One room at a time, Vern Yip is designing his way across America, and now the star of HGTV’s "Design Star" will be appearing at the 2017 Des Moines Home + Outdoor Living Show. We sat down with him and asked him a few questions before he takes the stage.
Q: Can you briefly describe your design background?
“My background wasn’t initially in interior design. I have a degree in economics, and I always knew I wanted to be an architect. When I was an architecture intern, the head of interior design offered me a job at the company. I found that I really loved both. It’s wonderful and beneficial to have a knowledge of architecture when I’m designing a space.”
Q: How would you describe your design style?
“When approaching a new design project, you have to understand that the space should be a physical manifestation of the people living or working there. As a designer, my best tool is listening to my clients. However, in my own personal spaces, I have a very eclectic style that reflects my world travels.”
Q: What is one piece of advice you would give to a homeowner who wants to redesign his or her space?
“Create a plan first! When you map everything out, including budget, timeline, and the overall space, it helps you visualize the end result and provides a course of action for the entire project.”
Q: What is your opinion of design trends? Love them or leave them?
“Honestly, I think it’s fun to know what the new trends are, but when it comes to designing your own space, do what makes you and your family happy. If a certain trend isn’t who you are, leave it. Your home should be filled with the things you love.”
Q: What is the most fulfilling part of your job?
“I love helping people design a space they love. If you’re surrounded by design that reflects who you are and supports you functionally, you’re able to fully enjoy the moments spent with loved ones at home.”
Come see Vern at the Iowa Events Center at one of his presentations on either Friday, March 10 at 5PM or Saturday, March 11 at 12PM and 3PM.
IOWA EVENTS CENTER
MARCH 10 - 12, 2017