Who is Leanne Ford from Restored By The Fords? Wiki-Bio, Career, Facts.

Leanne Ford has a design style that can be instantly recognized almost everywhere. Her signature aesthetic is the white-on-white style, that can be instantly recognized. Over the years, Leanne’s work has been featured in Architectural Digest, Country Living, Domino, GQ, Lonny, Elle Decor, Martha Stewart, Better Homes and Gardens, Redbook, MyDomaine, Refinery 29, the New York Times, and others. Alongside her brother, Steve Ford, Leanne works on house renovation and has been quite successful at it. Alongside her signature style, Leanne is known for her over-the-top ideas like fitting a 10-ft door in an 8-ft doorway. In this article, we will take a glimpse at the life of Leanne Ford.

Early Life:

Leanne Ford was born on the 29th of June 1981 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Leanne is the second child of the family. Her brother, Steve Ford, is a carpenter and works alongside Leanne as a contractor. Following her early education, Leanne went off to college and graduated with a degree in Interior designing. When asked about her early inspirations in designing, Leanne points towards her mother.

Leanne Ford with her husband Erik Allen Ford.
Leanne Ford with her husband Erik Allen Ford.

“I mean, I guess if I really dive into that question, it would have to be my mom! Even though our style has never been similar, she always had the house beautifully decorated and it was always very well put together. I think I appreciated and noticed that, and wanted to do the same in my own home.”

Professional Career:

For the longest time, Leanne Ford worked in fashion and was quite good at her job. She worked around Los Angeles, New York, and Nashville in the fashion industry. When it comes to renovation, things took off for Leanne after she renovated a 1907 schoolhouse in her hometown.

Leanne paired up with her brother Steve, who worked as a carpenter and contractor, and created a master bath from a grungy schoolhouse attic. It was quite the transformation and Leanne’s work was featured in several design books including Country Living. While the bathroom was Leanne’s first renovation work, it introduced her to the world of white-on-white and shaped her style right from the get-go.

Since then, Steve and Leanne have paired up to work on homes around Pittsburgh. In 2016, Leanne and Steve were approached by HGTV to work on a brand new series. Entitled Restored By The Fords, the series provided a platform for Leanne to exercise her trademark white-on-white. As of 2020, the series has wrapped up two seasons with a third on the way. She has also manage her time to appear on the TV Show A Very Brady Renovation and Rock the Block since 2019.

In February of 2020, Leanne signed on an exclusive partnership with Crate and Barrel, which would serve as the sole carrier of her collection of furniture, decor, and bedding.

Personal Life:

Leanne Ford is a happily married woman. She is currently married to Erik Allen Ford. The pair tied the knot on the 12th of November 2017 and gave birth to a baby girl Ever Allen Ford on the 18th of March, 2019. Before getting married to Erik, Leanne was married to Brad Schaffer. The pair had tied the knot on July 3, 2010, but called it quits soon after.

An author:

Following the immense success of their show, Leanne and Steve sat down to write a book about their experiences. Entitled Work in Progress: Unconventional Thoughts on Designing an Extraordinary Life, the book shares the experiences of the brother-sister duo. Talking about her book, Leanne revealed,

“It’s interesting, writing it with your brother. We’re very different when it comes to where we find happiness and enjoyment, and we have different styles of living in general. But we had the same childhood. At first, it was a challenge to figure out how to combine it all in a book. But it turned out to be a fun exercise in breaking it all down and finding where we most crossed paths.”

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