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Stars of HGTV’s Restored by the Fords Bring the Unconventional Thinking Behind Their Designs to an Inspirational Memoir

How did a couple of quirky siblings from suburban Pittsburgh end up as the king and queen of eclectic-design chic with their own HGTV series?

They followed their dreams, they took refuge in the strength of family and faith, and they never let fear get in the way of a great idea.

This October 29, Leanne and Steve Ford will publish Work in Progress, an engaging memoir that mixes storytelling with personal lessons for living. In the book, Leanne and Steve share the details of their journey, the Christian beliefs that have inspired them, and the experiences that have challenged them along the way. They encourage readers to never let go of their dreams, and they also share their secrets for how to turn dreams into reality.

In Work in Progress, readers get a glimpse of Leanne and Steve’s childhood in the suburbs of Pittsburgh in the 80’s and 90’s. Leanne was a shy, stubborn child who lived a rich life in her own imagination. Steve was outdoorsy and offbeat and was bullied mercilessly at school for being different. Readers learn that their parents, firmly grounded in faith and always encouraging of both creativity and hard work, gave Leanne and Steve the confidence and the encouragement they needed to pursue the often-difficult creative life.

As Leanne starts a career in the fashion business and is excited to land an internship with a favorite designer, Steve takes a different route, throwing himself into kayaking and snowboarding and opening his own men’s clothing store in Pittsburgh. As Leanne makes her mark at fashion houses in New York and then works as a stylist to country music stars in Nashville, she ultimately discovers her true passion – interior design. The pair finally converge when Leanne asked Steve to help renovate her bathroom. There was magic in their collaboration, and they begin renovating spaces for clients in Pittsburgh. That’s when they catch the eye of producers at HGTV, and the rest, they say, is history.

Leanne and Steve are currently the stars of Restored by the Fords on HGTV, which follows the siblings as they turn some of Pittsburgh’s most dated buildings into magazine-worthy homes. This September, the Fords will also be part of a new HGTV series, A Very Brady Renovation, which will restore the iconic Brady Bunch house.

Written as a fun conversation between these quirky siblings, Work in Progress is for anyone who wants to be inspired to find and follow their passion, no matter their age or situation. The book will be available nation-wide starting on October 29.

LEANNE FORD is an American interior designer from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her easy vibe and personal style match the stylish yet approachable spaces she creates and curates. Her 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. She is currently the star, along with her brother and contractor Steve Ford, of Restored by the Fords on HGTV, which follows the siblings as they turn some of Pittsburgh’s most dated buildings into magazine-worthy homes.

STEVE FORD stars alongside his younger sister on HGTV’s Restored by the Fords. A licensed contractor and man-of-many-talents, Steve takes on the most unconventional construction challenges to bring his sister’s unique interior decorating vision to life. His portfolio includes store design, displays and set design for a number of national retail brands, as well as restoration of corporate headquarters, restaurant design, and residential renovations. Steve’s construction work has been featured in a variety of national decorating and home interior magazines.

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New York Trend is a weekly news publication that focuses on issues and lifestyles of the African & Caribbean American communities throughout the New York metropolitan area and Nassau and Suffolk Counties of Long Island. It is a respected and well recognized news publication that has been in existence since 1989. Owner, Publisher and Executive Director, Dr. Teresa Taylor Williams has been at the helm of this award-winning publication since its inception. New York Trend continues to be the only black woman-owned, metropolitan newspaper in New York and Long island. New York Trend is the largest black-owned newspaper throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties.

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