Ty Pennington's Style Tips
With his high energy and contagious spirit, Ty is often running a million miles a minute. Although he's on the road more than 280 days out of the year, Ty says he loves his job. "Wow, the fact I can do all those things and still have a good time and still make dreams come true—I've got the greatest job in the world," he says.
Ty says you don't need to spend a lot of money to make a change—something as small as a new picture, throw pillow or plant can help. "The point is, you want to be excited when you walk in your door and you also want to be excited when you wake up in your home."
Now, not only do the twins work at the same school together—they live in virtually identical houses, right next door to one another. From floor to ceiling, the twins have matching homes. "We picked everything out exactly the same," Amy says. "Light fixtures, paint color—every tile in every bathroom is the same."
For a week, Ty and his team have been secretly quizzing Amy's husband, Greg, and Megan's husband, Bill, to help get a sense of each twin's individual style. Ty finds out Amy has a girly, softer side, while Megan is creative and artistic.
While the twins are at their school teaching, Ty's team gets to work on a sophisticated, feminine room for Amy and a chic, modern room for Megan.
Watch Ty work his magic and learn his design tricks.
"I know you will guys needed a little bit of change," Ty says. "The cool thing is I think we've actually given you that today. I think we're going to push you toward something I think you guys need, which is a little bit of difference."
The first thing Megan notices are the window treatments, which are made out of real shells. "This is a really cool way that you can let light into a room and also bring a natural element into a room," Ty says.
Megan and Bill's photos are printed on large canvasses and spread out along the entire wall. Ty says this idea is all about scale. The large size allows the photos to transcend the status of mere snapshots and truly become art pieces.
"I love the photos—love them!" Megan says.
Bill, Megan's husband, agrees. "This is awesome," he says.
To create this feeling, one of Ty's ideas is an eye-grabbing headboard, made by framing four pieces of white latticed wood together. "It's going to pop off the wall and give it a little depth," he says. "But to give it some sexiness, I'm actually going to light this thing to get a little illumination." Ty adds the ambient light by stringing LED lights along the bottom of the headboard.
"It's so pretty," Amy says. "It does look more like me. You really did find our differences."
And to give Amy's bedroom something a little more "girly," Ty made curtains out of bedsheets. All it took was a sewing machine and some hooks. "Just because it lays flat doesn't mean it can't hang vertically, right?" Ty says.
"What's really cool about this is anybody can do it," he says. "You can take any image you want—you can print it off on your computer, you can Xerox it. But the trick is, you take an X-ACTO knife and you cut it out on acetate or maybe cardboard. Then you take some paint and you go and you actually do a stipple, which means you punch [the paintbrush] over and over and over and over."
If you prefer to make your closet disappear, Ty has a different idea: Paint the walls, doors and frames all the same color. "That way, it simply just slips into the woodwork," he says.
Amy and Megan love their new rooms so much that neither could face sleeping in them the first night for fear of messing things up. "Maybe tonight," Amy jokes. "We'll see."
Ty says designing a room is a great creative outlet, yet it's not only about his own creativity. He always wants to get a sense of the people he's designing for too. "What I do, I want to be involved. I want to put myself into it," he says. "I believe when you walk into someone's home, there should be elements of them in the home. It should reflect you."
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