Now we all know that Nate Berkus Associates is an interior design firm and not a fashion house. So why does the team dress like they’re top contenders for American’s Next Top Stylist? Easy. It’s all related. Dressing yourself, like dressing your home, is an expression of your personal style.
We asked three of NBA’s fashion plates to share their wisdom on how to connect the dots between what’s in your closet and the rest of your home.
NATE SAYS: Be yourself, and accessorize boldly
I’d describe my style as classic with a twist. Jeremiah would describe it as ‘you need new clothes.’ I keep an eye on trends, but always stay true to what I know works for me. I’m also a big fan of an accessory that changes the look of basics. I’ve been wearing these shoes made of Kilim rugs everywhere lately – they make khakis or jeans look completely different. And you could do the same thing by replacing a piece of art in your home with something like an ornate gilded mirror. It’s one small change, but everything looks updated.
LAUREN ALLAN SAYS: Let your clothes lead your imagination
“I love fashion – it’s an incredible opportunity to express yourself. I dress up every day and this attitude affects everything I do – the way I sketch, put together a room, and communicate with clients. I’m so inspired by Iris Apfel’s wit and style – as she says, ‘when you don’t dress like everyone else, you don’t have to think like everyone else.’”
LAUREN BUXBAUM GORDON SAYS: Embrace the mix
“Fashion’s influence on interiors is wide-ranging, and impacts the fiscal side of things as well. For example, you’ll never find me in designer clothing from head to toe, but rather in a combination of high and low. That’s how we design a space too – no matter the budget. We always throw in catalog goods and inexpensive vintage finds to help your home feel warmer, more collected, layered, and unique.”
Lead portrait courtesy of Nate Berkus Associates; Lauren Allan and Lauren Buxbaum Gordon photography by Heather Talbert