Truth be told, as much as I love shelter magazines their perfectly composed, sometimes overly styled, vignettes seem to lack the depth and true story of the home and it’s owners. In my opinion, if you’ve seen one tightly cropped image of a bar cart with a bottle of Tanqueray (who really drinks that stuff?!), you’ve seen them all! I want to see the entire room, you know, see exactly where that perfectly stocked bar sits in the room and how it plays off the other elements. I want to see how home room flows into the next. That’s why real estate listings are so great. Take Nate Berkus’ Manhattan penthouse pictured above–It was recently published in the October 2015 issues of Architectural Digest, and while the spread was lovely I think the images above tell the home’s true story. Yes, maybe the wide angle lens used to capture every inch of each room exaggerates their sizes but who cares when you can see everything!
I’ve long been a fan of Nate’s work, he’s probably one of my favorites, so I was pu-umped to see his home in the real estate section of the Wall Street Journal this weekend. And while I’ve caught on to the recent celebrity ‘get your place published in a major magazine one month then put it on the market the next’ trend, I don’t mind one bit. Cameron Diaz did it with her Kelly Wearstler-designed Manhattan home, Kourtney Kardashian did it with MyDomaine – the list goes on and on. I’m an interiors junky and I could (have) spend hours comparing the photos critiquing the details. Nate’s home? Perfection. My boyfriend loves it too. I think his exact words were, “if I had a spare $10.5M in the bank, I’d definitely put a bid on it”. Couldn’t have said it better myself, Andrew.
The only problem? The home most likely does not come furnished (but you can shop the look below!). I’m going to guesstimate that 95% of the items have been used in Nate’s previous homes. How do I know? Well, because I’ve been stalking Nate’s work for a verrry long time. Take the bathroom mirrors, yes, to the average eye they might look like the Restoration Hardware Bistro Mirror. Wrong. Those perfectly patinaed puppies are custom and first showed up in Nate’s Chicago Gold Coast bathroom which was publish in Chicago Home Magazine way back in 2008. The cerused oak dining table? Well that didn’t enter the mix until his Architectural Digest October 2012 cover story. Nate has perfected the “Meaning of Home” in that although he moves often and clearly has enough money to buy whatever he wants he continues to acquire, curate and design homes with pieces that appear to be a true reflection of his history and stand the test of time. And that, my friends, is why Nate’s so great.
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