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Nate Berkus, Fernando Bengoechea & Jeremiah Brent

Nathan Jay "Nate" Berkus (born September 17, 1971) is an American interior designer and former daytime television host. He runs the Chicago interior design firm Nate Berkus Associates and has been a regular guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show, offering design advice to viewers. May 25, 2010, was his last day on The Oprah Winfrey Show. His own show, The Nate Berkus Show, debuted in broadcast syndication September 13, 2010. It was co-produced by Harpo Productions and Sony Pictures Television and was cancelled after its second season ended on May 24, 2012. In December 2004 Berkus and his partner, photographer Fernando Bengoechea, were vacationing at a beach resort in Sri Lanka when the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami hit. While Berkus survived, Bengoechea is missing and presumed dead. Berkus appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show on January 17, 2005, to talk about his ordeal and the loss of his love.

After nearly a year of dating, Berkus became engaged to Jeremiah Brent in April 2013. They were married on May 4, 2014 in New York City. In early 2014, the couple was featured in clothier Banana Republic's "True Outfitters" ads in InStyle and Rolling Stone, among other magazines. The New York Times noted they were the first same-sex couple to be featured in ads for the magazines. Berkus announced on March 25, 2015, that the couple's daughter via surrogate, Poppy Brent-Berkus, was born March 23.

Berkus was born in Orange County, California, and grew up mainly in suburban Minneapolis. He is Jewish and openly gay. He attended Cushing Academy, a boarding school in Ashburnham, Massachusetts. He started working in design immediately after leaving high school and interned at Dominique Aurientis in Paris and Sotheby's in Chicago. Berkus graduated from Lake Forest College near Chicago in 1994 with degrees in French and Sociology. Berkus founded the company, Nate Berkus Associates, in Chicago in 1995.


Nate Berkus is an American interior designer and former daytime television host. In December 2004 Berkus and his partner, photographer Fernando Bengoechea, were vacationing at a beach resort in Sri Lanka when the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami hit. While Berkus survived, Bengoechea is missing and presumed dead. Berkus appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show on January 17, 2005, to talk about his ordeal and the loss of his love. Berkus became engaged on Monday, April 8, 2013, to Jeremiah Brent.



Berkus is related to the venture capitalist David Berkus, architect Barry Berkus, musician/artist Gunther Berkus, Josh Berkus of Software in the Public Interest, casino manager /author Eric David Berkus, and western states lawyer Matt Berkus. Designer Nancy Golden from HGTV and DIY networks is his mother.

In November 2005 Hyperion Books published Berkus's book Home Rules: Transform the Place You Live into a Place You'll Love (ISBN 1-4013-0137-1), a step-by-step guide to home design and decoration.

In 2005 Berkus began selling his merchandise at Linens 'n Thingsface stores throughout North America.

Berkus was the host of the short-lived reality show Oprah's Big Give, which premiered March 2, 2008, but the series ended on April 20 that same year. On May 13, 2008, it was announced by ABC that it would not be renewed for a second season.

On September 13, 2010, he debuted as the host of his own syndicated daily show, The Nate Berkus Show, which was co-produced by Harpo Productions and Sony Pictures Television. It was recorded at the CBS Broadcast Center in New York, but aired in the nation's largest markets on the ten NBC Owned and Operated stations. In December 2011, Sony Pictures decided not to renew The Nate Berkus Show for a third season.

Nate Berkus is also an executive producer of the 2011 film The Help.

He appeared as himself on the October 12, 2011 and October 13, 2011 episodes of Days of Our Lives, a United States daytime television soap opera, designing the offices of MadWorld Cosmetics for Madison James.

Berkus authored a book called "The Things That Matter", and on October 16, 2012 it was released by publishers Spiegel & Grau. 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. Berkus invites readers into his own home as well as into twelve others, including a Chicago sleek steel high-rise, a Hudson Valley rustic cottage, a Greenwich Village townhouse, a Marfa, Texas minimalist home, and more. All of Berkus' and other owner's choices exemplify his philosophy that the best designed homes symbolize the memories and life experiences which have made them who they are today, i.e., "The Things That Matter". Per Nate, "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." It is a "New York Times Best Seller" and also named "One of the Best Books of the Year" by Seattle Times.

