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Behind the Barn Door


If you’ve been following along for awhile, no doubt you’ve seen the barn door. A million times. Ever wonder what’s behind it? After a few people asked if it’s actually functional, I thought I better show you! It actually hides the smallest, and maybe the BEST, room in the house…the pantry. Ready? Let’s go in!


You would THINK I would have done some grocery shopping before I took pics for this post…but aint nobody got time for that. This is real life, people. πŸ˜‰ Don’t wanna burst your bubble, but this mama is NOT a cook. Don’t get me wrong, we make tacos and spaghetti like everyone else in America…but there’s also a lot of stopping by for take-out and sandwiches on the run. ‘Tis the season of life. This entire paragraph should be in parenthesis. It’s not earth-shattering news, but apparently my lack of kitchen skills are a vulnerable area that I feel I need to explain. And I know I don’t. You’ll accept me anyway, won’t you? πŸ˜‰

Soooo, ya. The pantry. It holds food and stuff. But wanna see my FAVORITE “secret-to-clean-kitchen-counters” feature?


Cue the Hallelujah chorus. Seriously. This little counter top is a life-saver! It’s usually littered with the mail pile, keys, sunglasses, and who-knows-what-else. But guess what? That’s great! Because then THE KITCHEN COUNTERS ARE CLEAN AND TIDY. Just roll that barn door closed, and voila! Clean! (Aaaaand now you know why the barn door is usually CLOSED in every other pic you’ve EVER seen of the kitchen, haha). Now let’s talk about the window. It’s fun to have a high “privacy” window like this…it doesn’t even need a window covering, but you know me. I’m a total tension-rod-lover (isn’t everyone?)…so I picked up some outdoor fade-resistant fabric (this window gets blasted with light) and whipped up a quick valance. And then I labeled it because at some point I might forget what room I’m in. Just kidding. I labeled it because I label everything, so we better not make the valance feel “left out.”


The hooks are the perfect spot to stash your purse and jacket. Again, leaving the kitchen CLEAN. πŸ™‚ Oh man. Now you know all of my secrets.


This DARLING stool came from TJ Maxx, one lucky day. It even adjusts up and down…so farmhousey! We found the bin at a vintage sale, and then added some casters to the bottom. Perfect storage for the unsightly odds and ends.


The upper shelves hold serving pieces that don’t get used super often, but they’re still in sight so we don’t forget about them.


Ok, buckle up for the “NOT-CUTE” side…but hey, it holds the chest freezer, which is so convenient!


And here’s the view from the pantry…just to give some perspective.


In case you missed the “video tour” on Instagram, you can watch it here.

Thanks for stopping by the pantry! I won’t offer to make you any dinner, but cookies? Now we’re talking!


  • October 15, 2016 - 4:25 pm

    Terry - I think the hidden desk is brilliant!!ReplyCancel

  • October 16, 2016 - 7:16 pm

    Alyson Standen - Hello where did you get your white kitchen cabinets from. As well as your counters! Thanks.ReplyCancel

    • October 16, 2016 - 11:10 pm

      yellowprairieint - Hi Alyson! Our cabinets were sourced through our builder, I believe the cabinet company is called Vixen Cabinets. The counters are “River White” granite. πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • October 18, 2016 - 4:32 pm

    Kelly - Love your IG feed and now blog. So happy to find you. Could you please tell me the color of stain of barn door? Thanks in advance.ReplyCancel

    • October 18, 2016 - 9:03 pm

      yellowprairieint - Hi Kelly! The barn door was made from salvaged barn wood used in its “found” condition, no stain added. Sorry I’m not more help!😊ReplyCancel

  • October 31, 2016 - 1:57 am

    Michelle Honeycutt - Hi! I love love love the hidden little desk in the pantry😍Heck, I love everything about this house that I’ve seen. BEAUTIFUL! If you don’t mind my asking, do you have floor plans? My husband and I are planning to build soon & im looking for ideas. Thank you! And have a good night:)ReplyCancel

