HGTV's David Bromstad Chats With Leanne Ford About Why She Moved Across the Country During the Pandemic

Kelly Corbett

From House Beautiful

Over the last couple of months, HGTV's Leanne Ford has been super busy. In April, she penned a first-person essay about how the pandemic made her realize that her "forever home" wasn't actually forever. She and her husband Erik decided to sell their Los Angeles home after living there under a year. However, she gave no timeline of when and how this would all happen.

Now it's July and Leanne Ford lives on a different coast. She discusses this big move over a video call with My Lottery Dream Home star David Bromstad on the latest episode of the new digital series "HGTV Happy Hour."

"During quarantine, we finished construction on our house, sold our house, moved out of our house, moved to Pennsylvania, and now to our contingent other next house," Ford tells Bromstad, who hosts HGTV Happy Hour. As she expressed in her essay, Ford explains that she and her husband felt like they "were on this merry go-round that's just go go go!" When the pandemic hit, it made them realize that "if we're gonna be stuck somewhere, we wanna be stuck by Grandma," she says. Ford's family is based in Pittsburgh, which is why they chose Pennsylvania.

She notes that with filming the next season of Restored by the Fords, she would constantly be flying back-and-forth and she didn't want to put her 1-year-old daughter, Ever, through that too. "I love that! Being near family I'm sure is going to be fabulous," Bromstad says of Ford's decision while laying on his couch in silk pajamas.

HGTV Happy Hour, which launched last Friday, stars Bromstad as he virtually checks in with various HGTV talent across the country. Besides Ford, he'll also chat with Orlando Soria (July 24), Alison Victoria (July 31), Tamara Day (August 7), and Brian & Mika Kleinschmidt (August 14). The digital series airs every Friday at 5pm across Facebook and IGTV and launches on HGTV.com the following week.

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