A.J. says the practice of painting barns red goes back hundreds of years
when farmers used to make their own paint using a combination of linseed oil,
milk and rust. The rust was added to prevent mold from growing in the
mixture—and that's what gave it the red color. In keeping with tradition, many
barns are still painted red using modern-day red paint instead.
All of us experience things that completely hit the reset button on our lives. For Nate Berkus, it was surviving the 2004 tsunami that took the life of his partner, photographer Fernando Bengoechea. Here, the designer shares some of the lessons he learned about hanging on and moving forward.