Deserving Design

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Deserving Design
Genre Reality, Home improvement
Created by Vern Yip
Directed by Debbie Levin
Starring Vern Yip
Country of origin  United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13
Executive producer(s) Jeff Hudson
Ed Horwitz
Eric Schotz
Producer(s) Hal Issacson
Running time 24 minutes
Original network HGTV (USA)
Original release September 9, 2007 – Present
External links

Deserving Design is a half-hour show on the Home and Garden TV network, starring Vern Yip. In each episode an inspirational family or individual is visited by Yip, who show him two different rooms they would like to have redesigned. Yip will pick one of the rooms to do and have the person or family aid in its design.[1] However, Yip always surprises them by secretly redoing the other room, usually while covertly having them offer input into it, or by giving them some other special gift.[2]


Formerly a designer on The Learning Channels's Trading Spaces, Vern Yip has acted as a judge on HGTV's "The Next Design Star" for the 2006 to 2012 competitions. Deserving Design is Yip's first solo show and he considers it to be his "best work yet." The idea for the show came to Yip after he made an appearance on Oprah where he helped do a home project for a waitress and her mother, and he hopes it will both entertain and inspire viewers.[3]

Episode list[edit]

The first season's episodes are being aired out of order from their actual production numbers. This list presents them in the order of production.

# Title Original airdate Production code
01 "Helping Out Hurricane Katrina Victims" September 12, 2007 (2007-09-12) HDDSN-101[4]
Tyra, Gladdis, and their two daughters lost their home to Hurricane Katrina. Tyra and the daughters moved to Hollywood to let the girls work on their dream of being comedians while the dad stayed behind in Louisiana to rebuild. Vern makes over the girl's shared bedroom. Surprises: made over Mom's bedroom, Vern has their few surviving wedding photos restored, and he flies the dad to Hollywood to see his family for the first time in three months.
02 "Haunted House" October 31, 2007 (2007-10-31) HDDSN-102[4]
Dennis and Christine Jenovese run an annual Halloween haunted house in their neighborhood to raise money to support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Vern gives their master bedroom a luxurious make over. Surprise room: family room
03 "Help for a War Hero" October 13, 2007 (2007-10-13) HDDSN-103[4]
An Iraq war veteran's garage is remade into a new play space for his kids. Surprise room: the boy's shared bedroom
04 "Vern To The Rescue!" September 9, 2007 (2007-09-09) HDDSN-104[4]
Scott is a volunteer firefighter working to move up the professional level. Vern gives Scott, and his fiancé Liz, a redesigned bedroom to better fit the needs of two, including adding a second closet. Surprise room: living room (which they see first due to having to walk through it to get to the bedroom)
05 "New Kitchen for New Lifestyle" November 21, 2007 (2007-11-21) HDDSN-105[4]
A woman who lost a lot of weight gets a new kitchen. Surprise room: master bedroom
06 "A Family Room for Everyone" September 19, 2007 (2007-09-19) HDDSN-106[4]
A family with quadruplets gets a family room makeover. Surprise room: the parent's bedroom
07 "Dream Kitchen" October 10, 2007 (2007-10-10) HDDSN-107[4]
Harry and Melissa used all of their money to buy their first home only to have to completely gut it after discovering a major mold infestation. Even the walls had to be ripped out and replaced. They are out of money and can't afford to finish the renovations, leaving the pair and their two kids with many bare rooms. Vern turns the skeleton kitchen into the Tuscan inspired one the family had dreamed of when they first bought the house, including appliances, dishes, and cookware. Surprise room: family room
08 "Community Leader Gets Makeover Treat" October 20, 2007 (2007-10-20) HDDSN-108[4]
A woman who spent 10 years cleaning up her neighborhood of crime and trash while neglecting her own home has her water damaged living room redone. Surprise room: Large hallway/hang out space
09 "Vern's Wedding Gift" October 17, 2007 (2007-10-17) HDDSN-109[4]
A couple married for 10 years and plagued with bad luck starts a new life in Atlanta where Vern redoes their living room and dining room. Surprise: Vern throws the couple a wedding reception so they recapture the memories lost by their photographer the first time around.
10 "Vern's Musical Surprise" November 7, 2007 (2007-11-07) HDDSN-110[4]
Middle school teacher Robert Weatherly integrates his love of music into his lessons and frequently donates musical instruments and lessons to students. Vern redoes the living room in his 400-square-foot carriage house. Surprise room: passageway between kitchen and living converted to music room
11 "Vern Makes a Special Delivery" October 20, 2007 (2007-10-20) HDDSN-111[4]
Two elementary school teachers get a new nursery for their first child. Surprise room: kitchen
12 "Community Activist Honored" September 24, 2007 (2007-09-24) HDDSN-112[4]
The creator of The Eagle Connection, an organization to help homeless women, gets a new dine. Surprise room: master bedroom
13 "A Kidney for a Friend" November 14, 2007 (2007-11-14) HDDSN-113[4]
When Amanda Dolly learned her coworker, Judy, was suffering from kidney failure, she donated one of her kidneys to help save her life. Vern visits Amanda and her husband Dale to redesign their pool pavilion into an outdoor room. Surprise room: master bedroom


  1. ^ Deserving Design official site
  2. ^ Cathy Lubenski (2007). "Vern Yip Solos in Deserving Design". San Diego Union Tribune. Retrieved September 13, 2007. 
  3. ^ Richard Huff (2007-09-12). "Vern Yip emphasizes storytelling on 'Deserving Design'". New York Daily News. Retrieved September 13, 2007. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m HGTV Deserving Design Episode Guide

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