The beloved interior designer chatted with Winfrey about everything from revealing his sexuality to his parents to the struggles of starting his own design business at 23 years old.
He also talked candidly about the cancellation of “The Nate Berkus Show” and how he was “enormously relieved” when it all came to an end. Berkus confessed that he knew two weeks into the development that the home design show wasn’t going to work. And we learned Winfrey had even tried to discourage Berkus from doing the show five days a week, but Berkus didn’t listen. “I’m ambitious and felt it was an opportunity of a lifetime,” he said.
But not having enough space and time to do what he really wanted on the show led him to feel overwhelmed and generally unhappy with the program. “I felt exhausted, I gained 20 pounds, I felt unhealthy. I felt there was no way I could do a good job.”
He then confessed he should have had a show that aired just one day a week and that it "would have been amazing.” And even though we’ve heard rumors that Berkus might be the host of NBC’s new show Home Transformers reality-competition show, he and Winfrey joked if he wanted to do a once-a-week show, he’s got a spot on her OWN Network. Either way, the next time that handsome face hits a television screen, we’ll be watching.
Berkus also talked about the importance of making your home reflect your personality. He said the key to designing like this, is taking your time and assembling pieces and keeping only the things that matter. Winfrey said that’s the philosophy she’s going with as she and interior designer Rose Tarlow redecorate her home.
Berkus, who blogs for HuffPost Home, has stressed that price tags, magazines or trends aren’t what matters. Rather, its all about where you found a piece, who you were with or why it spoke to you. And all we can say is “amen” to that.
Click through our slideshow to see some of Nate’s treasures, and watch the clip above to see him talk about his show. Don’t forget to tune in to the second-part of the interview at 11 a.m. ET Sunday, Feb. 17 on OWN.
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