Nate Berkus began his career in design at a young age. "I was barely in grade school when I helped my mother rearrange the living room furniture for the first time," he says. With his allowance dedicated to buying things for his bedroom and his mother's influence (she's also a decorator), Nate began a lifelong passion for design. "I think I was the only kid on the block who knew about furniture scale by the time I was 8," he says.
After graduating from Lake Forest College, he took a job with Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. It was from this position, as well as an internship with Dominique Aurientis in Paris, that he really developed a love and knowledge for the decorative arts and furniture. From his auction house experience came a deeper understanding of how to shop and what to buy. Self-taught, Nate then went on to form Nate Berkus Associates (www.nateberkus.com/assoc.php) in 1995 at the age of 24. Moving from the auction house to interiors was a natural evolution for him. The firm grew to include projects for Wolfgang Puck's Spago, Barneys New York, W hotels, as well as a prestigious list of private homes and clients.
In 2002, Nate was invited to make over a small space forThe Oprah Winfrey Show. From there, Nate became a featured design expert for the show. Nate's work continues to be featured in the pages of US Weekly, Elle Décor, O, The Oprah Magazine, Domino and many more. Then, in 2005, he celebrated the release of his first book, Home Rules: Transform the Place You Live into a Place You'll Love, (Hyperion). In 2006, Nate debuted his Oprah Radio Radio show. Airing each week, he speaks to listeners, celebrities, callers and guests about the home and living well.
March 2008 brought the premiere of Oprah's Big Give, a show hosted by Nate. "Working on Big Give was an opportunity that I felt compelled to do," Nate says. "It was my chance to share in showing people how they can give big in their own life, to send the message that giving goes way beyond the gift of money. We want to share that the best thing you can give is your time and understanding."
In the fall of 2008, Nate launched a new line of home products on HSN. "It's funny. As a kid, I think I rearranged the rooms of almost every house on the block," Nate says. "I feel like I'm still doing the same thing. Except, now I'm coming into the living room through the TV, helping people make their home their own."
After nearly eight years and 127 makeovers on The Oprah Show, Nate will launch his own daytime talk show in fall 2010. Featuring a broad range of subjects and guests, the show focuses on lifestyle, entertainment and personal transformation. The Nate Berkus Show will premiere September 13, 2010.
Published on November 11, 2008