Question-and-Answer Session with Vern Yip

HGTV Urban Oasis designer Vern Yip shares details about this year's apartment, located on the 35th floor of Trump International Hotel and Tower Chicago.

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Q. What was your method for deciding what went in and what was out? — michellekl26

A. The first thing I do on every project is to create a space plan that will optimize both function and views in every room. The plan always informs my shopping decisions. As I comb the city for unique and site-specific items, I take pictures and measurements of everything I might use and plug those dimensions into the space plan to assure that items will work. At the end of the day, an item has to be justified from a functional perspective. After that, I go for pieces that make a statement and that I think will make the citizens of Chicago proud.

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