    • October 31, 2016 - 6:06 pm

      yellowprairieint - I’ll email the layout to you! πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

      • December 13, 2016 - 6:46 pm

        Melissa - Oh My Gosh, I love everything about this house. Would you mid sharing the floor plans with me as well!? Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • November 3, 2016 - 1:05 am

    Penny johnson - Love it all! GorgeousReplyCancel

  • November 3, 2016 - 3:47 pm

    Laly - Hi! I love all of this. Can you share where you bought the cabinet pulls?ReplyCancel

    • November 3, 2016 - 6:57 pm

      yellowprairieint - Hi Laly! The cabinet pulls are from National Builder’s Hardware. πŸ™‚ Have a great weekend!ReplyCancel

  • November 4, 2016 - 3:25 pm

    Rebecca - I’d love to see your layout plan as well… Thanks!ReplyCancel

    • November 7, 2016 - 12:26 am

      yellowprairieint - I’ll send it to you, Rebecca! πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • November 6, 2016 - 6:57 pm

    Megan - Love the light fixtures above the island in the kitchen…any idea of model or where you bought them? Do they still provide significant light in the evening when you don’t have natural light pouring in? Thanks!!!
    Beautiful homeReplyCancel

    • November 7, 2016 - 12:27 am

      yellowprairieint - Hi Megan!

      Yes, the lighting is from I believe our fixtures are under “lanterns.” They provide great light, but we have can lights as well. πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • November 7, 2016 - 4:53 pm

    Megan - Yay! Found the lanterns…of course there’s multiple options πŸ™ˆ Is yours bronze or black? Five or four lights?

    Again…THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!ReplyCancel

    • November 7, 2016 - 9:24 pm

      yellowprairieint - Mine are 4 lights, black. πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

    • December 29, 2016 - 6:53 pm

      Cassie - meghan, would you mind sharing a link? I can’t find the lantern light fixtures.ReplyCancel

  • November 8, 2016 - 3:36 pm

    Jen Zimmer - I am obsessed with this! Do you have a layout of kitchen, living and pantry area? Building next year and want to get a feel for the size. It’s perfect! Just perfectReplyCancel

    • November 9, 2016 - 4:23 pm

      yellowprairieint - Hi Jen! I’ll email you the layout. Have a great day!ReplyCancel

  • November 12, 2016 - 1:00 am

    Steph - I love your home. It is beautiful. Do you know the color/name of your hardwood flooring? Are the boards 2 inches wide?ReplyCancel

    • November 14, 2016 - 1:01 am

      yellowprairieint - Hi Steph! Our flooring is hardwood maple, although our particular floors are now discontinued. There are so many pretty options out there right now, though! πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • November 13, 2016 - 3:53 pm

    Sara Carpenter - Thanks so much for sharing your pantry! I’d LOVE to see floorplans as well πŸ™‚ this may have solved my design dilemma!ReplyCancel

    • November 15, 2016 - 2:52 am

      yellowprairieint - Hi Sara! I’ll email the layout to you. πŸ™‚ Have a great evening!ReplyCancel

      • January 10, 2017 - 6:49 pm

        Emily - Would you mind sharing your floorplans with me as well??? I love everything about your house! Thank you so much!ReplyCancel

  • November 13, 2016 - 5:42 pm

    Crystal Turner - I am so in love with your house and your design style!! You are so talented and your home is absolutely stunning! I would also love to see the floor plans of your house, if you don’t mind. Also wondering where you found your living room furniture? So, so pretty!ReplyCancel

    • November 15, 2016 - 2:56 am

      yellowprairieint - Hi Crystal! The living room furniture is from Ethan Allen. I’ll email a layout of our home. πŸ™‚ Have a great night!ReplyCancel

  • November 15, 2016 - 2:40 am

    Meredith - I saw you responded to several requesting a layout of your house. I’m very interested to see that too if you are willing to share. Love your home!ReplyCancel

    • November 15, 2016 - 2:58 am

      yellowprairieint - Hi Meredith! I’ll email the layout to you. πŸ™‚ Have a great evening!ReplyCancel

