Nate Berkus’ Design Tips from the BHG Style Panel

What I learned from Nate Berkus & the Better Homes and Gardens Stylemaker Panel about design

I have so much to tell you about my time in New York City with Better Homes and Gardens last week, but for a little Sunday style inspiration, I’m going to start with Nate Berkus! He hosted a panel of inspiring style setters, including Susan from One Kings Lane, Gaby from What’s Gaby Cooking & Gen from Pencil and Paper Co. I appreciate Nate’s ability to relate with consumers & provide style at an affordable price. Who doesn’t love the gold stapler & scissors from his line at Target or the offering of frames, vases & lamps that are actually attainable?

I learned a lot from Nate & the style panelists, including that he, too, doesn’t eat seafood! I thought I’d share a few of my favorite tips for a little something Sunday.

Nate said that home should tell a story about who we are. I completely agree! It’s nice to purchase decor from the store for a quick fix, but this is why I don’t overdesign our home. I don’t want to overshadow the things that are truly important to me. Before shopping, shop your home & look to see if you have any family heirlooms or vacation finds that might fill that need. It may be that you have something you love, but aren’t currently using that could be repurposed. What does your home say about you?  It isn’t surprising with this tidbit that Gaby said that her favorite room isn’t the kitchen, but her bedroom, which includes a bed her father-in-law made by hand for them & other personal items. Nate said his favorite room is the bathroom which grasscloth walls are covered in his favorite things.

Look to travel for inspiration. That’s precisely what Susan does. She travels the world to go to market & hand select beautiful pieces that will add warmth to homes.

Edit. This tip can be difficult, but will result in a home that’s uncluttered. If you don’t love it, eliminate it. Of course this was one of my favorite takeaways!


I was glad that I decided to put my camera down & just take it all in this year, hence the cell phone photos! My apologies, Gen! I guess a front row seat has one disadvantage! And please, no judgement on my smirk, but I had to share! Can you blame me? I look forward to sharing more from the BHG Stylemaker event, but it’s time to decorate my home for Tuesday’s fall tour. I hope you’ll join me then!


* first image courtesy of Avi Gardener


  • What a great experience! I look forward to your future posts.

  • Sharita says:

    Like you, I like your last piece of advise best: EDIT . . . Ironically, I think @ least, it’s a lesson I learned from my son–He’s my decorating inspiration dare I say my muse for oh so many reasons!! And not just because we absolutely love the same style of decor, not just because he’s my swap meet, thrift store, garage sale partner in crime but because he can be so brilliant about decorating w/o even trying . . .here he said, ‘mom, you don’t have to put EVERYTHING out all at once.’ Seems like a no-brainer I know, but I have so many ‘chatskis’ that I absolutely love & wanted to fill every space. I guess he kinda “gave me permission” to pick & choose & highlight specific pieces, a few @ a time. And the best part??? Whenever I want, I can . . . CHANGE IT UP AGAIN, it’s like getting a new piece every time I unpack something again!!! 😀

    • Julie says:

      It’s so freeing to feel like you can interchange pieces without feeling obligated because you spent too much on it, so you must showcase it! How fun that your son & you share a passion for decorating & thrifting!

  • Celia Becker says:

    I couldn’t agree more! Cookie cutter home decor by a designer, with no owner personality showing through is so boring, yet it’s so common. What a great take-away. Homes should reflect the owner’s style and personality and tell a story about them, not just the designer.

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