'Trading's' Yip says he's leaving
Designer will get own NBC show
Wednesday, April 28, 2004 Posted: 3:03 PM EDT (1903 GMT)
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (AP) -- Vern Yip, one of the designers on TLC's "Trading Spaces," will be trading spaces no more.
Yip, 34, told The Advocate newspaper that he's leaving the program to star in his own home improvement show on NBC.
He'll start production on "Design Intervention" in June, for airing in September, Yip said in a phone interview.
" 'Trading Spaces' was an amazing opportunity for me," Yip said. "It opened a lot of doors for me and allowed me to travel across the country and to meet a lot of great people. Now NBC has offered me my own show."
On "Trading Spaces," neighbors decorate a room in each other's home with the help of a designer in two days with a budget of $1,000.
"We're going to transform an entire house, inside and out in two weeks," Yip said. The homeowners will get all new furniture and landscaping.
"We want to get families involved," he said. "We're looking for those homes where they've started a project, like a new addition, and thought they could do it on their own, but they never really finished it."