Kendra Dennis, the creative mind behind the Fort Worth-based shop, Jackson Kline, has a sharp eye for eclectic design. Focusing on mixing vintage pieces with modern elements, she curates looks that are timeless. Jackson Kline offers one-of-a-kind pieces, ranging from gorgeous mid-century chairs to breathtaking photography and unique lamps. We sat down with Kendra to talk about art, the changing antique industry, and her design inspirations.
Why is your shop called Jackson Kline?
Jackson Kline is named after my two boys, Jackson Whit (he goes by Whit) and Andrew Kline (who goes by Drew).
What inspired you to become an antiques dealer?
Living in New York and London and making trips to Europe I was inspired by the different styles and the quality of the work. The craftsmanship and the detail on a lot of the older pieces are amazing and is becoming a lost art.
What do you think draws people to you and your shop?
I don’t specialize in any particular style as I have lots of different interests, but I especially love art deco and modernist furniture. Therefore my store has a mix of styles (art deco, mid-century, Asian, Hollywood Regency), which is how I like to design a room, combining old with new and putting different eras together. Hopefully this appeals to a wide variety of people.
What do you think is a “must have” item in the following rooms: kitchen, bath, bedroom, living room?
For the kitchen–art. Most families spend lot of time in the kitchen, so why not put pieces of art in there that you love and enjoy viewing.
How do you have time to be a dealer, designer, and artist with 2 kids?
My kids are older now, both in middle school so that frees up my days, which gives me time to focus on sourcing vintage and antique items for the site, painting, and working with clients on design jobs. I was a stay-at-home mom for a long time, and now I have the time to be creative and find a good balance between family and work.
What do you think has changed the most in the antique and furniture industry in the last five years?
It’s not as easy to find great deals at estate sales as it used to be, as estate sale dealers often compare what they have for sale to online listings. That being said, it is still possible to find deals in other places, which I try to pass on to my customers.
What do you think has changed for the better?
I love the fact that Art Deco and mid-century modern styles are back in fashion. I love their timeless clean lines and I like to mix old with new items that have that timeless, clean look.
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