This week brings good news to fans of designer Nate Berkus. The Hollywood Reporter has announced that Berkus will host and executive produce a new design competition on NBC called Renovation Nation. Devotees of the designer were disappointed to see him leave the airwaves when his design show, The Nate Berkus Show, was cancelled last spring, so many are anxiously awaiting his return to television.
Nate certainly has been busy. News of his upcoming show comes just a few months after he sat down with designer Tory Burch to discuss both the release of his latest New York Times Best-Selling book, The Things that Matter, and his recent collaboration with Target on a line of bed, bath and décor items for the home. In that conversation they talked about Nate’s design style, which can be best summarized in his own words as “assembled and collected over time. Not heavy on color, very heavy on layering and texture.”
I think that the kitchen above, which was designed by Nate Berkus, exemplifies this style in how “collected” it looks. In his design he combines classic elements, such as the parquet floor, crown molding and marble countertop, with more unexpected items such as the windowed partition between the kitchen and living spaces, the use of mixed metals (which has become a much more accepted practice today) and the rolling cart in place of a fixed island. Most people would have left the kitchen open to the living room, but what Nate did with that window adds so much more character to the space — it’s my favorite element!
I, for one, am delighted that Nate will be returning to television. I look forward to learning more from him and to being inspired by his design. We all can take a lesson from Nate’s core design principle that “your home should tell the story of who you are. What you love most collected and assembled in one space…the philosophy that things do matter…They represent where we’ve been, who we’ve loved, and where we hope to go. They make us happy, and I can’t think of a more beautiful way to live than that.” Thank you, Nate, I agree!