Designer, HGTV star Vern Yip shines spotlight on Rosemary

Vern Yip
Deborah Wheeler/The Sun
Published: Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at 01:32 PM.

South Walton sees its share of celebrities. For some, it's a one-time look-see, others pass through regularly, and yet others seek a secret hideaway at the beach.

But HGTV's Vern Yip, South Walton's newest celebrity homeowner, wants to become part of the community that locals call home — and he recreated his house in miniature to prove it.

On Nov. 7 when Children's Volunteer Health Network unveiled its 2013 Cottages 4 Kids, one of the five cottages was designed by Yip. Yip's design, christened "Kid Comfort," is a miniature version of his new Rosemary Beach home.

The child's playhouse was donated to CVHN to help local children in need of dental or medical help.

When his builder, Ryan Pfneisel, approached him about designing a cottage, it was an easy "yes" for Yip.

"I am sensitive to the needs kids have," Yip told The Sun. "We have two toddlers and I am an ambassador for UNICEF. I always have a place in my heart for children. I want to give back to kids and be a part of the community. I relished the opportunity."

Yip and his partner are fathers to two young children, Gavin and Vera. Yip says with a laugh that he thought about purchasing the playhouse for the kids, but there is a lack of outdoor space for it in Rosemary and he has no easy way to transport it to his main residence in Atlanta .

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