While the year 2020 has been full of uncertainties, one thing for certain is that people are spending more time at home. For some, more time working; for others, more time learning. And for those preparing meals, more time cooking.
Which brings us to the topic of kitchen pantries. And no one knows more about organized pantries than Mindy Bledsoe, Owner and Executive Design Consultant at Tailored Living of Nashville.
“Kitchen pantries have become one of the most popular renovation spaces this year,” says Mindy. “People eat out less and are focusing more on preparing meals at home. The pandemic has made folks look at their homes, and how they are – or aren’t – organized. It’s much easier to make a grocery list and plan meals from an organized pantry. Conversely, a lack of organization can cause stress for a lot of people.”
During a free in-home consultation, Mindy or one of her professional design team members will measure the existing pantry space and discuss ideas with the homeowner. This is a collaborative process to ensure the result is a functional and beautiful space the family will enjoy for years to come.
Mindy notes, “Adjustable shelving is a must to maximize the use of existing space, and can make a huge difference in even a small pantry. No one needs to settle for the wire shelving many builders use as a default.” Additions including spice racks, can racks, baskets and drawers can all be added to maximize organization. In larger pantry spaces, a possible drop zone for grocery bags, areas for food prep, a wine rack and vertical shelf dividers can also be incorporated.
The shelving material most often chosen is a white or light grey melamine, which is extremely durable with numerous finishes. While “light and bright” is most common, folks can also incorporate decorative drawers, crown molding and wood if desired.
With more than 16 years of home organization under her belt, Mindy is humble when asked how she came to own and manage her own business. “I designed commercial office space for many years and decided it was time to make a change. I happened upon an opportunity with California Closets where I ultimately had a successful career for 13 years. My husband Tim and I had always wanted to own our own business and felt the time was right, so we decided to start Tailored Living in 2017.”
“I am passionate about home organization design and love working with our customers; it is truly a joy for me!”