I don’t tend to watch a lot of TV. Name one show that just won a Golden Globe or a series that all you people are frantically binge-watching and nope, I haven’t seen it. Likely haven’t even heard of it (more about why is right here). However, I do love to decompress in the evenings with a dose of HGTV. I’ve always been a fan. When our first San Francisco loft ran on HGTV.com, I almost lost my mind. It’s kinda my crack. But I’m the first to admit that the design taste offered on most many shows leave a lot to be desired. Enter Leanne Ford. Are you watching her new show, Restored by the Fords? It comes on after Fixer Upper. And while I’ve been a fangirl of Leanne ever since her own home ran in Domino and was reblogged 18,000 times (I restrained myself), but she’s quickly sucking me into her design universe and I love it.
Some of the reasons for my obsession are obvious. Ford works in my favorite color palette (no color). She’s a bit of a minimalist. She likes to use a lot of black accents. But she’s also a whiz at mixing vintage pieces into modern settings – something I need to work on more. Bertoia chairs, noguchi lamps, T-Chairs by William Katavolos and lots of rattan are her go-to’s.
These images are of the project that just debuted on HGTV the other night. The house itself was designed by an apprentice of Frank Lloyd Wright, hence the open concept, wood paneling and clean lines, but it was very stuck in the 70’s. Think dark, carpeted and an untouched kitchen with avocado green counters. I love how Leanne added totally contemporary touches that make the house feel like it could have been built today. Her mix of current trends (hi curved sofa – one of my fave 2018 design trends!!) and timeless pieces (hi Cherner chairs) works perfectly if you ask me.
She also talks on the show about how she loves warm, off-whites. She discussed how she usually picks just three colors for her projects and all pieces must fall within that palette – but in any kind of texture. Her creamy aesthetic is definitely calling to me. While I’m usually a bright white person, her creamy tones are definitely super inviting. These rooms feel bright but not stark.
The images below are from of Ford’s other projects. They have a more vintage farmhouse feel but I also think their design will feel relevant and livable for a long time.
This space certainly leans more heavily on the industrial vintage side of things, but I love it. Those open shelves help it feel modern as do the soaring ceilings. While I’d probably nix the retro appliances, I’m so into that kitchen island and wish I knew more about it. Is it vintage? Did she make it? Where can I get one (we need an island to finish off our kitchen).
So I’m curious. Are you watching this show? Are you into it? Do you love Leanne (she’s rurl good on TV and that is no easy feat – fans of the original Flip or Flop back me up on this one)? Are you into this vibe? It certainly isn’t represented anywhere else you look on TV right now. Here’s a few pieces that would definitely add the Leanne Ford style to your home.
SHOP THE POST
For more interior designer inspiration, CLICK HERE