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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Nate Berkus  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: 1971 in Orange County, California

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Illinois Connection

Berkus attended Lake Forest College in Illinois. His interior design firm ''Nate Berkus Associates'' is based out of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Nate Berkus founded his Chicago-based design firm ''Nate Berkus Associates'' in Chicago in 1995 at the age of 24. As one of Chicago's preeminent decorators, he designed prestigious homes and private spaces for his clientele, as well as commercial spaces that include several design projects for ''Barneys New York'' and ''W'' hotels and a complete redesign of ''Wolfgang Puck's Spago Chicago''. He also designed a collection of furniture for Niedermaier.For two years he was the host of ''The Nate Berkus Show'', an Emmy Award–winning, nationally syndicated daytime talk show. His work has appeared in ''Elle Decor'', ''O: The Oprah Magazine'', ''InStyle'', ''The New York Times'', ''Vanity Fair'', and ''House Beautiful''. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller ''Home Rules''. He lives in New York City.

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Titles At Your Library

Home Rules: Transform the Place You Live into a Place You'll Love
ISBN: 1401301371

Hachette Books. 2005

Nate Berkus, regular contributor on The Oprah Winfrey Show, contributing editor of O, The Oprah Magazine, and nationally renowned decorator, has created a book inspired by his belief that everyone should love the way they live.

This step-by-step guide to achieving your own beautiful rooms is based on Nate's signature style and innovative approach to design. As a small boy, Nate could often be found rearranging his room (as well as helping his mother and the other neighborhood mothers rearrange theirs). Throughout the years his passion continued to grow, and soon Nate was heading his own award-winning firm with an elite roster of clients.

But it was Oprah Winfrey who gave Nate the chance of a lifetime--the opportunity to go into millions of homes around the world and join her mission to help people live their best lives. "It has been a dream come true that has absolutely changed my life," explains Berkus. "Not only has working with Oprah helped me redefine my own vision and purpose--but she continues to challenge me to use my own life to help others live better. And there is nothing that makes me happier or more grateful than to be a part of that." As Oprah always says, "Your home should be a reflection of who you truly are." Nate says, no matter how much money you have, he believes that is so very true. "I am honored to share my love of design to help everyone make that dream real for themselves with this book."

The Things That Matter
ISBN: 0679644318

Spiegel & Grau. 2012

Does your home tell the story of who you are?

In The Things That Matter, Nate Berkus shares intimate stories from his life, introduces us to people who influenced him and helped him forge his sense of style, and opens up about the remarkable experiences that have left him forever changed, all of which find expression in how he lives today. From his most cherished flea market finds, to his beloved books and photos, to the many extraordinary mementos he’s collected in his travels, every piece defines who he’s become and what endures in his world.

Berkus invites readers into his own home as well as into twelve others, including a sleek steel-and-glass high-rise that soars above Chicago, a rustic cottage in the Hudson Valley, an ultra-chic atelier that maximizes every inch of space, a Greenwich Village townhouse that holds multiple art collections, and a study in meaningful minimalism in Marfa, Texas. The distinctive interiors beautifully displayed in this book offer revealing portraits of their owners’ lives and the inspiring choices that have made them who they are today.

The Things That Matter convincingly lays out Nate Berkus’s philosophy that things do matter. Our homes tell our stories, they reflect the places we’ve been and the people we’ve loved along the way—and there can be no more beautiful design for living than that.




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