Yvonne separated from Ty's father when he and his older brother Wynn were very young, and spent several years as a single parent before she remarried. Her new husband adopted both boys, giving them his surname Pennington.
Ty is of partial Cherokee descent. He paid his way through college by taking night classes and working during the day, first working in landscaping before moving into construction. Please help by adding reliable sources. Contentious material about living persons that is unsourced or poorly sourced must be removed immediately, especially if potentially libelous or harmful.
July Modeling[ edit ] During his final semester, Pennington was approached by a modeling scout, and soon began a lucrative career in that field. He landed print jobs for J. His job as a model took him to places all over the world, as he went on to reside in Japan , Thailand , Italy , Canada , and Germany. Television[ edit ] Pennington parlayed his hands-on skills and design acumen into a career in the entertainment industry, becoming a set designer, including for Leaving Las Vegas in In , when ABC began developing a show that would transform the homes of deserving families in seven days or less, Pennington was chosen as the leader of the eight-person design team.
Home Edition , which was originally planned to be a part special, became a huge hit, and catapulted Pennington to stardom. This led to an endorsement deal with Sears , a sponsor of the show. Pennington was extremely dedicated to the show, spending on average days of the year working, and was known to have fought off anything from pulled muscles to heatstroke to food poisoning to keep doing his job. He stated that his career on the show resulted in the channel commissioning Ty's Great British Adventure , in which he worked with communities including Portreath , Cornwall UK to restore a run-down town park in a week and Portishead, North Somerset UK to renovate the town's derelict outdoor pool into a community run Lido.
The series was shown from September 16, The show was cancelled after six months, after which Ty began pursuing other goals. Other work[ edit ] Prior to his partnership with Sears, Pennington was the owner and designer of his company, Furniture Unlimited, which is based in Atlanta and Los Angeles. He also lends his name to Sears, with their design team guiding the design of every item in the Ty Pennington Style line of bedding, tabletop items, bath accessories, furniture, patio furniture, and other miscellaneous home decor.
On May 15, , he released the first issue of his quarterly magazine Ty Pennington at Home. On July 25, , he announced a 3-year partnership with Marketplace Events, the largest organizer of consumer remodeling, home decor and gardening shows in North America.
On October 3, , it was announced that Pennington was to join the upcoming series The Revolution. The show premiered on Monday, January 16,