Ty Pennington Reveals One of Home Design’s Hardest Decisions

In the first season of “Ty Breaker,” host Ty Pennington has seen a lot of small homes and a lot of damaged homes—but his latest house is both tiny and a total mess.

In the episode “A Sizable Renovation,” Pennington and guest designer Sabrina Soto set out to help Wendy and Evan, newlyweds who’ve recently bought an abandoned, partly demolished wreck of a house.

Pennington and Soto will need to spend their $200,000 budget wisely in order to turn this shack into the cute, functional honeymoon home this couple desires. Here’s how they pull it off, which might inspire some changes around your own home to make the most of your space, too.

Make your front porch feel like a bonus room


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This porch is like an outdoor bonus room!

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There’s no denying that Wendy and Evan’s house is short on space, and there’s only so much that

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Erin and Ben Napier Reveal the Most In-Demand Design Today

On “Home Town,” Erin and Ben Napier have renovated homes in a variety of styles, but probably the most popular of them lately is midcentury modern. And in the latest episode, they take on what Erin calls “the most midcentury house we’ve ever worked on.”

In “Clean Lines, Open Spaces,” Erin and Ben help their client Jeff Moffett buy a home in Laurel, MS, for $110,000. Built in 1960, the house already has a midcentury feel, but it’s up to the Napiers to enhance these features without making the home feel dated—all with a renovation budget of $90,000.

Here’s how Ben and Erin pull it off, which might inspire some similar upgrades around your own home, too.


Paint a house black for major midcentury vibes

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This house needs some new paint to get a modern look.

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When Moffett first sees this house, he’s not impressed. And unfortunately, he’s

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A dream home that’s down to earth

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How Tarot & Astrology Became Black & Brown Women’s North Star

Amber Finney, known as Amber The Alchemist, is steeping a cup of tea when we connect over Google Hangouts. The soft smoke of what is likely sage, incense or palo santo languidly billows from the bottom of her screen. Behind her hangs a tapestry of planets and constellations, as well as a poster illustrating various crystals. Below that sits a table of bottles and oils. Even through a screen, it’s exactly the backdrop you’d expect from someone whose life’s work includes ancestral healing through rituals and magic. “I am from Hackensack, New Jersey,” Finney, a tarot reader and spiritual practitioner, says. “My grandparents are from Georgia and South Carolina, so I’m a product of the Great Migration.” Her great-great-grandfather was likely born into slavery, she shares, and was a root worker and healer in the 1800s;

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Extreme D.I.Y. for Home Decor

For some homeowners, the pandemic has provided time to tackle projects that had lingered on the “Honey Do” list. Rineeka Sheppard had long wanted to add a concession stand to the home theater she and her husband, Steven, had built for themselves in the basement of their five-bedroom house in Indianapolis in 2018.

But life always got in the way. They both worked and were raising three teenagers and a 5-year-old. But in April, Ms. Sheppard, 38, was laid off from her job collecting defaulted student loans at the state’s Department of Education because of the pandemic and suddenly her calendar was wide open.

“Finally, it was the time,” said Ms. Sheppard, whose favorite part of going to the movies is the concession stand. “With Covid, I was able to step back and take a breath.”

While Mr. Sheppard, 43, a mechanic, built out the space, Ms. Sheppard scoured Facebook

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