Sharing ideas, one stylish room at a time, interior designer Vern Yip has streamed into our homes over the years through a variety of TV shows.
On Saturday the award-winning designer will visit My Favorite Things at Hamburg from noon to 3 p.m. for a free presentation and to take questions from those at the event.
Many of his fans consider Yip a part of the family.
They regularly tell him they've followed him on television since Trading Spaces, the hit TLC show that aired from 2000 to 2008.
"It's incredible, it's longer than a lot of marriages," said an appreciative Yip.
Yip runs his own design company in Atlanta, writes for HGTV Magazine and The Washington Post. He's launched a home decor collection and is currently working on a lighting collection and a book for 2016.
Through all his travels, shows and writings, Yip has kept faithful to his idea of creating a beautiful home that reflects the owner's interests.
"I always encourage people that (their) home is the physical manifestation of who they are," he said.
For Yip, that includes a family with a partner, two children and dogs. In his home there is no time for "jewelry box" rooms that are off-limits to daily life.
"For me, even before kids, I've never been somebody who liked delicate," he said. "I like to live in every room of my house, I appreciate every room of the house.
"I've always liked things to be beautiful and sophisticated but livable," said Yip. "To me that's non-negotiable."
More shopping news
■ The first Stockyard Flea of 2015 is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at 202-232 Lisle Industrial Avenue. Vendors including Feather Your Nest will offer antiques, collectibles and more. Facebook.com/stockyardcommons.
■ The 44th Annual Cherokee Triangle Art Fair is 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Cherokee Triangle, 1402 Willow Avenue, Louisville. Admission is free. Cherokeetriangle.org.
■ The Color Me Spring Fashion Show is Friday at the University of Kentucky Student Center Harris Grand Ballroom. Doors open at 6 p.m.; the show starts at 7 p.m.
Hosted by the UK Retailing and Tourism Management Department, the event will feature looks from local boutiques including The Peppermint Palm and Bella Rose. The evening will include free goody bags, refreshments, door prizes and a silent auction.
General admission is $30, $15 for students with a valid ID, and $300 for a VIP table that seats eight. Proceeds will go to fund trips, scholarships and more for the RTM department. Go to Ticketmaster.com.
■ WUKY will host its Vintage Vinyl Sale 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Saturday at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore at 451 Southland Drive. For more info go to Wuky.org.