nate berkus

Photo: Roger Davies

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Be your own stuff police
One woman Nate admires doesn’t hesitate to say, "this house isn't big enough for the two of us," as she ushers out anything that no longer makes her happy. Most of our houses have so many overstuffed containers and cupboards and drawers and storage boxes that it comes as a shock to see rooms utterly pared down. The owner calls her space poetic, Nate calls it "meaningful minimalism" and others might call it impossible to live in. But her house makes Nate think that we should all stand in our threshold and guard what we allow in. "Sometimes I wonder," he writes, "Would I appreciate the things around me more if I owned, say one alligator picture frame instead of three?"