On September 13, 2010, Oprah’s “cutie pie” designer Nate Berkus launches his very own TV show on NBC. It’s about time! In the words of a friend, “He’s my home design hero!” Love that – you know who you are.
In honor of the exciting news, our Twitter pals and HGTV design stars, the MoggitGirls proclaimed today #NateDay. Design bloggers everywhere are paying homage to Nate with their fave designs. How could we refuse?
Mouthwatering makeovers & astronomical adorableness aside, Nate’s design skill is what got him where he is. And, we feel, he’s a kindred SpaHome savant. Just as spa design captivated us – Nate is inspired by his surroundings too.
For instance, one of his favorite hotels, the Soho Grand in New York City, sports striped rugs in rich ivories & chocolates. Now check out Nate’s apartment – look familiar?
The Chicken. . . . (the Soho Grand Hotel in NYC)
And Nate’s no stranger to hospitality design. Just check out the hunter’s lodge vibe he did for Rockit Bar & Grill in Chicago. He used antler chandeliers and real dried tree trunks for cocktail tables. And we hear when he was in Seattle he frequented The Spa at The Woodmark Hotel. Sigh, a savvy designer and a SpaDude to boot!
Rockin the Hunter's Lodge vibe at Rockit Bar & Grill
So why else do we think Nate’s designs are spalicious? Let’s peek at the Chicago townhome of Producer Ellen Rakieten (designed in collaboration with fab designer Anne Coyle) and Nate’s apartment. (Full details at ElleDecor our source for the pics.) as we spell it out:
S is for Stress-free
If anything is the hallmark of SpaHome design it’s anti-stress. Nate cleverly integrates useful, yet beautiful features into his client’s homes to take the stress right away. For instance, in Rakeiten’s dressing room he installed silk upholstered wall panels to hold necklaces and mementos. Preventing the omnipresent dresser jewelry tangle.
He took the same principal to her office, installing a cork wall to hold notes (I would so be using this for brainstorming!), etc.
The producer's office with cork wall to catch all that clutter!
Another destressor is the open walkways Nate plans into each room. This gives an airy, bright mood.
P is for Playful
Fun objects in unexpected places make us smile and that increases endorphins which make us happy which makes us look ten years younger! Gotta Love it and Nate is a master of whimsy – using his arsenal of objects sourced from flea markets to fashion houses.
A Leather Pig in Nate's Apt. Bathroom from Liberty of London
A is for Activity
Rooms are made for moving. Into the producer’s home, Nate created a basketball room complete with backboard and hoop for her two boys.
Love how Nate personalizes rooms for his clients The Basketball Room
H is for Homey
What does homey really mean? A place that feels like you, that brings your joys and passions out and provides respite from the world is our SpaHome definition. Rakieten’s library is the epitome of homey a la Nate. Off black paint by Farrow and Ball, a collage of pictures & intimate seating creates a cozy spot for cuddling up with your favorite novel (or design book!).
The Library - "Grab a book and sit a spell"
O is for Opulent
Like a millionaire in ripped jeans, Nate knows how to go luxe without pretention. Case in point: Silver leaf wall’s formality is countered with a game board mounted on the wall of Nate’s office
Formal silver leaf wall treatment "foiled" with a funky game board
M is for Mixing
Nate is like the Kitchen Aid Mixmaster of home design. He takes a little vintage, adds a pinch of flea market, throws in some European and blends in a bit of mod to come up with eclectic rooms that never look cluttered or cramped.
For instance, in Rakieten’s dressing room and bedroom, he sourced two vintage Baguès chandeliers to add cohesion between the two rooms but with a more personal feel than generic overhead fixtures. Then he kept the rest of the dressing & bedroom, clean, white and bright to emphasize the chandeliers.
The bedroom's chandelier makes a striking focal point
E is for Everyone
What I find most appealing about Nate rooms is while gorgeous to gaze at, they are also super comfy to live in. His designs invite and engage us to move in them and not through them. And that’s the most Spa Home attitude I know.
Congrats Nate and may you have many spa days to come (you deserve it!). And once again, don’t forget, the Nate Show premieres September 13. Be sure to stop by the other design bloggers talking about Nate today check out the list here.
Spa wishes, Candy