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Can you believe that we’ve lived in our renovated dream house for almost a year and I still have four (4!!!) unpacked boxes in our pantry? Our kitchen is beautiful and yet the pantry is still such a mess! So, I’ve decided to finally tackle the pantry and the first thing I did was call California Closets to set up a free design consultation. Our pantry is a walk-in pantry that I had built into the space when we renovated the kitchen. We stole the space from what was previously a vanity room off of a bathroom. Because of all the food blogging I do, we decided we needed a larger pantry and a bathroom vanity was simply just wasted space. And because of how jam-packed our old pantry was in our previous home, I really tried to maximize this space, so we now have some really deep shelves.Seriously, what is this mess? We’ve been living with it for MONTHS! There’s our healthy food mixed in with our junk food mixed in with my food blogging prop food (sprinkles, food dye, marshmallows, etc.), mixed in with old tupperware, appliances, picnic coolers, my vintage apron collection that I want to hang on the walls, and a stepladder so I can access the higher shelves. Plus, we got this antique door installed on the pantry just last month. I can’t wait to paint it a mint green to match the kitchen island, frost the glass, and add a “Pantry” sign decal to the window! I called the California Closets in Pasadena and set up a free design consultation with Kristina Alcocer. She came out to the house in order to tell me how California Closets works, show me the different types of materials and finishes I could choose from, and then she took measurements and photos of the space so she could create her design mockup. Based on the samples, I picked out the grey cabinetry color (Cashmere) along with matte brass metals and Kristina used them within the digital mock-up she designed. Before she started designing my organized, dream pantry, Kristina made sure to ask me about my budget and she informed me that while California Closets could demo the existing shelves in my space (which need to be done because California Closets uses their own shelving system and can’t use my existing shelves), it would be better if I had it done by my contractor and repainted prior to having a California Closets system installed. We discussed how I would use the space, what I was storing, and how I would like it to look. We ultimately decided to start with only one of the two shelving units and we picked the one that faces the door and is more noticable if the door is left open. Because it’s more visible, we decided that it should be the “pretty side” of the pantry and we talked about adding a wine storage X shelf, adding doors to some of the shelves so I can hide some unsightly items, and installing pretty hooks onto the walls to show off my vintage apron collection. A few days later, Kristina had a mockup of my designed pantry ready and now I just need to meet with her at the California Closets showroom in Pasadena to discuss the final budget and the design plans. If you have a space that needs organizing, California Closets’ professional design consultants will collaborate with you to create a custom design that meets your needs, reflects your personal style, and works within your budget. Many locations offer seasonal promotions and/or financing options, contact your local California Closets for details and to schedule your own free California Closets design consultation!
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.