I'm so glad you enjoyed the tour of Bassett Hall's 1930s Kitchen. . . .As you know, I'm an old-fashioned gal and feel right at home in such a setting. . . .I so hoped you would appreciate it, too. . . .and you DID! . . .Thank you for all your dear comments. . . .I have a couple more rooms to show you. . . .Hope you enjoy them, too.
Bassett Hall has two wonderful pantries. . . .each with it's own purpose. . . .
If you watch Downtown Abbey (and who doesn't?), you'll be familiar with a pantry such as this. . . .a room--off the dining room--where the prepared food is brought to be served by the butler or service person. . . .The cabinets are filled with china, crystal, silver serving pieces, tableware--anything that might be needed to present a beautiful table.
At Bassett Hall, there are several sets of china--formal and informal. . . .My particular favorite is the one above. . . .I'm drawn to anything with roses every time. . . .and I do love the soft green. . . .
I particularly wanted to share this pantry with you for two reasons. . . .The contrast between the 1930s work kitchen and the traditional butler's pantry is striking, isn't it? . . .It's almost a shock going from the formality of this room to the informality of the kitchen. . . .both equally beautiful. . . .but very different in décor. . . .
I also loved the sink addition. . . .Not all butler's pantries have them. . . .There are so many ideas that could be incorporated in a traditional kitchen of today. . . .the stainless steel sink and top, the plain and simple cabinets, the wood countertop. . . .Add a stove and refrigerator, and it would make a perfectly lovely farmhouse kitchen.
Sorry the green color looks so different in this photo. . . .I wanted you to see a little more detail of the cabinets. . . .and love the little wooden steps for the taller upper cabinets. . . .The actual cabinet color is the soft green you saw above in the previous photos.
Now, to the second pantry on today's tour. . . .
The kitchen pantry has a very different function. . . .It's a fairly large room. . . .stocked with canned goods, pots and pans, mixers, bowls, measuring cups, scales. . . .anything that might be needed for food preparation. . . .and handy to the work areas. . . .
I would absolutely LOVE to have a room such as this in my farmhouse. . . .wouldn't you?
I envy you who do have a walk-in pantry. . . .Seems I'm constantly shuffling the contents of my kitchen shelves in order to add one more pot or bowl. . . .
Can you better understand why I wasn't ready to leave Bassett Hall? . . . .So much to soak in and so little time. . . .My mind was darting here and there, thinking how I could do this or that to my own home. . . .and I've only shown you two rooms of Bassett Hall! . . .Two rooms are all you get for now. . . .Maybe a few more later in the year. . . .I have other goodies to share with you from Colonial Williamsburg--as I have the time. . . .With Windows 8.1, I can't upload photos from my Sony camera. . . .I'm not the only one who's complaining. . . .They are aware of the problem and say they are working on it. . . .In the meantime, I have to upload my pics to someone else's computer and transfer them to mine. . . .It's a hassle. . . .and takes a lot more time. . . .but, I won't let it stop me! . . . .I don't give up that easily! . . .In fact, I have some new photos of our farmhouse bath I want to share. . . .it's a lot more plain and simple. . . .but elegant, too. . . .I added 'new' vintage crystal prisms to the chandelier. . . .and does the bath glow from them! . . .I think you'll like it.
Til then. . . .Hugs. . . . and Blessings. . .
. . .from my farmhouse to yours. . .