Family and Functionality: Vern Yip Shares His Inspiration for New Home Line
Let me start this by conveying how thrilled I am to be launching the Vern Yip Home collection at HSN! I’ve been on design-oriented television now for almost twelve years (starting with Trading Spaces and now with HGTV Design Star and HGTV Urban Oasis) and have been amassing ideas for my line ever since I started my career as a professional designer almost fifteen years ago.
It is, obviously, a ton of work putting together a collection…but it is also so much fun! For the launch of my line, I pulled upon my personal experiences as a Dad living with two beautiful kids under the age of two and four huge dogs (washable and durable is key), traveling to 42 countries in five years, and of course solving the functional and aesthetic problems of the hundreds of families across this country who’ve been nice enough to allow me into their lives to transform some part of their home for the shows that I’ve been on. Of the many things that I’ve learned along the way, one of the most important is that home décor needs to be purposeful. If it comes into my home (and yours), it needs to be both functional and beautiful. One without the other just doesn’t work.
In pulling together all the different elements going into the Vern Yip Home line, I got to put into action many of the ideas that have been stewing in my head for years. For example, items are scaled to have a life beyond one purpose in one room. I like items that can grow with you and adapt as your life changes. Framed artwork (timeless subjects that will evoke an emotion!) will work singularly in a tough to finish spot in your foyer…or can work with other pieces to address a larger area over a sofa, queen size bed (two pieces side by side are scaled perfectly), or king size bed (three does the trick here).
One of my favorite items to work on has been bedding. It is such an easy and practical way to quickly transform one of the largest pieces of real estate in your house…your bed! For the launch, I designed a medallion based on the lotus flower, which has been a symbol of renewal for thousands of years. Lotus also happens to be the name of the first business my parents started when they gave up everything and moved to this country to give me access to education, healthcare, and the freedom that our country is renowned for. The lotus has always meant a lot to me…and now I get to share that with you! I look forward to hearing what you all think of the collection and hope that I can help you transform your home into the most beautiful (and functional) place you can imagine.
When-to-Watch: Vern Yip Home will premiere on air Tuesday, July 26 at midnight ET, and throughout the day at 1am, 8am, 11am, noon, 4pm, 7pm, and 10pm ET.
Find out more about Vern Yip Home HERE.