Live Like a Celebrity: Nate Berkus

Take a peek inside the interior designer's sophisticated living room and learn how to copy the look in your own home.

Interior designer Nate Berkus kept both of these facts in mind when he planned a careful renovation of the condo after purchasing it in 2003. The designer upgraded the home's hardwood floors, electrical wiring, appliances and air conditioning, all while maintaining its original details and elements of the mid-century remodel. 

Thanks to his regular appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show, award-winning interior designer Nate Berkus has become a household name. The California native discovered his love for design as a child and went on to start his own design firm in Chicago when he was just 24 years old. Since then, Nate has written a best-selling book, hosted his own show and had his work featured in Elle Decor, O: The Oprah Magazine, Domino and other publications.

In 2003, the designer purchased a condo located on Chicago's prestigious Gold Coast. Set in a vintage building that dates back to 1928, the apartment was remodeled in the 1940s by mid-century modern architect Samuel Marx. Nate kept the home's rich history in mind when he took on his own renovation, injecting his signature style while keeping both original details and elements from the mid-century remodel intact. The result is an elegant, understated residence that reflects the designer's personal tastes.

Wish your living room could be as stylish as this space? Follow these tips to achieve a similar look in your own home.

Focal Point Underfoot
A bold, black-and-white rug by Madeline Weinrib takes center stage in Nate's sophisticated living room. To keep the space from becoming overwhelming, the designer paired the contemporary piece with traditional furniture in muted hues. Choosing a dramatic rug is a great way to liven up your living room, but keep your walls and furniture neutral so you don't have multiple pieces competing for attention.

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Eclectic Taste
As a designer, Nate has a knack for blending old and new items to create a cohesive space. His living room alone features a 19th-century French armchair, antique shelves salvaged from a French bank, a pair of gold and green chairs found at a flea market, and a linen-covered chair he designed himself. Don't be afraid to mix and match -- look for unique pieces in thrift stores, flea markets and estate sales that will add character to your living room.

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Antique Accents
A weathered chest of drawers and an aged mirror add texture and interest to this elegant living room. If you want to incorporate vintage items in your home, you have several options: You can scour antique shops for genuine pieces, purchase antique reproductions, or -- if you feel like taking on a DIY project -- distress a piece of furniture yourself.

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Calming Colors
Throughout his home, Nate kept things simple with a subdued color palette. Choosing neutral colors for your large pieces of furniture is always a smart design strategy. That way, you can add splashes of color with pillows, window treatments and other accessories and easily switch them out when you're ready for a new look.

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Sentimental Touches
Nate's apartment is full of items that have special meaning to him. The woven photograph above the sofa is by Fernando Bengoechea, his partner who died during the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. If you want to display photographs, postcards and other personal mementos throughout your home, try matting and framing them to create custom works of art.

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