City Inspirations: Fashionable Windows Of Chicago In August

Fashionable Chicago In August

Chicago. There is something about August that brings our attention quickly to the pending change of Autumn that lies ahead. Perhaps there’s a yearning for denim (Oh, I adore denim). A yearning for layers of fashionable style. Alas, perhaps not beyond the cool, crisp Autumnal days of Winter white that loom in the distance, but the beautiful days of Autumn that will precede. Fall. My personal favorite time of the year. The windows of Chicago change, once again, to match the season that seems to be arriving. As I embarked the city streets, camera in hand, I was reminded again that with any season it is the details of fashion and the fashionable form that continue to energize me. City life, city fashion, city style. Onward to fashionable changes ahead…

Fashion & The City: The Magnificent Mile
Burberry: Denim & Style
Details Of Style: Burberry
Fashionable Windows Of Chicago
Celebration Of Shoes: Saks Fifth Avenue
Deep Hues Of Color: Saks Fifth Avenue
Fashionable Details: Saks Fifth Avenue
Stella McCartney & Saks Fifth Avenue
Fashion & The Mannequin: Neiman Marcus
Neiman Marcus: Details Of Style & Form
Tweed Style: Chanel
Fashionable Details Of Chanel
Max Mara Style
Fashionable Max Mara

Consider the fashionable world that surrounds. If only for inspiration of the art form itself. The world that surrounds us can daily inspire us. It is changing constantly, as we are. Appreciation of the art forms found within the energizing city life endures to move me forward. Onward, always.




City Inspirations: Fashionable Windows Of Chicago In July

Fashionable Windows Of Chicago In July

Chicago in July. Another jaunt, with a camera in hand, focussed upon the windows of fashion that line the streets of Chicago. Always finding inspiration behind the large glass panes, for certain. Yet change with fashion is constant. Ah, the world of visual merchandising. July sales sizzling and beckoning from many of the windows as thoughts of Autumn’s pending arrival and Summer’s near ending fill the minds of passerby’s. Perhaps the thought of denim is in the air.

Of course, appreciation of the city’s surrounds in the heat of July.  Oh, Chicago. For the love of a city…

Chicago In July: Summer & Buckingham Fountain Delights

So onward to the windows and the mannequin poses that caught my eye. Selecting from behind the lens what moves me and walking past what does not. Fashion adoration, just the same. Well, always a Max Mara adoration.  It seems that the windows of Max Mara fill the pages of these monthly fashionable posts.  Again, visual merchandising and style. There are certain windows that beckon. There are certain streets that beckon. Life beckons us to appreciate. Onward in that, from behind the lens…

Max Mara In July: Always Fashionable
Fashionably Poised At Max Mara
Fashionable Conversations In Three: Max Mara
For The Love Of Max Mara
The Always Fashionable Windows Of Max Mara
Turbans & Accessories Of Style: Max Mara
Window Adoration: Max Mara In July
Windows & Proclamations Of Fashion In July
Burberry’s Mag Mile Windows Of Fashion
Sparkle & Shine Behind Saks Fifth Avenue
Sequins & Shine: Saks Fifth Avenue
Fashion & Art: Saks Fifth Avenue Paired With The Gaugin Exhibit/Art Institute Of Chicgo
Fashionable Windows Of Chicago In July
Lady Gaga & The Windows Of Tiffanty’s

Consider with appreciation the windows of fashion and the fashionable world that surrounds. City surrounds.  Changing windows and changing scenes will always provide inspiration and excitement for the very gift of life. A city provides that excitement. For me, that excitement has always endured.



City Inspirations: Fashionable Windows Of Chicago In June

Fashion’s Windows Of Chicago In June

Chicago in June. Late June.  On the cusp of July and the heated streets ahead. Yet June itself brings forth a burst of Summer from behind the windows of fashion and onto the city streets. Summer in full swing.  Even on such a day in June clouds and lake breezes brought layers on and off.   Summer in Chicago.  And of inspiration? Inspiration was found and captured behind the lens upon the windows of fashion, indeed.

There are so many words that I have shared and expounded upon on these posts of fashion in the past that should carry through to each monthly collection of images. It is a passion. It is style in a moment. Captured. Perspective. The art form of fashion presented for those that notice. I do. I seek it…and inspiration follows. Behind the lens….Chicago in June.

