Decorating advice from Nate Berkus

Nate's tips:

Loving where you live is really about changing the way you think. It's really about creating a sanctuary and you're making the decision that you and your home, family and friends are important enough. That's what decorations should mean. It's not about buying what you can't afford and impressing your neighbors. It's about having a space at the end of the day and you think to yourself I deserve this, I worked hard and now I can relax because it's me.

  • Never regret buying something that was a vintage find. If you love something and know you will never see it again, buy it - especially if you're at a flea market, auction or an antique store. You won't regret it.

  • Try and search for some tranquility in your home. A great way to do that is through colors. If you want more of a tranquil feel, go for soothing colors like gray, pale greens, etc. But if you're about drama, throwing dinner parties and entertaining, then go for reds, browns and oranges.

  • A great way to find your personal style is to picture yourself on a vacation. Ask yourself if you would you rather be in a log cabin with plaid and dark leathers or would you rather be on a beach?

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    About Nate Berkus:
    Nate Berkus began his career in design at a young age. 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. 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 in 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 to garner national press in publications such as ELLE décor, US Weekly, People, O Magazine, Lucky and Domino, to name a few. In the fall of 2005, Nate celebrated the release of his first book, "Home Rules: Transform the Place You Live into a Place You'll Love," (Hyperion), which went on to become a New York Times Best Seller. A year later, in 2006, Nate debuted his radio show, The Nate Berkus Show on XM's, "Oprah & Friends" channel, where he speaks each week to celebrities, callers, and in-studio guests. In 2008, Nate hit prime time as the host of the movement-making hit show, "Oprah's Big Give." The fall of '08 marks another milestone for Nate, with the debut of his new home line on the Home Shopping Network.

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