All in good taste
‘The Nate Berkus Show’ is designed to make everyday life easier, more
attractive and less expensive.
Nate Berkus Show Photo: MCT
If you liked him on Oprah, you’ll love him on his own show. And if you’ve never
seen him, now’s your chance.
The affable, amiable, adorable (and Jewish)
interior designer Nate Berkus has a daily program, which airs on the Good Life
Channel (HOT 41), and it’s a total delight. Filled with tips, advice, celebrity
guests and every kind of home and lifestyle improvement imaginable, The Nate
Berkus Show addresses everything you’d want to know about everything – from
organizing your closets and decorating any room in your home to cooking,
cleaning, shopping, dressing and economizing.
In fact, it is everything I
would have wanted The Martha Stewart Show to be but never was. When her show
aired on our channels, I was so disappointed in it because it focused mainly on
With so many cooking shows already on the air, I expected the
doyenne of design to favor us with the decorating tricks of the trade on which
she had built her reputation. Well, we get that in spades with the genial,
charming and talented Mr. B.
I have only seen a few episodes so far, but
already I have learned a lot.
Dedicating to helping people improve their
surroundings, the 41-year-old designer invites viewers to e-mail him their
design dilemmas. In every show, he selects one and offers a
Equipped with a computerized device that he calls his instant
design studio, he reconfigures the viewer’s room on a virtual screen,
rearranging the furniture and adding the accessories such as curtains, carpets
Organizing and decluttering is another issue he tackles,
calling on the expertise of professionals in the field to advise his viewers on
how to straighten up any room in the house. The rule of thumb, says one of the
experts, is to create SPACE. To do that, you Sort, Purge, Assign, Containerize
To save space in the freezer, guest Jamie Lee Curtis
offered a very helpful hint. When you freeze soups or sauces, put the portions
in Ziplock bags, label them, flatten the bags and stand them upright in a
plastic box or a freezer drawer like a set of file folders. Brilliant! Cleaning,
another favorite topic but a not-so-favorite task, is handled by other
One of the experts shared some of these cleaning tips. To
remove Magic Marker “artwork” from a wall, use hairspray and wipe it
To clean up crayon mess, use toothpaste (not gel). To eliminate
water stains from wood, buff the wood along the grain with a paste made from
ashes (from a fireplace, perhaps) and water. And if your cellphone is dropped
into the toilet or a sinkful of water, do not despair. Take out the battery, dry
it off for 10 minutes, then place the battery in a bowl of uncooked rice for 24
hours, and the rice will absorb all the moisture.
In another episode,
celebrity chef Katie Lee took a viewer shopping for a special dinner party – not
for food but for items with which to decorate the dinner table. She took her to
a Dollar Store (similar to our NIS 2 stores), and selecting attractive but
inexpensive items, Lee set a table that looked truly elegant and
Other shows deal with cooking nutritious food that kids will
like, creating cozy niches in a small space in the home, as well as fashion,
finances, relationships and many other facets of daily life.
current economic situation, most of the tips and advice given on the show are
based on doing more but paying less.
If you don’t get to watch all the
programs, you can find the tips, recipes, design ideas, etc., on Berkus’s
Can’t wait to see what he comes up with
The Nate Berkus Show airs on The Good Life Channel (HOT 41) every
weekday at 6:30 p.m. and 00:30.