2020 CotY Award Organizational Remodel Winner: Pantry Tasting Room

2020 CotY Award Organizational Remodel Winner: Pantry Tasting Room

We are proud to announce we won three National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) 2020 Contractor of the Year (CotY) Awards: Organizational Remodel, Commercial Remodel and Kitchen over 100,000. On our blog, we’re sharing the story behind the projects. Also make sure to check out the CotY Awards feature in the January 2021 issue of RHome.

The Story

The clients wanted every part of their house finished with color, texture, fabulous light and warmth. Including the pantry!

The pantry before

Pantry before


The Wish List

They needed storage for everything in this catch-all room:

  • a printer
  • cleaning supplies
  • small appliances
  •  the wine collection.

They also wanted to have a staging area for entertaining. Partway into the process we decided that it should no longer be called a pantry, so it became a tasting room!

Floor Plan Before and After


We removed a small broom closet so that the entire space could utilize specialty cabinetry for the storage needs, keeping everything accessible.

Small broom closet to remove



On the right , there is a roll-out drawer with an outlet for the printer. A slide-out drawer above it stores paper.



The large two-door cabinet in the center has lighting and outlets so that small appliances can be used in their place of storage. Display cabinets for glassware flank the center of the cabinet.



On the left, the wine cooler is an integrated style to balance the large storage cabinet on the right. This large cabinet holds the vacuum, brooms and mops. The center has storage and a flex work surface for cookbooks, an auxiliary desk and party staging.


The Design Details

LED tape lights placed vertically along the sides illuminate the display cabinets. Diane Williams, of Art to Di For applied a decorative paint finish to the custom cabinets and walls. An oversized lotus blossom chandelier fills the void in the vaulted ceiling, adding drama in a most functional way. Wire mesh was used instead of glass for a more rustic look to go with the homes farmland atmosphere.


The Challenge

Coordinating the many artisans and trades was complicated, but that’s why our clients chose us. From start to finish, we managed:

  • demolition
  • repairs to the floor
  • an electrician
  • dry wall repair
  • cabinet maker
  • decorative artist for cabinets, then later painting the walls to the walls
  • wine cooler installation
  • electrician to trim out the specialty lighting
  • the counter top fabricator to template the counter, backsplash, window sill and outlets, then install
  • installation of a massive chandelier
  • cabinet hardware installation

Kathy Corbet Interiors is thrilled to be featured in the upcoming book Inspired Interiors. Browse some of our most beautiful spaces alongside the work of other leading interior designers and start imagining your dream home.