Earlier this month, former Chicago resident Nate Berkus debuted his latest book, The Things That Matter ($21.41 on Target.com). Tomorrow night (Tuesday, October 23, 5-8 PM) he returns for a book signing at Jayson Home (1885 N. Clybourne Ave., 773-248-8180).
At the core of Berkus’ book is the idea that knick-knacks around someone’s house, artwork on the walls, and tattered flea market furniture all tell the story of the person who has acquired them. To demonstrate this, the book takes a fly-on-the-wall peek into a dozen homes across the country, capturing the objects acquired by the owners using large-format photographs and detailed descriptions.
Although Berkus gives us a glimpse into his own New York abode, the Chicagoan spotlighted is writer Barri Leiner Grant. Berkus reports that Leiner’s apartment off of Lake Shore Drive is embodied by a set of vintage, chipped-paint bookshelves, which are loaded with an eclectic collection of objects—from found seashells, to fashion and design books, to family photos.
At the end of the book, Berkus calls out a number of people that are important to him, including the famous Chicagoan that gave him his start. Oprah Winfrey featured Berkus on her show for eight years as the star of a home-makeover segment before he struck out on his own. In fact, Berkus has more than just a new book to celebrate at his signing—his collaboration with Target debuted this past weekend to much acclaim.