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Inside design: Nate Berkus

Nate Berkus shares his favourite decor items and explains how they can bring personality to a space.

If your home is a reflection of you, it should be filled with things you love and relics of your past. In this excerpt from his latest book, The Things That Matter, Nate Berkus highlights how a space can truly shine with personality.

"Each object tells a story, and each story connects us to one another and to the world. The truth is, things matter. They have to. They’re what we live with and touch each and every day. They represent what we’ve seen, who we’ve loved and where we hope to go next. They remind us of the good times and the rough patches and everything in between that’s made us who we are.” - Nate Berkus, The Things That Matter
Photography by Roger Davies

Nate Berkus's favourite things

1 Sidechair
“I have had that little brown chair for 20 years, upholstered in cashmere.” Nate would be the first to tell you that sometimes it’s those forever pieces that first make a new space feel like home. “My space reflects the life I’ve lived so far, and it’s filled with stuff that has been with me for years.”

2 Coffee table

Some of the pieces Nate loves most are the ones he salvaged and repurposed for a personal touch: “The coffee table used to be a bench, but I replaced the top with a piece of old Belgian limestone.”

3 Side table
Ten years ago, if anyone had told Nate that he’d buy the chunky 1950s Mexican pine table, “I would have recommended you be institutionalized,” he says. But now, it sits in his living room, “and I couldn’t love it more.”

4 Fireplace
The 19th-century French fireplace speaks to Nate’s love of the weathered and worn: “Give me something cracked or banged up, give me tarnished brass or mottled brick...and I’m home,” he says.

5 Glass doors
The custom iron-and-glass doors leading from the living room to the dining room were inspired by Nate’s time spent in France (including a college year in Paris). “I love the idea of metal interior doors,” he says.


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