Nate Berkus’ Home Decorating Advice

Jacki Roig

Lisa Kogan: I’ve got a friend who’s in my home on a regular basis, and she keeps giving me things that are—how to put this delicately…seven kinds of ugly. I know people have to come first, and the last thing I want to do is hurt her feelings, but….

Nate Berkus: Is there a shelf you can use for those things? I mean, people are more important than things, but things are important. I think it matters what our eyes land on; I think it matters what our butts sit on. 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.

Lisa Kogan: So what are the things that matter most to you?

Nate Berkus: To me it’s about the books that are out of print, and the

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