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Celebrity in­te­rior de­signer Nate Berkus ex­plains his home rules, writes Patricia Sheridan of the Pittsburgh Post-gazette

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IN­TE­RIOR de­signer Nate Berkus founded his de­sign firm in 1995 but be­came known to a broader au­di­ence af­ter he be­gan ap­pear­ing on The Oprah Win­frey Show and be­came a con­tribut­ing editor for O, Win­frey’s mag­a­zine. His Nate Berkus Show made its de­but in 2010. He is the author of Home Rules: Trans­form the Place You Live into a Place You’ll Love. rea­son. I don’t be­lieve in trends. I think they are de­signed to make peo­ple feel bad about what they did last year and feel in­ad­e­quate about what their homes look like. My show is about giv­ing peo­ple the skills and the frame of mind to look at dif­fer­ent op­por­tu­ni­ties in de­sign and cre­ate some­thing that will stay and re­ally re­flects their per­son­al­ity. Any­one who fol­lows you or knows you re­mem­bers that you sur­vived the (2004 In­dian Ocean) tsunami but lost your part­ner (Fer­nando Bengoechea). You said it changed you. In what way?

First of all, ev­ery­body has gone through some­thing. It may not be as graphic or as vi­o­lent as a tsunami or as pub­lic. But that was one of the things that amazed me when I came back. Prior to go­ing through the tsunami, I never stopped to think what the per­son in line in front of me at the gro­cery store might have just gone through or might be go­ing through. Ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a loss of that mag­ni­tude just made me more em­pathic. I read that you were an ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer on The Help . What does an ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer do?

I wrote a cheque be­cause I was prob­a­bly one of the first 10 peo­ple to read the book be­fore it was pub­lished. Kathryn Stock­ett, the author, grew up here in Jack­son, Mis­sis­sippi, with my friend, Tate Tay­lor, who di­rected the film. . . . I re­ally thought it was such a beau­ti­fully crafted story, and it dealt with is­sues of race in such a beau­ti­ful way that I wanted to be a part of it.

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