Setting the tone as a memoir that includes details of the devastating 2004 tsunami when he watched his boyfriend as he was swept away, Nate shares intimate stories about his life taking us through the aftermath, how he put his life back together and his realization that the 'things' that fill our home should be nothing less than a reflection of our lives, loves and passions.
In his book, Nate introduces us to people who influenced him and helped him forge his sense of style, and discusses remarkable experiences that have left an expression on how he lives today. From his most cherished flea market finds, to the many extraordinary mementos he's collected in his travels, he emphasizes how every piece defines who he's become and what endures in his world.
Nate also adds design timbits, invites readers into his NYC apartment and into the home of twelve others, including a sleek steel-and-glass high-rise that soars above Chicago, a rustic cottage in the Hudson Valley, an ultra-chic atelier that maximizes every inch of space, a Greenwich Village townhouse that holds multiple art collections, and a study in meaningful minimalism in Marfa, Texas. He shows how the distinctive interiors of all featured home open a window into the lives of their owners and the inspiring choices that have made then who they are today.
The Things That Matter is not just a design book, Nate Berkus shares his philosophy that things do matter, our homes should tell our stories and reflect the places we've been and the people we've loved along the way. Design with an inspirational twist!