Design television was never the same once we were introduced to the quirky and creative Ty Pennington. With the groundbreaking home improvement series Trading Spaces returning after a 10 year hiatus, we now have the chance to get reacquainted with Ty as a carpenter, and now as a designer.
The instantly recognizable sound of Ty Pennington’s “Good Morning!” became an unmistakable sign of hope for families during his time with Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. That show transformed the lives of thousands, and inspired millions more around the world. Under Ty’s leadership, EM:HE 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. On the international market, Inside the Box with Ty Pennington aired on Canada’s W Network in 2010. And as part of his ongoing relationship with Great Britain’s UKTV Home, his series Homes for the Brave, and the follow up, Ty’s Great British Adventure aired with him serving as executive producer. Their focus on improving the homes and lives of soldiers from the British Army led to seasons 1 and 2 becoming UKTV Home’s two highest rated television series ever.
Additional projects have included Ty Pennington Impressions with WestminsterFabrics, a partnership with industry leader Howard Miller, and the Ty Pennington Style line for 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, 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 from his New York Times best seller Ty’s Tricks (Hyperion). This book is part reference, and part behind-the-scenes in Ty’s own home, which he completely remodeled himself.
Recognized as a leader in the field of volunteerism, Ty has also served as ambassador for the Sears American Dream campaign.
“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.” – Ty Pennington