David Bromstad from season one, much like Guy Fieri for the Food Network and Kelly Clarkson on "American Idol," was by far the breakout star from the show. He was even a mentor for the last two seasons of "HGTV Star." Emily Henderson (season 5 winner) and Meg Caswell (season 6 winner) have big online followings and Caswell writes a column for the HGTV magazine (as does Yip.)
Yip, who lives in Atlanta with his partner and two young children, has a special coming up July 12 at 2 p.m. on HGTV where viewers will get to see him build a beach house in Rosemary Beach, Fla. "You get to watch a piece of land turn into a completely finished product." It's called "Live in Vern's House" and includes a unique opportunity for an HGTV super fan. (Take a guess based on the title.)
He is very active creating product lines for retail and Home Shopping Network, where he is in his third season. He provides HSN with six collections a year. "It keeps expanding and growing,' he said. He provides high-quality sheet sets and comforter quilt sets, as well as home accessories such as mirrors, lamps and side tables.
For retail. he is offering home fragrance candles and warmers, plus a line of home fabric with his name.
And Yip is still pitching TV projects.