Photographer Erin Austen Abbott lives with her husband, Sean Kirkpatrick of the band , ( dog Ida and two cats, Harriett and Louise) in Water Valley, Mississippi, just outside of Oxford in this home built in 1890. The town of 3,600 has a vibrant artist community, and just last year Erin opened a store, , in Oxford as a way to combine her other two passions: vintage and craft culture. Even though the home is 120 years old, the couple is only its fourth owners! It’s a place where people put down roots! Thanks, Erin and Sean! — Amy A.
My decorating style is flea-market vintage meets grandma chic. I love to mix vintage with my hand-me-downs from my mom and grandmother. I’m didn’t want it to feel too cluttered though, so I’m always editing my pieces. I also have lots of vintage collections (globes, birds, maps, sailboats, knit pillows, etc.), so I tend to rotate them so that I don’t have too much going on at once. Since it was my house before Sean and I got married, we’ve brought his style into our house as well. He tends to like things streamlined, so we complement each other.
Image above: All thrift store finds in this photo. Mississippi is not short of places to find deals.
Image above: I love the monotones going on with the love seat and pillows. The pull down map is from an old school over in the Mississippi Delta that was being torn down. I was able to get about seven maps that day when they sold everything in the school.
Image above: This is the coziest room in the house. It’s filled with all my books from my childhood as well as new ones that I’ve added to the collection. It’s also our favorite place to watch Netflix and relax. The man [who] lived here before us made archery arrows and this room was his workshop. The Shins show prints are by Cole Gerst of . The portrait above the couch is of my mom from 1968.
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Image above: Records. Records. And more records. All through college, I did a radio show, so vinyl was my drug. Had to get that first pressing of some obscure band to play on the show. Yes, I still love vinyl. I think Sean married me for my record collection. Our friend built the bookshelves for us to house our growing collection. Mixed in with the vinyl is a vintage Polaroid camera collection. Art by and myself.
Image above: This room is great for naps — windows looking out on our old oak trees makes you feel like you are in a tree house. At night you can even hear the owls that live in the trees.
Image above: The sailboat painting was a find from a great little junk shop in Paris, Mississippi. Almost everything else in this photo was thrifted as well. The dish towels are from Anthropologie. The white china belonged to my great-great-grandmother.
Image above: Welcome to my most favorite collection of all. Our vintage glassware — glasses from anywhere and everywhere, all from thrift stores and my grandmother. The teabag art was made as a wedding present by a very talented artist named Amanda McKnight. Artist Coulter Fussell did the bird and avocado paintings. I’m not sure who did the green painting of the little girl, but I love it. I put together the shadow box of vintage jar lids.
Image above: For years I toured the country and Europe, working for different bands as their merch person. Along the way, I made it my job to find any and every photo booth in town. From a random mall in New Mexico to a Spaghetti Warehouse in Oklahoma to street booths in Berlin and Budapest, I found them all. This collection, which is only half of it, spans from 2000 to present.
Image above: The curtains are passed down to me from my grandmother’s home. They are one of my favorite things in our home. The rocking elephant was mine as a child. My mom has always been into design and it was important to her that, as children, we had quality pieces to play with [that] were also aesthetically pleasing. I think the elephant exemplifies that. It’s modern looking, yet fits with the feel of our house.