There's a lot more in common between doctors and decorators than you might think! Dr. Oz talks to fellow Oprah Radio host and decorator extraordinaire Nate Berkus about health considerations when decorating, surviving the tsunami and more.
Nate reveals how his relationship with a client is much like a doctor's relationship with a patient. When working with a client, Nate says you quickly learn everything there is to know about that person's lifestyle, problems and even personal secrets. And much like a doctor, Nate's keeping that information strictly confidential.
What Nate does share with Dr. Oz are ways to decorate a space that makes it easier to clean, better for your health and safer for children. If allergies are a problem, steer clear of down-filled comforters and pillows, as well as thick shag carpets, Nate says. For families with young children, Nate says skip furniture with sharp edges, and be careful when placing items near balconies or stairwells.
Plus, Nate shares his personal thoughts on surviving the devastating Asian tsunami in December 2005, which claimed the life of his partner, Fernando Bengoechea. In the aftermath, Nate administered first aid to other victims, carried the deceased to makeshift morgues and helped out in any way possible. Despite the difficulties he faced, Nate says he's proud of how he reacted in the emergency and that he discovered his true inner strength.
Printed from Oprah.com on Friday, December 6, 2013