Salvatore Ferragamo: Black & White Delight

And of Chanel’s windows? Need I say French inspiration abounds? Having just returned from Paris, seeing the French Empire Chandelier a part of this iconic tweeded window of Chanel on Michigan Avenue offered me pure delight. Merci, Chanel, in gifting us a bit of French style onto the streets of Chicago…

Classic Chanel & The French Empire Chandelier
Chanel, Chanel: Windows Of Fashion…
Tom Ford: Sequined Attitude
Saks Fifth Avenue: Visual Impressions Of Fashion
White & The Windows Of Ralph Lauren
Summer White: Timeless Ralph Lauren
Crisp, Classic Ralph Lauren
Summer’s Windows Of Fashion
Capturing Max Mara

In a word…one of my favorite windows of Fashion… Max Mara. Expansive panel windows of striking mannequins that beckon me. Classic and timeless. Strikingly presented. Perfect to have my own recollection of one of these moments in time. In the distance…

Max Mara: Always A Love Affair Of Style
Max Mara Style: Summer
The Windows Of Fashion: Max Mara
Stylish Mannequins Of Max Mara
Max Mara On The Magnificent Mile
Fashionable Style: Max Mara
Coral Delights Of Summer: Max Mara
Burberry Style On The Avenue
Burberry Windows On The Avenue
Details Of Burberry
Michigan Avenue, Tiffanys & Lady Gaga. Style, Onward.


Consider the windows of fashion as an inspiration for change.  Fashion changes.  We change.  We continually change. We continually discover.  Life is all about change.  Onward in that.  In appreciation for the fashionable world that surrounds, I move forward.  Next month is merely a click away, indeed…



Captured While Capturing Fashion’s Windows… in City Treads to walk the Mag Mile

City Inspirations: Fashionable Windows Of Chicago In May

Fashionable Windows Of Chicago In May

Chicago in May. The apparent arrival of Spring into Summer, indeed. May brings with it the blooms of floral bliss and the energy that warmer weather brings. Especially in the Windy City of Chicago. Appreciation. River life awakens on the Chicago River, Lake breezes waft onto Michigan Avenue and fashionable visuals of warmer days ahead are presented. Inspiring, indeed. That is a constant. City life, onward…

Chicago In May…

Change is constant. Yet consistent is my commitment to capturing the fashionable forms from behind the glass panes of fashion merchandising. Visual merchandising to inspire. And so, yet again, a compilation from behind my lens of Chicago’s fashionable forms. To add to that, for me it is perhaps a love affair with the very art form of fashion: the mannequin itself. Oh, for the love of visual appeal. Escape and travel with me on the journey of capturing moments. Fashionable moments in time…

Breakfast At Hermes
Fashionable Style Statement: Neiman Marcus
Vibrant Style Statement: Neiman Marcus
Coach: Drops & Bags Of Color
Neiman Marcus & Celine
Prada: Floral Infusion
Black & White Delight In Carolina Herrera
Carolina Herrera: Behind The Windows Of Saks
Carolina Herrera: Behind The Windows Of Saks
Behind the Scene: Chanel Style
Carolina Herrera, Dolce Gabanna & The Windows of Jil Sander
Burberry & Brunello Cucinelli
Tom Ford: Visual Intrigue
Mannequins Of Fashionable Form: Tom Ford
H&M: Colorful Forms Of Fashion
Max Mara: Fashionable Faces Of Style
Max Mara: Visual Appeal Of Fashionable Form
Max Mara: Summer Style On Michigan Avenue
Fashionable Love: The Mannequins Of Fashion At Max Mara
Fashionable Statements On The City Street: Chicago

Consider the fashionable world that surrounds you. For me, it is with appreciation that I seek to be inspired by visuals set before me. Style is personal, yet when one sees the vast representation of style, perhaps it furthers one’s sense of personal style. Inspiration. Appreciation. Style, onward.