  • November 15, 2016 - 6:38 am

    Chera - Hi! Beautiful house! Could you email me the floor plan? I’d love dimensions of the kitchen pantry and dining room! Thank you for sharing:)ReplyCancel

    • November 15, 2016 - 6:43 pm

      yellowprairieint - Hi Chera! I’ll send it over. πŸ™‚ Have a great day!ReplyCancel

  • November 25, 2016 - 4:20 am

    Debra Lightsey - Hey! I would love the floor plan if possible! Gorgeous home! Thanks!ReplyCancel

    • November 26, 2016 - 5:14 am

      yellowprairieint - Hi Debra! I’ll email it to you. πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • November 29, 2016 - 1:53 am

    Liz - Beautiful home!
    And I love that your sharing your plans. Would you mind sending them? Can you also say where you got the counter stools?ReplyCancel

    • November 30, 2016 - 12:26 am

      yellowprairieint - Hi Liz! Yes, I’ll send them along…and the counter stools are from Pier 1. πŸ™‚ Have a great evening!ReplyCancel

  • December 1, 2016 - 2:39 am

    Beki - Love love love so much about your home. My own big barn door is patiently waiting to be hung someday. I’d love to compare our ideas with your layout as well if you would share your plans with me please?ReplyCancel

    • December 2, 2016 - 7:13 pm

      yellowprairieint - Yes! I’ll email it to you. Have a great weekend!ReplyCancel

  • December 13, 2016 - 7:49 pm

    Melissa - I love the barn door pantry! And the rest of the house.. mind sharing your floor plans? My husband and I are planning on building and that would be so helpful!ReplyCancel

    • December 13, 2016 - 10:46 pm

      yellowprairieint - I’ll send it over! πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • December 24, 2016 - 2:52 am

    Kim - I love your house and the layout. Would you be able to provide the floor plan? We are building a house next year and it would be perfect. ThanksReplyCancel

    • December 27, 2016 - 5:01 pm

      yellowprairieint - I’ll send it over, Kim! πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • December 28, 2016 - 12:02 am

    Jenny - If you don’t mind, where did you get the barn door hardware, thanksReplyCancel

    • December 28, 2016 - 3:52 pm

      yellowprairieint - Hi Jenny! The hardware was from Rustica hardware. πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • December 29, 2016 - 6:48 pm

    Cassie - I just wanted to say I think it is very cool how much information you share with people who are interested in specific things featured in spaces you’ve done. Most designers would want to keep secret! I would use you as a designer in an instant – one day when we have a house I’ll keep that in mind:)ReplyCancel

    • December 29, 2016 - 9:35 pm

      yellowprairieint - Aww! Thank you Cassie!😊ReplyCancel

  • December 30, 2016 - 2:57 pm

    Megan - My husband and I are in love with everything about your home. We are looking to build next fall and would love to know the layout of your house. After years of pinteresting, I only want to show your pictures to our builder! Fantastic job!ReplyCancel

    • December 30, 2016 - 6:10 pm

      yellowprairieint - Congrats on getting ready to build, Megan! I’ll send you our layout. πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • January 2, 2017 - 8:56 pm

    Courtney - My husband and I follow you on Instagram to get our farmhouse fix. You have such a wonderful gift, and the most beautiful attention to detail! I get so overwhelmed by interior decorating because I just can’t figure out how to pattern and texture match. Your posts are so inspirational for those of us who are design-challenged πŸ™‚ I am wondering if you would mind emailing me the layout of your beautiful home? We are looking to build in the next 2 years and we would love to pick up a few (several) little ideas from your floor plan!ReplyCancel

    • January 2, 2017 - 9:48 pm

      yellowprairieint - Well, wow, Courtney! Thank you for your sweet words. I’ll email the layout to you! Have a great day.ReplyCancel

  • July 17, 2017 - 4:54 pm

    Aron - I love the layout of your kitchen and pantry. Would you mind to share the width of the island and possibly the floor plan. ThanksReplyCancel