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