Vern Yip Bio, Age, Husband, Family, HGTV, Kids, Nationality, Net Worth

Vern Yip
Vern Yip

Vern Yip Biography

Vern Yip is a renowned American interior designer based in Atlanta, Georgia. He appeared on TCL’s Trading Spaces through its fourth season while also frequently including silk, candles, and flowers in the rooms he designed. Yip is one of the panel judges on HGTV’s Design Star. In addition, he hosted four seasons of HGTV’s Deserving Design.

The award-winning architectural and interior designer gained international recognition for his expertise in transforming homes and restaurants in his private design practice and on primetime television. He is a judge and designer for the annual HGTVUrban Oasis home where he designed a Chicago loft in the Trump International Hotel.

Vern runs his own design company in Atlanta, Bern Yip Designs and, where design ideas are dispensed with a consumer value in mind. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from The University of Virginia, a Master of Arts degree in management, and a master’s degree in architecture from The Georgia Institute of Technology.


Yip has utilized his diverse educational background to build a distinguished business. His creation and interior transformation include a budget from frugal to eight-figure projects for high-end clients, including the design for a high-profile Oscar party in 2006. His outstanding transformation is inspired by his world travels, including childhood trips to Asia, Latin America, and Europe.

Through his captivating work, Vern has earned himself several design awards, such as the 2003 Distinguished Southerner Award from Southern Living magazine, 2000 Southeast Designer of the Year, 1999 Best New Restaurant for Fusebox restaurant in Atlanta, and 1999 Best New Night Club for DeuxPlex Bistro and Night Club in Atlanta. Moreover, he has featured in various prominent publications such as Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times, and USA Today. He frequently appears on television shows such as Today, The Early Show, Oprah, CNN, and Live! With Regis and Kelly.

Vern Yip Age

How old is Vern Yip? Vern is 55 years old as of 2023. He was born on June 27, 1968, in Hong Kong but raised in Virginia. In addition, he celebrates his birthday on June 27th every year.

Vern Yip Nationality

Yip is an American national born in Hong Kong but raised in Virginia, in the United States of America.

Vern Yip Family

Yip has not disclosed the names of his parents. However, he stated that they wanted him to become a doctor. He was raised by his mother after his father left when Yip was only 7 years old.

Vern Yip Husband

Yip is in a relationship with Craig Koch, a businessman, for a long time. The duo welcomed their first child, a son Gavin Joshua Mannox via surrogacy on January 6, 2010. On March 12, 2011, they welcomed their second-born Vera Lillian Beatrix.

Craig is the founder of WAG-A-LOT, one of America’s first dog daycare facilities. He has five dogs; Schmoo, Scooter, Hank, Lars, and Juno.

Vern Yip Sister

Yip has one sibling sister, whom he has not revealed her name. In an interview, Vern revealed that they have a ten-year gap which made them have completely different lives.

Vern Yip Philanthropy

Yip is active in charitable causes and served as honorary chair for ‘Eleven – the Event,’ a 2009 fundraiser for The Ulman Cancer Fund, where he established the Vera Yip Memorial Scholarship in memory of his mother. He also collaborates with UNICEF to raise awareness of the needs of children all over the world.

Vern has been designing the UNICEF snowflake ball in New York since 2009. He has also been tasked with lighting the UNICEF Snowflake that hangs above New York’s famed 5th Avenue, in addition to designing the organization’s 2011 ball.

Vern Yip’s Net Worth

Yip has an estimated net worth of $3 million. His income is mainly from his successful career as an interior designer and television personality.