Celebrity IOU: Leslie Jordan – Season 3, Episode 8
Leslie Jordan’s Life-Changing Renovation
Our late friend Leslie Jordan—actor, The New York Times best-selling author, recording artist, and one of the kindest, most joyful people we had the pleasure to know—wanted to give back to Newell and Rosemary.
They were his best friends of 40 years who helped jump-start his career. They eventually became more like family, as they always supported him, especially through some hard personal struggles.
Although he admitted to having no construction experience, Leslie was ready to swing sledgehammers alongside us so he could thank Newell and Rosemary with a striking renovation of their charming but dated ranch-style home. Together, we created an open flow in the living area, added a wood feature accent wall in the dining room, and built a kitchen that reflects their Southwestern style with earth-toned cabinets and an adobe-style vent hood.
Before & After
Beautiful From Every Angle
Rosemary and Newell loved their fireplace but wanted more space to host their large extended family. So, we knocked down the walls around it to combine the living room with the den, while still keeping the fireplace as a stunning feature.
A Place to Gather
Before, the dining room was somewhat of an afterthought. We installed a stunning feature wall that showcases Rosemary and Newell’s Southwest style, giving the guests a great backdrop to enjoy when they come together to feast on Rosemary’s famous cornbread.
More Light, More Room
Thanks to the added light from the now-open living room, we were able to take out a window in the kitchen to extend the range and add more cabinet storage. Plus, we replaced its dated tiling with new hardwood that unifies the kitchen with the rest of the house.
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