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Nate Berkus + Kitchen Design = STYLE

I like Nate Berkus' style - I'm definitely a fan! Style is the word that comes to mind when I see interiors that have been touched by his creative hand.

I often see a philosophy of Nate's work which expresses "tradition with an edge." Nate's "edges" are awesome...cool color stories, tradition meets modern, texture meets soft, pattern dominates to unify, among so many more design concepts that delight, and always, for some reason, just feels right! Nate's infectious enthusiasm for design translates into an ease, a gracious informality that's easy to live with. I mean, I see him on Oprah, and before I know it, I'm smiling. He's seems to be such a happy guy! Creating interiors with a happy disposition definitely shines through one's work.

I'd love to see Nate do more kitchens, and I'd love to collaborate with him! Here's Nate's kitchen in his Chicago apartment. 

It flows. I love the black window trim. The turquoise is a great color and just flows into a collection of clean, solid, elements, sort of a framework for the room. And, those chairs and table...LOVE.

And Nate's Manhattan apartment....this kitchen I love! I'm a real lover of white floors...I have two painted white wood floors in my own home. It looks very much like a Swedish rag rug on the floor and the blue, black and touches of wood just punch up the space. The enveloping white on floor, ceiling, and walls, is the unifying element, which adds a flow and maximum spaciousness. There's a Scandinavian aesthetic to this kitchen. Another: LOVE!

Nate Berkus' kitchen in his Milan apartment is another Wow! See what I mean? He has a vision! This is European modern elegance. It's quite sophisticated, with strength in large color elements, yet quiet. The brown leather chair adds a feeling that this is a room, not only a utilitarian kitchen, and the color of the chair adds life. Very well done! The lighting fixture, honestly, to my eye, is the perfect touch. LOVE!

Nate, I'd love to see more kitchens! This sampling alone includes such a great collection of creative and diverse (and unexpected) details, don't you think? 

First two images from Oprah.com, last image from ElleDecor.com.


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Reader Comments (10)


That last pic is just what I envision for our project. Beige walls, mahogany cabinetry and and a solid white/cream countertop.

This countertop looks like steel. Is it?

Regards and moving ahead with our plans.


June 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKen C.

His happiness is indeed contagious! Thanks for joining in on our NateDay festivites, it was great fun!

June 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJulieann/CreateGirl

Ken, yes, I think that's definitely stainless steel. I'm glad you could see something that looks close to your vision. Very helpful!! I think it's very elegant and serene.

Juliann, it was easy to talk good things about Nate!

June 18, 2010 | Registered CommenterSusan Serra, CKD

I love Nate. His style, his confidence, his sense that real people have to use a space so even the most beautiful designs must be practical as well. He's my favorite kind of designer: completley creative and inspiring but approachable and down to earth.

June 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTracy @ Comfort&Luxury

The dark green in the first picture is very similar to a great design from Leicht. I think you'll either love it or hate it. Personally I like it.

By the way - great blog! It's my first visit here, and have bookmarked it for later.

June 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmol

It is somewhat signifies as a modern bachelor/bachelorette pad. We can see that it is modernize for modern people. Its a complement really. I love the color combination. But too edgy

July 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKathleen

I love the first pic, with the green theme and the smooth arrangement of the kitchen elements. I love the RTA Cabinets, especially when they're green. Just perfect for a lovely home.

August 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChuck Smith

Woo Hoo!wonderful share, great article, very usefull for me…thanks (*^__^*) ……

August 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLED Wall Washer

if the kitchen is more to be "seen" than for cooking i love it!

November 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDeepa

Your kitchen design very inspiring me...thanks

December 10, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkurniabudi

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