Q&A

Jen­nifer Har­ri­son, oth­er­wise known as Flea Mar­ket Fab, isn’t afraid to go her own way.

Flea Market Décor - - Contents - BY KATHRYN DRURY WAG­NER

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.

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