October 23, 2009

Nate Berkus: How to Make a Small Place Feel Big!


I finally had the chance to catch up on my October issue of Glamour yesterday during my flight out of town. I loved this article in which celeb designer, Nate Berkus, transforms his sister Marni's one-bedroom New York City apartment into a chic pad!

I love the soothing palette of grey, beige, and cream spiced up with a few colorful throw pillows for added interest. 
With a small desk area, decorating vertically with a corkboard to make good use of your limited space is a must!

With studio style living, creating a separation of living spaces is so important. I love the way this high back sofa pushed up against the bed achieves the illusion of division. 

I adore is this little Moroccan side table (where can I get one?)! It's the perfect way to personalize the living room while adding function. 

Why not paint one piece of furniture in an unexpected, energizing color? What a fun DIY weekend project this would be!

In open plan living spaces like a studio, everything is on display! So invest in making your bed a beautiful centerpiece you want people to see!

How clever is this? Organizing your clutches in magazine files! I will definitely be borrowing this idea! Nate never fails to turn beauty and function into anything he touches!

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend! Happy Friday! xoxo Crystal

41 comments:

Simone said...

I love this....I could move right in and not change a thing! I do love Nate Berkus, such a lovely man....Oprah's "hunk of burnin' love" as I believe she calls him!

Thanks so much for the very nice comment on my blog.

Happy Week-end!

Simone said...

PS Your blog is wonderful.....so stylish!!! Wow!

Dagny @ Beautiful Living said...

Wow, her apartment looks fabulous! The color scheme really is fantastic, with the pops of purple and peacock blue (love how he painted the back wall of the book cases in the same color as the side board).

Have a fabulous weekend!!
dagny

Crystal @ Plush Palate said...

@Simone, thanks for your kind words!

@Dagny, I hadn't even noticed that. Thanks for pointing it out to me. It's those little touches that make it great!

Beautiful Living said...

Now I'll have to go get Glamour... I have a post scheudled about Nate next week. And P.S. - the vignette on the painted piece is part of his hsn collection. (I was shocked too!) He's great at organizing spaces.

Flavia @ Estilo Home said...

Wow, I love this! That chaise looks so inviting, and the color scheme is so soothing. I need to pick up Glamour just for this.

Brandi said...

I think I just might love absolutely everything about this. The only question is tackling a project like this so it's affordable.

Fiona said...

I read this on Glamour too! It was amazing how the brother helped to transform his sis's apartment! Everything is just perfect in the small space!

Nikki said...

Nate Berkus is a genius. I nominated you for a Kreativ blogger award. http://nikkidz.blogspot.com/2009/10/whoo-hoo-i-win.html

Check it out and participate if you'd like!

Happy Friday!

Chic Coles (Cole Design) said...

Wow is she lucky to have him for a bother. I love everything about him! What a wonderful job of course he did for her. How cute is she. Going out to find a copy of glamour today.

Donna said...

I love that painted chest...the blue is so unexpected!

Loving life in Southern California! said...

What?!? Magazine files for clutch storage...brilliant :) I'll be using this one as well! Have a great weekend Crystal!

The Pocket Stylist said...

Love it the space truly feels big!

Jaime said...

Love Nate! I have this issue and didn't see this...need to look through again! Ah! :)

Mary @ JPM Design said...

WOW, this is such a stylish space for being so small! I particularly love those pillows with the gold bands, adds a dash of glamor :)

Paloma {La Dolce Vita} said...

This is absolutely gorgeous! I love everything about the space. Nate is so talented (and cute). :)

urbansardines said...

Love it! I love small space design, and Nate Berkus rocks! I saw one of those little Moroccan tables recently...I think in West Elm. I'll let you know if I can find it!

SparkerShop said...

Brilliant! The magazine file/purse storage is something I will definitely steal!

Jessica@thelovelist.net said...

Oh I love this! I am so inspired! Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous

Sarah Klassen said...

So glad you shared this, Crystal! There are some smart and fun ideas/solutions here -- something for everyone :) I, too, am going to try sorting and organizing clutches with file holders. How smart! I also really enjoy the fashionable furnishings mixed with natural finishes and touches. A look that one could never tire of, for certain!

Have a wonderful weekend*

Hammocks & High Tea said...

gorgeous!! love Nate. The table looks like one of his from the HSN line. I think you can find it on the site!

Shannon of ** Happiness Is...** said...

Oooh! Love your blog too! I will definitely be following you now :) xoxo

My Passport to Style said...

Hi Crystal, fabulous informative and Stylish post!I picked up some great tips!Us Brits may live in great locations but space can be tight!Have a lovely weekend.Sharon xxooo

Adrienne S. said...

I love the purple and orange striped pillow. And how great would it be to have Nate for a brother. Lucky girl!

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Rebecca@Harmony and Home said...

Oh, I'd love to have Nate Burkus as my brother! His sister looks just like him... just as cute. Great pics. I'm glad you posted them because I don't always buy Glamour.

Dustjacket Attic said...

Oh what a great job! His sister looks as gorgeous as he is. Really interesting ideas too.
xxx

Inspiration in Italy said...

I love the colors and everything about this! I have lived in more expensive areas in the past in which I cannot afford a very big place, so this is very interesting and great advise!

Baci :)
Rachel

Blair said...

Ahh! Fabulous. Totally stealing that clutch storage idea.

Mama Fashionista said...

So pretty! I need some tips for how to decorate my family's small space, so I'll definitely have to pick up the Oct Glamour (I actually just ordered a subscription to Glamour but I think I'll have to go to the newsstand for that issue). Thanks for the heads up!

xoxo
http://mama-fashionista.blogspot.com

Couture Cookie said...

I need to take note! My poor clutches lead a miserable life inside of a big canvas shopping bag. Ouch!

Paula Grace Designs said...

Nate did a great job! What a wonderful use of space. I love all the details.

Marian said...

he has done a fab job! love that coffee table too, the mag files as accessory storage is genius
x
marian

Taylor Sterling said...

im loving this and think I may need to copy!!

Jess LC said...

Wow, this is such an amazing space! Thank you for sharing. I think that cork board has inspired my new studio space. I can't wait to get started this weekend!

Mr Christopher said...

Well this is just awesome. Sick deep blue sideboard.

::levina:: said...

nate is awesome! everything he did here is oh so fabulous.

alexkeller said...

i'm so behind on my blogs....but let's just go to Morocco - you with me?

Anonymous said...

where is the chaise from? i must have one!!

Donald's Garden said...

---and he's so cute too! -But not single. :(

Anonymous said...

Have been looking for a tufted chaise like this in white or off-white/cream since this issue came out but without any luck!

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