“Selfie” In The City I Crave

The City Apartment…Smaller Spaces With Maximized Style

Small Spaces: Interior Style

The city apartment. For those of us that have or currently dwell in apartments above a city…this collection of images is for you and for those whose aim is to take to the heights with a less-is-more approach to possessions. For me, perhaps reminiscing about one’s early days in the city is a worthwhile recollection.  Memories of growth and independence, for certain. Without a doubt, one’s first city apartment surely holds memories of being “young, optimistic and resilient”.  Perhaps when one looks back it is with an awareness that happiness was and is certainly not equated with the size of one’s space.  Rather, personal style knows no limit by square footage. Personal style can truly begin from the humble first apartments that sit high above and amidst the city surrounds. At least, this was true for me.  City havens that find our personality, that inspire our creativity and our inventive spirit to call the four walls we dwell within our personal perfection. The city apartment. High in style within a city and world that surrounds that is constantly moving.

Perhaps there is no other interior space that requires a “Less is more” approach (courtesy of architect Mies van der Rohe) to what surrounds than in the four walls of a city apartment. Of note, Mies van der Rohe adopted the motto “Less is more” to describe his “aesthetic of arranging necessary components of a building to create an impression of extreme simplicity. Every element and detail is to serve multiple visual and functional purposes”.  Oh, so true when we look to our interiors. Large or small. Especially within the square footage of a city space. Perhaps it can also be said that filling such a space aligns itself as “the art of things chosen well rather than often”.  Surrounding oneself with the things that have meaning and purpose and that are part of who we are today. Quality vs. quantity, indeed. Alas, less is more.

“Good style is good editing” – Thomas Jayne

Whether a small studio or a spacious, multi-room apartment with heightened ceilings, personal style pairs with purpose and function, scale and proportion. Each room presenting a clearly defined purpose with careful attention to space planning and arrangement of the furnishings that gain our permission to fill the space.  For some, it is minimalism. For others it is filling a space with curated belongings collected through the years. Of course, editing is key in order to allow a space to feel more spacious while giving significance to the items that remain. Significance, the key word. It is said that the best rooms have a refinement of taste and that simplicity is the essence of style.  Designer and novelist Edith Wharton (1862-1937) once said that “The supreme excellence is simplicity”.  Oh, indeed. That said, the key to any interior is making the space you have work for you. Tailored to suit your lifestyle. Designing each room for maximum use while incorporating elements that reflect your personal interests and style within the space you reside within.   Style & taste cannot be defined by the size of a room. Square footage does not matter.  We only have the space we have…cheers to living with what is truly important, in stylish and refined form…

Collected images to inspire.  May you find inspiration and appreciation for the city apartment. City love and city style, onward…

Small Spaces: City living Love
City Style Within The Interior
City Spaces Of Interior Style
Style & The City Apartment
Interior Style: Apartment Living
Simple Delights: City Living
Personal Style Inside City Walls
Style In The City
City Apartments: Four Walls Of Style
City Apartment Style
Stylish Spaces: City Bound
City Love: Interior Style With Smaller Spaces
City Style: Within 4 Walls Of A City Apartment
High On Style: The City Apartment
Personalized Spaces High Above City Streets
City Style
Living Above A City: The City Apartment

Interior Delights Of Personalized City Spaces
Striking Spaces: City Style

“A gem of a house may not be its size at all, but its lines are honest and its painting and window curtains in good taste”- Emily Post

Consider with appreciation the city apartment and the stylish spaces that do not require much square footage but simply personal style.  Again, Style & taste cannot be defined by the size of a room.   So to those that adore the city and the life within it, bravo to creating refined style in smaller spaces.  Style cannot be limited by size.  Onward in that…with style.



My 1st City Apartment: A Chicago Studio/ 1994

“My space is small. My life is big”.

Reflections….a personal visual homage to my first city apartment.   A small studio off Lake Shore Drive in a vintage 3-story apartment building.  A homage with a few excerpts of my written words while living in that space:

