HOUSE LOVE: NATE THE GREAT

Nate Berkus is one of my favorite designers. If you aren't familiar with Nate, here's a very brief bio. Though he had been designing at his own design firm, Nate Berkus Associates, since 1995, he wasn't introduced to the main stream until 2002, by Miss Oprah Winfrey, when he appeared as a feature design expert on her show. During that time, he was also being recognized for his designs in many shelter magazines, like Elle Decor and House Beautiful. After that, he came out with a line of home decor products, his first book-Home Rules, and in 2010 he launched the talk show, "The Nate Berkus Show". He continues to design beautiful interiors around the world and this past October, came out with a line of home goods and accessories for Target. I bought a few of the accessories and love them. I also got his newly released, second book, The Things That Matter, for Christmas this year and its one of my favorite design books.

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So, like I said, Nate is one of my fave designers. His spaces always look so chic, sophisticated and timeless and still feel comfortable, layered and lived in. I could go on and on about his work. But I won't.

However, I do want to show you one of his projects. I'm sure, if you have been reading my blog for awhile now, you have noticed my obsession with small space design. So obviously, I was thrilled to discover Nate's 2007 NYC apartment.

In 2007, Nate was living in Chicago full-time but kept being pulled back to NYC more and more for work, so he decided to start looking for a second home in the city. Nate said this, about the criteria for his search; "It had to be old. It had to be a one bedroom. It had to have high ceilings. And it had to make me feel happy." He found all of that and more, in a prewar, fourth floor, 550-square-foot, one bedroom apartment in the West Village. "I walked in and I could just picture it immediately, living here," Nate said.

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Here is what he purchased.....

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and here is the stunning transformation done by Nate himself.

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I'm often drawn to masculine design and this was no different. Doesn't it look so comfy and cozy? He kept the colors to a minimum, and layered lots of textures on top of each other. I also really like how he incorporated lots of natural elements.

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You can see, in this above photo, that he painted the hardwood floors a glossy white. And because they match the walls and trim, it makes the space feel bigger. He closed up a doorway and took down a wall in the kitchen area to create a more open layout, which was a fabulous decision. Other than that, it looks like all the other changes he made to the kitchen were mostly cosmetic. He got new counter tops, painted the cabinets and peninsula, added new hardware, and updated the appliances. Love those bar stools.

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I love the contrast of the dark blue doors against the stark white walls. The TV's hiding spot is pretty smart as well. 

For better flow through the apartment, Nate switched the entrance to the bedroom from off of the kitchen, to off of the living room and installed double bifold doors. And can I please say, those are the chicest bifold doors I have ever seen.

p.s. I want that black and white striped rug.

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Big upgrade in the bathroom, huh? Leave it to bright white tile and fixtures to freshen up any bathroom. It looks so sharp and classic. That oversized mirror is great, too. It really helps open up the space.

Bottom line, Nate Berkus is a genius.

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