At Barrett Made, we are very fortunate to get to work on great projects with amazing people. Small or large, residential or commercial, we get lots of joy from collaborating to create unique spaces for unique people. Often times we get so caught up in the process and a successful finished product, we forget to stop and appreciate what we have helped create. This past week, we revisited some of Barrett Made’s completed projects from last year with local photographer Erin Little to see the spaces being used for their intended purposes.
Our first stop of the day was a place where everyone should go first thing in the morning, Tin Pan Bakery. Tin Pan is located in a small unassuming retail strip on Brighton Avenue, across from Capisic Street. We completed this project in November 2016. The owner, Elise, had approached us to help her turn her passion for baking into a brick and mortar retail bakery here in Portland. We must say, the space turned out great... almost as great as their baked goods.
Next stop was The Portland Flea-for-All. This project was quite the undertaking. Portlanders had known the space as Paul’s Food Center, which had been its occupant since 1975. Flea-for-All owners Erin Kiley and Nathaniel Baldwin purchased the building in March 2016 to relocate their already thriving business. Turning a 19th century building, that spent the last 40 years as a grocery store in to a funky, functional, wide-open retail space that captures the spirit of the owners and the vintage goods that they sell was challenging, but the we think the end result is pretty spectacular. Of course, having Erin and Nathaniel doing the decorating doesn’t hurt.
Our final stop was a residential project that wrapped up in October 2016. The original house was built by John Howard Stevens, son of John Calvin, in 1904 and the addition was built in 1914. We were tasked with reinventing the upstairs part of the addition and turning it into a master suite with a bedroom, bathroom and office. This house is the definition of the term “good bones” so demolition was a real pleasure. With guidance from the home owner, we decided to leave some of the “bones” exposed and it turned out stunning. Unfortunately, it also gave us bedroom envy.
These three spaces were amazing to revisit and photograph. You can feel the distinct personality in each of them, filled with all the things that now seem to have belonged there all along. Oh, and Erin was awesome! Equally at home in bakeries, flea markets and beautiful homes, we highly recommend her. She even let us take pictures of her. A real professional.
Watch our website for her beautiful photographs coming soon.