Also in October 2012, Berkus brought his signature style to Target stores, with the launch of his new Target Home collection. The 150 piece line includes bedding, bath, accessories, lighting, rugs, window treatments and more. “Our houses represent who we are, who we’ve loved, how we’ve spent our afternoons, and who we’ve spent them with,” Berkus says. Berkus blended this philosophy into his new inexpensive collection at Target. One element that stands out is the lack of a trendy color story. He stresses, "I like people to choose and connect to a palette that works for them. This collection allows them to select the pieces that work best for their home.” His line features an interesting assortment of materials including wood and lacquer, brass and jute.

In January 2013, Nate Berkus introduced his own fabric collection at Calico Corners. Influenced by his own worldly travels and experiences, the Nate Berkus Fabric Collection reflects those inspirations. From the pattern names, to the colors available, that global influence is apparent and allows you the opportunity to create an inspiring space your own home. Nate hopes his fabric designs will inspire others to express and enrich their home's memories, loves, and life stories.

In March 2013, television journalists noted that Berkus began working on a primetime series with NBC, initially titled “Renovation Nation”. In May 2013 it was reported that the title was changed to "American Dream Builders", and implied the change had something to do with the fact that Planet Green had previously aired a show of the same "Renovation Nation" name between 2008 and 2010. Berkus is the host and one of the producers of the show where, according to NBC, "American top designers, builders, architects and landscapers go head-to-head each week, putting their talents to the test on extreme home renovations. They'll tackle spaces that are architecturally diverse, resulting in epic transformations with impeccable design." Early descriptions report that the cross country competitions will be judged both by design experts and also by viewers, as the live finale includes audience evaluation to determine the winner. NBC has initially ordered 10 episodes which will reportedly premiere mid-season 2013-14 on Sunday evenings.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nate_Berkus

Designer Nate Berkus spent eight years helping guests on The Oprah Show decorate their homes, but perhaps his most memorable show appearance was in January 2005, when he returned to Oprah's stage just two weeks after surviving an unimaginable tragedy. Nate was vacationing in Sri Lanka with his partner, Fernando Bengoechea, when the 2004 tsunami hit. The natural disaster claimed the lives of more than 400 people, and while Nate survived, Fernando Bengoechea  (1965 - December 26, 2004) did not.

An internationally acclaimed photographer, Fernando's work appeared in major magazines including O, The Oprah Magazine. From celebrities to gorgeous interiors, exotic locations and wonderful portraits of humanity, Fernando captured spirit and beauty.

"I want to keep saying [Fernando's] name out loud because I think it's important for everybody who's lost their life, for their life to be more than that moment of death," Oprah said when Nate opened up about his tragic loss. "[Fernando's] work and his art will live on for everybody who he filmed; for everybody whose life he touched. We get to see him through his work forever." (Picture: Nate Berkus)

Fernando Bengoechea was born in Buenos Aires Argentina and grew up in Brazil As an adult he moved to New York City to pursue a career in photography. His work have appeared in a number of magazines such as Vanity Fair, Harper's Bazaar, ELLE, and Oprah. Other clients of his included House & Garden, Town & Country, K-Mart, J-Crew, New York Times, and American, German and French Vogue. Celebrity clients of his included Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony, Tommy Hilfiger, Gloria Estefan, Naomi Campbell, Enrique Iglesias, and Ricky Martin.

Source: http://www.oprah.com/oprahshow/In-Memoriam-Remembering-Oprah-Show-Guests/2#ixzz2GA5bCpd9

Further Readings:

The Things That Matter by Nate Berkus
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau (October 16, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0679644318
ISBN-13: 978-0679644316
Amazon: The Things That Matter

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.

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