Things That Matter: A Book Review

After waiting months to get my hands on Nate Berkus' new book, Things That Matter, I have finally got my greedy little fingers on it.
Wow, it is not what I was expecting at all. First of all, I had seen the cover before its release but having it just sitting on my coffee table with Nate staring at me with those brooding eyes. I don't even have to open the book to make it worth the $20 + I spent. The cover is gorgeous on it's own. {Sorry, to my husband if you are reading this, but you know he's pretty darn handsome.}
Anyways, if you can allow yourself to get past the cover, you will find a beautiful and insightful story inside the pages about Nate.
I have watched Nate on Oprah since he first appeared on her show, and followed him over to his own show, but it was so interesting to learn about his growing up years, his love for design from such an early age, how he started his career and his heart wrenching story of his account of being in the 2004 tsunami while vacationing in Sri Lanka.
Nate has been known to say that your home should represent YOU. It should show the story of you. I'm not sure my home does that. Since reading his book, I will be forever more thoughtful of my designs, and the things I buy for the home.
It shouldn't matter where you buy your home accessories, how much you spent on it, or if it's the latest trend. What should matter is if those things bring you happiness seeing them, if they bring back good memories or maybe inspire you.
Are you surrounded by things that matter? This is something that I will always have in the back of my mind. Not only for home decorating, but in all instances of my life. For all the little trivial things that pop in life, I will try so hard to keep in mind, does this really matter? Does this really matter in the scheme of all things?
Thank you Nate for a beautiful and inspiring book. Thank you for sharing your life (so far) story. It was so great to know you a little better.
I can't have a post of Nate without showing some of his beautiful designs....


  1. Hi Stacey, I have been wondering about this book. I went to a taping of his show once. He is so cute in person. I love his style. I think I may need to buy this.

  2. Linda, you are so lucky! I am so jealous!!

  3. I was lucky enough to get a copy at target a few weeks ago. Love Nate and all his stories. I was teary eyed while reading about the tsunami.
    His apartment in NY is so good!

  4. Thank you for the review Stacey. I have seen his book floating around blogland, but have not taken the time to purchase it. I love his style!

  5. I can't wait to check out his new book! I was lucky enough to sit in the front row at a Nate workshop a few years ago. As he was speaking, we locked eyes and I quickly realized that I was swinging my feet back and forth like a 3 year old! I was so excited that I just couldn't sit still!

    1. Jen, that is so funny! You were very lucky! So sad his show is gone.

  6. It's on my Christmas wish list!! Glad to hear it's such a good read!

  7. I was able to snag at Target and hopefully I can read over the holidays when I have some free time:)


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