Jennifer Harrison, otherwise known as Flea Market Fab, isn’t afraid to go her own way.
INTERIOR STYLIST, BLOGGER AND ALL-AROUND CREATIVE FORCE JENNIFER HARRISON HAS INSTAGRAM BUZZING. The Euclid, Ohiobased designer has an enormous following, with fans relishing her recycled glam style featuring eclectic layers and rich textures. Also known as Flea Market Fab, Jen grew up going to garage sales and flea markets with her mom. We asked her to share some of the ways she breaks design rules to create truly unique spaces.
FLEA MARKET DÉCOR: WHAT DESIGN RULES HAVE YOU TOSSED OUT THE WINDOW?
JENNIFER HARRISON: Having the ability to show my style on Instagram has given me confidence to keep doing me and not follow what others do. I will put a pattern on top of a pattern, and not think twice about the way they look together. I will add any amount of texture to a space to give it depth and life. I don’t care about a particular style; I care about loving each piece—which gives me a sense of individuality. Vintage picking allows you to find one-of-a kind pieces, which leads to one-of-a kind spaces. When you think too hard about the way it’s going, you’re following a trend and not starting one. If you don’t think about it, it becomes magic.
FMD: HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT MIXING DIFFERENT ERAS? FOR EXAMPLE, CAN STUFF FROM THE ‘70S GO WITH STUFF FROM THE ‘80S?
JH: I am all about this. There is nothing better than a super chic Parisian modern space with contemporary pieces from the ’50s and ’60s, paired with colors from the ’80s. It is all about the colors and shapes, not necessarily the era or the fabric. Also, mixing in some quality pieces is key.
FMD: HOW ABOUT MIXING PATTERNS?
JH: If it is done in a complementary color or pattern, most things can work together. The colors you work with need a balance, and the balance may be in another pillow, or in the color that you use on the wall in the next room to make the color story work. So, for example, if there is a plum color in the fabric you chose, maybe use that same color on the wall in the next room. Looking through the rooms and seeing that same color echoed in the distance, allows it all to work together like cake and ice cream.
FMD: TELL US ABOUT A RECENT GREAT FLEA-MARKET FIND.
JH: They have a flea in Springfield, Ohio, every spring and fall. I have found the best of the best there, and that is why I go with so much excitement. This year I found a vintage Franco Albini rattan rocking chair for $20, and with the popularity of this style right now, it was quite the score. After throwing my money at the man with lighting speed, in fear of who was coming behind me, I did my research to find it listed for $960 on 1stdibs. So I was a happy camper for sure!
FMD: WHAT OUTDATED CONCEPT OF DESIGN DO YOU WISH PEOPLE WOULD IGNORE?
JH: It’s easy to get caught up in trends, but when you shop and design with vintage, you have the ability to stay true to yourself and afford a design shift. I like to tell people it takes all kinds to make the world go ’round. But only one to make a difference. Be you, and make that difference.
SYNCHRONICITY! Jennifer Harrison is featured in Desha Peacock’s new book. See “Fine Print” on page 124.