Nate Berkus Gives Us a Tour of His Home

Celebrity Style Sep. 1, 2010 AT 9:20AM

He's designed hundreds of spaces for the Oprah Winfrey Show, but now Nate Berkus is taking behind the scenes of his latest makeover -- his own New York City apartment!

Relocating to the city from Chicago to tape his syndicated design series, The Nate Berkus Show, premiering Sept. 13, Berkus, 38, moved into a two-bedroom apartment in NYC's Chelsea neighborhood.

To give the ultra-modern 1,700-square-foot rental a cozy feel, Berkus relied on natural materials, antiques and "things that have meaning, like gifts from friends," he says. (Take a video tour of his space, above.)

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One of Berkus' favorite pieces: a leather rhinoceros that was a wedding gift to the designer's parents, who divorced when he was 18-months-old.

"It ended up in the basement of my mother's house in Minnesota," Berkus says of the item that is now displayed in his foyer. "I looked at it one day when I was home and 10 years ago, my mother gave it to me. It's always been with me in every home I've moved to."

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The designer's top tip to furnish your digs on a budget?

"The flea market is the best place in the world," he tells Us. "When you've got that bookshelf that seems so intimidating [to fill], you can buy things for $3 or $4 -- whether they're vases or little storage boxes or vintage coffee table books -- those are the things that really rise up in your home and tell the story of who you are. I would never go in and design something with all new things."

For more photos of Berkus's luxe apartment -- complete with views of the Hudson River and Statue of Liberty -- pick up the new issue of Us Weekly, on stands today!

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