Meet HGTV’s Vern Yip

Vern Yip, star of HGTV’s popular shows “Deserving Design with Vern Yip” and “Design Star,” will meet and greet residents at I.O. Metro’s Tulsa store on Wednesday, Feb. 16. Yip will make appearances from 6:30-8 p.m. at the I.O. Metro furniture store located at 6516 E. 51st Street.  Yip will be available for autographs, pictures and design therapy.  Attendees will receive 10 percent off one item during the event.

As part of the new partnership with I.O. Metro, Yip will be seen in
upcoming advertising campaigns for the furniture retailer and will be
featured in “Vern’s Picks” throughout the store – items Yip has
personally chosen as design must-haves. 

“I’m thrilled to be partnering with I.O. Metro on helping spread the word about this truly unique furniture shopping experience,” Yip said.  “One thing I really love about I.O. Metro is the fact that every single store is stocked with experienced design consultants who will give you free design advice.  In fact, if you want them in your home, they’ll come there too. I.O. Metro gives customers three important things: great design, excellent quality and an outstanding price.”

“Throughout the store, we’ll now be featuring ‘Vern’s Picks,’ which are items that Vern has chosen as key design elements in putting together a room. And you’ll hear more from Vern as part of our popular Hello Metro blog, where Vern will guest blog for us twice a month,” and through our weekly e-blasts,” said Jay Howard, chief executive officer of I.O. Metro.

As part of this week’s appearances, Yip will also offer a 30-minute design class to I.O. Metro VIP customers starting at 6 p.m. prior to the general public event. Media are invited to attend and cover the class.

Headquartered in Bentonville, Ark., I.O. Metro is a specialty lifestyle furniture retailer that sells eclectic import furniture and accessories in 21 locations across the Midwest. Through its innovative in-house development team and network of sourcing options in 14 countries, I.O. Metro is able to differentiate itself from monotonous furniture choices so common in the furniture industry. Each I.O. Metro store offers a wide range of custom options with free design service.

One room at a time, Vern Yip is designing his way across America, having knocked down walls and made over countless homes and restaurants during his four seasons on TLC’s “Trading Spaces,” on NBC’s “Home Intervention” and through his private practice. Vern’s most recent projects include his own show on HGTV, “Deserving Design with Vern Yip,” airing every week, and the recently concluded fifth season of the exciting prime-time series, “HGTV Design Star,” where every season he helps to discover America’s next great design talent. Design fans can also catch Yip on HGTV in episodes of “HGTV Showdown,” “Bang for Your Buck” and a new series called “First Time Designer.” When not on TV, Yip runs his own design company in Atlanta where he is known for his attention to detail married with precise, clean-lined interiors balanced with a sense of warmth.

Learn more about Yip at and I.O. Metro at