Monday, October 22, 2012

Nate Berkus

First let me say my k style friends that I love Nate Berkus. So much so that I literally ran to Target today when I read that his new line had finally hit the shelves. The line is really gorgeous but what I fell in love with was his book! I bought the book first which is being sold at Target right along with his product line. It felt hefty and the cover beautifully photographed but I really had no idea what to expect. I hate to use cliched phrases but I was really "blown away" by this book. It is simply breathtaking in every sense of the word.

First there is Nate's personal story beautifully and poignantly told. He is a brilliant decorator but what I didn't know is that he is also a very good writer and I don't say that lightly. His words are beautifully chosen , his deeply kind persona and humorous take on life shining through on every page. It is not sentimental but rather authentic, raw and often funny.

Then there is Nate's decorating story which he evolves throughout the book focusing primarily on his love of "things" that have personal meaning and how he has integrated his life story into the homes he has created and lived in. And yes Nate has a lot of things, tons, which he somehow manages to "put together" in a way that frankly makes me want to clear every surface in my home and start over!

And then finally he shares the design stories of twelve friends and or clients. Each of these homes is absolutely beautifully photographed. Interesting stories of how objects and aesthetics came to be are told
in decorating and life story detail. I learned a lot.

And finally after reading the entire book which pretty much consumed my Sunday I decided to head back to Target. Not because I lusted after any particular item from Nate's new line. But rather because I wanted one "thing" that would remind me of this marvelous book and the really great day I had reading it. So my k style friends this is what I chose.

I love the stone texture of the frame. But mostly I love the personal connection I will feel every time I look at it. Thank you Nate for sharing. It was a great read and I don't say that lightly.

(k age 4)

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