Leanne Ford just launched a magazine and she wants you to destroy it

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Leanne Ford is launching a new product, but this time she wants you to destroy it. Although the interior designer lives in the digital age, he has chosen to go completely analogue and publish a quarterly art-centric magazine entitled Feel free. Once you’ve read the artist profiles, beautiful home tours, and stories full of tips on how to get creative with your space, Ford urges you to go ahead and rip out the pages. Yes, really. “I wanted it to feel loose and not so precious,” she says. “It’s a tactile experience.” You can make a collage with them, frame them, post them on a mood board — whatever your inner rebel desires. Our favorite part of the first issue: It’s chock-full of DIY inspiration we’re dying to try, starting with a clever way to use a canvas masking cloth after you’re done painting.

One man’s trash is another man’s cure for a blank wall

Bedroom with large canvas art

Photography by Nicole Franzen
wooden sideboard with marble bust

Photography by Alexandra Ribar

When you’re done draping your walls in Ford’s signature shade of white (Crisp Linen by Behr), don’t toss the sheeting. Instead, grab some more paint (or charcoal sticks, per Ford’s recommendation) and turn it into a personal masterpiece. The result: large-scale statement pieces of art on a small budget.

Some rules are meant to be broken

Baby drawing on white sofa

Photography by Amy Neunsinger

In the Ford household, paper isn’t the only painting material that 3-year-old Ever can leave her mark on. The furniture (well, at least some of it) is too on limits. “We had a sofa that she could draw whatever she wanted on when she was little,” explains Ford. “And now she’s got some doors that I think look better with her Cy Twombly on them!” And if it does When it’s time for a fresh start, Ford uses the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser (yes, it even works on upholstery) to make surfaces look like new again.

Combine inspiration with what you have

collage wall

Photograph by Taylor Swaim

Between dreamy shots of Frank Lloyd Wright’s iconic Fallingwater estate, sketches from the designer’s Crate & Barrel collaboration, and punchy text overlays, Ford’s debut edition offers plenty of opportunities to start creating a collage of your own. “I like it when they look seasoned,” she says. “And for hanging, I use whatever comes handy: a nail, tape, a needle, staples, glue, a paper clip.” In other words, it’s okay to be messy.

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