IF YOU GO
What: Fall Home & Garden Expo
When: Friday 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: CenturyLink Center Omaha
Tickets: Adults, $8; children 12 and younger, free. Dollar off coupons available at Fareway stores and Old Chicago restaurants.
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Interior designer Vern Yip is ready to share some tricks of the trade at the Fall Home & Garden Expo this weekend.
Yip is famous for his elegant and low-budget design work on shows such as “Trading Spaces.” He also serves as a judge on “HGTV Star.” The World-Herald caught up with him while he was shooting a new primetime special for HGTV in Florida and he shared a few design tips and tricks.
Designing on a tight budget: “It's not a very sexy thing to do, but creating a master plan is something that's always worthwhile. Not only being honest with yourself about what you like and what you don't like, but creating a plan where you know what the longterm goals are. If you end up taking limited dollars and buying a bunch of inexpensively made, poorly made things, it's not going to be a great payoff for you. You're going to end up having to replace those items down the road when they begin to fall apart.”
On trends: “I do think that a lot of people sometimes find themselves falling into that rut where they do things because they know it's what's happening in design right now or what's happening in fashion right now. And it's just not really who they are. Ultimately, my bottom-line word of encouragement to everybody is to be true to yourself (and) make your home the best possible representation of who you are.”
On some of the worst “before” homes he has seen: “I think the worst homes are the ones that lack personality, where people have filled the gaps to fill them. A lot of people are guilty of that and understandably so. If you don't do this professionally or you're unsure of yourself from a design standpoint, you're just filling holes to fill them. You go out and buy accessories just because you have a bookshelf and the shelf is empty and you need something to sit on it.”
Favorite item in his home: “I love every item in my home. If I don't love it, it doesn't stay in my home, and I think that that's important … to be surrounded by things that you love because they're not living things. It's not like a statue is living or a piece of furniture is living. They're objects so you should enjoy them and they should make you happy and you should love them because if they don't, then you should get rid of them”
Catch Yip at 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Saturday and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday on the Cox Communications Stage.