The number of decorating shows you can watch on TV or stream online is enormous and all of them focus on different things – some are all about saving money, others about DIY projects, and the third about renovating your home as quickly as possible. However, Nate & Jeremiah by Design is one of the most special decorating shows out there because of one simple thing: its stars, Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent, are among the most special decorating couples in the world. Their style is simple yet visually attractive, and their approach to interior design combines frugal and effective approach. If you too are a fan of Nate and Jeremiah, here’s what you can learn from them and how to use their ideas when decorating your own home.
Make a plan and follow it
Every episode of Nate & Jeremiah consists of three separate segments: first they pick a home they’re going to renovate, then they talk to the homeowners, listening to their wishes and determining the budget, and only then do they start the actual work, planning out the remodeling projects and inviting their demolition crew. This is basically what you too need to do when renovating your home, so be sure not to skip any of these steps.
Dining table as a focal point
Every home needs a focal point and if you decide to set up yours in the dining room, Nate and Jeremiah recommend focusing on the dining table. This is where your family gathers and where you welcome your guests, so it has to be inviting, cozy and perfect. You can also display your best piece of décor here and thus add some personality to your home, which is something every homeowner appreciates. Finally, all of your guests will immediately notice your vintage dining table, especially if you pair it with cool and comfortable chairs, so it’s definitely an idea worth exploring.
Learn how to compromise
Of course, you need to learn how to compromise the wishes of all your family members and keep in mind that even this amazing decorating couple doesn’t agree on absolutely every step of the way. On the contrary, they too sometimes argue about certain ideas, but this is a part of the process, so learn how to compromise and listen to everyone’s input.
Add a rug here and there
While some people don’t like rugs, Nate and Jeremiah are all for them – in the dining room, the living room, the bedroom and everywhere else. Rugs give your space a dose of personality and a ton of depth, particularly if you layer them one on top of another and use rugs that differ in size, color, texture and pattern. This trick is both easy and cheap, so use it when renovating as often as you can.
Try to save a dollar or two
This is probably the most important tip Nate and Jeremiah can offer: every dollar can be stretched far beyond your expectations if you plan in advance and know what you want. They can help you realize this in just a couple of episodes, and some of the things they recommend doing include shopping online instead of the expensive stores, focusing on one room at a time, using lots of cheap vintage pieces, as well as reusing, repurposing and recycling everything you can, from furniture and decorations to flooring and building materials. This way, you can use every single cent you have and make the most of your budget.
There are lots of other things you can learn from Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent – from incorporating plants into your interior design and using 3-D art on your walls to letting lots of fresh air and natural light into your living space, and keeping things clean, simple and cozy. While you certainly can’t replicate all of their ideas, you can always adapt them to your needs and budget, and you’ll surely come up with an amazing new space you’ll enjoy in the years to come.