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BHG Guest Blogger

American Dream Builders: Small Homes, Big Style

 

 

This season on #DreamBuilders we’ve seen our competitors reach for their highest creative limits, and the headline of that is that the best is yet to come, and YOU arrived to the party just in time to catch it!  We’ve watched them brave the elements, and then each other, all while pulling off the BIGGEST home transformations I’ve ever seen on Prime Time TV…and you know what, I’m loving every minute of it — not because I’m the host, but because it’s design at its inspired best returned to TV!

 

 


This week our contestants face what most of you contend with everyday…SPACE or lack thereof. Divided into four teams of two, they were each issued a modular home and given one direction: get as much style into this small space as you can. And guess what? They delivered BIG time. Along the way they found real small space innovations and inspired ideas that we can all takeaway at home. One being that real-sized furniture works best even in a small space. Small scale makes the room even smaller.

On top of that, for this episode we up’ed the ante by welcoming the BH&G editors on set to give their input and pick a space to feature in the pages of the magazine. Make no mistake, four editors staring you down made the stress even more palpable. To say the least, our contestants were definitely feeling the pressure!

 

So, you’ll have to tune on Sunday night at 8/7c and tell me what you think! Make sure to include me (@nateberkus) and @BHG in your tweet so we can talk all about it!


BHG Guest Blogger

Nate Berkus: American Dream Builders

 

The first thing people ask me when they see me, or on my Facebook page, is…Nate, please come to my house! Because how we live really matters. Period, the end. It’s about living with what you love, in a space that reflects who you truly are. This show is about bringing high design back to television…design that I hope inspires people to think about their spaces in a new way. And that’s what you see on the show. Talented, passionate designers who are fighting for their point of view. Some of the choices you will love, some you won’t. And that’s the thing with design, it should always be about what feels good, about what speaks to you. That being said, there are rules…things that can help turn an okay space into a room that really feels special.

 

 

 

 

I love this living room transformation from last week’s episode. The mistake people often make is thinking they need 20 pieces in a room. But the thing is, if it’s well-chosen and edited, fewer pieces are fine. In this space they edited the book case and left only a few curated objects. I might not have made that choice but it certainly hits home the fact that more than books can live on your shelves. In fact,  that’s one of the take aways for me doing this show;  sometimes less really is more. People also think that they have to be adventurous with paint. If that’s what you love, I say do it. But freshly painted white walls will never go out of fashion. Keep to the same hues when you add color, like the grey and purple accents here. And don’t forget lighting. People, I can’t say it often enough…it’s one of the most important things to think about. Go flea market shopping and pick up vintage sconces or brass lamps. These are the details that will bring the room together. That will make it feel layered. And like a room you love to come home to.


 

How great is this wallpaper! Absolutely perfect for a kid’s room…that was my greatest takeaway here. It feels fresh, fun…but also chic. And a space that they can grow into. That’s important. You want your child’s room to evolve with them. I also love the seating area. A place they can do homework, or read a book. It’s about creating a beautiful space, yes. But also, is this practical…does this space serve us? This is actually a pretty small room. But proof that you don’t need a lot of space to live well.

 

I can’t wait for you all to tune in and watch the second episode of American Dream Builders on Sunday night at 8/7c on NBC. I would love to hear what your favorite rooms are; what you’d love to recreate and why.

 


Style Spotter Editor

Video Interview with Designer Nate Berkus!

 

Hi everyone, Joanna Linberg here! A few months ago, I was lucky enough to interview designer Nate Berkus for the Chocolate and Caramel color story in our November issue (out now with a shot of one of Nate’s rooms!). Truly, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more warm, down-to-earth guy. After we were done talking color, I got the inside scoop on his new line for Target (the tortoise shell was inspired by one his mom picked up street-side in Mexico on her honeymoon), his book, The Things that Matter, and we set a date to talk on camera for all of you here.

 

Watch below to see what Nate has to say about bringing personality to your home, plus the answer to a special reader question!

 

 

Note: This giveaway has ended.

Nate and Target are also generously offering our blog readers a chance to win all the accessories you need to give your bathroom a major sophistication boost!  To enter, leave a comment on this post telling us which item matters most in your home.   On Tuesday October 16, we’ll conduct a random drawing from the entries received to select a winner.  For another opportunity to win, connect with us on Twitter and re-tweet the giveaway announcement tweet marked with the hashtag #NatePrize.  See the official contest rules here.

 

Best of luck!   –Joanna Linberg, Associate Home Design Editor
 Better Homes and Gardens