HGTV Star Leanne Ford’s New Home Is Inspired by Her Family
By Movieguide® Staff
HGTV host Leanne Ford of RESTORED BY THE FORDS said that she dreamt of living overseas but realized that family is more important.
“An epiphany hit me all too recently that I didn’t have to leave my country and my family to live that small-town life,” Ford wrote.
Ford said that the pandemic forced her to re-evaluate where her new home would end up.
“But let me go back for a second. When quarantine started, our life changed. Which meant the plans for our Los Angeles house changed with it,” Ford wrote. “My husband, Erik, and I had a lot, and I do mean a lot, of discussions: What does our future look like now? What would be best for quality of life? What would be best for our then 1-year-old daughter, Ever? What happens to our careers now that we can’t get on an airplane? Once we actually looked closely at the life we had chosen, our priorities shifted in one swoop.”
Despite the new restrictions and uncertainty, one thing was for sure: Ford wanted to stay near family.
“We very consciously decided, if we’re going to be ‘stuck’ for a while, then we want to be stuck closer to family. So after only four months of living in our newly semi-renovated Rustic Canyon home, we decided to load up those very same cardboard boxes that we had just unpacked and move our family back to rural Pennsylvania, close (but not too close) to where I grew up,” Ford shared.
The interior designer and renovator has a distinct style that Ford said is motivated by her love for community and family.
“To me, homes are like happiness, better when shared. We wanted people to feel good here, to have a place to relax and stay longer than just three days. Heck, to move in! In fact my sister-in-law, Ali, is living there right now while she helps with our daughter,” Ford said.
“People ask me all the time why my designs feel so warm. Not to totally give away my cheat sheet, but it’s pretty simple. I walk into a space and I think: Okay, what is good? What can we keep? I’m not looking for perfect,” Ford continued. “I’m looking for special. At the same time, I’m not trying to make a movie set. I want it to be livable. What most people don’t realize is that the first step to adding character and warmth isn’t actually about adding anything at all: It’s about keeping as much soul as you can.”