HGTV's Ty Pennington Is Engaged to Kellee Merrell

See her nontraditional ring here.
The Knot
Updated Jul 28, 2021

Trading Spaces star Ty Pennington is engaged to girlfriend Kellee Merrell. The HGTV personality, also the star of his own series, Ty Breaker, revealed proposal details on Wednesday, July 28.

"It's the 'yes' for me…" Pennington, 56, captioned an artsy photo with his future wife, 33. The Extreme Makeover: Home Edition star popped the question with what appears to be a teardrop-shaped, navy sapphire engagement ring. The ring has what looks like a vintage setting and features a diamond halo. The center stone is believed to be about four carats in size.

Pennington's rep told People that the reality star proposed in a simple way: at his home in Palm Coast, Florida, over their morning coffee. The couple was on the dock when the sweet moment occurred.

The future spouses first met in 2010 but didn't start officially dating until 2020. When their relationship developed, they decided to quarantine together and things reportedly accelerated from there. Prior to dating Merrell, a social media manager, Pennington was in a 20-year relationship with Andrea Bock. The former couple knew each other since their preteen years and endured many ups and downs during their two decades of dating.

In his next phase with Merrell, Pennington will not only be planning a wedding, but together, the couple will also renovate their dream home: a 19th-century home in Savannah, Georgia.

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