Earlier this week I posted the reveal of our butler’s pantry renovation, a post that detailed the transformation from storage closet to beautiful serving space. You can read about that renovation here: From Storage Closet Dream Butler’s Pantry. I promised to come back and share with you the finished product, fully decorated, so I’ve compiled for you 10 gorgeous elements for a French styled butler’s pantry.
As with most of the design in my home, I approached the butler’s pantry with my signature enthusiasm for French Country style, utilizing many of the elements I so often prefer. Most of my vignettes include a balance of contrasts, from polished to patina, sleek to pastoral, light to colorful and hard-edged to softly draped. The list below comprises some of my favorites.
1. Vintage silver ice bucket – the glimmer of silver is always refreshing, adding a hint of bling, offset here by the timeworn patina along the repoussé trim.
2. Crystal wine goblets – one of the key elements used liberally in my home, crystal affords the opportunity to bounce light in a space. The glints are particularly lovely off the cut crystal pattern in these goblets. I’ve also tucked a decanter behind the stemware on the tray.
3. Embroidered white linen – another go-to element present in most of my rooms, white embroidered linen lends a softness and purity to the arrangement. Here I used a napkin, but often it’s a tea towel, a pillow or even a coaster.
4. Vintage floral china and fresh flowers – florals are a great way to add touches of color and here I’ve incorporated both fresh ranunculus and a vintage patterned creamer. Pieces from my china collection pop up all over my home.
5. Kitchen utensil prints – the elements I’ve used here were selected not only for their look, but also for concept, taking into account the purpose of this space. In that spirit, I loved the idea of using artwork depicting pretty flatware pieces.
The fine art prints are from Minted.com. If like me, you didn’t realize Minted has an entire Minted Art section, you should definitely check out their website to take a look. The one above is entitled Let’s Eat – Fork and, you guessed it, the one below is Let’s Eat – Spoon.
I selected the matching pair which would also look fabulous in a kitchen or breakfast nook. I was provided with the artwork from Minted for this post, but I was delighted to see they had so many wonderful things to choose from.
The prints can be ordered framed or unframed, with varied options for framing choices. I was thrilled with the quality of the framing, making them super easy to hang.
6. Pretty cocktail napkins – a wonderful surprise was finding these lovely little napkins in a local store, which worked perfectly with my art prints. Thematically, they also belong in a space made for serving drinks.
7. Vintage brass candlesticks – I’ve always been comfortable mixing metals and you will very often see me use gold and silver together. Here the gilded look is attained with vintage brass candlesticks and pear shaped crystal drops.
8. Antique chippy candlestick – I probably should have named my blog ‘bling and patina’ and right on cue, next to the blingy pair of candle holders is my chippy paint church candlestick. The notion of contrasts helps underscore the effect of one element when balanced against another.
I haven’t even listed the items behind the glass cabinet doors, but I’ve made sure to use more of the same within for a cohesive presentation.
9. French wine – and what would a French pantry be like without French wine?
10. Needlepoint rug – the finishing touch is a needlepoint rug in an aubusson type pattern. Perfectly sized for the space and playing off the floral china, it adds just the right punctuation for this tiny space.
Of course I don’t keep fresh fruit out at all times, but I do have faux pears that hold the spot when I’m not actually serving. What are some other items you’d keep in a butler’s pantry? Please leave me ideas in the comments below. Also remember to follow me on Pinterest and Instagram, where I often post the extra photos not used on the blog. Thanks for joining me!
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