Dear Nate, You Rock My World

I saw a tweet the other day about an event at the Barnes & Noble at The Grove that made me jump right out of my seat! I was waiting until this week (thanks paycheck) to buy Nate Berkus’ new book “The Things That Matter.” Well good things come to those who wait because the event was scheduled for yesterday and was a talk/book signing by Nate himself!

Despite ridiculous LA rain traffic (for those of you who don’t live here, no one from LA can drive in the rain. Traffic speed decreases by at least 80-90% no joke), I made it with plenty of time to grab a seat for the talk.

I won’t go on and on trying to give you a poor recap of the entire thing, but I will happily paraphrase the gist of both the talk and the book.  Nate smartly pointed out that there are a million places we can get decorating info, from television and magazines to blogs and books. It is easy to get caught up in worrying about making all of the “right” and trendy decorating decisions: having the newest, hottest paint color in your home, not mixing the wrong eras of furniture pieces, incorporating a “now” color despite the fact that your heart and soul belong to another color palette, etc. Nate very firmly believes that your space should reflect the deeply personal story of who you are, who you’ve loved, where you’ve been, and where you would like to go. He emphasized that if you love a piece and it means something to you, trust your instinct and incorporate it. Rather than worrying about making your room reflect who you aren’t by following the “rules” from others, use only your instincts to make the room a true reflection of yourself and everything you love. Every “thing” in a room should have a meaning, a story, and a connection to your journey in life.

Sorry for the bad pics- I had to use my phone :(

Okay, so he did a much better job of explaining it but I hope you get the idea.  It was truly beautiful and inspiring, considering that is the way Walker and I try to live. I have gotten a chance to read through the first few chapters of the book and it is one part memoir, one part exploring others’ spaces that truly reflect their life stories, and one part GORGEOUS pictures of all of the above.

Just chatting with Nate. No big deal.

I did get my book signed (it’s SORT OF close to “Erika…”) but I have a grand surprise for you as well…. MY VERY FIRST BLOG GIVEAWAY!!!!!! WOOOOOO!!!

Nate signing the very book that could be yours! Enter below! :)

One of you lucky blog readers gets to win your very own signed copy of Nate Berkus’ “The Things That Matter” courtesy of yours truly! The giveaway will be open for one week so enter now! I have given you guys lots of easy ways to enter and some of them you can come back and do again tomorrow. Good luck! :)

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***I was not compensated for this giveaway nor was I provided a free copy of the book. I am just a big fan of Nate’s new book and his decorating manta. I love you all so much I wanted to share it with you, too!***



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23 Responses to "Dear Nate, You Rock My World"

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  1. Bekah

    November 9, 2012 at 10:34 am

    Sweeeeeeet!! I have yet to even see his line at target! It’s an hour away

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    • Erika

      November 9, 2012 at 10:45 am

      Thanks for entering Bekah! I haven’t seen the Target line in person either because the Targets in LA are such an ordeal. They are crowded and scary when you go on the weekends! But I will get there soon enough! :)

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  2. Christine @ Casa-de-Christine

    November 9, 2012 at 10:40 am

    Love Nate!! So jealous that you got to meet him! What a great giveaway!!

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    • Erika

      November 9, 2012 at 10:45 am

      Thanks Christine! He was very nice :)

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  3. Ashley@AttemptsAtDomestication

    November 9, 2012 at 11:04 am

    I love his new line, but our Target only has a tiny section for it! This is such an awesome giveaway Erika! You’re a sweetheart!

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    • Erika

      November 9, 2012 at 11:17 am

      Awwwww thanks Ashley! I still have to go check out the Target line in person! It’s always so picked over on the weekends.

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  4. Melanie

    November 9, 2012 at 11:11 am

    Yay! I actually had a dream last night that YHL spelled your name wrong in your book even though I told them “K”. :P

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    • Erika

      November 9, 2012 at 11:21 am

      Bahahaha! Yeah I told the girl my name (to write it on the post-it he would use to personalize the book) and I was “Erika. E.R.I.K.A.” Her response was “Ok, E.R.A.K…N?” Ummmm NO. So I knew I was in trouble from the get-go. My post it was all scribbled on and I figured he wouldn’t be able to read it. Oh, well. It’s a finny story at least.

      I joked to Walker that maybe someone named “Eraroa” will win the giveaway and I can just send them my book, pretending I was a psychic. ;)

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  5. ellesees.blogspot.com

    November 10, 2012 at 6:56 am

    loved nate for years, thanks to oprah! he’s such a cutie and a sweetie–ok, i’m just assuming the last part! i love his line at target–i had to visit 3 to see the whole gamut!

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    • Erika

      November 18, 2012 at 10:17 am

      Sorry Elle- this comment got temporarily eaten by my spam filter! :(

      He is so adorable! I know- I have to get to Target ASAP!

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  6. Vicki

    November 13, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    So jealous! I wish these cool people would visit Australia! Also learned today that you have an Etsy store, how on earth did I miss that???

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    • Erika

      November 14, 2012 at 12:27 pm

      Awww bummer! But I’m sure you get visits from awesome Aussi celebs that we don’t get to see.

      And haha yes, I have an Etsy store! Discounts to readers of the blog for holiday orders :)

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  7. Christy

    November 14, 2012 at 10:51 am

    OMG I heart Nate.

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    • Erika

      November 14, 2012 at 12:15 pm

      Haha me too Christy! :)

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  8. Nicole

    November 14, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    I am so jealous you got to meet him!!! I love him and his style!

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    • Erika

      November 14, 2012 at 2:45 pm

      Me too! But I love you more ;)

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  9. Kristen | Popcorn on the Stove

    November 15, 2012 at 7:08 am

    The Target by me gets stuff a little later than usual so I’m expecting that the Nate Stuff will be there by this weekend! Good thing since I haven’t been able to go shopping lately (lots of Sandy clean-up around me so I’m trying to minimize driving and just stay out of the way). PS – so jealous you got to meet him! He seemed like the sweetest guy on his show!

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    • Erika

      November 15, 2012 at 10:50 am

      Hey Kristen! Yayyy hopefully it will be there by the weekend. I hope everything is going well with the Sandy clean up… my heart goes out to all of the east coasters.

      He was a really nice guy! Very genuine :)

      P.S. I love your blog! I have added it to my reader!

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  10. Ash @ HumberHomeProject

    November 15, 2012 at 8:45 am

    I definitely check out all his stuff at Target – but I never really heard of him until that all came out… haha I must be a bad blogger ;)

    But after all the inspiration I found in the YHL book, I think I need to start hoarding all these decor DIY books! haha

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    • Erika

      November 15, 2012 at 11:04 am

      You aren’t a bad blogger! I heard of him because I used to take my lunch breaks around the same time his show was on… and I got hooked!

      I haven’t gotten the YHL book yet but I will in the next couple weeks! But you’re right- I’m digging the decor DIY books too! I can already hear my paycheck slipping away… ;)

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  11. Ryan Sandford

    November 15, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    Thanks for sharing this Erika, I love hearing about everyone’s encounter with Nate, they are always so positive, sadly I live in Australia so have yet to meet him, one day I hope he travels here, it would mean the world to me, it is such an amazing place and would hold great inspiration to him, thanks again. -Ryan

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    • Erika

      November 16, 2012 at 7:33 am

      Hello Ryan and welcome! It was a very positive and inspiring encounter. I will keep my fingers crossed that he adds an Australia trip to his schedule some day! :)

      Reply
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