40 Inspirational Nate Berkus Quotes On Success

40 Inspirational Nate Berkus Quotes On Success

Nate Berkus is an American interior designer, author, and television personality. He runs the Chicago interior design firm Nate Berkus Associates and was a regularly featured guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show, offering design advice to viewers as well as coordinating surprise make-overs for people’s homes. He has released numerous lines of products and authored several books. His own show, The Nate Berkus Show, debuted in broadcast syndication September 13, 2010, featuring make-overs, culture, design, and personal advice. It was co-produced by Harpo Productions and Sony Pictures Television, and was canceled after its second season ended on May 2012. His current show is Nate & Jeremiah By Design. May these Nate Berkus Quotes On Success inspire you to take action so that you may live your dreams.

1. “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.” Nate Berkus

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

3. “About 90 percent of the pieces in my home are vintage, and I’m a ruthless editor. I only live with things that I love. There is not one thing in my home that doesn’t have meaning to me.” Nate Berkus

4. “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

5. “In a modern loft, you can’t just fill a space with furniture. Each piece has to be perfect.” Nate Berkus

6. “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

7. “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

8. “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.” Nate Berkus

9. “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.” Nate Berkus

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

11. “Books are the heart of any home, and I spend hours going through books for design inspiration.” Nate Berkus

12. “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.” Nate Berkus

13. “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.” Nate Berkus

14. “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 made us who we are.” Nate Berkus

15. “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 labour to the project. Do-it-yourself projects will always help you save.” Nate Berkus

16. “There’s something beautiful and very circular about passing by something that was important to the person you loved, or touching something that once meant something to him – that brings me some peace.” Nate Berkus

17. “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.” Nate Berkus

18. “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

19. “Everywhere your eye travels in your home, it should land on something that resonates with you.” Nate Berkus

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

21. “I can change a light fixture, and I can do certain things. But I’m really bad in terms of construction. I can’t do any of it on my own.” Nate Berkus

22. “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.” Nate Berkus

23. “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.” Nate Berkus

24. “In a minimal interior, what you don’t do is as important as what you do.” Nate Berkus

25. “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

26. “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

27. “As a designer, everything is always about aesthetics mixed in with functionality and having that visual appeal. But you learn fast as a new parent with an infant that if it’s not deeply practical as well, then forget about it. Style wise, I wanted to design items that would work well in any nursery – regardless of gender.” Nate Berkus

28. “You can change the feel of your sofa by adding a thick, cozy throw and playing a couple of classic pillows off a more Moroccan-inspired one.” Nate Berkus

29. “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

30. “You don’t need to spend a lot of money on stuff when you have amazing architecture.” Nate Berkus

31. “My favorite thing about decorating is mixing different periods and styles. If you have something that’s old, and you really do want to mix those styles, then you have to add something that’s obviously modern with it. You can’t put a kind of a mediocre thing in the middle.” Nate Berkus

32. “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.” Nate Berkus

33. “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.” Nate Berkus

34. “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?” Nate Berkus

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

36. “I don’t believe in having spaces in the home that don’t get used. We pay so much for square footage that to waste it is criminal.” Nate Berkus

37. “Be a ruthless editor of what you allow into your home. Ask yourselves, What does this object mean to me?” Nate Berkus

38. “To live beautifully, you need to be organized and live in an edited way.” Nate Berkus

39. “The best design projects are ones where people break the rules.” Nate Berkus

40. “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

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