EASLEY – Sparkle Touch Design is more than a retail store or a personal passion for Jan Winslett Horne. It is inspired by family, particularly her mother.
Sparkle Touch is located in a small frame building at 312 A. North 1 St. Ave. in downtown Easley. Horne describes it on the store’s Facebook page as “a unique boutique bringing local design, craft, and ingenuity to Upstate South Carolina. Our primary focus is up-cycled antique and vintage furniture.”
Hazelean Winslett, known by most around the area as Granna Winslett, is that inspiration.
Fingering an old Mason jar filled with glass marbles, Horne says, “This is my heart.”
It is a symbol of a lifetime of work and prodding by her parents.
“My dad would have me out at the city dump on the other side of the tracks, looking for marbles,” she said. “I would look and look and look and then see something a little shinny and there it would be.”
She pointed to half a dozen small and large jars filled with colorful marbles.
Most of the items came out of their basement, collected there over the years. The four rooms of the little building are filled with little and big reworked pieces of treasure from the basement – a make-up table sanded and painted artistically, an antique door turned into a desk, a 1950s steel lawn chair, sanded and repainted.
The overwhelming theme of the art is bright colors.
Others share their works also at Sparkle Touch on consignment.
In addition to growing up in a home of collectors, Horne had the experience of watching her mother arrange florals at the Flower Den, a design studio originating in a spare room of the family home.
Horne cared for her mother for four and a half years during Granna’s failing health.
“She told me I should have a shop and use my creative ability,” Horne said.
And so Horne has out of inspiration from a lifetime developed a unique place of up-scaled treasures from a basement and will soon be moving on to year two.