I’ve known interior designer Nate Berkus since I moved to Chicago a decade ago. A story about Nate’s former Old Town rowhouse was the first magazine feature I ever wrote, and we’ve sat down for plenty of interviews since. After his many Oprah appearances, wherein scores of suburban soccer moms swooned for Nate’s piercing blue eyes, it’s no surprise that he has his own program, The Nate Berkus Show, which began airing this month.
We get a tour of Elizabeth Edwards’ cozy North Carolina home. She shows a picture of herself with John Edwards and says, “I look at a photo like this that’s taken in October 2006, and he’s looking at me with such affection. I can only wonder what might have been really going on. I may never know.” Nate and Elizabeth walk down a hallway and she points to another black-and-white photo of the once-happy couple. “There are some family pictures I’m not entirely sure what to do with yet,” she says. “What do you do with that?” ventures Nate. Elizabeth replies with a piece of advice from a friend: “Never have your portrait painted with somebody to whom you’re not related by blood.” The Elizabeth Edwards interview is clearly the coup of the week, and pretty serious for a Friday. Inspirational quotes are exchanged, along with a few design tips. Nate tells Elizabeth the wood of her entertainment center is too dark, and suggests “painting it out” and papering the back of the case.