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 and during his over ten years as one of HGTV’s most recognizable designers.
Vern has spread the word on digital home makeovers through AOL and worked hand-in-hand with companies such as Microsoft, Procter & Gamble, Kraft, Newell Rubbermaid, Delta, and Porsche. His award-nominated national commercial for the AT&T U Verse Wireless Receiver aired during some of America’s most watched programs, including the 2012 Super Bowl and the 2012 Grammy Awards.
In spring of 2013, Diet Pepsi partnered with Vern to release a limited edition Vern Yip can, making him the only interior designer to have ever had his own signature can. Vern just completed over three years with Home Shopping Network (HSN) where he spearheaded the Vern Yip Home line of home décor and still holds the record for most number of sheet sets sold in a single day by a designer brand.
Recently, Vern launched the Vern Yip Premium Home Fragrance Collection available through gift and specialty retailers nationwide. In January, Vern launched the Vern Yip for Trend Home Fabric and Trim Collection in partnership with Fabricut. January also saw the premiere of Vern’s newest product collaborations which include a line of lighting with Stonegate Designs by AFX and a Home Décor and Accessory collection distributed through OneCoast to retail at brick and mortar gift and specialty retailers nationwide. And Vern has already begun designing the second iteration of his very successful home fabric and trim line with a projected debut in 2017.
Grab your copy of Vern's latest book, Vern Yip's Design Wise: Your Guide to a Beautiful Home, from Park Road Books during his Fresh Idea Stage appearances.
Matt Blashaw of HGTV's Yard Crashers and Vacation House for Free
The Orange County, California native began his building career at a very young age in his dad’s lumber yard, and worked on everything from plumbing to electrical. Shortly after graduation, Matt received his contractor’s license and began working as a self-employed general contractor, specializing in remodeling homes.
He has hosted several series for the DIY Network and HGTV including Project Xtreme, Money Hunters, Blog Cabin and Professional Grade, and specials such as Cool Tool Builders Show and Worst Kitchen In America. Currently, Matt hosts the hit HGTV series Yard Crashers and Vacation House for Free. You may have also seen him on season 2 of Ellen's Design Challenge!