Ohio Today

Design, build, live

Leanne Ford counts going to Ohio University as “one of the top five best decisions” she’s made in her life.

That’s saying something, considering all Ford has accomplished since ohiotoday last checked in with her in 2008. After her work restoring a 1907 Pennsylvania schoolhouse was featured in Country Living, Ford left her career as an independent stylist to become an interior designer. Now, her signature style is making waves. Her work has been featured in publications such as Gentleman’s Quarterly and Better Homes and Gardens, and “Restored by the Fords,” a home restoration show on HGTV, launches in 2018.

“My entire career can be traced back to saying ‘Yes’ to new jobs that scared me or seemed out of my league,” says Ford, BSS ’03. “People would ask me to do something new that I didn’t necessarily know how to do, and I would say ‘Yes!’ then figure out how to do it.”