HGTV Obsessed Episode 7: Home Again With the Fords

Steve and Leanne Ford join Mike and Kat to talk about their new show and what it’s like to work with your sibling. Then HGTV producers Loren Ruch and Brian Balthazar share the secrets of how to get on HGTV.

February 03, 2021

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On this week’s episode, hosts Kat and Mike chat with HGTV superstars and siblings, Leanne and Steve Ford. They talk about their new show Home Again With the Fords that takes place in their hometown of Pittsburgh.

As seen on HGTV's Home Again with the Fords, brother and sister duo Leanne and Steve Ford pose for a portrait in Adam and Jenna Bell's newly remodeled home in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The home was Adam's grandparents' home, and Jenna and Adam bought it and Leanne and Steve renovated it completely.

Photo by: Stephanie Diani

Stephanie Diani

Kat and Mike are curious to know what it’s like to work with your sibling. Leanne and Steve both agree it’s great because they both have the same sense of humor and frame of reference for many things. Leanne brags on what a creative MacGyver her brother is. He can pull off all of Leanne’s wildest design ideas and has quite a few of his own. Steve admits he likes the challenge and with that he shows off his latest project — a motorcycle gas tank covered in dice.

Defend the Trend: Leanne’s Favorite Game

In our Defend the Trend segment of the podcast, Kat and Mike ask Leanne and Steve a question about one trend. But Leanne wants to keep playing and defend or oppose more trends. On white kitchens, both siblings say they’re here to stay and are big fans of the timeless, versatile look of a white palette. Open floor plans: Leanne says it depends on the style and architecture of the home while Steve says it depends on who you live with. When it comes to over-the-top, bold tile, both agree it’s a no.

HGTV to the Rescue

A listener writes in and asks about how to appear on an HGTV show. HGTV producers and hosts of HGTV’s House Party, Loren Ruch and Brian Balthazar talk about how to apply to get a makeover from HGTV. Plus, if you have ever dreamed of hosting your own HGTV show, Loren and Brian share tips on how to make that happen.

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