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Nathan Jay Berkus (born September 17, 1971)[1][2] is an American interior designer, author, and television personality. He runs the Chicago interior design firm Nate Berkus Associates and was a regularly featured guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show, offering design advice to viewers as well as coordinating surprise make-overs for people's homes. He has released numerous lines of products and authored several books.[3]

Nate Berkus
Nate Berkus in CES 2014 Press Conference.jpg
Berkus in CES 2014
Nathan Jay Berkus

(1971-09-17) September 17, 1971 (age 47)
ResidenceManhattan, New York City, USA
Alma materLake Forest College, (B.A., French and Sociology, 1994)
OccupationInterior decorator, television host
Years active1995–present
Jeremiah Brent (m. 2014)

His own show, The Nate Berkus Show, debuted in broadcast syndication September 13, 2010, featuring make-overs, culture, design, and personal advice. It was co-produced by Harpo Productions and Sony Pictures Television, and was cancelled after its second season ended on May 24, 2012.[4][5]


Early life and educationEdit

Berkus was born in Orange County, California, and grew up in a Jewish family mainly in Hopkins, Minnesota. 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 Leslie Hindman 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.[citation needed]

Berkus is related to the venture capitalist Dave Berkus, architect Barry Berkus, musician/artist Gunther Berkus, Josh Berkus of Software in the Public Interest, casino manager/author Eric David Berkus, and lawyer Matt Berkus. Designer Nancy Golden from HGTV and DIY networks is his mother.[citation needed] His father Mike co-founded the National Sports Collectors Convention.


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 Things 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.[6]

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.[4] In December 2011, Sony Pictures decided not to renew The Nate Berkus Show for a third season.[7]

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's book The Things That Matter was published October 16, 2012 by Spiegel & Grau.[8] It became a New York Times Best Seller[9] and was named "One of the Best Interior Design Books of the Year" by the Washington Post.[10]

Also in October 2012, Berkus collaborated with Target stores to launch his Target Home collection, a 150-piece line that includes bedding, bath, accessories, lighting, rugs, and window treatments.[11][12] Since then he has released many different collections for season changes as well as holidays.[13] He recently released a line of stationery and office essentials alongside his 2015 Cali-inspired spring collection.[14][15]

In January 2013, Berkus introduced his own fabric collection at Calico Corners.[16]

In March 2013, television journalists noted Berkus began working on a primetime series with NBC, initially titled Renovation Nation.[17] By May 2013 the title was changed to American Dream Builders. Berkus was the host and one of the producers of the show in which, 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."[18] The show was not renewed after its first season.

Alongside his husband, fellow interior designer Jeremiah Brent, he launched in 2017 the TV show Nate & Jeremiah by Design broadcast on TLC network. On August 30, 2017 it was announced that Nate & Jeremiah by Design had been picked up for a second season.

Personal lifeEdit

In December 2004, Berkus and his then-partner, photographer Fernando Bengoechea, were vacationing at a beach resort in Sri Lanka when the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami hit.[19] While Berkus survived, Bengoechea was missing and presumed dead.[20] Berkus appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show on January 17, 2005, to talk about the ordeal and the loss of his partner.[21][22]

After nearly a year of dating, Berkus became engaged to fellow interior designer Jeremiah Brent in April 2013.[23][24] They were married on May 4, 2014 in Manhattan.[25][26] Their daughter, Poppy Brent-Berkus, was born on March 23, 2015 via a surrogate.[27] Their son, Oskar Michael Brent-Berkus, was born on March 26, 2018 via a surrogate.[28][29] Berkus and his family currently live in Manhattan.

In early 2014, they were featured in clothier Banana Republic's "True Outfitters" ads in InStyle and Rolling Stone, among other magazines.[30] The New York Times noted they were the first same-sex couple to be featured in ads for the magazines.[31] Their Manhattan apartment was featured in the September 2015 issue of Architectural Digest magazine, where Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent appeared on the cover with their daughter Poppy.[32]

Further readingEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Nate Berkus Birthday, Biography, Family, Life, Relationships and More".
  2. ^ "Nate Berkus". Retrieved 2014-05-04.
  3. ^ "Nate Berkus Favorite Books Collection".
  4. ^ a b Carter, Bill (January 30, 2010). "NBC Universal and Sony Television Reach Deal for 'Nate Berkus Show'". Media Decoder. The New York Times. Retrieved December 24, 2011.
  5. ^ Gorman, Bill (December 9, 2011). "'The Nate Berkus Show' Canceled, Will Finish Second And Final Season In May, 2012". TVbytheNumbers. Retrieved December 24, 2011.
  6. ^ "ABC Announces Their 2008-09 Schedule. Who's Been Cancelled?". TV Series Finale. May 13, 2008. Archived from the original on July 4, 2008. Retrieved December 24, 2011.
  7. ^ Breen, Matthew (September 2010). "Intelligent Design". The Advocate. Archived from the original on 2010-08-17.
  8. ^ "advertisement "The Things That Matter"". Amazon. Retrieved 6 August 2013.
  9. ^ "Hardcover NonFiction Best Sellers". NY Times. Retrieved 6 August 2013.
  10. ^ Koncius, Jura (6 November 2012). "Design books of 2012". Retrieved 20 April 2018.
  11. ^ "A Sneak Peek at the Upcoming Nate Berkus for Target Collection". So Haute Style. Retrieved 6 August 2013.
  12. ^ "Nate Berkus talks to AD about his stylish new home Target collection, born from a passion for natural materials and his signature easy sophistication". Architectural Digest. Retrieved 6 August 2013.
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  16. ^ "Nate Berkus Fabric Collection". Calico Corners. Retrieved 6 August 2013.
  17. ^ "NBC and Nate Berkus Team for 'Renovation Nation'". Variety. Retrieved 6 August 2013.
  18. ^ "NBC New 2013-14 Shows: "American Dream Builders" The Most Exciting Home Challenge in America". NBC. Retrieved 6 August 2013.
  19. ^ "The Life of Fernando Bengoechea, Nate Berkus Late Partner".
  20. ^ Ayers, Dennis (March 11, 2008). "Interview With Nate Berkus of "Oprah's Big Give"". After Elton. Archived from the original on July 22, 2009. Retrieved December 24, 2011.
  21. ^ "Tsunami 2004 Nate Berkus and Fernando Bengoechea Complete Story"".
  22. ^ Forman, Ross (2008-10-08). "Nate Berkus talks life and love". Windy City Times.
  23. ^ "Jeremiah Brent Bio, Age, Height, Tattoos, Net Worth, Family".
  24. ^ Boehm, Kristin; Triggs, Charlotte (April 10, 2013). "Nate Berkus Is Engaged to Jeremiah Brent". People.
  25. ^ "Wedding Pictures of Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent".
  26. ^ Webber, Stephanie (May 3, 2014). "Nate Berkus Marries Fiance Jeremiah Brent in NYC: New Details on Ceremony, Reception". Us Weekly. Retrieved May 5, 2014.
  27. ^ "Poppy Brent Berkus Bio, Father, Birthday and More".
  28. ^ "Oskar Brent Berkus Birthday, Nickname, Bio, Story".
  29. ^ "Nate Berkus Surrogate Born Son Oskar and Daughter Poppy".
  30. ^ Nate Berkus And Jeremiah Brent Star In Banana Republic Campaign
  31. ^ Republic Ads With Real-Life Unions Include a Gay Couple
  32. ^ PopSugar: Inside Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent's New Home With Baby Poppy

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