Meet Jess Jamison. We first became acquainted with the designer, collector and co-proprietor of Wrecking Ball Collective after she discovered us on Instagram and then applied to be a vendor at our Dallas show last fall. Since then, this tireless ball of fire has become one of our favorite people, even graciously helping us with the awesome decor for our winter Summit.
Her first Flea Style show was only her second show ever, and Jess says, “It was such an awesome time. My expectations were just to do and learn — and hope that I sold a lot of treasures! All around it was a great experience, with friends helping out running the booth, shopping a little bit and meeting a lot of like-minded business owners who crush it!”
Jess will return to our show this spring. There you’ll be able to check out — and take home — her vintage finds: She’s bringing lots of furniture, tons of pottery and brass, unusual one-off lamps and a rack of clothes like you won’t find anywhere else. She says she loves Flea Style shows because they are”pretty and curated, and everyone is super friendly throughout the whole process. There are several vendors who curate and sell items similar to mine, but fresh eyes give such a great perspective to each piece. It’s just very inspiring. (And I like cocktails too!)”
We recently dropped by her home in Uptown Dallas — a 1,600-square-foot apartment on the second floor of a 1930s building surrounded by oak trees — for a cup of coffee and to check out her personal treasure trove. It’s the kind of place where both a patinaed brass bowl and a disco ball hang in the window, and on this morning the dining room chandelier had been replaced with a tasseled mobile for 4-year-old Everly’s birthday party. It’s a delightful one-of-a-kind space bursting with surprises.
Have a look around, and get to know this creative genius with a love of bold color and an eye for edgy.
Whom do you live with?
My husband, Shane; our 4-year-old daughter, Everly; and our 14-year-old poodle, Sam.
How long have you been in this space?
Two and a half years, since we moved back to Dallas after five years in San Francisco.
What’s your favorite thing about the space?
I love all the little nooks and crannies. Everywhere you turn there is a little spot to put something.
What does “home” mean to you?
For me, home means comfort. I want our home to be so comfortable that you walk in and kick off your shoes and feel like you can stay for a while. If you’re our guest and you want to stay in pj’s all day, we want you to feel comfortable enough to do that. That’s our jam.
Describe your home style in three words.
Eclectic modern vintage.
Where do you like to shop for your home?
Garage sales, estate sales and thrift stores. I know where all of the thrift stores are in the Metroplex. One of my favorites is the Salvation Army in Garland. There are some great ones in downtown Rockwall. When I first moved back from San Francisco, I could find Persian rugs at Genesis for $40, but that’s changed. So I’ve had to branch out, which is pretty fun because I get to see some areas around Dallas that I otherwise wouldn’t have.
Favorite spot in the apartment?
I love the office. I love working at that table. I also love Everly’s room.
Favorite item in the apartment?
I bought my gray velvet club chairs at an estate sale about 14 years ago. There is currently one in the living room and one in our bedroom. They were the first furniture I ever had professionally reupholstered.
What’s the most surprising thing we’d find in your home?
I’ve got some ugly ’80s art in the bathroom that I cannot let go of. They are abstract prints. They actually sell for about $400, but they are kind of ugly. Still, I don’t care.
Is there anything you’d like to change about your home?
I wish the front yard were gated and then I could have a garden.
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Dream house guest?
Kelly Wearstler. I love her and her style. She is so dedicated to her business, and her spaces are amazing.
Three people (living or dead) you’d like to have for a dinner party?
Betty White, and Big Edie and Little Edie from Grey Gardens. (I am an 80-year-old woman in a 30-year-old body!)
Books or music?
Cook or clean up?
Netflix or Amazon Prime?
Netflix. Though right now we are watching Golden Girls on Hulu and Big Little Lies on HBO.