Hgtv’s ‘Restored by the Fords’ star talk ‘Property Brothers comparisons, new fame

Hosts Leanne and Steve Ford in the middle of demolishing a wall to open up space in the Faraci house, as Restored By The Springs. (portrait)

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LOS ANGELES – They are brothers and sisters who work together and have their own HGTV show, but no, they are not the “Property Brothers”.

Still, Leanne and Steve Ford are flattered by the frequent comparison. The hosts of “Recovered by the Feathers” premiered their HGTV series in January with eight episodes and return with a second season in January 2019.

“We are nothing if the ‘Property Brothers,'” Leanne Ford explained while sitting on a sofa, in conversation with Fox News in The Beverly Hilton during the Television Critics Association’s Summer Press Tour. “We learned early on, there is no comparison. I think in any creative field… the comparison is not something we even want to bother. They are their own entity, and we are our own.”

The Feathers have the time spent with the famous HGTV stars Jonathan and Drew Scott, and they appreciate the brothers advice.

“They are great. When we met, we were, like, ” Tell us everything.” “How do we do it?’ ‘When do we go?’ And they were so beautifully generous with their information. So they really kind of helped us,” she said.

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Fame has not yet overwhelmed the relatively new home design star, but their lives have changed since they started letting cameras follow them as they renovate older homes in the Pittsburgh area.

“People kind of started to come and say hi to us, and I was a bit nervous about, but at the end of the day it is actually great to have this human contact,” Leanne shared. “It’s the same as when I got my dog… people want to say hello and connect, and it is just a chance to be kind to each other and it is pretty fun.”

Her brother said that he can still go in the city, without being bothered, but he does not do that much, because he is busier than he has ever been.

“I’m not on as much as I used to, but that’s not because I can’t. I just don’t have the time. We work more. I mean, I’m 40, I don’t really go out,” he explained.

At a given moment, the Ford is working on about nine projects at the same time, renovating of homes, which takes about eight to 10 weeks.

“I never thought in a million years I would be on TV,” Steve admitted.

His sister explained: “The reason that we were open to do this and said,” yes, really, because it’s about what we do for a living. It is about our profession, and it provides us the opportunity to do it.”
They choose to call into the show unscripted place of reality TELEVISION in the conversation, with the explanation that the cameras to follow their work lives, not their personal life.

Leanne insisted that what viewers see on TV is a completely accurate picture of them.

“Nothing is fake. It is very real. It is exactly as we in front of and behind the camera,” she said. “I think my favorite compliment was when my friends from school, they called me on the phone, and they were like ‘We feel as though we hang out with you again.’ They were like ‘You are exactly who you are on TV if you sat in the dorm room.'”

She credits HGTV, and the show’s production company High Noon Entertainment, making the show something they’re comfortable with.

“We are so grateful for everyone we work with and work for,” she said.

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