The 411 on This Week’s ‘Restored By The Fords’

Leanne Ford takes us inside the design choices for this unique 1960s home.

If you haven’t been watching Restored by The Fords, HGTV’s latest home-improvement, brother-sister duo—also one of the ways we’ll cope with Chip and Joanna leaving our favorite channel—now is the time to get in on it. The premise of the show is centered around the pair, whose goal is to turn quirky properties into a family’s elegant dream home. Because after all, as Leanne Ford keenly states in the show’s opener, “the difference between weird and wonderful is just good design.”

Last night’s episode, titled “House with the Circle Ceiling” featured one of Leanne’s favorite projects, because it gave her and Steve the opportunity to show off their creative side with lots of custom features. From the floors to the cabinets to even some cool furniture, the space took shape with one-of-a-kind details, executed as only Leanne and Steve can do.

As with all the projects featured on the show, the home started off with good bones, but this one was particularly dark and dated. Envisioning a much brighter, cleaner home, they overhauled the drab 1960s features by opening up the interior walls and bringing in light from all sides. Reimagining a more cohesive living space, Leanne took on bringing the music-loving homeowners’ needs to life: an open, spacious floor plan that would lend itself to music and entertaining.

“By taking the walls out from either side of the entry room we created one large social area” Leanne tells Domino. They also took down a brick feature wall that closed the front door off from the rest of the house.

With the compartmentalized rooms gone to reveal a much larger, more conducive space, the area took on a shape and character of its own. One that Leanne was excited to emphasize with custom details. “I designed a custom circular sofa with the help of our local friends Blawnox Upholstery in Pittsburgh as the piece de resistance in this space. I wanted to highlight the gorgeous circular skylight above, while creating conversation areas in the middle of the room as well as encourage interaction with both sides of the house.”