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Includes an audiobook-exclusive interview with Leanne and Steve!

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 show? They never let fear get in the way of a great idea. Leanne and Steve Ford share their secrets for how to turn dreams into reality.

Leanne and Steve were middle-class kids growing up in Pittsburgh in the '80s and '90s. There was nothing particularly glamorous or unusual about their lives as kids. 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. Their parents, grounded in faith and always encouraging of both creativity and hard work, gave them the confidence and the encouragement they needed to pursue the often difficult creative life. Leanne’s slogan as a child: "My name is Leanne. If I want to, I can."

Leanne studied clothing design and pulled gigs at fashion houses in New York and as a stylist to country music stars in Nashville before she found her true passion: interior design. Steve threw himself into kayaking and snowboarding and opening his own men’s clothing store in Pittsburgh. And then, their individual passions converged when Leanne asked Steve to help renovate her bathroom. There was magic in their collaboration, and they began renovating for clients in Pittsburgh - creating unique, authentic spaces that manage to feel both chic and completely obtainable - before catching the eye of producers at HGTV.

Leanne and Steve share the details of their journey, including the beliefs that have inspired them and the experiences that have challenged them along the way.

Follow along on Leanne and Steve’s journey with photos available in the audiobook companion PDF download.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 Steve Ford and Leanne Ford (P)2019 Thomas Nelson

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Enjoyable listen!

Loved it! I really enjoy the relationship between Leanne and Steve and it came across well with the story of their lives. Very interesting, relatable and inspiring!

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  • 06-07-21

Thoroughly Enjoyable!

I discovered the Fords’ show only recently and was hooked. Already being a big fan of great fixer shows, this one was a cool and fun take on remodeling & design.

So when I found their book, I bought it and listened to it as soon as possible. It is charmingly honest and beautifully told.

I love the duality of both siblings giving their stories, and Leanne chiming in when Steve speaks, too, as in the show. It is real and endearing & funny. It is also heartfelt and encouraging.

I avoid books that get into “psychobabble” and so I appreciated a lack of that in their stories as well.

I’m looking forward to listening to it again! Thank you for this book. I appreciate the inspirational journeys of how you followed your passions and succeeded :-) :)

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  • Sea S
  • 22-03-21

Sad when it was over!

I laughed quite a bit during this book! Loved the brother sister dynamic of my favorite designers even more

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  • Danielle Smith
  • 10-12-19

Love the Ford’s story!

To see how real Steve and Leanne’s story is and the challenges they overcame to get to where they are should motivate everyone to follow your dreams!!