“It’s morning. The traffic of horns awoke me. The overcast Chicago sky provides enough daylight so that even the details of the tall ceiling with its double edged rim of white crown molding speak of the history, charm and simplicity of this studio of mine. The wood floor surrounding me shines with a golden glow. When my eyes focus on the walls before me and around me, I see the basic designs; the simple display of the pieces the comprise my life, as yet.  A table holding a few silver photo frames. A lounge chair that makes a statement all its own. A bed that becomes a day bed by day.  A pair of silver candlesticks on the mantle and candles below awaiting a match to alight the beauty of the marble hearth before them. Oh, the outlined form and subdued details of the fireplace in relief forms of dancing cupids outlining it in elegance.  The wirework basket holding black and white matted photographs of architecture taken from behind my lens.  The bathroom with its stemmed porcelain basin of white,  tub and mirrored cabinets. Towels of pure white. The marble window ledge covered with silver bowls filled with lipstick and flanked by bottles of fragrance. Each part of this studio so close to my heart. The kitchen and its black and white checked floor with a wrought iron bistro table. The large window with a view of Lake Michigan and the traffic of Lake Shore Drive.  The expansive window ledge where the coffee bodum awaits my morning brew.  A simple black and white picture of New York City dotting the wall. Simplicity.  Filled with all essential pieces to me. Basic and indispensible. Representing and defining who I am; who I have become. The closet, lined with cotton broadcloth and denim shirts and black blazers in a neat row. Stacks of sweaters, denim jeans and v-neck white tees on the shelf.  A stack of books atop the built-in 3 chest drawer filled with essentials. The simple silver pull chain cord above for the closet light.  The door. The mirror behind apartment 3G. What will I remember about this studio apartment of mine? It will always live on in spirit.  None will be like this. A chapter in my life…”   -Kristin Abrahamsen, Chicago 1994

Personal Details: The city Window/My Bathroom /1994

City Inspirations: Fashionable Windows Of Chicago In April

Fashionable Windows In April

Chicago in April. Perhaps it is April when the reality of Spring’s awakening is truly upon us. Spring blooms arrive late in Chicago.  Yet when they do arrive the blooms are breathtaking and rejuvenate those that strut the streets of style and the city itself. To appreciate Spring in a city that anticipates its arrival with heightened awareness is to even further appreciate the gift each day brings…

Spring’s Blooms & Chicago’s Cloud Gate

The windows of fashion once again change to beckon passerby’s with the seasonal shift towards warmer days. Neutrals of classic whites paired with infusions of pastel and floral bliss welcome Spring. Spring green, onward.  Onward to the images captured from behind my lens. A continual monthly visual of fashionable appeal from the streets of high fashion of the great, Windy City of Chicago. Fashion and photography compiled to inspire…

Spring Green On Michigan Avenue: H&M Visual Delights
Neiman Marcus & The Striking Mannequins Of High Style
Black On White Delights: Neiman Marcus
Stylish Form Behind The Windows Of Neiman Marcus
Michael Kors: Floral Delights
Floral Infusion: Michael Kors
Spring Appeal At Kate Spade
Barney’s & Alaia, Paris
Oscar De La Renta Behind Saks 5th Avenue
Spring’s Floral Fusion: Macy’s State Street
Spring’s Floral Fusion: Macy’s State Street
Spring’s Floral Fusion: Macy’s State Street
Spring’s Floral Fusion: Macy’s State Street
Spring’s Floral Fusion: Macy’s State Street
White & Creamy Nuetrals: Ralph Lauren
Jil Sander: Neutral Lineup
Burberry’s: The Classic Trench
Burberry’s: The Classic Trench
“White is Always Right”: Classic Max Mara
Max Mara Style On Michigan Avenue
Chartreuse & Bright Plum: Visual Delights From Max Mara
Fashionable Windows Of Style: Max Mara
Fashionable City Love: Chicago & Max Mara

Oh, for the love of fashion. For the love of a city. For the love of the mannequins of fashionable form that beckon my lens continually. Inspiration a constant. Change is a constant. Consistently do I aim to inspire with sharing images from behind my camera each month. Fashion and the city. May the arrival of Spring inspire you to appreciate the artistry of visual merchandising and the art of fashion itself.  Fashion’s seasonal change awaits. Onward in being inspired no matter where you reside.



Fashionable Reflection: Plumage & The Photographer

Easter Wishes….

Easter Wishes from Chicago….From House Appeal

A symbol of hope, renewal and new life….

As the blossoms of Spring’s arrival flank our worlds with the sheer beauty of nature’s renewal that graces our surrounds, may hope and new life offer you an appreciation of the gift that each and every day holds.  Onward in gratitudes.  At Easter and beyond.

