Decorating Ideas From Nate Berkus

Nate Berkus began his career in design at a young age. “I was barely in grade school when I helped my mother rearrange the living room furniture for the first time.” With his allowance dedicated to buying things for his bedroom and his mother’s influence (she’s also a decorator), Nate began a life-long passion for design.“I think I was the only kid on the block who knew about furniture scale by thetime I was 8.”After graduating from Lake Forest College, he took a job with Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. It was from this position, as well as an internship with Dominique Aurientis, one of the most dynamic designers from Paris, France, that he really developed a love and knowledge for the decorative arts and furniture. From his auction house experience came a deeper understanding of how to shop and what to buy. Self-taught, Nate then went on to form Nate Berkus Associates in 1995 at the age of 24. Moving from the auction house to interiors was a natural evolution for him.The firm grew to include projects for Wolfgang Puck’s Spago, Barney’s New York, W hotels, as well as a prestigious list of private homes and clients.In 2001, Nate was invited to make over a small space for “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” From there, Nate became a featured design expert for the show and continued on to become a regular contributor to O at Home magazine. “It’s funny, as a kid, I think I rearranged the rooms of almost every house onthe block,” laughs Nate. “I feel like I’m still doing the same thing. Except, now I’m coming into your living room through the TV, the pages of Home Rules and my collection at Linens 'N Things.”

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  • Not everyone can afford a complete room makeover, but anyone can take Nate's decorating advice and transform any room!

  • Your home is an expression of you. Before you buy one more thing for your home, stop and think about what really makes you happy.

  • Hang something other than artwork on your walls, like antique objects or your favorite collectibles.

  • Frame meaningful notes to hang on your walls or to put on end tables or bookshelves.

  • Bookcases aren't just for books anymore: Mix souvenirs from vacations in with your books.

  • Put books on display that spark your interest.

  • Replace harsh overhead lighting with a few cool lamps.

  • For a sophisticated look for not a lot of money, include one piece of sea life, like a starfish or some coral.

  • One odd, unmatched chair that you love can add extra charm to a room.


Anonymous said...

Nice blog. It was nice to know about Nate Berkus. He is a great designer. Thanks for the tips to make rooms look better. I was planning to redecorate my rooms and these tips came in handy.Decorative Arts

Patricia, Editor said...

Archie - Thanks for the note; it was generous! I appreciate your input, it helps evaluate the service we're trying to provide. Don't ya' just gotta' luv' when things come together well!