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A Shop Owner’s Ever-Evolving Pad in Nashville, TN

by Garrett Fleming

In the age of Etsy, Squarespace and others, more people than ever have been able to open up their own digital storefronts and thrive in the online marketplace. What’s great about these options is that they eliminate all of the costs associated with running a brick-and-mortar shop. Without a storefront or back room to hold any inventory, though, what’s a modern-day, e-shopowner to do when there’s a little overflow? If you’re Erin Sparks of Nashville, TN’s Vintage Sparkle, you decorate your own home with it.

Every inch of the 1,300-square-foot house she shares with her husband Zak is given a little pep with goods from the shop. A collection of vintage rocking horses here, rattan chairs and handcrafted goods there. From the icy blue-colored entryway all the way to the couple’s bohemian bedroom, layers of patterned and colored decorations rule. All these pretty furnishings don’t stick around long, though. Erin’s loyal customers keep the space in a constant flux, and it never looks the same way on Monday as it does on Friday. “Clients are buying pieces off the walls and shelves all the time, and I love that,” Erin tells us. “This home is, in a sense, my canvas.” With that in mind, take a peek inside this home as it is now — clearly its look won’t last long. Enjoy! —Garrett

Photography by Samantha Nelson

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The living room's wall hanging is actually a tablecloth. Originally, Erin had put it up to photograph in hopes of selling it, but it fit so perfectly she couldn't take it down. It's this bravery to try out new colors, pattern combinations and decor ideas that makes her and Zak's home so fun.
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Zak, Erin and Fancy the chihuahua have lived in this ranch-style home in Nashville, TN for seven years. Its proximity to local restaurants and shops as well as downtown is what they say makes it their dream home.
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The Sparks' living room is so large, Erin divided it into two spaces. The white chairs swivel around to face the fireplace behind them, creating a second sitting area. She tells us it's "... the heart of [her] home and makes entertaining really easy and fun." Blue throw by MINI-malist.
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The entryway is decorated with flea market finds and a World Market pendant light. Erin and Zak gave this space and the living room a boost with a coat of Sherwin-Williams "Soar."
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A full renovation wasn't in the budget for Zak and Erin, so they got strategic and repainted all of the kitchen cabinetry white to give the space a refresh.
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S is for Sparks. This vintage piece came off of a local theatre marquee.
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Erin says her favorite part about decorating with vintage and found items is the story behind each and every great find she stumbles across. The dining table is from West Elm.
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One of Erin's Instagram followers actually suggested she switch up the look of her bar cart (from Ohio shop The Bomb Shelter) after she saw a shot of it online. Luckily, Erin wasn't offended at all and ended up liking the new look even better than its predecessor.
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"This is my office. I call it my girl cave. It’s never this clean," Erin admits.
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A Craigslist find, the desk had to get a coat of paint before it was in working order. It was a risk that Erin wasn't too crazy about, but she couldn't be more thrilled with how it turned out. The piece hanging above it is by Nashville's own Gina Julian.
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She can't explain why, but Erin has a thing for old rocking horses. This is one of three in her collection. It hangs out next to a wicker piece holding all of the tech essentials for running her business Vintage Sparkle.
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A lot of the couple's time is spent here in bed burning through Netflix shows. Nearly everything decorating their room is handmade, including the feather garland from Wonderful Collective and the embellished army blanket by Melissa Crochet.
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Artwork by Native Bear and a terrarium and garland by Nicole Diamond spice up the couple's dresser.
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"What I love most about my home is..."
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With 1,300 square feet of living space, the 1980s home fits the small family perfectly. It's also surprisingly open given its age.

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