Peek Into Nate Berkus' Sexy-Cool Home

Nate Berkus and his fiancée, Jeremiah Brent, are the sort of dear, like-minded friends who provide me with inspiration, support, and a healthy dose of laughter. Our friendship is based on a shared appreciation of beautiful, elevated design.
As you can imagine, when we get together, there is a lot of design talk. We talk decor, resources, personal projects. There’s a lot of, “Ooohh where did you get that?!?” and “I hate that I don’t have that!” We swoon pretty hard for one another. When you throw their dog, Tucker, and my son, Jivan, into the mix, it turns into a full-fledged party, packed with reckless shenanigans — like a Nerf war that in hindsight, I probably should have put an end to. Apologies for the bruises, Nate!
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We often talk about the fine art of balancing our busy lives — something both Nate and Jeremiah are familiar with. In addition to heading his Chicago-based design firm, Nate Berkus Associates, Nate continues to manage his line of home goods at Target, and has a new design show, American Dream Builders on NBC. The show gives twelve experts in their field two homes a week to renovate and design from the ground up. Nate wanted to shift the focus of the show from the usual “quickie design on a budget” model to one of quality design. He spared no expense, giving the designers the best materials to create swoon-worthy designs. Jeremiah also has his hands full running Jeremiah Brent Design, a full-service interior design firm with offices in Los Angeles and New York.
I recently stayed at the boys’ home in the Hollywood Hills for the first time, and was blown away by their gorgeous 1930s bungalow nestled among fragrant lemon trees, towering cypress, and vibrant bougainvillea. Their home and its embracing landscape made me feel like I was on perpetual holiday.
The bungalow — their first home together as a couple — is unique and ridiculously chic. Light filters in from every angle of their U-shaped living room; art-deco alcoves are painted black, a bold and brilliant design choice; and a window above the fireplace exposes the vista to the pool and garden. Nate and Jeremiah decided to keep the interior simple and stuck with their signature palette of blacks, whites, and camel — a perfect palette to highlight the personal touches and thoughtfully curated objects that express who they are as individuals, and who they’ve become as a couple.
Oh, and did I mention that these two are currently in the thick of tackling a major renovation of their new NYC duplex? If it’s anything like their Hollywood Hills home, it will be a warm space full of mindful details and sophisticated ease.
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I am so inspired by what these two created in their shared lives and spaces. The time I spend with them is purely playful, kooky, sometimes even sarcastic, and it reinforces the importance of having friends that serve as sounding boards, mentors, and the best Nerf war soldiers a girl could ask for.
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Nate and Jeremiah's favorite furniture/vintage shops in L.A. are La Cienega Design Quarter in downtown LA, Dragonette, Fat Chance on La Brea, and Dig Daddies Antiques.
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Holy swoon, a window over a fireplace!
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"A lot of designers and shows have spent a decade telling you what you can and can't do — from my experience, none of it is really true," said Jeremiah. "Fundamentally you have to understand the idea of scale and proportions, but you should definitely break the rules."
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"The hammock in the living room was bought in Tulum, Mexico — I needed it! It was a really cool moment that added a playful addition to the living room. It makes the space feel less serious and I think that’s really important."
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"The beaten up leather Burbon chair is a favorite. I’ve had it since I was 18."
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Favorite scent in the home?
"JB’s candle line for Gilt Group. Our favorite is Fogo, which means fire in Portugese. The three available scents are: Figo (fig), Fogo (fire), and Rosa (rose), and there are three new scents in production right now, too."
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Truly adore these boys!

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Admittedly, Jeremiah was unsure of rustic charm of the kitchen at first, but grew to love the space.
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The sexy, moody & dramatic black on black palette dominates the bedroom in an incredible way.
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"The Target line often begins with one-of-a-kind vintage objects inspired by travel or a moment,"Nate said. "I also use a lot of my own things. The pair of vintage gold lamps that we have on our bedside tables are now reproduced and available at Target."
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"We’re constantly changing out the pillows and rugs outdoors>"

"We still get really excited when all of the samples for his Target line come in," said Jeremiah. "I also use them for clients all the time."
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From this vantage point, you truly experience the homes' unique architecture.
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