Jordan Sickel is a home décor, renovation, and DIY influencer with the Instagram account @JordanonTerrace. You may have known her by her former handle @twoqueenshome, where she chronicled updates to her 1925 character home. She recently sold that home and is now slowly renovating and tackling DIY projects in her new 70's apartment.
Although Jordan is just getting started remodeling and refining the apartment's look and feel, she knows she wants it to ultimately have a Parisian influence. She focused on "lipstick" projects before tackling the big items on her list: the kitchen, primary bath, spare bathroom, and flooring.
Door hardware was one of her early updates, and she chose to install Grandeur's Carre tall plate and Georgetown lever throughout the apartment. She initially came across Grandeur Hardware through Instagram, and the beautiful tall plate hardware stopped her in her tracks. It was like nothing she'd ever seen - exquisite and such a feature. She loves taking something simple, like an interior door, and making it unique with luxurious details.
Jordan wanted to preserve the original doors in the house because they have a simple backdrop, the look needed for this hardware to pop. She sanded, filled, primed, and painted each of the four doors. "It was a labor of love to make them perfect," she said.
She also painted the baseboards in the same shade of blue as the doors and mixed her own paint to get the exact color she was going for. For reference, it was about ¾ Light Blue from Farrow and Ball and ¼ Constellation from Benjamin Moore in the advance line. The finishing touches of the hallway update included changing light fixtures, hanging art, and installing the beautiful hardware and hinges on the doors.
After all of the hard work she had done to the doors, Jordan admits she was slightly intimidated to install the door hardware on her own. She was pleasantly surprised that installing and leveling the hardware ended up being incredibly simple. The best tip Jordan learned while completing this project is that a screwdriver is your best friend when screwing in the hardware, not a drill.
While Jordan's design style constantly evolves, she is currently inspired by Parisian décor. She also loves melding traditional and modern styles by adding timeless statement pieces such as brass door hardware and beautiful trim. Jordan notes, "It's all about choosing certain pieces that are quality, built to last, and look as though they will stand the test of time. I love when a home feels like it has a bit of history and depth to it."
As far as inspiration, traveling through Europe fills Jordan with ideas. She goes there every couple of years and comes back buzzing with inspiration. In her day to day, she loves scrolling Pinterest or perusing a coffee table book.
Some tips Jordan has for readers who wish to make a transformation in their home include starting small and honing in on your style before making a huge investment in a renovation. It's far easier to change out paint colors than it is to change out a countertop. Know where to splurge and where to save. Light fixtures and hardware are great places to splurge because they give an elevated, high-end look. Don't buy things just because they are trendy or all the rage. Take the time to find pieces you love, mix new and old, and add items that are an extension of you. Your home should feel like you.
Thanks, Jordan, for sharing this part of her home with us!