As many of of you may already know and for those of you who don't, today has been deemed "Nate Day" in the design blog community, in honor of Nate Berkus's new show, which premieres on Sept. 13th.
I've loved Nate's style from the first time I saw him on Oprah, and his design philosophies have really stuck with me--especially when decorating my own house.
These are the best lessons I've learned from the great one :)
1. You should only have things in your home that you really love. (In other words, get rid of those things you hate but keep because of guilt, the price, someone gave it to you, etc. You have to look at it every day, so it should make you feel happy!)
2. On the same note, buy pieces you love and you'll find a way to make it work in your design.
3. Bring nature inside. (Nate was the one who convinced me to get rid of all of my fake, dust-collecting ivy sitting around after I saw a makeover show where he used natural accents instead--seashells, branches, fresh flowers, etc. It brings more life to a room.)
4. Turn personal momentos into one-of-a-kind artwork. (I loved the Oprah episode where he talked about framing sweet notes or letters and using them as art around your home. It's a nice way to display moments you want to remember and to really personalize your space.)
5. Relax! (Nate's rooms always seem fun, easy to live in and are a reflection of the homeowner. He avoids matchy-matchy perfection and creates clean, timeless spaces. Have yet to see one of his rooms that I wouldn't love to live in.)
All work shown in images by Nate Berkus
Thanks for the inspiration, Nate! Anxiously awaiting the premiere of your show.