Designer Spotlight: Ty Pennington
As a “jack of all trades,” Ty Pennington is known to make magic happen, whether by fashioning bookshelves in record time or leading an extreme home makeover. In either case, he does it with a unique blend of energy and enthusiasm that makes renovation feel like a happy adventure. Sawdust, pounding hammers, and the buzz of construction—he meets it all with a smile—using design to change lives.
Ty is widely known as the host of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, but many also recognize the Atlanta, Georgia native as the carpentry miracle worker of TLC’s Trading Spaces (e.g., “Hey, Ty. Can you build a custom armoire with two sheets of plywood, legs from a recycled coffee table, and picture frames? Oh, and I need that in 30 minutes.”) Whatever the request, he always manages to get the job done, receiving hugs and high-fives from grateful homeowners along the way.
Extreme Home Makeover
The design challenges of Trading Spaces undoubtedly prepared him for the greater ones ahead, top-to-bottom home renovations for more than deserving families. As the host of Extreme Makeover, Ty and his team performed the nearly impossible task of completely rebuilding homes in less than a week. The results were transformational for both the homes and the families living there. It’s an idea that Ty would come to repeat in other home improvement series, most notably in Homes for the Brave, a British design show that tackled the homes of veterans from the Afghanistan war.
Aside from television, Ty continues to inspire people through various design projects and collaborations. These include fabrics for Westminster, furniture for Howard Miller, flooring for Lumber Liquidators, and home décor for Sears. He also regularly posts to his blog at typennington.com where he offers design tips as well as messages of hope and encouragement. For Ty, design is merely the vehicle for positively changing lives. When asked what makes him tick, he notes, “It’s about the joy of doing things for others.”
Ask Ty Pennington a Question!
This week TY Pennington will be answering questions about do-it-yourself and home projects. Ask him a question HERE.