Vern Yip

HGTV’s Design Star Season 5: Patio Daddy-O

This week’s episode of HGTV’s Design Star involves designing an urban outdoor space.  The designers are brought to the rooftop deck of the Trump International Hotel so that we can be reminded ad nauseam of the production company's connection to [...]

HGTV’s Design Star Season 5, Ep. 2: Fashion Foul

This season of The Apprentice continues, opening this episode at the living quarters, where the top 6 from last episode kick back with adult bevs, speculating about who they think the judges will send home.  Cue the shock and awe [...]

HGTV’s Design Star, Season 5: Julie Khuu Interview

It's never easy to be the first one sent home on a reality competition show, but HGTV Design Star Season 5 finalist Julie Khuu is taking her dismissal after the premiere episode in stride.  I spoke to the Santa Ana [...]

HGTV’s Design Star, Season 5: Premiere Episode!

Thanks to my originally-a-client-now-a-dear-friend Kathryn, I am able to watch last night’s premiere of HGTV’s Design Star Season 5 without fear of blown breakers. And gawd knows I wouldn’t serve myself anything as nice as the Prosecco Royales Kathryn mixes [...]

HGTV Design Star Castoff Interviews

It's finally official--I'll be interviewing Season 5 contestants of HGTV's Design Star after they're booted from the show each week!  If you can't wait for the season to start, you can satisfy your Design Star jones by reading up on [...]

HGTV's Design Star, Season 4: OMG, the Finale!

Here it is, the final episode of Design Star and it’s Antonio Ballatore vs. Dan Vickery for the title.  The challenge?  Making over a whole house, which, for the purposes of this episode, "whole house" = kitchen + living room [...]

HGTV's Design Star, Season 4 Episode 7: The Outdoor Challenge

Last night on Landscaper’s Challenge…er, I mean, Design Star… I was already over this episode before it even started. As a general rule, interior designers just don’t know enough about plants to put a cohesive landscaping plan together, and I [...]

Design Star Season 4: Interview with Jason Champion!

“Hey, girl, hey!”  So begins every conversation with Jason Champion, the latest designer to get the boot from HGTV’s Design Star.  I have eagerly awaited this interview, because I got the distinct impression that he was the type of guy [...]

Design Star Season 4, Episode 6: Kids' Rooms!

This week’s episode of Design Star finds the designers going head-to-head in individual challenges making over kids’ bedrooms (in this case, “kids” are defined as seventeen and under), and this is also the first time we're able to see them [...]