One room at a time, Vern Yip is designing his way across America, having knocked down walls and made over countless homes and restaurants during his four seasons of TLC’s Trading Spaces, on NBC’s Home Intervention, and through his private practice. Vern has spread the word on digital home makeovers through AOL and worked hand-in-hand with companies such as Microsoft, Stainmaster carpet, Moen faucets, Procter and Gamble, and Best Buy’s Magnolia store concept. Vern’s most recent projects include his own show on HGTV titled Deserving Design with Vern Yip airing every week, and the exciting prime-time series HGTV Design Star, where every season he helps to discover America’s next great design talent. You can also catch Vern on HGTV in episodes of HGTV Showdown, Bang for Your Buck, and First Time Designer. Whatever he does, Vern’s award-winning work has a distinct flair that reflects his expertise as both an architectural and interior designer.
Vern runs his own design company in Atlanta, Vern Yip Designs and vernyip.com, where design tips are dispensed and top quality products, designed by Vern with consumer value in mind, can be purchased. With a bachelor of arts in economics and a bachelor of science in chemistry from The University of Virginia and an M.B.A. and Master of Architecture from The Georgia Institute of Technology, Vern has used his varied educational background to build a distinguished business. His creations and room transformations range in budget from the notoriously frugal showcased on television to eight-figure projects for high-end clients nationwide, including special event design for one of 2006’s highest profile Oscar parties. Regardless of the budget, Vern’s design calling card is his attention to detail married with precise, clean-lined interiors balanced with a sense of warmth. Many elements of his creations and eclectic style demonstrate an influence from childhood travels through Asia, Latin America, and Europe. Often with Vern’s designs, less is more and something in the room always “pops” due to its graphic nature.
Having characterized himself as the classic overachiever, Vern and his projects have amassed an impressive list of design awards including: 2003 Distinguished Southerner Award, Southern Living Magazine; 2000 Southeast Designer of the Year; Fusebox Restaurant, Atlanta, 1999 Best New Restaurant; and DeuxPlex Bistro and Night Club, Atlanta, 1999 Best New Night Club. Additionally, Deserving Design with Vern Yip was recently nominated for a 2009 NAMIC awards for Best Original Life Style Programming. Vern continues to be involved extensively in non-profit work, and has served as honorary chair for Eleven the Event, the 2009 fund raiser for The Ulman Cancer Fund, where he established the Vera Yip Memorial Scholarship (after his Mother), and is now working closely with UNICEF to help raise awareness of the needs of children around the world. At the end of 2009, Vern not only hosted a major fundraiser for UNICEF in the Southeast in his own home, but designed the 2009 UNICEF Snowflake Ball taking place in New York’s famous Cipriani on December 2nd, honoring L.A. Reid and hosted by Al Roker.
Recognized on the street, in home improvement centers, and in public venues across America, Vern has been prominently featured in various publications such as Entertainment Weekly, People, The New York Times, and USA Today. He is frequently seen on television shows such as NBC’s Today, CBS’ The Early Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and CNN. Recently, both Deserving Design with Vern Yip and HGTV Design Star began airing weekly in China, Indonesia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and South Korea through the L.I. network.
He currently splits his time between Atlanta and New York City.