Thanks for stopping by – pull up a chair and stay a little while in Ty-land. I’m working to put together some of my favorite things, from design ideas, to killer recipes, journals of my adventures, and a whole lot of other things that I hope you’ll enjoy. Let’s build a community where we can collaborate and celebrate together, learning from each other and the people who design our world.
Design television was never the same once we were introduced to the quirky and creative Ty Pennington. The groundbreaking home improvement series Trading Spaces has returned after a 10 year hiatus, giving us a chance to get reacquainted with Ty as a carpenter, and now designer.
The instantly recognizable sound of Ty Pennington’s “Good Morning!” became an unmistakable sign of hope for families and communities during his time with Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. That show helped transform the lives of thousands, while inspiring millions more around the world. Under the leadership of the charismatic home-design guru, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition was consistently rated among the top 20 of all television programs. It won two Emmys for Outstanding Reality Program and two People’s Choice Awards.
In the fall of 2010, Pennington expanded his international appeal with two new series. Inside the Box with Ty Pennington, for Canada’s W Network matched two amateur interior designers in a contest to decorate a room using only the contents of a mystery crate put together by Pennington. As part of his ongoing relationship with Great Britain’s UKTV Home, his series Homes for the Brave focused on improving the homes and lives of soldiers who served in Afghanistan for the British Army.
Pennington took his talent for mobilizing volunteers overseas to Great Britain for Ty’s Great British Adventure, a community-improvement series airing on UKTV Home. In addition to hosting, he was executive producer. Seasons 1 and 2 went on to become UKTV Home’s two highest rated television series ever.
Additional projects have included a fabric line, Ty Pennington Impressions with Westminster Fabrics, a partnership with industry leader Howard Miller, and the Ty Pennington Style line which was Pennington’s seasonal home décor line carried at Sears. His designs offered fun and stylish home products at affordable prices. He also designed a line of flooring for Lumber Liquidators
Pennington’s latest book, How Good Design Can Change Your Life (Simon & Schuster) is an intimate look at Ty’s design inspirations with décor advice and tips. It followed up his New York Times best seller Ty’s Tricks (Hyperion), which is part reference and part behind-the-scenes in Ty’s own home, which he completely remodeled himself.
Pennington has been recognized as a leader in the field of volunteerism for his work on Extreme Makeover and Ty’s Great British Adventure. He has also served as ambassador for the Sears American Dream campaign.
Ask Ty what makes him tick and he’ll say, “It’s about the joy of doing things for others. what we do is about family, about America and adding in these random acts of kindness can restore your faith in people.”