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Leanne Ford is launching a new product, but this time she wants you to destroy it. Despite living in the digital age, the interior designer has decided to go completely analog and release a quarterly art-focused magazine called Feel free. When you’re done reading the artist profiles, wonderful tours of your home, and stories full of tips on how to get creative with your space, Ford asks you to go ahead and tear 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, put them on a mood board – whatever your inner rebel desires. Our favorite part from the first issue: It’s packed with DIY inspiration that we’d love to try out, starting with a clever way to use a canvas drop cloth after you’re done painting.
One man’s trash is another’s remedy for a blank wall
Once you’re done wrapping your walls in Ford’s signature shade of white (Crisp Linen by Behr), don’t throw away the drop cloth. Instead, grab some more paint (or charcoal sticks, on Ford’s recommendation) and make it a personal masterpiece. The result: large-scale statement artwork on a limited budget.
Some rules are meant to be broken
In the Ford household, paper isn’t the only art supply that 3-year-old Ever gets to leave her mark on. The furniture (well, some of it at least) is also On boundaries. “We had a couch where she could draw whatever she wanted when she was little,” explains Ford. “And now she has a pair of doors, which I think look better with her Cy Twombly on it!” And when it’s time to start over, Ford relies on the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser (yes, it even works on upholstery) to make surfaces look as good as new again.
Collect inspiration with what you have
Between dreamy shots of Frank Lloyd Wright’s iconic Fallingwater property, sketches from the designer’s Crate & Barrel collab and punchy text overlays, Ford’s debut issue offers plenty of opportunities to get started with your own collage. “I like it when they look spicy,” she says. “And for hanging, I use whatever is convenient: a nail, tape, a pin, staples, glue, a paper clip.” In other words, it’s okay to be messy.