I know you’ve heard me talk about Jordan here on the blog before… she helps Emmett & I run our Tuesday Made shop! Albeit camera shy, she’s an integral part of our team (we’re lucky to have her!) and she just bought her first home. As a little housewarming celebration, I thought it would be fun to help style, shoot, and share her first renovation project with you! Her townhouse is a new build, so one of her main goals is to add character to a home that could potentially look cookie cutter. The first project she wanted to tackle was the entryway since that’s the space everyone first sees when entering the home, and it will set the aesthetic tone for the remainder of her place. She has an incredible design eye, loves all things vintage, and I definitely think she achieved her goal of inserting personality and warmth into her new entryway. Click through for some wonderful before & after images, to see the makeover, and of course to get the sources… I think you’re really going to like this one. Enjoy!
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This is what the space looked like right after she moved in. Everything is brand new and is a blank canvas for Jordan and her family to make their own. She lives with her husband and their sweet saint bernard puppy, Margo, so she wanted to make sure the entryway was functional for them as well.
The first step was to select paint and trade out some builder grade fixtures she didn’t love- like the brushed nickel doorknob and the recessed can light for a timeless flush mount fixture (I actually have the same fixture in our hallway). She picked my brain about contrast trim, and of course I crossed my fingers that was the direction she would take… because you know I really enjoy that look! She landed on Agreeable Gray by Sherwin-Williams. Once the cosmetic changes were tackled, it was time to source furniture and decor.
If you think I have good luck with Facebook Marketplace, you should meet Jordan. In the past few months, she’s scored some incredible pieces for her new townhome. One of those pieces being this gorgeous chest that looks like it was custom made for her entryway. The size couldn’t be more perfect, and shortly after- she found an antique mirror to hang above it, perfectly suited for her small space. I told you she has a great eye! In the image below, she taped out the scale for the mirror to ensure it fit properly. Remember my Designer Trick post on how to achieve a great sense of scale? This is the perfect example of that. The mirror will really help to exaggerate the ceiling height in her entry.
Once the larger items were taken care of, we started on the fun part- textiles and styling! She opted for a classic woven rug, with a vintage rug from our shop layered on top. The pairing was a great way to insert texture, color, pattern, and hide the flooring that she isn’t crazy about. I also love the warmth the rugs add to the room.
Are you ready to see Jordan’s completed and styled entry? It’s anything but boring, blank, and cookie cutter. I love the way it came together, and she’s thrilled- which makes me so happy!
It’s warm, welcoming, and well-designed. I’m in awe! Keeping it simple and functional in small spaces is always best, and I think Jordan definitely checked both of those boxes. Isn’t it light and lovely?!
We integrated a marble catchall for keys, a tray, a few candles to assist with the new home fragrance, and of course- the chest of drawers provides plenty of additional storage. I know Jordan has already started filling it with some dog items for her adorable puppy- paw wipes, treats, and walking essentials, as well as additional storage for living room textiles- like blankets and throws.
Jordan also installed a couple hooks beneath a vintage painting for dog leashes, bags, jackets, or scarves. We mixed a lot of metals in this space and it works really well.
The hooks perfectly complement the new polished nickel light fixture. That’s a great way to add cohesion to a room- repeat the metal in a smaller way. Think hardware, hooks, or hinges!
In addition to the newly updated flush mount fixture, we also added a table lamp to the entry. Given there are so many traditional pieces in this space, the juxtaposition of a modern lamp felt perfect! I’ve always loved this task lamp with a woven shade, and was happy Jordan trusted me to give it a try. I like that it adds another woven element to the space, repeating the warmth & texture of the rug.
The lamp is also a functional fixture- it plugs into an outlet and provides soft light during the evening hours, when Jordan doesn’t want to use the overhead. Layered lighting is very important for a well designed and well lit space! Catch 15 of my designer lighting tips in this post. Having multiple light sources in each room is key… even the entryway.
I’m a firm believer that candles make a new house feel more like home- especially this time of year, as the weather becomes dreary. I love the idea of keeping a candle in the entry because the fragrance sets the tone for your home and instantly makes things feel cozy, even if you’re not fully settled yet.
Of course we also styled some gorgeous details that accentuate Jordan’s beautiful vintage pieces. She’s also a fan of tassels and this color perfectly matches the vintage rug in the small space. Again, repetition is a fantastic way to make a design plan feel intentional.
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Given we wanted Jordan to enjoy this makeover shortly after moving in, I used Serena & Lily’s new availability filter feature on their website. It’s great given the current climate that involves extended lead-times in the design industry. This filter allows you to view items that deliver in under 4 weeks! A perfect feature for ensuring your items arrive in a timely matter- which is ideal for time sensitive projects like this one.
I’m really looking forward to seeing the rest of Jordan’s home unfold to match her personality and unique aesthetic. Of course styling, furnishing, and tackling projects all take time, but I know it will be absolutely stunning. She’s so talented! I’m sure you’ll also begin to see more of Jordan’s home in our Tuesday Made feed, as the months go on. Maybe I’ll convince her to hop on the other side of the camera lens in the future, but for now- I’m sure we’ll all be happy to see a little more of that cute pup of hers.
Jordan and I are actually headed to High Point Market tomorrow, and we’ll be collecting lots of design inspiration. We’ll be sure to share once we’re back! I hope you enjoyed Jordan’s entryway makeover. It’s fun to feature beautiful renovations outside of my own home- it’s a nice change of pace. Would you be interested in seeing more of these? Let me know if you have any questions about anything, and have a wonderful weekend ahead!