Leanne Ford’s Modern Rustic Warm Minimalism: Ideas to Get the Look

Leanne Ford is one of our favorite designers on the blog, and it’s not JUST because her favorite color is white. I mean, we were singing her praises (and stealing her paint colors!) well before she landed a hit show on HGTV. Leanne Ford’s Modern Rustic Warm Minimalism: Ideas to Get the Look demystifies her edgy vintage style.

Leanne Ford designed  serene and vintage cool study in HGTV's Rock the Block. #leanneford #vintagestyle #rocktheblock #interiordesign
Design: Leanne Ford (Photo: Amy Neunsinger)

Leanne Ford’s Modern Rustic Warm Minimalism: Ideas to Get the Look

Leanne has style for miles…I’m guessing A Very Brady Renovation (watched by 28 million viewers) has now put Ms. Ford’s name on the map solidly. And did you catch the show stopping cool interiors (including the study, above) she designed for Rock the Block?

Skip the Fancy Trim

Minimal is her jam…Also pretty sure the Giannettis would approve of her move to remove baseboards (in the Rock the Block house) and stick to an organic, rustic luxe, warm modern look.

Warm and rustic modern bathroom design with concrete skimmed walls in a master bath by Leanne Ford on HGTV's Rock the Block. #bathroomdesign #rusticmodern #vintageboho #interiordesign #leanneford
Leanne Ford (Photo: Amy Neunsinger) – mirror: Ikea Nissedal.

Go Bold With Modern Rustic Texture

She relies on texture…Are you sighing at the sight of the texture-perfect, plaster-like wall in this bath she designed (above) and wishing you could have it? Um. You can. It’s a skim coat of a concrete product (Sure Tex “Whitewater”) RIGHT HERE.

Leanne Ford designed modern farmhouse kitchen with farm sink, subway tile and butcher block counters. #leanneford #restoredbythefords #interiordesign #modernfarmhouse #farmhousekitchen #kitchendesign
Leanne Ford (Photo: Alexandra Ribar) – Leanne Ford’s Modern Rustic Warm Minimalism: Ideas to Get the Look as well as Inspiring Photos.

Woodsy Warmth With White

Leanne’s modern farmhouse white kitchens are legendary…I’m sure you recall this farmhouse kitchen in Pittsburgh with that modern Sputnik. Notice how she isn’t shy about pairing rugged chunky wood with expanses of pristine white.

Farmhouse Kitchen with Rustic Decor & Sputnik Chandelier {Leanne Ford}
Leanne Ford

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California Rustic Farmhouse Style

She may be from the East, but there’s a lot of Cali in the girl…and it’s clear she was a fashion stylist. Her eye for edgy art, cool vintage flea market style, and industrial chic is a keen one.

Warm minimal, modern rustic boho interior design with white sofa, cowhide, and vintage - design by Leanne Ford. #leanneford #interiordesign #roughluxe #minimaldecor #vintageboho
Leanne Ford (Photo by Josh Franer)

Flee to the Flea

Mix in beat-up vintage cool treasures…and don’t think about polishing or re-painting. The warm, lived-in, unfussy, undecorated look in large part is from…duh…not fussing.

Family room and modern farmhouse kitchen in the Faraci home. #restoredbythefords #leanneford #modernfarmhouse #interiordesign #familyroom
Leanne Ford (Photo: Alexandra Ribar) – Leanne Ford’s Modern Rustic Warm Minimalism: Ideas to Get the Look as well as Interior Design Photos.

Spare & Serene Bedroom Design

Ford is famous for laid-back, calm, and pretty bedrooms…where the bedding feels like a cloud. I love how she went for a very nostalgic, romantic lace coverlet in her Rock the Block showhouse.

Warm minimal modern rustic luxe bedroom with white lace bedspread (Shabby Chic's Cluny) designed by Leanne Ford for HGTV's Rock the Block. #leanneford #bedroomdesign #rusticmodern #interiordesign #whitebedroom
Leanne Ford (Photo: Amy Neunsinger)

Industrial Design Elements

Sometimes even industrial elements can be subtle…I already mentioned that decorative concrete skim on the walls Leanne used in Rock the Block, and here’s an idea to steal from her…use it to finish the side of a kitchen island as she did. Economical, quick, and unique! Leanne mixes white pigment to the mix which gives it that creamy, plaster look…so much softer and friendlier than cold grey.

Leanne Ford's rustic warm minimal white great room for HGTV's Rock the Block. #leanneford #modernrustic #interiordesign #warmminimal #roughluxe #vintageboho
Leanne Ford (Photo: Amy Neunsinger) – Find the resource list for this space HERE

High Drama With Low Key

If the palette is neutral, and the architectural interest isn’t coming from mill work, get creative with dramatic art and the unexpected…Exhibit A: that stone wall in the kitchen!!! It’s Hillstone “Lucera” stone veneer from El Dorado Stone.

Curious about the paint color in the great room above?

Imperfect & Slightly Messy Vignettes

Sure, shelves are functional…but they also provide potential for a rotation of interesting styling opps. Create opportunities for character-rich, decorative vignettes to happen but don’t overthink the placement of treasures.

Farm sink, subway tile backsplash, and open shelving in a modern farmhouse kitchen by Leanne Ford. #restoredbythefords #leanneford #modernfarmhousekitchen #farmsink #modernrustic #interiordesign
Leanne Ford (Photo: Alexandra Ribar) – Rustic Decor Inspiration from Leanne Ford as well as Shopping Resources to Steal the Look.

