Quotes by: Nate Berkus

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Nate Berkus
Berkus in CES 2014
Born Nathan Jay Berkus
(1971-09-17) September 17, 1971 (age 45)
Orange County, California
Residence West Hollywood, California, USA
Alma mater Lake Forest College, (B.A., French and Sociology, 1994)
Occupation Interior decorator, television host
Years active 2004–present
Spouse(s) Jeremiah Brent (m. 2014)
Children 1
Website NateBerkus.com

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.
Nate Berkus
I think I was the only kid on the block who knew about furniture scale by the time I was 8.
Nate Berkus
I really can't live without my In-N-Out burgers. Honestly, I can't. Even when I'm doing the whole no-carb thing occasionally, I make an exception for these. They're too delicious to count.
Nate Berkus
In design-speak, 'a library' means a room lined with books, floor-to ceiling, but it all depends on the space you have. You may have a free-standing bookshelf of your favorite books if that's all you have room for.
Nate Berkus
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.'
Nate Berkus
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.
Nate Berkus
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.
Nate Berkus
I hate sets. I've always hated sets. I think that if you have a dining room set, break it up!
Nate Berkus
I knew that I was a gay boy fairly early; what was interesting to me was that my mother didn't know. She made me play baseball - I had no desire to do that. I said, 'Mom, I don't like direct sunlight, I don't like bugs, I don't like grass, and I'd rather be in the house playing with your fabric samples.'
Nate Berkus
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.
Nate Berkus
I'm interested in fashion; I buy fairly good pieces, and I think as I've gotten older, I've pared down a lot.
Nate Berkus
'Priced to sell' - just the phrase makes me smile. When a dealer says all the items in his booth are priced to sell, he means he's tagged them as aggressively as he can to get you to buy them. Don't worry, though, I still haggle. You have to. That's the point of a flea market.
Nate Berkus
I was barely in grade school when I helped my mother rearrange the living room furniture for the first time.
Nate Berkus
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.
Nate Berkus
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.
Nate Berkus
When you have a bunch of comfortable upholstered pieces, a single bronze or brass chair really turns the energy up.
Nate Berkus
When you buy things that are expensive, like a sofa or something that really feels like an investment, you need to keep it as plain as possible, as simple as possible. Make sure that it's a clean design that will work with whatever style you want it to.
Nate Berkus
The truth of the matter is being gay is the way I was born. I believe this to the core of my being.
Nate Berkus
Go outside! I mean, even leaves from a park are beautiful in a clear glass vase. I'd rather see that than fake anything any day.
Nate Berkus
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.
Nate Berkus
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.
Nate Berkus
As a kid, I think I rearranged the rooms of almost every house on the block.
Nate Berkus
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.
Nate Berkus
I didn't necessarily want to be famous growing up, but I knew I would be a good famous person because I'm not offended if somebody comes up to me and knows things about me and wants to engage me in a conversation.
Nate Berkus
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