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 on TLC's Trading Spaces, on NBC's Home Intervention, and during his now nine years as one of HGTV’s most recognizable designers. Vern has spread the word on digital home makeovers through AOL and worked hand-in-hand with companies such as Microsoft, Stainmaster carpet, Procter & Gamble, Kraft, and, most recently, AT&T during their launch of the new AT&T U-verse Wireless Receiver. His successful, national commercial for AT&T aired during some of America’s most-watched programs, including the 2012 Super Bowl and the 2012 Grammy Awards. In spring of 2013, Diet Pepsi released a limited edition Vern Yip can featuring a Peacock pattern created exclusively for Diet Pepsi by Vern, making him the first interior designer to have his own signature can. Vern is also in his third year with Home Shopping Network (HSN) where he spearheads the Vern Yip Home line of home décor and just launched the Vern Yip Premium Home Fragrance Collection available through gift and specialty retailers nationwide. This past September, Vern launched the Vern Yip for Trend Home Fabric and Trim Collection in partnership with Fabricut which will be available through Calico and JoAnn fabric stores nationwide starting in January of 2015. January will also see the premiere of Vern’s newest product collaborations which include a line of lighting with Stonegate Designs and a Home Décor and Accessory collection through OneCoast for retail at brick and mortar gift and specialty retailers nationwide.
Vern's past HGTV projects include four seasons of his own show titled Deserving Design with Vern Yip and two seasons as host and designer of HGTV Urban Oasis. His HGTV work also includes eight seasons of HGTV’s top-rated prime-time series HGTV Design Star and an all new season of Bang for Your Buck, where he serves as the show’s host and design expert. Vern has just completed shooting the building of his dream beach home that premiered on HGTV this past July titled Live in Vern’s House in the network’s most watched hour of the week. 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 his vast array of design tips can be found on-line at vernyip.com. With an undergraduate education 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 the 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 eclectic style demonstrate an influence from his love of travel. Vern has traveled to nearly four dozen countries in the past seven years.
Vern’s projects have amassed an impressive list of design awards including 2003 Distinguished Southerner Award, 2000 Southeast Designer of the Year, and 1999 Best New Restaurant Design. Additionally, Deserving Design with Vern Yip was nominated for a 2009 NAMIC award for Best Original Life Style Programming. Vern continues to be involved extensively in non-profit work and annually awards scholarships at The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults, where his family established the Vera Yip Memorial Scholarship after his mother. He’s also now in his fifth year working with UNICEF as a U.S. Ambassador to help raise awareness of the needs of children around the world. Vern is passionate about his work with UNICEF and designed the 2009-2013 UNICEF Snowflake Balls that took place in New York’s famous Cipriani and will be returning to design duties for the 2014 Snowflake Ball. He also serves as the founding and national chair of The UNICEF Experience and has hosted four installments of the event in Atlanta.
Recognized on the street, in home improvement centers, and in public venues across America, Vern has been prominently featured in publications such as Entertainment Weekly, People, The New York Times, and USA Today. He is frequently seen on NBC's Today, CNN, and Live! with Kelly and Michael. Additionally, Vern has been a columnist for The Washington Post since 2011 where he writes about the worlds of travel and design and has a monthly column at HGTV Magazine called Learn from Vern where he dispenses the most critical design tips for the home.
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