Clutter-free Yet Quirky

A warm modern minimal luxe look relies on editing and restraint…as well as thoughtfully-curated accessories. Leanne masterfully masses vintage finds and still somehow keeps the look feeling light and airy.

A glorious modern rustic farmhouse kitchen by Leanne Ford for the Faraci family on Restored by the Fords. #restoredbythefords #leanneford #interiordesign #farmhousekitchen #modernfarmhouse #kitchendesign
Leanne Ford (Photo: Alexandra Ribar) – Organic, boho, and modern farmhouse as well as quirky vintage style from Leanne Ford.
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Clever Budgeting

Just look at what an inexpensive stencil can do to a patio…this genius stenciling pattern on ordinary concrete exudes the look of cement tile. Learn more about cement vs. stencils here.

Leanne Ford's gorgeous stenciled patio from HGTV's Rock the Block. #leanneford #interiordesign #stencil #rocktheblock
Leanne Ford (Photo: Amy Neunsinger)

Ideas to Get the Leanne Ford Look

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For Bathrooms

This story about my own farm sink gives you the inside scoop about why I’m crazy about these pretty basins.

If you love the Zellige handmade tile Leanne installed in a herringbone pattern in the bath abpve, maybe you’ll want to try a sample…it runs about $17.50 per square foot.

A more budget-friendly idea for a similar look but with ceramic tile is this one:

For Living Rooms

For Bedrooms

Erich Matelasse Single White Lace Quilt
White Lace Bedding
Linen pillowcase in Charcoal Grid Windowpane. Linen pillow image 4
Linen pillowcase in Charcoal Grid Windowpane. Linen pillow image 2

Leanne Ford’s Favorite White Paint

For Kitchens & Dining Rooms

Simple Glass Vase Set (Various Sizes & Shapes)

Tour Leanne Ford’s Cabin

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  1. Margarita W.
    February 12, 2020 / 12:05 pm

    Leanne Ford is another favorite designer of mine. I was able to attend the Rock The Block open house for the public in Santa Clarita California(a 30 min drive from my house). All four designers did a wonderful job but Leanne Ann’s house was it for me, her up scale minimal rustic Master bath took my breath away. If I were shopping for a house I would have bought hers. Thank you for such an informative post!

    PS On a previous post you asked about my kitchen sink info: Blanco Cerana II series Fireclay 33″ sink is what I used purchased at my local Pacific Sales store. It has a deep 9″ single bowl and reversible style design. Both long sides of the apron sink have different radii corners and comes with a grid.

    • Michele
      February 12, 2020 / 7:36 pm

      Thanks so much for that info, M.! How fun that you attended that open house – did you get any air time? Can I have your autograph? xox

  2. February 12, 2020 / 4:18 pm

    I too am a BIG fan of Leanne Ford. She’s my fave HGTV designer, and yes, I caught her in both Rock The Block and the Brady Reno. I LOVED what she did on Rock The Block, but was sure it was too-out-of-the-box to win. Funny, the winning home was my least favorite. Once again you have blown me away with all the resources you manage to conger up! I pinned away!

    • Michele
      February 12, 2020 / 7:35 pm

      Yay! My style is a lot like Leanne’s, and she has such similar sensibilities that I feel like she must be from the Midwest and not the East or West! That master bath she rocked should have won that whole competition…I mean! Thanks for making it fun, Celia. πŸ™‚

      • Amy
        February 13, 2020 / 9:19 am

        Me too, me too! I love Leanne too!!πŸ˜‚ After agonizing over which shade of white to paint the exterior (& interior) of our home, I finally narrowed it down to Shoji White. When I found out that’s the color she used in her own home in Echo Park, well that just sealed the deal for me. And I absolutely LOVE it…warm, natural, kind of a ceramic feel to it. I used Dove White on our shiplap walls, but Shoji everywhere else. I followed her suggestion…”There’s nothing more beautiful than layer upon layer of mismatched whites & creams living together.” Leanne IS just plain cool!😎

        • Michele
          February 13, 2020 / 12:09 pm

          YESSSSS. I’ll check out Shoji White since that sounds like a winner. I’m totally a believer in mixing whites and creams and putties – and I always say if you want to experience the beauty of the mix, try it with your wardrobe. So many folks haven’t mixed white and cream in their wardrobe, and I think it’s such a winning combo!

          • Amy
            February 14, 2020 / 7:38 am

            Yes, putties too! The third color we used for all our cabinets and interior doors was Edgecomb Gray which to me actually looks more putty than gray. I absolutely love it along with the White Dove and Shoji White! 😊I really don’t think I will EVER grow tired of these colors.

          • Michele
            February 14, 2020 / 3:49 pm

            Sounds beautiful and so serene. White Dove worked so well in several houses of ours so it was surprising when we had to go with such a super white in this current one. I’m so happy to hear you love your palette! πŸ™‚

  3. February 13, 2020 / 7:37 am

    I love my fellow Pittsburgh girl Leanne! Her style is unmistakably hers and it’s perfect!! I need to get her book😊

    • Michele
      February 13, 2020 / 8:55 am

      I was so impressed by how freely she and her brother discussed their faith and Christianity in the book. She says people are often surprised to hear she is a Christian (because how could she be so cool? hahahahahaha). They don’t take themselves overly seriously and are fearless in so many ways so of course they would say yes to a memoir even though they are young! πŸ™‚

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