Stylephile EDITED BY DEBORAH CARTER & SUSAN BRIERLY BUSH
FASHION :: ACCESSORIES :: HOME :: HEALTH :: BEAUTY :: ENTERTAINING
CREATING A DISTINCTIVE TEXTILE collection has been a lifelong dream for Vern Yip,
interior designer and the star of popular
home-decorating series like Trading Spaces
and HGTV Design Star. “While most little
boys played with cars and trucks, I wanted
my own fabric line,” he quips.
When Yip visited Fabricland in June to make
his first and only appearance in the Garden
State, customers at the North Plainfield location gave the collection a big thumbs-up—and
New Jersey Monthly snagged an exclusive sit-down interview.
“Your space should reflect your personality
and allow you to be in touch with what makes
you happy,” Yip said. “I love layering neutral
foundations with bright splashes of color.”
Vern Yip fabrics feature bold graphics in
four colorways. “Blue ocean, orange poppy,
gray charcoal and natural sesame are the
hottest color trends, and I included diverse
hues and tones that work especially well
together,” he said. Those same palettes
grace the interiors of Yip’s three homes: an
urban apartment (gray, gold and brown),
a historic manor home (gray, blue and or-
ange) and a vacation retreat (bright orange
“I’ve done the thinking ahead of time, so it’s
easy to get a curated, elegant look,” Yip said.
“This collection appeals to real people who
have kids and pets and mortgages–busy people
like you and me who have other interests
besides decorating their homes.”
“We like to add color to the store with fresh
designs that are well priced,” added Bruce
Heyman, owner of Fabricland, a third-gener-
ation family business. “Vern’s line really pops,
and our customers are responding. We put the
good stuff up front, so that’s where you’ll find
his new collection.” The exuberant line is of-
fered by Trend Fabrics, a division of Fabricut,
Fabricland's top-selling vendor.
Yip just signed a book deal for 2016. More
of his tips are available at vernyip.com.
—SUSAN BRIERLY BUSH
Hip, Happy Fabric Collection
Vern Yip wants to splash your home with color.
Vern Yip amidst
his bold Orange
The blue ocean colorway is
one of four classic palettes
in the Vern Yip Designs
collection of fabrics and
1 Step back and look at
the scale of the fabric to
understand how it will appear in its intended space.
Will you use a little on a
throw pillow or a lot for
2 Layer complementary
patterns. Mix bold prints
as an expression of your
3 Play with color for a
more sophisticated look.
Don’t use just one hue or
your space will appear too
4 Add textures to make
your room welcoming.
That’s the di;erence between a stark house and a
5 Understand fabric
weight and durability.
Some textiles can withstand heavy use on a sofa
or chair. Other lighter-weight fabrics work better
as window treatments.