Nate Berkus
Nate Berkus, the man with the decorating expertise, answers the audience's questions.
Moving Off-Campus
Many young people have a "college dorm" style: a hand-me-down couch from a parents' basement and broken-down tables from who-knows-where. For budding decorators looking to get a fresh start, Nate has several tips:
  • If you can't afford to decorate your whole house all at once, start with the room that you use the most.
  • "Buy what you love, always," Nate says. "I don't know where things are going to go when I buy them, typically. But if you do buy what you love, eventually it will work its way in."
  • Keep the big items simple. "When you buy things that are expensive, like a sofa or something that really feels like an investment, you need to keep it as plain as possible, as simple as possible. Make sure that it's a clean design that will work with whatever style you want it to."
  • With big items, take your time to make careful decisions. "Don't buy stuff just to fill the space. There's so many great things, with catalogs and the Internet, you can sit and compare styles and prices and all of that."
  • However, don't be afraid of that diamond in the rough. "A fun chair? Great. If you see something at a flea market, just buy it and throw it in the car."
  • Above all, don't be afraid to experiment. "I move stuff around all the time. I'm grabbing things and I decide that I want a different feeling in a tiny corner of a room. I have stuff that I'll change."

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