The pandemic impacted key aspects of interior design, but maybe none so delightful as the return of the Butler’s Pantry. Also known as a “prep kitchen,” or a “dirty kitchen”, this wonderful space—for the lucky few who have the privilege of enjoying one—allows homeowners to entertain and live in style—without a dirty dish or pan in sight.

It’s a luxury to be sure, but it doesn’t necessarily have to even be a sizable one to get the job done. The whole point is to be able to luxuriate in a beautiful, spotless kitchen while entertaining (or going about one’s day), with all the disarray of cooking, cleaning, and prepping out of view.

Photography: Interiors by Young Glass

In the above, beautifully tailored kitchen—designed by Enrico DiRisio with custom cabinetry fabricated by Thorpe Concepts—a Butler’s pantry is slightly hidden behind the kitchen’s main wall. Visible are two True Residential units, a Wine Column on one side and a Beverage Column on the other. In between, a sink, custom cabinetry, and storage for serveware abounds. “The back pantry is half closed and half open shelving and cabinetry,” says DiRisio. “My client specifically requested that all her ingredients, containers, and everyday essentials be within easy reach, with closed storage for food and dry goods. It’s a great mix that functions well for everyday and entertaining purposes,” he adds.

Likewise, in this historic home remodel, designer Tiffany Skilling offset two of our matte black and gold 30” Freezer and 30” Refrigerator Columns with uniquely shaped half-arch entrances leading to another gorgeous yet functional Butler’s Pantry.