My New York Trip to the Nate Berkus Show

August 17, 2011 10 Comments »
My New York Trip to the Nate Berkus Show

For the last few weeks I have been really excited about meeting interior designer extraordinaire Nate Berkus and yesterday I finally got my chance.

The Nate Berkus show staff flew me and my mom out to New York for one day to discuss a household item she gave me. And it was up to Nate to make the situation all better.

Me and my mom after hair and make-up. They really did me up. Don't I look GORGEOUS!

We taped our segment and it flew by fast. If you blink you might miss it! That was a surprise. TV time REALLY goes by a lot quicker than what we see! I did get to hug Nate twice, so I’m happy about that. Wish I could tell you what happened but I can’t. You’ll have to wait until September to find out. But it’s funny. In fact with all the cameras and everything going on I don’t even remember. Being in front of TV cameras is pretty overwhelming – for real. It was such a whirlwind I actually forgot to take a picture with Nate! But it doesn’t matter. I have video that will last me a lifetime.

Family and close friends know that one of the things I LOVE to do is decorate when I have time and the budget for it. And much of what I do has been inspired, conducted and virtually orchestrated by my TV-best friend, Nate Berkus.
I have watched Nate for eight years on Oprah and used to dream about meeting him and perhaps having him one day decorate my home in some way.

See, told ya that dreams really do come true!

In Atlanta his show comes on at 6 p.m. on WATL channel 36 on Direct TV. There’s just something about the man. He’s so down-to-earth like I could sit in my fluffy slippers and tell him my deepest secrets while sharing my Camicakes with him.

And he knows his stuff about decorating and has convinced me that I can do projects myself and find items that are cost-effective. With the help of Nate (and Home Depot) I actually put a stone back-splash up myself without any help from my husband. And I actually attempted to stain my kitchen cabinets. OK, I did botch that job and had to hire painters to come in and fix it, but I gave it a try because Nate said I could. Now I didn’t say I was as good as Nate. Hardly. But I’m willing to give it all I got. From painting to patio projects, five years after we moved in, my husband and I are still putting the finishing touches on our home.

And Nate has taught me to find cheap solutions to decorating dilemmas. Like the fact that I have 17-20 feet of window space that was extremely hard to find curtains for, so I got fabric cut at the fabric store, and just had the cleaners taper the edges.

A view of my family room from upstairs. The curtains are about 17+ feet long

The whole project cost me about $100 bucks. Otherwise, finding custom curtains that length would have cost me at least $5,000. Now that I’ve had trial and error I will try different colors and textures.

There are so many projects I still have to do at home so I stay tuned to Nate to help me along. My back yard is huge and I really need help getting that area together. Nate is really great at helping folks change or tweak what they already have. Nate is good at helping you envision how to re-purpose an area or item. That’s what Nate will be helping me with on his show.

I want to thank a few people for making my day in NYC a success. First I want to thank my mom who appeared on the show with me because she was the root of the decorating dilemma and thanks to my sister Chanel for hanging out too.

Thank you to my girlfriend stylist Tikia Percell of Eye Candii Styles in Philly. Check her out HERE. Tikia didn’t get a chance to style me for the show, but her clothes are fly and very couture and I will have to pick up a few pieces soon.


Stephanie, Me and Tikia

And thanks to Stephanie Lynn of Mijorne Jewelry for letting me borrow the beautiful jewelry for the show. Check her website out HERE. These ladies are doing big things in Philadelphia. Shout out to my daughter Kaelani for doing my hair. She’s 18 and did a great job and shoutout to Ashley J at New York & Co. in Arbor Mall for helping me pick out the cute blouse.

It was a fun day in New York and I am still reeling from the experience. The show will air in September and I will post and let you know the exact date when the folks at the Nate show tell me.

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  1. jewel August 17, 2011 at 3:09 pm -

    Awww, you look sooooo beautiful. I can’t wait to see it.

  2. cincomom August 17, 2011 at 7:34 pm -

    Thank you Jewel!

  3. tami August 18, 2011 at 5:21 am -

    Im so happy for you! Go girl and love your hair!

  4. Nia August 18, 2011 at 10:53 am -

    That’s great, Kia!!! When will the show air in the Philly/NYC market? Please let me know so I don’t miss you guys!!!

  5. cincomom August 18, 2011 at 2:43 pm -

    Hey Nia! I will definitely let you know!! I have to give you a call!

  6. cincomom August 18, 2011 at 2:43 pm -

    Thank you Tami! My 18-year-old did my hair! Saved me a lot! lol

  7. Marlene August 21, 2011 at 3:47 pm -

    This is awesome right there! You all look gorgeous.

    And so cool that you met Nate! Must have been a great feeling.

  8. cincomom August 22, 2011 at 9:26 am -

    Thanks Marlene! It was awesome! Nate was SO nice! I just love him even more!!

  9. Ann October 13, 2011 at 9:31 am -

    What an awesome adventure…you look gorgeous!

  10. cincomom October 20, 2011 at 6:17 pm -

    Thank you Ann!