Chicago’s Nate Berkus is celebrating 20 years in business.
Chicago is proud to claim Nate Berkus as one of its own, and now the beloved interior designer and author is celebrating 20 years of style at his eponymous West Town–based firm. His secret to success? “I know what works for me and what doesn’t,” says Berkus, who favors all things neutral, natural, and well-made. “Classic and unfussy are my go-tos.” As someone who admits to not following trends, he believes that personal style is the key to home design. “It’s one of the first things I find out about a client,” he says. “What’s in their wardrobe? What do they love to wear? If you gravitate toward a lot of color or accessorize with gold jewelry, then those are décor elements you want to incorporate into your home.” And what about Chicagoans? “They have great taste,” Berkus says. “You see it in their personal style, their homes, the way they live. I love how all of that has shaped me, personally and as a designer.”