Monday, June 14, 2010

Nate Berkus Day! ( #NateDay )

If you've made the blog rounds today, you'll notice there is a heck of a lot of Nate Berkus floating around. It all started when the hilarious moggit girls sent a note to Mr. Berkus himself suggesting design bloggers should be a topic on his new show. I don't know what happened after that but who cares? Today has been declared Nate day so let's celebrate!

Before we go any farther, I need to include a photo of the world's most adorable designer aka my BFF, best pal, Natey. Yea, thats what I call him.
This is not a doctored photo of Katie Lee Joel and's me and him and he has his arm around me and we are totally friends, damnit. Yes, I weigh 98 pounds and my head is far too large for my tiny svelte frame. Stop hating people.

So enough about our close personal relationship. Let me share my very favorite makeover he ever did. Believe it or not, its the very first he did on Oprah. He took a tiny, studio apartment in Boston and made it completely beautiful, feel more spacious while keeping it completely functional. Let's take a look at what he got to work with:
Not sure when this first aired. When was the last time jean overall shorts were something you'd wear on an Oprah appearance?

And then the after:

Impressive right? How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
1. Fashionable but still timeless. Its not less current now than it was then.
2. Uses dark colors in a small space in the most ideal way.
3. Gave her a real bed rather than the studio apartment cop out of a sofa bed.
4. Maximizes those high ceilings by building all the way up.
5. Uses silk drapes in a casual way.
6. Girly without being too frou frou.
7. Incorporates a tv (in the closet).
8. Rocks a brass chandy.

The only thing I don't like is that mirror over the bed. It just looks cheap and an afterthought to me. I think some cool art would have been a better choice. I'm guess he was limited in terms of sources, time, etc. so it doesn't even bother me.

So what do you think? Do you have a favorite?

And if you are looking for more of a fix check out all of the other bloggers who are participating in the Nate Berkus love fest today.
{If I've misssed you from the list, please leave a comment.}