Wishing you and yours joy at Easter…



City Inspirations: Fashionable Windows Of Chicago In March

Fashionable Chicago In March

Chicago in March. With March winds and cooler breezes I strutted down the streets of Chicago in search of fashionable inspiration. Yes, inspiration abounds. But seeking the artistic visual presentation of changing fashion behind the glass windows of visual merchandising is a lure for my lens. Changing style. Changing seasons.  The fashionable windows of Chicago.  A monthly determination to present a photographic compilation of images to inspire…the art of fashion.

Of course, I am enamored with more than merely the fashionable forms that grace the stage of window display. The city itself is always a lure of inspiration. The joy of life. Energy, movement and city life daily inspires. The boats and the river life of Chicago is about to begin…Spring, onward!

Chicago River In March

As one strolls the streets of a city there is me with my camera. It is typical for passerby’s to stop and glance at the windows I am photographing.  Often I see their reflections in the windows that I am photographing as I wait for them to pass.  Yet this month, a moment was captured…a woman sees me photographing the striking windows of Neiman Marcus. She pauses briefly, directly in front of my pointed lens. Perhaps reflecting on what my lens is focussed on. Perhaps contemplating.  Captured. Life. Cause and effect. A contrast.  Life’s moments.


Cause & Effect: My Lens & A Passerby

Onward to the fashionable scenes that my lens focussed upon…

Chanel Style On Michigan Avenue & Lake Shore Drive
Style Forward: Chanel
Spring Window Appeal: Chanel
Burberry: Trench & Shoes Of Distinction
Window Display: Burberry Style
Elegance In Poised Style: Neiman Marcus
Neiman Marcus: A Fashion Statement
Fashionable Windows Of Ralph Lauren
Fashionable Visuals Behind Ralph Lauren
Stylish Impressions: Ralph Lauren
Max Mara: Vivid Style Off Michigan Avenue
Patterns & Visual Delight: Max Mara
Stylized & Fashionable Delights: Max Mara
Vivd Red: Bold Color Behind Max Mara
Black & White Fashionable Appeal Max Mara
Window Style: Max Mara
Ferragamo: Spring Style
Flower Power: Michael Kors
Tom Ford: Visual Distinction
Power in Black & White: Tom Ford
Colorful Standard: Patterns & Kate Spade
Lined In Visual Style: Jil Sander
Cobalt Blue Hues: Escada
Cobalt Blue Hues: Escada
The Trench & Colorful Delights: Prada
Embellishments & Style: Prada
Personal Homage & Lure: The Windows Of Max Mara

Consider with appreciation the visual display and art form of fashion. Changing seasons with changing windows of style. There is inspiration to be found, indeed. Finding a commitment in seeking inspiration is a worthwhile goal. Alas, behind the lens of the camera, onward I move…fashion, and Spring, ONWARD!



“Selfie”: Behind The Lens

City Inspirations: Fashionable Windows Of Chicago In February

Fashionable Chicago In February
Fashionable Chicago In February

Chicago. Always a visual treat. On a day that was unseasonably warm for February (a record 65 degrees!) I ventured onto the streets, camera in hand. As always, seeking to capture the changing fashionable visuals that awaited me. Change was most certainly in the air as passerby’s delighted in the warmer winds of Chicago and the rays of bright sunshine that filled the city streets and reflected off the city buildings. A Spring tease, indeed…

Chicago In February:  Unexpected Delights On The Chicago River
Chicago In February: Unexpected Delights On The Chicago River

On the streets is where I meander, searching each month for a fashionable visual that inspires, I embarked yet again.   Changing fashion.  My eyes seek the timeless, classic fashion yet I am always delighted by the visual merchandising presenting the current whims of fashion. Worth photographing, for certain. Moments in time.  Onward to the visuals of a month that focusses on love. February. Pink and red certainly abounded behind the thick glass windows and  “stages” of Fashion. Although my journey with my camera was after Valentine’s day, the visuals still proclaimed love. Compilations of my  fashionable photographic journey await…

