Tailored to Tradition

The Jordan Home 

Demetria, TJ, and Deanna Jordan

 

If you were to ask Demetria and TJ Jordan what led them to their charming Southern traditional home in Harrison, they would tell you it was fate. After deciding their family of three had outgrown their home, the duo began looking for a place where their family would have plenty of room and they could entertain guests.

 

By Christina Davenport

Photography by Philip Slowiak

 

“I have a friend who is a realtor, and after I mentioned that we were interested in moving, she instantly came over. Within three or four days, we had purged a lot of our belongings, and our house was on the market,” says Demetria.

And it didn’t take the couple long to find exactly what they were looking for in a new home, either. A series of happily orchestrated events led them to a new development not far from their previous home, where they fell in love with a charming home modeled after one the builder had seen in South Carolina while on vacation.

“After we found the home we wanted and put ours on the market, I stood in the driveway and prayed. I said, ‘God, we want our house gone in seven days,’” explains TJ. “This house was contingent on us selling ours, and we didn’t want to lose it. And what do you know – on the seventh day I’m lying in bed when I get a text from our realtor telling us we had an offer.”

A wooden dining table sits on top of a transitional rug and is surrounded by four cross-back chairs with studded blue velvet chairs at the heads.

 

Everything about the home suits the Jordans perfectly. “I especially loved the porch and all of the over-the-top trim work and moldings,” says Demetria.

Not only are these details seen in the three oversized arched thresholds that surround the entryway, but custom wainscoting also wraps the lower third of the dining room for a similar traditional touch. A wooden dining table sits on top of a transitional rug and is surrounded by four cross-back chairs with studded blue velvet chairs at the heads. A table runner pulls in another pop of blue, and the place setting echoes the warmth of the walls with its use of gold-rimmed chargers.

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Another aspect of this home that the Jordans very much enjoy is its openness, which promotes conversation. Steps away from the dining room, the living room again marries traditional architecture and color with décor that is more transitional in nature. A pair of tan sofas are dotted with blue velvet throw pillows, and a tufted coffee table tops a rug matching the one in the dining room.

A stacked-stone fireplace stretches to the rust-colored ceiling, creating a cozy atmosphere. To the right, white inset custom cabinetry offers up the perfect platform to display family photos and other personal mementos.

“One piece that is very special to me is my grandmother’s typewriter,” says TJ. “My aunties were very adamant that if I took this heirloom piece, I needed to take good care of it. We wanted to find a nice little spot for it where it could be celebrated.”

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Adjacent to the great room is the family’s kitchen. Four barrel-back barstools and a small dining table offer a more informal place to dine or a space to work on a craft or homework. Rich wooden perimeter cabinetry is bisected by a pantry, and creamy granite countertops feature not-so-subtle gray veining. A suite of stainless-steel appliances is perfect for this family that loves to cook, and a mixture of recessed and pendant lights illuminate the area.

“The kitchen really is the heart of our home, and we spend a lot of our time in the space,” elaborates Demetria. And with a love of hosting and entertaining others, this area sees even more action.

“We typically will host at least one big holiday a year, and for Demetria’s 40th birthday we had a karaoke party with more than 30 people,” adds TJ.

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Just off of the main living space is Demetria and TJ’s master suite. The yellows, tans, and beiges seen in other areas of the home are repeated in this space, but the vibrant cobalt blue velvet pieces are traded in for a lighter blue that emits more serenity. Blushes are interwoven into the color palette, and more family photos can be found lining the walls among traditional furniture pieces. A set of French doors leads out to the front porch, and a large sofa rests at the foot of the bed, making this space a one-stop shop for relaxation.
In the master bathroom, his-and-hers sinks top a vanity with the same finishes as the kitchen, and a large framed mirror provides ample room to get ready. A soaking freestanding tub is situated next to a large porcelain tile shower that features a pixilated design on the floor and wall via an accent stripe and niche backing.

While the Jordans gravitated toward this home because it matched their traditional style, it’s the home’s ability to accommodate their family and friends that truly makes it special. Beyond the art that graces the walls and the furniture that fills the space, it’s the memories – those already made and those yet to be made – that have turned this house into a sweetly Southern home.

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