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The Things That Matter Hardcover – October 16, 2012
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First, this book is really beautiful. The pictures are crisp but also dreamy. The variety of homes photographed is amazing. From a very minimalist (yet warm!) family-sized home, to a one-bedroom, teeny-tiny apartment in New York, to very unique, extremely small backyard cottage, there is something for everyone in here.
Second, the stories of the individuals or couples featured in this book are really wonderful--Berkus's included. (His account of losing his boyfriend, Fernando, in a tsunami was extremely moving.) I loved looking at all the pictures, sure, but the meaning behind the unique trinkets and headboards and lamps and bookcases really made the photos special.
I also liked that Berkus addressed the issue of "things." I was worried that this book was going to push the idea that your entire identity is wrapped up in the crap you buy and fill your house with. But he doesn't. His approach is pretty common sense, actually. He says:
"I think people sometimes confuse loving things with being materialistic, or grasping, or lusting after things that tell the world who you are. But to me, surrounding yourself with the things you love has nothing to do with impressing other people or gaining status...Read more ›
I have a vast library of design books, but this one has made it to the top of my list of favorites. It is so uncommon to open a book on interior design and feel a tug at your heart-strings. The photography is well done and the accompanying stories for each home profiled are entertaining and fun to read. I thoroughly enjoyed this book...from cover to cover. Nate Berkus is a class act...and not bad on the eyes either!!!!
Nate's book inspires me to recognize what I need to do to change our home. Best of all it may cost me nothing to do.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Through stories from his childhood and decorating other peoples homes, Nate Berkus shows us how to surround ourselves with things that matter. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Ruth Adamson
Such a great book and has given me the inspiration to redecorate my house!Published 4 months ago by Kelly Bloom
Love Nate Burkus!!!! This was purchased for a decorative book; however there are some really good tips and ideas inside if you're looking for a good read!Published 5 months ago by TP
A nicely written, easy to read (there's mostly text, not many pictures) book about the life and history and associates and friends of Nate Berkus.Published 5 months ago by Kannl