nate berkus

Photo: Roger Davies

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Do some living in your living room
Nate writes, "I think we all have this misconception about our living rooms. We somehow get it into our heads that they need to be spare and formal, while the family room is the place that's relaxed and playful and filled with our stuff." It's just not true—you can be surrounded by the signs of a well-lived life, the things that provide perspective and comfort. And to which client did he give this advice—plus a bright pillow with the word Love on it for her [sofa]? Dr. Ruth Westheimer. "I couldn't help but throw in the love pillow," writes Nate, "because that's really what she's about."