Your home should tell the story of who you are, and be a collection of what you love brought together under one roof.

— Nate Berkus

The most dreamy Nate Berkus quotes that will activate your inner potential

You will enrich your life immeasurably if you approach it with a sense of wonder and discovery, and always challenge yourself to try new things.

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The truth is that things matter. They have to, they are 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.

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I believe your home tells a story about who you are and who you aspire to be.

We represent ourselves through the things we own. I don't believe in trends. I believe in collecting things that you connect with. We should surround ourselves with things we care about, that have meaning.

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I have a large watch collection, and classic watches are especially important to me. I had a silver Rolex, and I actually gave it to my little brother. He wears it every day. He's an actor, so whenever he goes to an audition, he can look down, see it, and it gives him confidence. It was a great thing to pass on.

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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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They used to tease me at the 'Oprah' show, 'Are you really going to do another white Shaker kitchen, with white subway tile and stainless steel appliances?' And my answer is, 'I can vary it a bit, but I'm never going to err from classic materials.'

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I like my house to be unique to me. Sure, I've bought plenty of things out of a catalog, but the way I put them together in my home is special. You might have bought your sofa at a major home decorating store, but the rug you found at the flea market is so unique, it takes your room from 'carbon copy' to 'simply yours' in no time.

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In a modern loft, you can't just fill a space with furniture. Each piece has to be perfect.

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If you actually keep things very organized and clutter-free, you can have more furniture than you think you can in a small space.

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Books are the heart of any home, and I spend hours going through books for design inspiration.

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Everywhere in my house are these little things that have meanings and make me think of great memories.

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About 80 percent of the stuff I live with is old.

I like letting things take on the character they’re meant to have by really being used. … when you own things that have the imperfections they deserve, that they’ve earned from a well-lived life, it frees you from feeling as though they’re untouchable.

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About Nate Berkus

Quotes 82 sayings
Profession Interior designer
Birthday September 17, 1971

We hold back our true feelings and beliefs, whether it's from a sense of being polite or fear of hurting someone's feelings. But what I have seen on 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' is that no one benefits from holding back and keeping things bottled up inside. So I pride myself on speaking my mind and not being afraid to give honest feedback.

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I've always felt that color is intrinsically personal.

It evokes a tremendous amount of emotion. If there's a color you respond to, that's something you can incorporate into your home. No one can tell you it's wrong.

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There's something I call 'Moving Day,' which I've done for the last 20 years.

Look at everything in your home, then think about how you could combine things in a different way. Maybe you break up your night tables and use one in the family room; maybe the dining room sideboard becomes a console table for your television, with storage underneath.

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I didn't grow up thinking I'd be a decorator.

Design is my greatest passion, and it naturally just pulled me down the path. Same with TV. Being famous or having a show was never the motivation. I got a call and was swept up by the challenge of that first small space redesign.

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Home has always been one of the most important things.

If I don't feel at home in my space, then I feel really unmoored.

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I see it every day: People trying to create a home that somebody else tells them they should have. I don't care if it's a magazine or a bossy friend - when somebody says, 'This is what's elegant, this is what's trendy,' if it doesn't represent you, you're not going to be happy.

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Even as a 10-year-old, I remember trying to explain to my mother and stepfather how upset and frustrated a messy room made me. But they just couldn't grasp it. They wanted me to be playing with baseballs and frogs while I wanted to be scouring garage sales.

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You don't have to paint your walls lime green just to try to have your home feel decorated. If you're a classic dresser or preppy dresser or a modern dresser, you wear a lot of black - whatever it is - your home should reflect that as well.

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Color is a very personal thing. You need to make sure to choose a color that makes you happy. But I don't recommend accent walls - choose a color you can live with on all four walls.

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I do shop online! But I’m shopping online mostly in the home categories - One Kings Lane and Gilt. At a lot of architectural websites, I buy a lot of hardware for cabinetry like hinges and things like that from England. So you know for me, I shop at Net-A-Porter, but I don’t really shop that much for clothing online.

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Design, to me, is part psychology, part sociology, and part magic.

A good decorator should know what's going on in someone's marriage and how their kids are doing in school.

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Before you begin designing or buying anything, you need to get real and ask yourself: What do you really want to use this room for? What do you want to do in this room but can't now?

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Thread count is actually a lie. Just because a thread count is 1,500 on a set of sheets doesn't mean that they're well-made sheets. Truly, the quality of the cotton and the quality of the way something is woven is much more important than thread count.

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I tend not to wear ties very often. I'm usually in old stuff: Hermes or Marc Jacobs boots and jeans and a T-shirt and a leather jacket or a jean jacket.

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The truth of the matter is being gay is the way I was born. I believe this to the core of my being.

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I hate sets. I've always hated sets. I think that if you have a dining room set, break it up!

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I live in a beautiful vintage building that was built in the heart of downtown Chicago.

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When I see a wall that's hung with different objects, framed or unframed, what I like about it is its fluidity and rule-breaking nature. Just experiment a bit.

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We're not handling things anymore before they arrive on our doorstep.

I like to feel how thin porcelain can be, run my hand over a textile, see if I want to sit in a chair.

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It's my job to know what's available from every retailer, catalog, website, antiques mall, and craftsperson. A good designer or decorator has to have an almost encyclopedic knowledge.

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People first. Dogs second. Things last.

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I'm not going to say paint is an easy spruce-up.

It takes time, it needs touch-ups, and you have to be very methodical. But it is worth it, and it isn't particularly expensive.

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In a minimal interior, what you don't do is as important as what you do.

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I got my first Charvet knit tie when I was 15.

I actually stole it from my father. I love them because you can wear them day to night. They're French and preppy and have been around since the 1800s.

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It's important how we feel in our homes, because feeling good makes us more gracious. And that makes it easier to welcome others not only into our homes but into our lives.

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When you have a bunch of comfortable upholstered pieces, a single bronze or brass chair really turns the energy up.

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A lot of guys go in immediately for status, as opposed to comfort and allowing their home to tell a story about them.

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Your home should tell the story of who you are.

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I always had this New York fantasy of living in a glass high-rise.

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One of the biggest lessons I've learned during my time on 'Oprah' is that everyone wants to be heard. We all want to have our humanity acknowledged - to have others see us for who we truly are. We all want to know that we are valued, we are heard, we are understood.

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I was barely in grade school when I helped my mother rearrange the living room furniture for the first time.

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You can find a lot of reasonable buys at Wal-Mart.

But one key to making it on a budget is by donating your time and labor to the project. Do-it-yourself projects will always help you save.

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First and foremost, I'm a decorator and product designer.

Everything I do, the television shows, the books, that comes from the design work. It's what I love.

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In every interior my firm and I design, we are always reaching for vintage pieces, and materials that feel classic and timeless. It's how I feel about fashion as well, and definitely one of the intentions I had when designing the layette collection. I'm not a fan of trends.

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You don't need to spend a lot of money on stuff when you have amazing architecture.

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I think that a lot of guys reach for electronics first, but the truth is that you can never keep up with electronics. You buy a flat-screen TV, and then six months later, there's one that has 3D and Blu-ray and all this business, and that is just going to keep continuing.

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Layering in different patterns will keep things from appearing too studied.

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