Design Star's Vern YipBy Collin Kelley

HGTV’s addictive Design Star, has – unlike some other reality shows – produced real talent. First season winner David Bromstad’s Color Splash and fourth season winner Antonio Ballatore’s The Antonio Treatment have both become network mainstays. The series will be casting the sixth edition with an open call to designers in Atlanta this Saturday, Jan. 8, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the W Hotel Downtown.

Once again, Atlanta’s own design star, Vern Yip, will host and judge the show when it debuts in July. In an interview yesterday, Yip said taping will begin in New York City in just a couple of months.

He offered some tips to designers going to the open call: “Every single season we meet people who are really talented. People should come with a portfolio and resume, but they also need to bring their personality. We need that magic confluence of design talent and someone who knows how to talk about it in an engaging, entertaining way.”

Yip, who has a successful design firm based in Atlanta and is expecting a second child with his partner, said he’ll be “running around like a chicken with my head cut off ” juggling his hectic schedule. “I love what I do, and that’s what makes it possible,” he said.

Of course, we couldn’t let Yip go without getting some free tips for INtown readers. Like many designers, Yip has embraced eco-friendly, sustainable design. “There used to be so few options, but that is no longer the case. You can get new furniture made out of reclaimed wood, there is a big move toward re-purposing, retro and antiques and contractors are offering non-toxic paints.”

And Yip’s big design no-no? Matched sets. “Your home is such an opportunity to express yourself, so why not make it special and unique? You don’t get that when you go to a store and buy matching furniture. I say mix and match,  especially if it’s something you love and plan to keep for a long time.”

For more information about the Design Star casting call, visit this link.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.

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