Vern Yip

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Vern Yip
Born (1968-06-27) June 27, 1968 (age 52)
Hong Kong
Alma materUniversity of Virginia
(B.A. Economics, B.S. Chemistry)[1]
Georgia Tech
(M.B.A., M. Arch)[2]
OccupationTV host and interior designer
Partner(s)Craig Koch
ChildrenGavin Joshua Mannox
Vera Lillian Beatrix

Vern Yip (born June 27, 1968, in Hong Kong) is an American interior designer based in Atlanta, Georgia. He periodically appeared on TLC's Trading Spaces through its fourth season, and was known for frequently including silk, candles and flowers in the rooms he designed. He is one of the panel of judges on HGTV's Design Star. Yip hosted four seasons of HGTV's show Deserving Design.[3][4] Yip hosted an HGTV special called Urban Oasis, in which he designed a Chicago loft in the Trump International Hotel.

Early life[edit]

Yip went to high school in northern Virginia at McLean High School in the class of 1986. Yip double-majored in Chemistry and Economics at his alma mater, the University of Virginia, and later received a masters in management and architecture from the Georgia Institute of Technology.[5] Although he considered opening a design firm in Atlanta, Georgia, Yip says he is happy in his television roles "transforming lives through design".[6]

Personal life[edit]

Yip and his partner, Craig Koch,[7] have a son who was born in 2010.[8] The couple's second child, a girl, was born in 2011.[9]


  1. ^ "VERN YIP". American Program Bureau. Retrieved August 12, 2011.
  2. ^ Krystal, Becky (May 11, 2008). "Vern Yip's Career by Design". Washington Post. Retrieved August 12, 2011.
  3. ^ Cathy Lubenski (2007). "Vern Yip Solos in Deserving Design". San Diego Union Tribune. Archived from the original on February 2, 2013. Retrieved September 13, 2007.
  4. ^ Kathryn Shattuck (September 12, 2007). "What's on Tonight". The New York Times. Retrieved September 13, 2007.
  5. ^ Channel APA [1]
  6. ^ Richard Huff (September 12, 2007). "Vern Yip emphasizes storytelling on 'Deserving Design'". New York Daily News. Retrieved September 13, 2007.
  7. ^ Brett, Jennifer (January 14, 2010). "HGTV's Yip, partner welcome son". Atlanta Journal Constitution/accessAtlanta. Retrieved February 11, 2011.[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ "Design Star's Vern Yip Welcomes a Son! – Babies, Vern Yip". People. Retrieved January 16, 2010.
  9. ^ "Vern Yip Welcomes a Daughter". People. Retrieved March 24, 2011.

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