Summer can be a great time to refresh your home and the possibilities are endless. Celebrity designer Nate Berkus says that the key is to have a clear picture of the way you want to live. "I've watched homeowners try to pretend to be something they're not, and a good designer is looking for those cues. You have to really pay attention to the way a person wants to aspire to live. Homes are a reflection of what is going on in a homeowner's life."
Berkus co-hosts TLC show "Nate & Jeremiah by Design," which allows him to help homeowners transform their spaces to match their goals. "What's been most rewarding about the show is that I've watched as people walk into their space after it's been redone and seen the transformation in their face and body language in their reaction. I've gotten to watch people be able to move forward in life in a really positive way," Berkus says.
Berkus, who is also a spokesperson for Nicorette, has personal experience in making changes to his home that mirror his aspirations. Nate had been an on-and-off smoker since high school and had tried to quit many times, but it wasn't until he changed his environment that he was able to quit for good. "The importance of our homes and environments when quitting any bad habit cannot be understated. Our homes determine what habits and behaviors we keep. We do better when we love how we live," says Berkus.