Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent Open Up About Their Personal Struggles With House Design

Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent have simply returned for Season 2 of their HGTV present, “The Nate & Jeremiah House Mission”—and though they’re whole execs at making over their purchasers’ properties, that doesn’t make curating their very own areas as straightforward as you may suppose.

“I’m nonetheless not over it,” Berkus revealed to us about furnishings the couple offered throughout their most up-to-date transfer. “For those who go on, you’ll be able to see the outdated itemizing photographs. It was nice stuff!”

And it seems, this urge to hold onto issues runs within the household, as these married dads admit that their daughter is their “most lovely little hoarder” ever.

Keen to listen to extra, we had a heart-to-heart with these designers to study what they love about their new residence, in addition to their very own private challenges decluttering and making it good. All in all, it’s going to persuade you that even designers’ properties aren’t all the time as pristine as actuality reveals might need you imagine.

Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent discuss design choices on season two of "The Nate and Jeremiah Home Project."
Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent talk about design selections on Season 2 of “The Nate & Jeremiah House Mission.”


When working with purchasers, how do you establish what counts as a memento and what’s simply junk?

Nate Berkus: By having the householders stroll us by their stuff, it permits us to get to know them. To edit it, we carry them again into the house as soon as it’s been renovated, after which they need to resolve whether or not or not it’s one thing they actually wish to hold. Oftentimes, they don’t.

Jeremiah Brent: Life modifications and there’s an evolution to not solely who we’re as individuals, however our tales of household, and your property doesn’t typically symbolize that evolution. We’re within the enterprise of telling individuals’s story by their issues and actually getting to know what brings them pleasure, what brings them happiness, [and] what they should transfer on from, since you get up someday, and also you’ve been dwelling in the home the identical manner for 10 years and it doesn’t replicate who you might be anymore.

That’s the enjoyable half for us, getting to indicate individuals a model of themselves that they perhaps didn’t understand was there.

Have you ever ever been too emotionally hooked up to something in your individual residence?

Brent: Oh, my God, our home modifications each 5 seconds—I used to be shifting issues round this morning! I used to be like, “Does that want to alter?” I believe we’re actually tapped into being current, not solely in life as a pair, but additionally our house. We went by a latest transfer and needed to apply what we preach. [The new owners] wished to purchase nearly all of the issues in the home. Nate had such a tough time with it, and I used to be like, “Let it go, it’s simply stuff!”

Berkus: Actually, it was so traumatic, and the truth that we’ve got the nerve to exit on the planet and craft a TV present on one thing that I’m so horrible at personally was laughable. [Jeremiah] had the time of his life watching me spin out about it.

What merchandise did you let go of that also retains you up at evening?

Berkus: I’ve an actual connection to issues, and never simply issues which have reminiscence, however issues that I believe are actually lovely. And so for me, this was a chance to not be tied to feeling obligated to make use of all of the stuff we’ve lived with and picked up, each earlier than we have been a pair and after.

Ultimately, am I pleased about it? Sure. But when I begin to concentrate on a number of the items which can be nonetheless sitting in our outdated home with the brand new homeowners, it makes me a little bit bit sick.

Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent inside their West Village home.
Berkus and Brent of their West Village residence


Feels like a transfer is an efficient time to kind by what’s price conserving?

Berkus: Shifting is such an incredible alternative. You may undergo each single class of all the things you personal, from espresso cups to athletic socks, and actually solely carry one of the best of one of the best and the belongings you actually care about. You need to faucet into that chance to craft one thing new when it comes to your house for your self.

What’s an important factor householders ought to have in mind when designing an area?

Brent: Understanding what sort of life that you must reside in it, as a result of, on the finish of the day, lovely design doesn’t hold you anyplace. It’s about creating an area that may actually maintain all of these moments which can be vital to your loved ones. The place does your day begin? The place does it finish? What’s vital to you? Are there ceremonies or rituals that matter to you?

In our personal home, a proper eating room used to have to be a proper eating room, however then we realized, why? That’s not what we use it for. So, yeah, there’s a eating desk, and [it’s] manner much less formal with an excellent lengthy bench you’ll be able to sit at.

Berkus: A house ought to … inform the story of the folks that reside there. Your eyes ought to land on one thing that reminds you of the place you’ve been, and reminds you the place you aspire to go.

Jer all the time says that you must go away room for the longer term as a result of issues change and concepts are available in, and also you get impressed from a visit and are available residence and wish to change one thing. If the house doesn’t symbolize you, then it’s not completed, and it’s doubtless not well-designed. It is perhaps lovely, nevertheless it’s not well-designed for you.

Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent with their children, Poppy and Oskar.
Berkus and Brent with their kids, Poppy and Oskar


What’s your favourite spot in your house?

Brent: Kitchen island for me as a result of it was the place we introduced our daughter residence to, it’s the place we’ve written wedding ceremony vows, the place we’ve had a few of our most tough discussions as a brand new couple. It’s now the place we dance each morning with the kids round. It’s the heartbeat of the house.

Berkus: It’s actually each angle of each house. What we see once we open our eyes within the morning: the wallpaper in our bed room, and the gorgeous vintage hearth, and the chest of drawers that we saved up for that we needed to have as a result of it’s made by this Swedish designer from 1940 that we love. I like our home. I’m so snug there. Our youngsters are so snug and pleased there.

As designers and fogeys, how do you deal with the muddle that comes with having youngsters at residence?

Berkus: Bins with their identify on it.

Brent: We’ve acquired the kids in a very nice rhythm the place they need to donate issues regularly as a result of they don’t wish to play with [it] anymore. They’re a part of that rhythm of the family, which is we’ve got to donate. We’ve got to edit. We’ve got to curate. It’s a continuing factor. It’s all the time shocked me how our daughter can accumulate issues out of nowhere.

Berkus: Like from the rubbish can—she’ll take containers that issues are available in after which the following minute they’re dioramas they usually’ve acquired little marker home windows and doorways.

Brent: She’s probably the most lovable little hoarder you’ve ever met. She goes, “Dad, I would like this serviette.” For what?

Jeremiah Brent and Nate Burkus shop for appliances on "The Nate and Jeremiah Home Project."
Brent and Berkus store for home equipment on “The Nate & Jeremiah House Mission.”


What’s the most typical design mistake you’re at present seeing purchasers make?

Brent: Tempo. Lots of what we’ve seen, it’s all about doing it fast and quick, and also you’ve acquired to have this home completed by this weekend. We don’t subscribe to that. We imagine you must take time and be considerate with what you select. Doesn’t imply it’s a must to spend a ton of cash—it’s the alternative now. You may actually curate an exquisite life and never break the financial institution. Discovering a manner for individuals to decelerate, take a minute, suppose by choices: that’s the largest hurdle I’ve seen with purchasers.

Berkus: Good design is just not going out on the weekend and filling your automobile with equipment and being completed. Good design isn’t going to the furnishings retailer with no funds [until] 2029 and shopping for a set of recent furnishings. Good design is taking the time to actually determine what makes your coronary heart sing. That takes time to curate a way of life that feels actually good to you.

“The Nate & Jeremiah House Mission” airs Wednesday nights on HGTV and is streaming now on discovery+.