A Textile Designer’s Modern Colonial Is Incredibly Cheery — House Tour

Name: Erin Flett and family
Location: Gorham, Maine
Size: 2,400 square feet
Years lived in: 3 years, owned

We found an open lot in the middle of an established neighborhood in Gorham, Maine, and instantly fell in love. It was almost four acres, half-wooded, and half-open and flat. We decided to build a traditional colonial while keeping the details extremely modest, simple, and understated with a ton of white space with clean line finishes from the baseboards to the doors, kitchen cabinets and shelves. I love the simplicity of white on white and using found galvanized vintage industrial lighting, as well as vintage milk glass as much as possible and bringing in pops of color from found vintage art, small pieces of furniture, and my own hand-drawn, hand-silk screened textiles to help bring it together. My favorite two areas in and around our home is my giant yellow barn door I found on Craigslist that we incorporated for my home studio and my recycled granite curbing walls for my perennial garden with recycled Portland, Maine, cobble stone.

“My life has always been my design, and my design my life.”

I love working with white because the space feels instantly bright and sunny, and your art and textiles become the focus. I am a collector and find inspiration in our daily life in our wooded backyard or out and about in all the amazing vintage stores, estate sales, and antique shops, as well as drawing details from the flowers in my gardens. We live an eclectic life here in Maine and have built our home and our business with resilience, focus, and local mindfulness. My girls have literally grown up with our business. I started when they were 2 and 5 printing in our basement. Now they are 11 and 14. It means so much to me to raise my family in this unspoiled environment utilizing an old mill with such historical importance while building my brand. My life has always been my design, and my design my life.

My manufacturing studio is 10 minutes away in the Dana Warp Mill in Westbrook, Maine. The space is amazing and is on the fourth floor overlooking the Saccarappa Falls. It is drenched in natural light by 10 giant oversized mill windows with original wood floors. The brick walls all are painted white along with the historical old beams in the ceiling. My mill studio employs five in-house staff that make up printers and stitchers as well as one studio manager and my personal assistant who helps me with customer service and shipping. We have roughly five outside stitchers who sew for us and drop and pick up each week. We hand silk screen and sew yardage for the trade and ongoing hospitality projects, along with our wholesale accounts, as well as sell online. Our cotton textiles are hand woven in North Carolina, our linens are imported from England, and everything is hand printed and sewn here in our studio. Every detail is mindfully considered.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: We built our home which is a traditional Colonial but we made a lot of choices based on clean simple lines like our baseboards and trim as well as square windows in the master bedroom. I love found vintage so a lot of what you see is found over the years at estate sales and antique stores.

Favorite Home Element: My favorite element is our barn door I found on Craigslist that I had painted my favorite yellow. I found it with all the hardware so it was such an amazing find. I added industrial galvanized sheet metal to the base to reinforce the bottom, and repositioned the handle so it functioned better in the space. I sanded the metal track down a bit to get rid of rust but I kept the old patina.

Biggest Challenge: Building within a budget was a challenge but working with a good general contractor who understands your vision and aesthetic along with coming up with ideas on how to save money on some things while putting more money in other areas that end up being the things you use/see everyday is key.

Proudest DIY: I would say at home it’s our garden. It was a giant project but turned out so amazing. I used recycled granite curbing for the walls and old cobblestone pavers from the streets of Portland, Maine, for the edges of my flower beds.

Biggest Indulgence: Our giant granite steps in the back of the house to our patio.

Best Advice: Take things slow and find what you love.


Sideboard — West Elm
Pillows — Erin Flett
Bentwood Shelf — Vintage/Portland Flea for All
Coffee Table — Cut-down dining room table
Tall Asian Paintings on Grass cCoth – Gift from my parents
Green Lamp — Vintage
SUN Print — Vintage
Arched Lamp — Craigslist find
Black Dot Flokati Rug — Erin Flett

Vintage Tulip Table and Chairs — Portland Flea for All
Cushions hand made in yellow vinyl
Vintage marble top —Portland Flea for All
Hand-tufted GEORGE RUG — Erin Flett
Vintage Daisy Wall Hanging — Garage Sale Find

Floating Shelves — Etsy FDmsDesignTeam
Cabinets — Hillside Lumbar
Round Milk Glass Pendant Lights — Vintage
Pulls — brahmco_wholesale
Gas Stove/Dishwasher — Kitchenaid
Custom-Sized Kitchen Rubber mat — AmericanFloormats.com
Large Over the Stove Art Print Under Glass — Signed strawberry by Erin Flett
Glass — Portland Glass

Mid-century Bedroom Set — Wedding present from husband’s grandparents
Vintage bench — Found at a church swap
Two chairs — Craigslist score
Velvet 3 Line Band Pillows — Erin Flett
Mango Bed Spread — Cotton Linen Bed Spread Pottery Barn
Lamps — Vintage
Paintings — Vintage

Ped Sinks — Kohler
Faucets — Kohler
Cage Industrial Lights — Vintage
Shower Curtain — Pottery Barn Teen
Bath Mat — IKEA
Vintage tray hanging
Daisy Thorn Stretched Canvas — Erin Flett

Thanks, Erin!

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