Celeb Decorator Willa Ford on the 1 Thing Everyone Should Do Before Bringing Used or Vintage Items Home

You may have first heard of her in the early 2000s when she was a pop star (and opener to the Backstreet Boys...NBD). But she's undergone a major career transformation, and is now dishing out home decor hacks—and we're taking notes (while jamming to "I Wanna Be Bad," no shame).

Interior designer to the stars and co-host on Flip It Like Disick (and former 2000s pop star), Willa Ford, recently sat down with PureWow to dish on her new show, which debuted on E! earlier this month, and shared her best interior decorating tips.

Starring alongside Scott Disick in the new house-flipping reality TV series, Ford's seen it all. She's had celeb clientele, including Steve Aoki and French Montana, request her decorating services. But the number one rule she tells anyone looking to buy used or vintage furniture (or clothing!), is to make sure to properly disinfect—in the freezer.

Her secret: "Whenever you buy a thrifted or vintage good, like old books, stick them in your freezer for 24 hours. It will kill any germs and disinfect the material." Genius. 

Those amazing crocheted doilies you bought at a garage sale and were planning to use as a table runner?

"Don't bring them into your house, because they can have mites on them," Ford said. "And it works with jeans, too."

Yep, those vintage blues will hold their stretch for longer the less you wash them. Instead, get more mileage by forgoing the washing machine for the freezer. Just fold the jeans, place them in a large plastic bag and stick the whole thing in the freezer for about a week. Voilà: clean jeans that won’t lose their shape or luster.

That's it. We're headed home to clean out the old TJ's cauliflower bags from the back our icebox (and sticking all our used thrift store finds in there instead).


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