Meet the Team

Celebrity Designer

Ty Pennington

Ty Pennington has been recognized as a design expert and leader in the field of volunteerism for his work on “Extreme Makeover” and “Ty’s Great British Adventure”. He also serves as ambassador for the Sears American Dream campaign. Ask Ty what makes him tick and he’ll say, “It’s about the joy of doing things for others. ‘Extreme Makeover’ is about family, about America and about these random acts of kindness that can restore your faith in people.”

Ty Pennington Style is Pennington’s seasonal home décor line carried at Sears, offering fun and stylish home fashions at affordable prices. The line includes everything from bedding and rugs to lighting, dishware and outdoor furniture, including the Halston and Mayfield sets . Eclectic in design, these pieces are the perfect complement for any outdoor oasis and feature Ty’s signature style.

Pennington first won national attention as the quirky and creative carpenter on the groundbreaking home improvement series “Trading Spaces”. He lives in Los Angeles.

Design Team

Joel Guarano

Joel studied graphic design at the University of Illinois-Chicago. His studies focused mainly on graphic design, but his professional career took him down a more industrial path as a product designer, working for The Wormser Company, Claire’s, Houston Harvest, and Signature Brands. When he began his career at Sears, he started out as a designer for the Home Fashions team. Ironically, designing products for inside the house eventually led him outdoors, taking him to his current role as a designer for the Outdoor Living team. His time on this team has afforded him the chance to branch out and design much of the outdoor furniture you’ll see in your local store and online.

Linda Yang

Linda Yang came to the U.S. with her family after attending high school in Korea and studied biochemistry at the University of Virginia. After her first degree, she decided to pursue her passion for art and received her second degree in Designed Object at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. After graduating from SAIC, Linda joined Sears’ Outdoor Living design team in 2010. She has been involved in Sears’ patio furniture product development and outdoor living cushion program since joining the team.

Megan Van Order

Megan designs seasonal collections for Sears. Outside of work, she loves getting out the power tools for creative home projects, reading novels about popular science, building terrariums in glass vases, bargain hunting and recreating her favorite restaurant dishes at home. Megan decorates her space with a mid-century modern feel, based in grey-tone neutrals, clean lines and natural textiles. She recommends investing in larger high-quality pieces like sofas and area rugs in neutral colors, and then bringing in pop color accents, like bright decorative pillows and local artwork. This way, you can easily change the feel of the room by swapping out accent pieces without a major reinvestment in the big stuff. Her favorite season is fall because she loves the smell of the leaves and autumnal colors.

Michelle Marquardt Greene

Michelle Marquardt Greene has been a designer at Sears for 5 years and has worked in product and textile design for 8 years. She has a textile design degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology and a fine arts degree from the Maryland Institute College of Art. She currently lives in Chicago with her husband and black lab. In her free time, she enjoys listening to vintage jazz and swing dancing.


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