The Things That Matter

Author:  Nate Berkus                                                
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
Pages:  336
Genre:  Non Fiction / Art
Source:  Gift from my daughter Kristin

Goodreads:   Does your home tell the story of who you are? 

In The Things That Matter, Nate Berkus shares intimate stories from his life, introduces us to people who influenced him and helped him forge his sense of style, and opens up about the remarkable experiences that have left him forever changed, all of which find expression in how he lives today. From his most cherished flea market finds, to his beloved books and photos, to the many extraordinary mementos he’s collected in his travels, every piece defines who he’s become and what endures in his world.

Berkus invites readers into his own home as well as into twelve others, including a sleek steel-and-glass high-rise that soars above Chicago, a rustic cottage in the Hudson Valley, an ultra-chic atelier that maximizes every inch of space, a Greenwich Village townhouse that holds multiple art collections, and a study in meaningful minimalism in Marfa, Texas. The distinctive interiors beautifully displayed in this book offer revealing portraits of their owners’ lives and the inspiring choices that have made them who they are today.

The Things That Matter convincingly lays out Nate Berkus’s philosophy that things do matter. Our homes tell our stories, they reflect the places we’ve been and the people we’ve loved along the way—and there can be no more beautiful design for living than that.

This picture was taken at Random House breakfast at BEA this past June.  It was a true dream for me to meet Nate Berkus and hear about his book coming out.  My daughter Kristin of Kritters Ramblings made it all possible.  Then she bought the book signed by Nate for me!  It made the book even more meaningful for me.

Ope’s Opinion:  I have always been fascinated by Nate’s decorating.  This book really showed his style, which I expected.  But what I didn’t expect, is his sharing of his life.  It was very interesting to read about him, his family and his loves.  He showed how it all influenced his designs.  It was fun for him to feature other people’s homes and their designs too.

                                    Almost every room in Nate’s book has a book shelf or a stack of books some where!  This book was awesome to look at as well as read.  I think I will look back at this book often will great memories as well as ideas.
                                                                                                                          Thanks Nate!

Rating:  Four Chairs – I like this  book so much I know several friends to share it with. 


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