Desert Home Build: Walk in Pantry Before + After

Nov 03, 2023 | By Christina

Walk in Pantry - Mediterranean stucco built in niches

It’s been long overdue, but here is our walk in pantry! I absolutely love this pantry, from a design standpoint and an organizational perspective as well. 

Earthy Desert Kitchen - Hanging Fruit Basket coffee nook - walk in pantry - Cafe Appliances coffee maker

If you’ve been following along for a while you know our previous home was a 1930 Tudor. It was charming and cute and perfect for our first home, but it sure had its quirks. I learned a thing or two by renovating that house and understood what I needed for function and applied all those mistakes to our new home design in Tucson. 

Walk in Pantry - Refrigerator in Pantry - White Oak Cabinets

Walk in Pantry - Fridge in Pantry - Mediterranean inspired kitchen In our new southwest home we worked with Affinity Kitchens again on the cabinet design, ensuring there weren’t cabinets too deep where things would get lost and forgotten about. So we made sure to have cabinets for appliances and organization inserts. This Rev-a-Shelf Swing Out Pantry Kit was a splurge in the space, but it has made all the difference, for pantry items like dried goods, canned food, snacks, etc. I’ll share a look in the cabinets soon. 

Walk in Pantry - Mediterranean stucco built in niches

Schoolhouse Cylinder Brass Sconces | Virginia Sin Ceramic Bowl + Utensil Holder 

From a design perspective I love having the open niches to display pretty ceramics and wooden bowls. It makes my serve ware and dinnerware easy to grab, along with my favorite cookbooks for weekly meal inspiration. The curved edged niches were inspired by Santa Fe and Mediterranean homes I have saved and fawned over for the last several years. Along with Zia Tile’s Cotto tile, it creates such an earthy and organic aesthetic which makes me feel right at home and at peace here in the Tucson desert. 

Cafe Appliances Toaster (currently on sale + free shipping)

Atop the niches are custom concrete countertops we had made by Arizona artist, Brandon of Slabhaus. He created the concrete countertops in our previous Phoenix guesthouse and absolutely nailed the creamy white color we were going for. I really wanted to create something similar to the Birch White walls (by Dunn Edwards) and he completely nailed the tone I was envisioning. 

Walk in Pantry - Mediterranean stucco built in niches - Zia Cotto Tile

Hanging Fruit Basket | Basket with Handles | Crate and Barrel Wooden Salad Bowls | Similar Mexican Pottery | Eucalyptus Bunch 

Cafe Appliances Refrigerator | Coffee Maker | White Coffee Grinder | Espresso Maker (Currently 50% off) | Similar ceramic mugs | Glass Storage Jars for Dried Goods (I use mine to store loose leaf tea) | Wooden Crumb Brush and Dustpan (I added magnetic tape to the back so it could stick to the fridge)

Having the refrigerator and appliances in a seperate pantry area from the main kitchen area has been a game changer. It keeps our kitchen countertops clutter free and I’ve enjoyed prepping in this area. All the food and ingredients are in one place, making clean up way easier as well. 

Zia Cotto Tile - White Oak Cabinets

If you are working on a new home build or are in the beginning stages of a kitchen remodel, I would definitely recommend creating a separate walk in pantry if possible. It has kept our kitchen clutter free and I enjoy an open layout home way more. 


**To see more of our home build process in Tucson and see all the before and afters, CLICK HERE**Follow along on LTK for daily links to all my favorite outfits and home decor.

3 comments on “Desert Home Build: Walk in Pantry Before + After”

  1. The most beautiful and well thought pantry I’ve ever seen. Everything has its place. Love all the small appliances; and the refrigerator @cafeappliances. The tile work makes the space look cozy and blends so well with the rest of the house color scheme. Love it!!!!

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