You’ve heard the saying: “Strong women. May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them.”
In celebration of Women’s History Month, we're honoring our friend and partner, Leanne Ford—interior designer, writer, and HGTV star. Keep reading to find out how she got her start in interior design, what her go-to tools are, and what books she’s reading her daughter, Ever, as she brings her up to be a strong woman herself.
Leanne Ford did not know her life would turn out this way. Before she got her start in interior design, she worked in fashion for 15 years — but she felt something was missing. With help from her family, she bought and restored a 1907 schoolhouse turned home in her native Pittsburgh, launching her interior design career and signature “white on white” style.
Old or new? Old Black or white? Why answer that?
Vintage or modern? Vintage!
Favorite tools? Measuring tape and hammer. And as a mom, the hand vac!
Leanne looks to her mother and mother-in-law, sister and sisters-in-law, and daughter Ever for inspiration. As part of a brother-sister TV duo, she knows the importance of family — and finds strength in her strong family roots. She and her husband even moved back to Pittsburgh just to be closer to her family. The incredible food options and vintage shops don’t hurt!
Leanne has some serious power women in her family, and she makes sure her daughter, Ever, is introduced to and inspired by the stories of powerful, world-changing women.
At the end of the day, Leanne says the best advice is just to keep going—and to always have a measuring tape nearby.
This Women's History Month, we want to celebrate all of the amazing women—like Leanne—who inspire us to follow our dreams. Who inspires you? Share the women who've impacted you with us on social by tagging #DoItWithHART