6 Easy Home Styling Tips Straight From Our (& Oprah's) Design Crush

When your home is the last thing on your miles-long to-do list, we know firsthand that rooms go bare, parties go unhosted, and overall sense of discomfort ensues. And that's no fun for you, or for us (hey, we like coming to house parties, okay?).
To remedy all of that for you, we've tapped Nate Berkus (and his brilliant team) to give us some nifty (and quick!) secrets to get your habitat haute in no time flat. After all, we know from the Big O, as well as his addictive NBC show, that the always-jovial Chicago-based designer has an unparalleled eye (and a lot of celeb clients) when it comes to amping up the old abode. So click on through for his tips and tricks, and then go ahead and address that invite. We'll be waiting.
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"Framed photos are the best way to personalize your space. Everything from photos of you growing up to love notes from your spouse, or the one potholder your sister knit at sleepaway camp, can look special when framed.

Let go of all the rules you've ever heard about frames needing to match, or the placement of them adhering to some template….you have the freedom to eyeball where things go and how many to place in any space! In this photo, we wanted the dining room to feel rich, textured and storied, so we covered this wall from floor to ceiling with artwork, photos, and mementos. You can't sit down at this table for dinner and not comment on the gallery behind you!"
—Nate Berkus

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“I love books, and have them all around my house. This is the library of my home in Chicago. It had bookshelves, but no rule says you can't display them throughout the room, so I did. Stacks here and there give the room a richness and ease that feels comfortable.”
—Nate Berkus

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“Painting your dining room in a dark, high-gloss hue is unexpected, and can actually help to brighten the space and highlight art and furniture. Invest in a statement piece of art that pops off the wall.”
—Lauren Gold and Sasha Adler, Design Directors, Nate Berkus and Associates

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“If you look closely at this picture, you'll notice the end tables don't match. I prefer it that way. In your own home, consider swapping out your bedside table for one of your end tables, and see what it looks like. The different scale and look might be the finishing touch you're looking for.”
—Nate Berkus

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“This room espouses what is most important in every home, and that's comfort! We get so caught up in the idea that our spaces need to be perfect. To me, the more perfect you make it, the less comfortable it feels.

In the instance of this space, we wanted people to sit, chat and enjoy a drink…or two. So, we searched for furniture that would invite guests to sit and stay awhile. In your house, this might work in your den, the corner of a living room, or even your patio. If it's meant to be a space for hanging out, pick a combination of furniture that will wear well and encourage those you love to kick back and relax.”
—Nate Berkus

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“Artwork is such an important component of any space. The bold modern look of this piece just draws you right into the room. Don't be intimidated when it comes to buying art! It isn't about buying the most expensive piece at your city's most expensive gallery.

I've bought art on the street, at the flea market, even from students at my local art school. It's about knowing what speaks to you, and talking to the artist about how you could add something of theirs to your home.”
—Nate Berkus

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