Pink Hues Of Valentine Appeal:  Gucci
Pink Hues Of Valentine Appeal: Gucci
Prada:  A Background Of Pink Delight
Prada: A Background Of Pink Delight
Visual Intrigue: The Windows Of Chanel
Visual Intrigue: The Windows Of Chanel
Visual Merchandising Behind Chanel
Visual Merchandising Behind Chanel
Sideways Styled:  Classic Chanel
Sideways Styled: Classic Chanel
Neiman Marcus & Celine
Neiman Marcus & Celine
Neiman Marcus Visuals Of Fashionable Whim
Neiman Marcus Visuals Of Fashionable Whim
Hugo Boss:  Stylish & Visual Impact
Hugo Boss: Stylish & Visual Impact
Fashion Display:  February's Visuals
Fashion Display: February’s Visuals
Stylish Accessories Behind Salvatore Ferragamo
Stylish Accessories Behind Salvatore Ferragamo
Black & Whites Behind Jil Sander
Black & Whites Behind Jil Sander
Love In The Air:  Kate Spade
Love In The Air: Kate Spade
Red & Black:  February Delights
Red & Black: February Delights
Tom Ford Visuals
Tom Ford Visuals
Fashionable Visuals Off Rush Street
Fashionable Visuals Off Rush Street
Classis Stripes & White Cuff Appeal:  Michael Kors
Classis Stripes & White Cuff Appeal: Michael Kors
Max Mara:  Ongoing Stylish Impact
Max Mara: Ongoing Stylish Impact
Fashion & Reflections:  Max Mara
Fashion & Reflections: Max Mara
Stylish Stance:  Max Mara
Stylish Stance: Max Mara
Fashion In A City:  Reflections & Style At Max Mara
Fashion In A City: Reflections & Style At Max Mara
Fashionable Impact:  Max Mara Delight
Fashionable Impact: Max Mara Delight
Wedding Cake Impact & Fashionable Form:  Macy's/State Street
Wedding Cake Impact & Fashionable Form: Macy’s/State Street


Wedded Bliss:  Fantasy & Delight
Wedded Bliss: Fantasy & Delight
Slice Of Heaven & Heavenly Tulle:  Wedding Inspirations
Slice Of Heaven & Heavenly Tulle: Wedding Inspirations
Flowers & Hues Of Rose: Wedding Delights Behind Macy's
Flowers & Hues Of Rose: Wedding Delights Behind Macy’s
Rose Hues & Wedding Inspirations
Rose Hues & Wedding Inspirations
Bridal Party Delights:  Macy's/State Street
Bridal Party Delights: Macy’s/State Street
Embellishments & Details:  Bridal party Visuals
Embellishments & Details: Bridal party Visuals
"I Do":  A Statement Of A Lifetime...
“I Do”: A Statement Of A Lifetime…

A word about the visions of white tulle…on a personal note…

While photographing the windows filled with wedding bliss on State Street at the venerable Marshall Field’s building (now Macy’s), a passerby stopped and asked me which dress I would wear. My response was that I had already done that. My “I Do” became an “I Did”.  My personal fantasy, spilling with white tulle, was over. No longer a ring of gold encircles my finger. Yet for the love of the dress of white…for the love of the promise of love and its commitment to a successful future together endures.   Onward to those who confidently commit to that and embrace that as a reality in the years that follow.  My appreciation will always endure of the beauty, the elegance, the dreamy visuals of a bride and her wedding party. One of life’s greatest memories, indeed. And yes, onward to a slice of delicious cake…

And onward to life’s moment ahead.  For me, it’s fashion. Captured from behind the lens of a camera…

Max Mara:  Distinction In Black & White
Max Mara: Distinction In Black & White


The Fashionable windows beckon me continually. This passion that I have continued to share each month will endure. That is a commitment that I have  followed with fervor.  For inspiration abounds behind fashion’s window. Watching seasons changing upon the mannequins is absolutely thrilling to capture from behind my lens. Artistry in visual merchandising, indeed. Onward, from behind my the lens of my Nikon. Always…



Me & My City:  Chicago Love
Me & My City: Chicago Love

Beyond The “Pantry”: Kitchen Essentials On Display

On Display:  Essentials Of Everyday
On Display: Essentials Of Everyday

The “Pantry”.  Rethought, indeed.   Not every home has the luxury of a separate room appropriately deemed as “The Pantry”.   But alas, small spaces or kitchens that are void of a separate area to store the kitchen essentials of dining and culinary fares must creatively find storage to house the key items and surplus effectively.

