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‘Trading Spaces’ Designer Talks to Fans

April 14, 2003

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) _ Hundreds who flocked to see ``Trading Spaces″ interior designer Vern Yip seemed more interested in trading secrets than hearing design tips.

Yip is one of six designers on the Learning Channel’s hit show in which two neighbors revamp a room in each other’s house with expert help. During appearances Saturday at the Southern Ideal Home Show, Yip fed fans’ curiosity.

``Why’s (show host) Paige Davis so crabby?″ he was asked.

His answer: ``You think she’s crabby? Paige is exceptional and she is very, very sweet and kind off-camera.″

He also fielded questions about what happened to Alex McLeod, a former host who left the show and later hosted Joe Millionaire. ``It just didn’t work out at the end of season one,″ Kip said. ``She was heading into Joe Millionaire territory and we just weren’t going in that direction.″

When he’s not on the show, Yip runs his own Atlanta-based interior design and architecture firm, which caters to big spenders.

He was named Southeast Designer of the Year in 2000 and 2001, an honor that got him noticed by the Learning Channel in 2000 and won him a role on the show.

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