Oprah Winfrey & Nate BerkusOprah Winfrey recently sat down with her favorite designer boyfriend Nate Berkus to talk about her design style -- but mostly, we think, just to give us a drool-worthy glimpse at how the other half live. In the interview, we are given the utmost privilege of peeping in on Nate and Oprah in her garden teahouse (for the love of God!) and listening to Oprah wax poetic about how she never quite felt "at home" in her first fancy Chicago penthouse or her Fisher Island condo, which Nate calls a "glass box" that overlooked the ocean in Florida (sounds awful).
Oh, Oprah. That must have been so hard for you. Living in a gazillion dollar abode that didn't fit your soul "just right."
Hahaha. I'm just giving you the business, Oprah. Well, sort of.
I believe you speak truth even if I'll never have the millions to find out for myself. However, I totally believe you when you say that with money and success comes interior decorators who don't care at all what "home" means to you. It also comes with all-white interiors, glass tables, and lots of chrome because, "You do what you think is fancy."
Oprah then explains how her design life evolved with her growing self awareness, the kind only money can buy:
All of life and particularly your design life is about growing into what is really your own style. Your style is developed based upon how you grew up. And so, because I grew up surrounded by the earth and the red earth [and] a lot of trees in Mississippi Flats, I have the need to feel a sense of groundedness. And when I'm just looking at water, I never felt like I was grounded. I felt like I was missing something. It didn't feel like 'I am home.'
We get it, Oprah. Living in a beautiful home with lots of "pretty thangs" probably feels really weird at first. The first not-too-humble abode of one's life probably always takes some getting used to.
And then, just when Oprah almost has us hooked into pitying her for her big, huge houses that made her feel empty inside, Nate jumps in to back her up with his interior decorating psychobabble:
You couldn't stand solidly.
Oh no you didn't, Nate. Forget this ... I'm out of here.
WATCH Oprah and Nate Berkus talk about her design life:
What do you need to feel "at home"?
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