Nate Day is NOT about my pet Betta fish, Nathan (last name: Phillipsquare).
Neither is it about my partner Nate (last name: withheld) lovely though he is. (Sorry, baby.)
Nate Day is about Nate Berkus. You know, that TV designer that Oprah loves so much? Very cute. Very smiley. Did Kirstie Alley's crazy green tiled kitchen (shown), which I actually liked, by the way.
The truth is, I'm no Nate Berkus expert. But having taken a quick tour around the web to see what he's all about, I do have some thoughts about why he's pretty great. So here goes:
1. Nate mixes things up.
2. Nate makes spaces you can actually live in.
3. Last (and certainly not least), Nate's got heart.
So let's not talk about that image.
Let's talk about this other, closer, more casual shot instead:
One of the art pieces is a naturally shed tortoise shell. According to Oprah's site, Nate says it reminds him of the shell that hung above the fireplace in his childhood home. I know I have items like that. Things that don't make sense, exactly, but that I love for nostalgia's sake. Who can't relate?
Better still (and more serious) is the picture of the cactus. It may look, at first glance, generic. In fact, (also according to Oprah.com), it was given to Nate by his late partner, Fernando Bengoechea, who was killed in the 2004 Asian Tsunami. It's a heartbreaking story. And doesn't it change how you see the room and Nate himself? Knowing that these items actually mean something to him makes me like him so much more than I would if everything in his apartment was chosen because it was "perfect."
Anyway. That's all I have to say about Mr. Nate Berkus. I'm glad he's getting his own show. Nate Day has been an interesting thing to participate in. The power of Twitter in effect. It's sort of neat, no?
*Alas, I don't have credits for any of these photographs. If you own any of these images, please let me know so I can credit you appropriately. Or just tell me off and I'll take your copyright content down lickity split.