I can tell you here and now when my love of home decor and interior design started, and it was when Oprah first featured interior designer Nate Berkus on her new defunct talk show. I fell in love with his eclectic style, and his love of coral. I would scour my satellite TV guide and the internet in the hopes of seeing more of his work and doing my best to emulate it. I can honestly say the best gift my mom has given me other than life is my piece of coral she bought at the Alameda Antique Fair in nearby San Francisco, which I proudly display on my vintage buffet.
I’m super excited to share the news that my favorite interior designer of all time, yes, that’s right Mr. Nate Berkus is covering PARADE magazine in your Sunday paper this coming weekend. Here’s a sneak peek exclusive from our friends at PARADE magazine.
Design expert Nate Berkus shares his high-impact, low-cost ideas for getting the most from your home in this Sunday’s issue of PARADE magazine. His No. 1 tip for improving home decor? “Clean your house, people. It costs nothing!” says the boyish, unpretentious Minneapolis native.
Berkus was interested in design from an early age, bringing home treasures that he found at garage sales; when he was a teenager, he obsessively rearranged the furniture and possessions in his basement bedroom. At the ripe old age of 24, he opened his own design firm—seven years later, he gained fame on Oprah. Now one of America’s most popular home design experts, Berkus has a new book out (The Things That Matter) and debuts a collection at Target this month. He recently sat down with PARADE in Manhattan, chatting easily about himself, home design, and how it affects the way we live today. Here are a few of his tips.
BIGGEST DESIGN MISTAKE:
“I see it every day: People trying to create a home that somebody else tells them they should have. I don’t care if it’s a magazine, a neighbor, or a bossy friend— when somebody says, ‘This is what’s elegant, this is what’s trendy,’ if it doesn’t represent you, you’re not going to be happy.”
THE IMPORTANCE OF KITCHEN AND BATHROOM RENOVATIONS:
“They’re the most expensive rooms to renovate, but they provide the most resale value for the home. I never build in anything that can be considered a trend in those spaces.”
WHEN DO YOU NEED A DESIGNER’S HELP?
What are three areas in which you need a designer’s assistance? According to Berkus: Getting the scale right; mixing styles; and accessing resources.What don’t you need a designer for? Find out in this Sunday’s issue of PARADE.
Check out more from Nate in this Sunday’s issue of PARADE or visit Parade.com today for this exclusive behind-the-scenes video: http://www.parade.com/celebrity/2012/10/nate-berkus-behind-the-scenes-video.html
Image and video courtesy of PARADE magazine.