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Vern Yip, famous Atlanta interior designer and star on TLC's Trading Spaces, talks about why his family visits New York City every winter. From his favorite places to eat (Jean-George’s Nougatine is a must) to his favorite design inspirations (Metropolitan Museum of Art), here's Vern Yip's guide to New York City over the holiday season.
Nine years after the groundbreaking reality show Trading Spaces stopped production, TLC has announced a return of the series in 2018. We caught up with local cast member and designer Vern Yip on the set of the new show.
On October 7 Sid and Ann Mashburn will serve as honorary chairs of Atlanta Celebrates Photography’s 12th annual gala. Held at the Porsche Experience Center, the event will include a silent and live auction of works by Parish Kohanim, Builder Levy, and Carl Martin, among others, to support the ACP, the largest annual community-based photo festival in the United States.
Never one to be intimidated by overseas shipping, Vern Yip has a one-ton marble bathtub in his backyard to prove it. He and his husband, Craig Koch, spotted the antique tub decorated with elephant carvings in Udaipur, India. “Too bad we can’t take it home,” said Craig, knowing Vern’s affinity for the animal rich with Eastern religious symbolism. “Why not?” replied Vern.
“There are two kinds of design books available,” says Yip. “There are those with lots of information, but they’re hard to digest. And then there are vanity tomes, which are beautiful and relaxing to peruse, but not helpful. I wanted to write a book that is balanced. It had to be functional and aesthetically pleasing.”
On the scale of ho-hum to ho! ho! ho!, I’m pretty sure my family defines the extreme edge of tolerable holiday enthusiasm. With two kids under the age of six, it’s not hard to get the momentum going—though, truthfully, it’s we adults who need reining in.