“Let there be a place for every article, and when not in use let every article be in its place.”
-Mrs. Elizabeth Ellet, written in ‘The Practical Housekeeper’,1857

Of course, a brief history…
The actual word “Pantry” is termed as “a small room or closet in which food, dishes, and utensils are kept”.  The word “pantry” comes from the Old French word “paneterie” derived from the latin word “Panis” and “pain” which is the French word for bread. In Medieval times food and supplies were stored in specific rooms and bread was stored in the “Pantry”. Who knew?  Following this kitchen division, during the 17th and 18th centuries colonists in New England built rooms off kitchens for food storage called the “Buttery”.   It was during the 1800’s, however, that the era of the “Butler’s Pantry” is said to have begun in England as well as America. The “Butler’s Pantry” was a small pantry between the kitchen and the dining room where china and silver were stored and meals were often plated.  Elegance and luxury, indeed.

It is interesting to note that in American’s 1869 Catherine Beecher and Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote in their seminal, The American Woman’s Home, promoting the idea of bringing the pantry into the kitchen with the addition of more shelves and kitchen cupboards. However, that ingenious idea would not be utilized for nearly another century.  As a departure from the pantry “room”, it was during the 1900’s the American wooden Hoosier cabinet would become an instant icon  in American kitchen and serve as a pantry. Yet in the 1920’s and 1930’s the idea of a “breakfast nook” begins to replace pantries all together in kitchen design, furthering the merge of the pantry with the kitchen. Alas, the brilliant idea of Catherine Beecher and Harriet Beecher Stowe would finally see its formation with extended cabinetry and cupboards in kitchens.

Indeed, the pantry as we know it today has certainly evolved to be housed in a myriad of forms. The pantry today is certainly utilized based upon the surrounds and space that we have within our personal interiors. Although the term “Pantry” includes food storage, it is the display of household basics, such as bowls, china, dishes, glassware and kitchenwares, that my focus is upon.  Attractively on view.  Whether on view behind glass cabinets, open and exposed shelving or hidden attractively behind a closet door in small spaces, the storage of pantry items can certainly be a creative endeavor that can bring an attractive visual appeal to one’s space.  An organized ease of seeing one’s essentials and inspiration to use them more frequently, indeed.

Yet to reiterate, what is stored must be pertinent and essential.  To store what is not necessary is simply using valuable square footage.  Simply stated…

“The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak”   -Hans Hofmann

Perhaps each year, when the urge hits us to “Spring Clean” after the blur of the holiday’s have passed, we have looked at our collections of dishes and kitchen wares and have realized that edits lie ahead.  Yes, less is more.  But in the world of culinary fare, there are those that loudly claim more is more.  That said, organized, grouped and readily accessible those essentials will most certainly find more use and visual pleasure when attractively set before you.  “On Stage”, indeed.  Rethink. Edit.  And attractively find a nook, a shelf or align those pantry shelves!

Inspiration awaits…onward!

Stylish Storage:  The
Stylish Storage: The “Pantry”
The Pantry:  Everything On View
The Pantry: Everything On View
Storage & Interior Style:  The Pantry
Storage & Interior Style: The Pantry
Shelved Style:  The Pantry
Shelved Style: The Pantry
Lined, Stacked & At-The Ready:  The Pantry
Lined, Stacked & At-The Ready: The Pantry
Pantry Variations:  Stored & On View
Pantry Variations: Stored & On View
Kitchen Display:  Storage In Full View
Kitchen Display: Storage In Full View
Kitchen Basics In Stylish Presentation
Kitchen Basics In Stylish Presentation
Creative & Unexpected Storage Of Kitchen Essentials
Creative & Unexpected Storage Of Kitchen Essentials

Consider the “Pantry”.  Whether you are creating a space with shelves or only have room for a simple rolling cart, find inspiration in how to use what you have.  Since we only have the space that we have– maximize it!  Rethink with an organized format with an attractive and visually appealing presentation, onward!   You may just be inspired to entertain and enter the culinary world more often.  Remember, edit first.  Remove the unnecessary, so that the necessary may speak-And be used!

Cheers to organized entertaining ahead!