It’s no secret we’re in love with all the projects on Restored by the Fords and Home Again With the Fords, and fans got their first chance to bring designer and HGTV star Leanne Ford’s signature looks into their own homes back in 2020 with her first collection launch for Crate & Barrel, as well as a kids’ collection later that year. Now, Leanne’s teaming up with the brand again and releasing new collections for both Crate & Barrel and Crate & Kids that are full of beautiful and versatile pieces in her signature modern neutral aesthetic. Combined, the collections offer more than 100 new items across lighting, furniture, textiles, tabletop, decor and even some indoor/outdoor products that reflect Leanne’s minimalist style consisting of mostly neutrals with dashes of warm, muted colors and a variety of textures.
I asked Sebastian Brauer, vice president of product design and development at Crate & Barrel, as well as Leanne herself for the scoop on the latest collaboration. They share highlights and favorite pieces from the new collections, tips for incorporating the multifunctional designs in your home for years to come and even how Leanne sees how some of the items can fit into the coastal grandmother aesthetic taking the internet by storm.
As we’ve added home offices, rethought our decor choices and probably rearranged furniture more than once over the last couple of years, versatility is even more important to ensuring a new piece of furniture we might bring into our homes is a good investment. Leanne designed the new Crate & Barrel pieces to easily integrate with other items in the home since things like office furniture have become just as important as a dining room table.
Leanne is known for her use of white, but how practical is white furniture and decor in real life and not in a TV show? Very, according to Sebastian Brauer. He says everything in the collection was designed with the highest degree of quality and craftsmanship, and the white fabrics have stain-repellent finishes that make them easy to spot clean.
“While most items are neutral, they can easily be maintained and worn in,” he says. “The lighter wood finishes get better as they age. Our goal is always to deliver Leanne’s signature layered neutral white-on-white aesthetic, but we spend as much time discussing durability, care, quality and make-to-deliver collections that the entire family can enjoy and live their lives in with comfort and joy.”
The more than 50 items, including functionally beautiful home office furniture, unique lighting, elegant outdoor décor and entertaining essentials, range from $10.95 to $2,799. There are even some products like a stunning, curved concrete coffee table that can be the pièce de résistance, inside or outside. Bookcases, credenzas and cabinets work well for dinnerware and kitchen storage just as much as they do for books or linens, so these pieces can evolve with your home as your family and style evolve.
Leanne stays true to her minimalist style with warm neutrals in her baby and kids’ collection, too. With more than 60 new products ranging from $10 – $1,698, the collection includes furniture, bedding, decor and lighting for nurseries, kids’ rooms and playrooms. The neutral color palette means the pieces don’t scream “kid” furniture, though, and can easily grow up with a child or be repurposed in other areas of the home. While Leanne says having a child of her own certainly made her think about practicality more when it comes to design, she strives to never sacrifice form for function and doesn’t think you should have to either.
“We lead our children in everything else — we try to encourage their taste in music (Less Minnie, more Dylan, please!), so why wouldn’t we show them beauty in their own spaces?” she asks. “Listen, the reality is kids will have their own taste, so while we get to pick out what their room looks like, let’s pick out pieces that we love too!”
But don’t get us wrong, there’s plenty of whimsy and playfulness to be found in these pieces. Take the lighting, for example. Leanne often uses Akari lights designed by Isamu Noguchi in her interiors, and from afar, you might think this Passport Ceiling Pendant Light was another Noguchi. With a closer look, you’ll notice it’s actually shaped like a hot air balloon with a mini wicker basket at the base — no neon colors required to make this elegant, wanderlust-inducing light that seamlessly blends into an “adult” space, too. The mushroom-shaped lamps also strike that balance of playful and fun for kids, yet sleek and stylish enough for adults, and you might even want to add a second one to your cart for your own desk or nightstand.
The multifunctional aspect of these pieces means they’ll have a longer lifespan in your home and beyond, which is ideal for sustainability’s sake. “I try my best to create pieces that can live a long life outside of the nursery even — ottomans that can live as easy stools, dressers that can grow with your kids, art and lights that can be anywhere!”
If you’re familiar with the coastal grandmother lifestyle and aesthetic coined by TikToker Lex Nicoleta that everyone and their grandmother is talking about, you probably wouldn’t associate Converse-wearing, black-and-white-loving Leanne Ford with this aesthetic, but hear me out. Her striking resemblance to coastal gran icon Diane Keaton aside, Leanne’s spaces, though much more modern and trend-forward, do evoke a laidback, effortless style that incorporates similar key elements to the coastal grandmother interiors, such as slipcovered sofas, white interiors and cane details. When I asked Leanne about her thoughts on this nostalgic style, she weighed in with a laugh, “I love the coastal grandma thing, and I realized I have a ton of it in my work. Layered shades of creams and whites, slipcovered sofas, cane chairs and undone comfortable, easy living. Yes, please!”
In fact, one of the best-selling pieces from her original Crate & Barrel collection, the Ever Slipcovered Apartment Sofa that’s named after her daughter, is the perfect white slipcovered sofa for a coastal grandmother-style beach cottage, in my opinion, and the removable, washable slipcover makes it a sensible investment any wise coastal gran would approve of. But will the Ever sofa also work in an industrial studio city apartment? You bet — that’s the beauty of timeless neutral pieces. Beyond the Ever Slipcovered Apartment Sofa, Sebastian Brauer says customers have loved the Fields Cane Back White Accent Chair, West Natural Cane Bar Cabinet, and Willy 48″ White Pedestal Dining Table, too.
“Our customers love the laidback, approachable, effortless and timeless attitude of Leanne’s unique style,” Sebastian says. “It’s easy and intuitive to mix pieces from new collections seamlessly into their home and to layer with pieces from her previous collections, other Crate & Barrel favorites and even vintage and personal items that make their space special, individual and their own.”