The Day – HGTV’s Ty Pennington on making improvements to your home

Ty Pennington, host of HGTV’s “Ty Breaker,” became a pop culture star in his hit TV shows TLC’s “Trading Spaces” and ABC’s “Extreme Makeover, Home Edition,” which won two Emmys. Pennington helped start America’s obsession with reality home improvement TV. The carpenter, craftsman and designer went on to do many other design shows, create his own line of products and write books.

His latest show on HGTV, “Ty Breaker,” helps conflicted homeowners decide whether to overhaul their home or find another property to renovate. He joined a recent Washington Post Home Front online chat. Here is an edited excerpt.

Q: Do you decorate your own homes in any particular style, or do you put a different spin on each one?

A: I’ve always been partial to modern design, mid-century modern and Scandinavian design. I recently bought a house in Savannah, Ga., that was built in 1853. It’s a departure from

Read More

A Grating Couple Creates a ‘Groundhog Day’ of Their Own Design

Edward Albee could write an argument. In “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” George and Martha rip into each other, showing how a couple with some wear on its tires knows just where to drive in the nail to inflict maximum damage. Screenwriter Zac Stanford is no Edward Albee, and his low-key lovers’-spat dramedy “The Argument” pales in comparison with pretty much all the great relationship-on-the-rocks movies you can think of — “Blue Valentine,” “Marriage Story,” “Two for the Road,” to name just a few. But we’re in a pandemic, and watching an argument with your partner is better than having one.

The thing that might bring Stanford’s broken-record comedy too close to home is also its defining feature: Jack (Dan Fogler) and Lisa (Emma Bell) have a squabble, and rather than letting it go, or discussing it like adults, they both “wish we could redo this

Read More

The Best Labor Day Sales 2020 — Beauty, Fashion and Home Deals

Don’t be sad that summer is almost over — be excited that Labor Day sales are coming!

The holiday that serves as the unofficial start of fall is always a great time to save on beauty, fashion, home, tech and other items, and this year’s deals are rolling in. Nestled between the current Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and November’s Black Friday/Thanksgiving shopping bonanza, Labor Day 2020 — which falls on Monday, Sept. 7 — is sure to be a highlight of the year for shoppers looking to save.

So what will be on sale? There are amazing deals from Allswell, Backcountry, Minna, REI, Boutique Rugs, GlassesUSA, Kindred Bravely, Splendid and so many other brands. Plus, it’s the best time of the year to save on mattresses — see our list of the best Labor Day mattress deals. Some of this year’s deals are already live and more

Read More