Pantry Ideas + Drawing Grains

I’ve been collecting jars for food storage for about six years now. My husband and friends make fun of me, but I don’t care. Personally, I think they’re just jealous of the beauty that is a jar of French Lentils. Plus, looking at all of those healthy foods lined up, it makes me want to eat, cook and bake in healthier ways.

Kitchen Pantry Marissa Huber
Kitchen Pantry Marissa Huber

If you’re going to display your dry goods, it helps to make sure everything is lined up nicely and neatly. I prefer if the shelves are shallow and everything is lined up only one row deep. I also think that clear jars really let the colors and textures of the grains or dried goods stand out. Necessity in a manner that can be lovely.

Pantry Detail Marissa Huber
Pantry Detail Marissa Huber

Dried apricots, burnt umber couscous, creamy jasmine rice, yellow pepitas, 70s green split peas and pecans waiting to be baked into sweet treats. Is it just me, or do others go nerdy over this type of storage?

Dry Grains Marissa Huber
Dry Grains Marissa Huber

Who better to showcase this concept than the covet worthy pantry of EmersonMade? The organization and simple yet pleasing aesthetic make me swoon. And plenty more people judging on how this image has been repinned and blogged multiple times.

EmersonMade's Amazing Pantry via Design*Sponge
EmersonMade’s Amazing Pantry via Design*Sponge

Who can go wrong with this cheery storage and rainbow colored painted bowls? Though I do wonder just how many bowls one home can have? I’d hope that they host an annual ice cream social and vie for the Guinness Book of World Records for something. The narrow height of the shelves would allow for less wasted space.

James Dunlinson+ Alistair Turnball's Kitchen via Martha Stewart
James Dunlinson+ Alistair Turnball’s Kitchen via Martha Stewart

This is my own current storage for our wealth of dinnerware and lack of cabinet space. Looking at everything lined up and the $30 steal of vintage lead-free Fiesta Ware makes me smile.

Our Kitchen Storage
Our Kitchen Storage

Though I like to look at pretty things, I do like to hide everything once in awhile. If you can style your belongings nicely, and keep everything neat, overhead open shelves like these are perfect. The white shelves on white walls integrates it into the wall, and makes it look more streamlined and neat in my opinion.

Unknown via Holly Becker at Decor8
Unknown via Holly Becker at Decor8

This custom unit is quite the focal point in this San Francisco family’s kitchen. I would incorporate a display of food storage, cookbooks, and favorite cookware and kitchen goods, all lovingly arranged of course.

Designer: Susan Dossetter via House Beautiful. Photo Credit: James Carriere
Designer: Susan Dossetter via House Beautiful. Photo Credit: James Carriere

Lastly, here’s one more for inspiration. Streamlined, color coordinated to some extent, with a great natural wood ladder and a faucet that makes me forget about the shelves.

Unknown via Aftonbladet
Unknown via Aftonbladet

Seriously, I want one of those faucets! It reminds me of washing the dishes in my coffee-slinging, barista days.

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3 thoughts on “Pantry Ideas + Drawing Grains

  1. You know I’m totally digging this post since I featured that same D*S French lidded jar stocked pantry on my blog. I love your red cabinet storage. Not ready to rip out the kitchen + re-do the cabinets, but I think a trip to Ikea will be in order when the time comes because all the great open shelving I see on design blogs seems to cite that store as the source. AND I love your comment about the faucet. Yep, just like the one I used at the coffee house I worked at in Madison, WI.

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