Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Interior Designer Nate Berkus Encourages People to Follow Their Own Design Rules

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Interior Designer Nate Berkus Encourages People to Follow Their Own Design Rules

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Nate Berkus: Follow your own design rules

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TORONTO - He has a well-attuned eye for sprucing up spaces, but Nate Berkus isn't a stickler for rules when it comes to design -- and he doesn't want homeowners to feel beholden to them, either.

"I feel there's so much information about design out there that it's rendered people really confused," Berkus said during a recent visit to Toronto in support of his home accessories line for Target.

The affable American interior designer has been a familiar presence on the small screen dispensing design tips and conducting countless makeovers on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" and his own eponymous chatfest.

In his latest book, "The Things That Matter," Berkus showcases his own home and shares details of those who have helped influence and define his sense of style.

He also features a dozen different interiors where owners "throw out the rules (and) drown out the noise" to reflect their own personalities within their homes.

"We all want to live better. We all want to love where we live. It doesn't matter what country you're living in or how much money you have or don't have -- it's something that I've found is really universal," said Berkus.

"And the book is about the idea that our homes, most importantly, should tell the story of who we are, of who we aspire to be. That involves getting to know yourself fairly well and breaking a lot of rules and not listening to your loudest girlfriend or your mother-in-law. It's really forging your own way."

Berkus said he wouldn't expect someone to purchase all the goods from his collection and feel their room is complete, which "goes against his philosophy about design." Instead, he wants individuals to zero in on particular elements -- such as textures and shapes -- to pair with existing pieces to help cultivate their own style. …

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