the deep apron sink and pendant lights.

Butlers Pantry

Another even more rustic space offers lighted cabinets with multi-paned sliding glass doors that go all the way to the ceiling, plus closed storage in lower cabinets and lots of counter space for serving. All in all, this is one charming butler’s pantry. Images 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8

What do you think of these charming butler’s pantries? Leave us comments below, and be sure to check out Arcadian Home for more dazzling pendant lights, lighting fixtures, and home decor!

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  1. Pamela

    Ah, a butler.
    Wouldn’t that be the best!
    Jeeves, or Carson.
    Which one to choose?

    Dec 05, 2012 @ 5:01 PM

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    Penelope Bianchi

    If you can imagine such a thing; in the “good old days; we had a “butler”! His name was “Ivory”! (I think he made it up!) He was the most elegant, divine man.
    I would be helping the “housekeeper” dry the dishes…..(she was explaining to me about boyfriends..I was 12 in 8th grade…she was 18 and in junior college studying to be a nurse); Ivory came sailing into the kitchen; snatched the dishcloth out of my hands and announced: “Never should those hands ever touch a dishcloth!!!”

    Where the heck is Ivory when we need him! You can have “Carson”; I’ll take Ivory! He was completely divine……I think half Black….(from Jamaica) and half some other exotic something. I adored him.

    No more butlers around here! Good thing there are “butler’s pantries”!!

    Dec 05, 2012 @ 10:22 PM

  3. Thoughts on Design

    I can find something to talk about in each image. They are all so full if detail and thought. But I’ll stick to three… I love the sophistication of the first image with it’s wood counter tops along the sides, black granite back splashes, wood brackets and glass front upper cabinets. The lighting is special – they got it all. Second – very cool, the back lit shelves in the next image. Very modern detailing. Most intrigued by the wrought iron hand rail showing it’s presence so subtly. And finally, the last image. I’m a sucker for tall glass sliding doors on upper cabinets… Love how the yellow bead board carries right thru and up the wall behind the cabinet structure. Wish I could see more of the lantern. It looks lovely.

    Great Post!


    Dec 06, 2012 @ 1:46 PM

  4. Thoughts on Design

    Funny, the modern back lit shelves make me think of Beauport, Penny.


    Dec 06, 2012 @ 1:47 PM

  5. Dovecote Decor

    Well, well, well….Ivory. I would love a butler or just somebody to answer the door when I am in the back of the house, in the shower, on the phone or a boundary in front of me. My kitchen holds most of my china. I have a closet for silver and vases. I don’t think I would ever build a butler’s pantry. I’ve become very stingy about heating and airing more space. I could not resist an equestrian post. The horse is rising in the design zodiac.

    Dec 06, 2012 @ 4:28 PM

  6. Taylor Greenwalt

    Penny…..I’m with you…where is a butler when ya need one. I had live in nannies when my children were young…it was wonderful!
    I had so much fun visiting your home…Thanks for a wonderful day!

    Dec 08, 2012 @ 8:13 AM

  7. Alexandra Rae

    So happy to meet you (via Brooke G.). You must be the “Penny” who has influenced Patina Farm.

    Looking forward to following you!



    Jan 22, 2013 @ 9:33 AM

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    Penelope Bianchi

    Omigosh! Thank you! I don’t think I answered you!

    thank you so much; and I hope you have been following me…..Brooke and Steve are gifts to the world…….and their house is a complete wonder!!

    Thank you ; and I apologize for the lateness….i am a “stumbler” (as opposed to “tumbler” on the internet!!!)


    Dec 08, 2014 @ 11:07 PM


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