Our retailer spotlight this week is Erica Carpenter, owner of Five Thirty Home. If you’re near the Zionsville, IN area be sure to check out her shop!
FIVE THIRTY HOME
20 N. Main St
Zionsville, IN 46077
Tell us a little about you…
I am a native Kentuckian who came to my adopted hometown of Zionsville, Indiana via Hanover College and a blind date that went well. The date led to a 14 year (and counting) marriage to my husband Jim, four beautiful and loud boys ages 4-11, and our own business, fivethirty home, formerly fivethirty resale. We affectionately call the store our fifth child — she’s the girl I always wanted! In my spare time, I like to read and play with the kids.
Why did you start your business?
Painting furniture had been my hobby, therapy and occasional profession since 2004. I knew we could make a go of selling my painted pieces and vintage collectables. One of our FAQ in the store is “why fivethirty?” We chose the name in honor of my dad who died in 2011. He lived and worked for most of his life at mile marker 530 on the Ohio River. He was a picker before anyone knew what one was. He traveled to all 50 states and around the world, collecting treasures to share with friends and family along the way. I know he would be our best customer and so happy for us!
Where do you find inspiration?
From the bricks that line our Main Street in Zionsville to magazines and Pinterest, I am inspired by color. I love pieces with layers of patina, especially license plates, barn finds and bicycles (check out my Instagram feed @fivethirtyhome). I like to figure out how to recreate that old, weathered look with milk paint.
What is your favorite thing to collect?
I love Blue Willow china. I went crazy when I first started collecting, but have pared it down to just the pieces I really love. My favorite piece is a creamer that belonged to my great-grandmother and was in my grandparent’s house for 40 years.
What is your favorite MMSMP color and why?
I can’t choose just one so let’s say Kitchen Scale is my favorite color and Grain Sack is my favorite neutral. We love Kitchen Scale so much; we used it on our 12’ long paint display! My favorite part of using Kitchen Scale is stirring in the little bursts of yellow pigment that make is such a rich, beautiful teal.
I always tell our customers that Grain Sack is the perfect shade of “not too white and just white enough”. We often finish our pieces painted with Grain Sack in a custom mix of Miss Mustard Seed’s Furniture and Antiquing Waxes.