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Discover the best decor and design tips with Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent!

Celebrity decorators Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent have more than just a few things on their plate. Between their adorable 2-year-old, Poppy; a recent move to Los Angeles; a complete remodel of their new forever home; and multiple design projects and decor collections in the works, you’d think they had their hands full already.

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But the couple also recently wrapped up a season of their new show on TLC, Nate and Jeremiah by Design. In it, Brent and Berkus help homeowners who are in over their heads with renovations and use the leftover budget to bring the project to completion (and do it in style, too).

The couple’s bubbly personality makes for instantly great TV, and they are full of handy tips for a renovation project. One episode after another, Brent and Berkus reveal stunningly renovated homes to shocked homeowners who, quite frankly, can’t believe their luck. Discover this couple’s best tricks for stretching a dollar when decorating.

Make Your Dollar Go Further

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Nate has some awesome tips to stretch your money when becomes to decorating:

Shop for special materials and finishes online. Backsplash tile, hardware, cutting boards, mirrors—there are so many beautiful options out there that you can find for prices that don’t have to break the bank.

Don’t skimp on construction. The truth is the basis of any renovation has to be done correctly the first time, so a licensed, reputable contractor is always a must.

Spend money on items that have a big decorative impact, and go basic in construction materials. Think plain subway tile with a set of beautiful towels or a small and interesting vintage table next to a simple white bathtub.

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Suggestion: Cross-Grey Surface by Maison Valentina

Jeremiah also has his own tips:

Reuse what you love, and repurpose it. A little imagination can go a long way in making something feel fresh and new.

Prioritize. Invest in pieces that are timeless and transitional, e.g., sofa and chairs—big-ticket items that will give the biggest visual impact. Throw pillows and accessories can be less expensive and can serve as a great opportunity to play with trends and what’s hot.

Don’t be afraid to play with paint. Everyone says it, but that’s because it’s true. Paint is the most inexpensive way to change your home. Additionally, you can play with different motifs and paint lines to add architecture and personality to your space.


Focus on One Room Only

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When decorating an entire house on a budget, Nate says that the room which deserves our attention the most is the kitchen, as it’s one of the hardest-working spaces in the home.

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Suggestion: York Nightstand by Boca do Lobo

Jeremiah, on the other hand, says that it entirely depends on us. Ask yourself this: Where do you spend the most time, and where do you get centered? He firmly believes in always creating a space that can be a sanctuary wherever or whomever it’s for. For example, for parents, he always suggests starting with the master bedroom—an unpopular belief, but the truth is that you need a place to collect yourself, recalibrate, and have the space to tackle the responsibility of kids, family, and work.


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Don’t Skimp on Important Pieces

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Regarding which items can be purchased on a budget, and which ones are worth the investment, Nate advises not to skimp on anything built-in, like the countertops, appliances, plumbing, etc. Rugs and pillows are a great place to go for a deal, as are lighting options and accessories.

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Suggestion: Cubic Wall Lamp by Boca do Lobo

Jeremiah advises investing in these key pieces: sofas, chairs, dining table. The pieces that are going to get the most use. If you’re working on a tight budget, don’t stress about the small stuff like pillows, candles, bowls, and other accessories.


Pay attention to details

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When it comes to picking out furniture and if are there any fabrics or materials to avoid Jeremiah believes that prints are tough on large-scale furniture—keep your sofa (and other large-scale items) in the basics. Linens and cotton in solids can be dressed up or down easily and tend to look expensive.

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Suggestion: Nau Velvet Sofa by Brabbu

Jeremiah believes that it’s all in the eye of the beholder. For example, He doesn’t prefer ultra-suede, but you may love it. His recommendation is to get a fabric swatch and really pay attention to the details of the piece’s construction.


Splurge on Big Statement Pieces

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For the question “If you only buy one high-end item for your house, what should it be and why?”, Nate says that a vintage or antique gilt mirror would be perfect. You will always find a place for it, no matter where you move or how your home evolves.

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Suggestion: Louis XVI Mirror by Boca do Lobo

Jeremiah bets on a  great sofa or an amazing light. Both items can transition seamlessly with you through the many chapters of your life.


Mix In Vintage Items

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Besides the tip that designers often say not to push furniture against the wall in a room, Nate gives us layout tricks that make a room look more high-end –  for example, mix old pieces in with new ones. Vintage finds have a patina that makes a room look collected and assembled over time.

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Suggestion:  Patch Gradient Dining Table by Boca do Lobo

Jeremiah doesn’t believe that anything looks more high-end than a room that feels curated. When furniture isn’t a full set and feels assembled, it inherently feels like you have been collecting items for years. Explore and experiment—even if you do happen to buy a full furniture set, spread the pieces among different rooms and mix with different accessories.


Consider Usability and Scale

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When choosing furniture for an entire room, they were asked what should they pay attention to ensure that every piece will work together.

Nate says it’s all about scale. If you have a high-backed sofa, low chairs are probably not going to sit with that attractively. Stay away from sets of furniture, or if you already own them, break them up into different rooms.

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Suggestion: Sullivan Nesting Tables

Jeremiah cares more about creating a moment in a room than he does an “anchor” piece. What is the moment you or your family have in a space every day? It may be reading a book, playing with the kids, or quiet time at night. Then you translate that identity into your room. That’s a beautiful space. Some of the most elegant, special homes Jeremiah has been in had nothing to do with money or furniture—they were rooms that you walked in and felt you knew the person who lived there just by standing in their space.

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