As summer finally fades and we settle into fall, there’s no better time to make our homes more, well, homey. For Nate Berkus, a designer who has been reinventing his own spaces since he was 13 years old, a great home is more than a place where the couch matches the window treatments. Home is a place to surround yourself with reminders of who you are and where you came from — with a sense of style, of course.
In his new book The Things That Matter — our Book of the Month for October — Berkus writes about his own journey to discover who he was and how to express himself in his home. He also showcases the homes of an eclectic mix of friends and clients who all let their personalities shine through in their interiors. Here, he makes the case for why things matter in the forward of the book:
“I’ve always believed your home should tell your story. That pine table over there? I found it in a shop just outside of Mexico City. The sun was beating down and I was a little hungry, but I saw it and I knew I wanted to look at it every day. Those cuff links? They belonged to somebody I loved; we picked them out on one of the most perfect days we ever spent together. That tortoise shell on the wall? There was one exactly like it in my mother’s house and I can’t see it without thinking about a thousand inedible family dinners. Each object tells a story and each story connects us to one another and to the world. The truth is, things matter. They have to. They’re 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.” –Nate
Did something come to mind from your own home as you read this? For me, it’s the vintage toaster that belonged to my great-grandparents, a glittery taxi cab ornament a friend gave me when I decided to move to New York, a red-orange rock my husband and I brought home from our honeymoon in France. Those — and the people and memories they celebrate — are indeed the things that matter.
In the month to come, we’ll have more from Berkus’s book, including a Pinterest contest with a chance to win copies of The Things That Matter, an interview with Berkus and a look at some of the inspiring photos from the book.
Nate Berkus is founder of the interior design firm Nate Berkus Associates. For two years he was the host of The Nate Berkus Show, an Emmy Award–winning, nationally syndicated daytime talk show. His work has appeared in Elle Decor, O: The Oprah Magazine, InStyle, The New York Times, Vanity Fair, and House Beautiful. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller Home Rules. He lives in New York City. Connect with Berkus on Facebook, Pinterest or Twitter at @Nate_Berkus.