So Money - Episode 218

Nate Berkus

Design Guru

Today I have the great honor of welcoming on the show my friend and design guru Nate Berkus. I’ve wanted to interview him since launching, but he’s had quite a busy year including celebrating the 20th anniversary of his design firm, and even more excitingly, becoming a father. He and husband Jeremiah are now the proud dads to Poppy Brent Berkus.

Some background on Nate: In 2002 Nate was invited to make over a small space for “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” after which he became a featured design expert for the show and continued to garner national press in publications such as Elle Decor, Architectural Digest, House Beautiful, Us Weekly, People, O Magazine, Lucky and InStyle, among others.

Following the debut of his branded line of home products, Nate’s first book, “Home Rules” (Hyperion) was released in 2005 and went on to become a New York Times bestseller. “The Nate Berkus Show,” a daily syndicated first-run talk show hosted by Nate, launched in September 2010 and returned for a second season in the fall of 2011. I had the privilege of being a guest expert on the show and working with Nate to help families save money.

In 2011, Nate also enjoyed a new role as executive producer on the Disney and DreamWorks film “The Help.” Nate’s design firm, Nate Berkus Associates, which he founded in 1995, continues to design interiors across the country and around the world.

In fall 2012 Nate brought his branded line of home goods and accessories to Target stores nationwide. In addition, he published his second book, “The Things That Matter” (Spiegel & Grau). His fabric collection, which is sold at Calico Corners, launched in January 2013. It is also available at Fabricut and launched at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores in August 2014.

Nate was host, judge and executive producer of NBC’s “American Dream Builders” which aired in spring 2014.

He is currently Artistic Advisor for the LG Studio line of appliances.

Some wonderful takeaway from our conversation…

  • The consistent financial habit Nate performs that shows his respect and appreciation for money.
  • As the resident design expert on the Oprah Winfrey Show for years, how that relationship catapulted his career and what he learned most from that experience.
  • Squashing fears or anxiety over money…Nate’s financial philosophy will have you wanting to take healthier financial risks in life.

If you would like to learn more about Nate Berkus, visit his website or follow him on Twitter @NateBerkus.

One of my favorite quotes from the interview: “I’m not going to be afraid of money.” – Click to Tweet

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