2 of 14
For this special collaborative project, Houston Habitat for Humanity® allowed Oprah's Angel Network to furnish the new homes—so decorator Nate Berkus joined the team! As construction got underway on Angel Lane, Nate surprised some of the families with the news that they would be helping to build their own brand new home! As part of their "down payment," each family would put in 300 hours of sweat equity. They weren't the only ones working—over three months, thousands of volunteers put in 18,000 hours to help build the first 12 of 65 homes. "It's amazing what will happen when everybody gets together to lend a hand," Nate said. "It's overwhelming, it's inspiring and it's really beautiful. I'm glad to be a part of it."

While our volunteer "Angel army" worked on the houses' exteriors, Nate was busy designing three different decorating schemes for the interiors. Nate personally selected furnishings—sofas, rugs, bedding, dining room tables, lighting fixtures and more. As the homes neared completion, Nate coordinated paint colors for every room of each home, making sure the colors worked with the fabrics and furnishings he chose.
FROM: Oprah on Location: Operation Katrina Homes Move In Day Special!
Published on February 22, 2006