Chic Spotlight: Nate Berkus PDF Print E-mail
Written by Amy Scalia   
Monday, 07 November 2011 05:34

Chic Spotlight: Nate Berkus
This internationally known interior designer and daytime television host chats with Cincy Chic about his thoughts on the newest trends and what it means to be truly chic.
Cincy Chic: This is our Winter Trends issue. Which trends are you excited about?
Nate Berkus: I actually don't like trends, per se. Being a creative person makes me interested in everything. But "trends" - whether it's with gift ideas, fashion or decor - it inherently makes people feel bad about what they bought. Your home and your fashion style should tell a story about who you are, not necessarily what's "in."

Cincy Chic: Are you completely against trends then?

Berkus: Oh, of course not! I especially love this winter's trends of chunky knits, pillows knitted like a sweater, sheep skin furniture (which you can get inexpensively at Ikea), and anything that shimmers.

And the food! Winter to me is about having the most delicious comfort foods like meatballs and macaroni and cheese.

In terms of beauty, I'm loving the red lip (a la Kirsten Dunst).

Cincy Chic: So, some trends can be good?

Berkus: Trends can definitely be good. By following some of the trends, it updates the way you present yourself to the world. It gives you a guideline of what feels fresh, what feels new, but you should ultimately do what feels like you. Don't let the trends dictate, let them inspire.

Cincy Chic: We love how you're helping women update their looks on the show! Tell us more about what you're doing with the show!

Berkus: My show is becoming a destination for great style without spending a lot of money. I like to showcase things that no one has done before. And I'm all about how to live better, and look great, without having to spend a fortune.

Cincy Chic: What can viewers get excited about for future shows?

Berkus: I have on a lot of amazing guests like Julianne Moore, Carson Kressley, and Jane Lynch - you never know who will show up! That's one of the fun things about the show. They come to me to have a good time. The topics and guests range widely every single day, but there's always information about how people can improve the way they live.

Cincy Chic: How is this season different than the first?

Berkus: First season, it was like freshman year. You're out of the gate but you're still learning. We tried to cover too many topics, and I ate everything on all the cooking segments. The second season is so much more fun, and we're out of the studio so much more. I'm knocking on doors, doing makeovers, and showing lots of behind the scenes before the reveal. It's very "unplugged" so people can see what it takes and why decisions were made. We really break it down for people this season so they can easily incorporate these improvements into their lives.

Cincy Chic: Ok, last question, have you ever been to Cincinnati?

Berkus: No, unfortunately, I've never been but I have met Pete Rose!

Cincy Chic: You need to come soon!

Berkus: For sure!

Catch The Nate Show on FOX 19 WXIX weekdays at 10a.m. EST!
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Amy Scalia, a Cincinnati native, is the editor in chief and publisher of Cincy Chic. Send her an e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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