The Things That Matter Hardcover – 20 Nov 2012
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About the Author
Nate Berkus is founder of the interior design firm Nate Berkus Associates. For two years he was the host of "The Nate Berkus Show, " an Emmy Award winning, nationally syndicated daytime talk show. His work has appeared in "Elle Decor, O: The Oprah Magazine, InStyle, The New York Times, Vanity Fair, "and "House Beautiful." He is the author of the "New York Times" bestseller "Home Rules." He lives in New York City.
Roger Davies arrived in New York at the age of twenty-two, after studying photography and film in England. His work has taken him around the world and inside some of the most amazing interiors imaginable. His photographs have graced the pages of "Architectural Digest, " "AD" (France), "Conde Nast Traveler, Harpers Bazaar UK, "and "Elle Decor." He lives in Laurel Canyon, California, with his wife and son."
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First, this book is really beautiful. The pictures are crisp but also dreamy. The variety of homes photographed is amazing. From a very minimalist (yet warm!) family-sized home, to a one-bedroom, teeny-tiny apartment in New York, to very unique, extremely small backyard cottage, there is something for everyone in here.
Second, the stories of the individuals or couples featured in this book are really wonderful--Berkus's included. (His account of losing his boyfriend, Fernando, in a tsunami was extremely moving.) I loved looking at all the pictures, sure, but the meaning behind the unique trinkets and headboards and lamps and bookcases really made the photos special.
I also liked that Berkus addressed the issue of "things." I was worried that this book was going to push the idea that your entire identity is wrapped up in the crap you buy and fill your house with. But he doesn't. His approach is pretty common sense, actually. He says:
"I think people sometimes confuse loving things with being materialistic, or grasping, or lusting after things that tell the world who you are. But to me, surrounding yourself with the things you love has nothing to do with impressing other people or gaining status...For me, the most successful interiors in the world are put together by people who surround themselves with objects that bring them joy, and make them feel really at home."
And then, Berkus follows through with this concept and features a couple of minimalistic living spaces that are BEAUTIFUL.
Overall, this is a wonderful book. And even though I intended to return it, I decided not to. It's that good.
I have a vast library of design books, but this one has made it to the top of my list of favorites. It is so uncommon to open a book on interior design and feel a tug at your heart-strings. The photography is well done and the accompanying stories for each home profiled are entertaining and fun to read. I thoroughly enjoyed this book...from cover to cover. Nate Berkus is a class act...and not bad on the eyes either!!!!
Nate's book inspires me to recognize what I need to do to change our home. Best of all it may cost me nothing to do. Started today by moving my desk next to the window and put up a bird feeder 3 feet away. Sure hope I don't slip back in to bad habits so I've placed this book front and center on my home office desk.Worth twice the cost .If for no other reason it explains what really matters to us.
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