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 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, Procter & Gamble, Kraft, and most recently AT&T during their launch of the new AT&T U-verse Wireless Receiver. Vern's past HGTV projects include his own show titled Deserving Design with Vern Yip, and his current work includes the upcoming seventh season of the exciting prime-time series HGTV Design Star and the second year of HGTV Urban Oasis. You can also catch Vern on HGTV in new episodes of Bang for Your Buck, where he serves as both host and design expert. On HGTV Urban Oasis, viewers get to watch Vern as he scours major urban centers in the pursuit of the best they have to offer in home decor, all with the goal of completely furnishing a stunning unit inside a luxury home to be given away in a sweepstakes! In its premiere year, the HGTV Urban Oasis give away included a home inside the brand new W Hotel and Residences and an Acura ZDX that was all part of a $1.5 million package. In the second year, Vern completely re-designed a unit inside the Trump International Hotel and Tower Chicago and will be giving it away at the end of the year! 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 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 throughout 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. In 2012, Vern’s design work will expand to include a new frame and home accessories line for the Burnes company that will be distributed to retail venues nationwide…and his own signature brand, Vern Yip Home, will continue to expand at the Home Shopping Network.
Having characterized himself as the classic overachiever, Vern and his projects have amassed an impressive list of design awards including: 2003 Distinguished Southerner Award, 2000 Southeast Designer of the Year, 1999 Best New Restaurant Design, and 1999 Best New Night Club 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 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 as a U.S. Global 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, 2010, and 2011 UNICEF Snowflake Balls that took place in New York’s famous Cipriani. Vern will be returning to UNICEF designing duties for the 2012 UNICEF Snowflake Ball and has been honored with the duty of lighting the UNICEF Snowflake that hangs above New York’s famed 5th Avenue.
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, CNN and Live! with Regis and Kelly. Recently, both Deserving Design with Vern Yip and HGTV Design Star began airing weekly in Indonesia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, China, and South Korea through the L.I. (Life Inspired) network. Vern also is a monthly contributor to the Washington Post.