15 Things You Didn’t Know About Nate Berkus

The story behind his son's name is so touching.

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Nate Berkus has been a fixture on daytime TV since he first appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show way back in 2002. His home decor empire has only grown since, and these days, the is giving fans an inside look at his life (and growing family!) on Nate and Jeremiah By Design. Before you start watching season two, here are 15 little-known facts about the Emmy Award-winning talk show host and designer.

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1 He's a born and (sort of) bred Californian.

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Nathan Jay Berkus was born in Orange County, California on September 17, 1971. He grew up largely in Minneapolis, but moved back to the Golden State as an adult — Berkus and his family now live in West Hollywood.

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2 He went to boarding school.

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Berkus spent at the prestigious Cushing Academy in Massachusetts, which counts Bette Davis as another famous alum. While at Cushing, he participated in school plays, was part of Model UN, and worked on the school newspaper.

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3 Interior design was always the goal.

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Berkus started designing as a child, helping his mom redecorate their family living room and spending his allowance on decorations for his bedroom. After high school, he interned in Paris at Dominique Aurientis, where he of decor and furniture.

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4 He went to college outside Chicago.

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In 1994, Berkus graduated from Lake Forest College, a private liberal arts school 30 minutes north of Chicago. He French and Sociology.

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5 He wasted no time getting started in the design world.

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While many post-grads wander a bit after college, Berkus got moving on his design empire. He opened his firm, Nate Berkus Associates, in 1995, and has been designing ever since.

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6 The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

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Berkus' creative and entrepreneurial skills make sense — his mother is designer Nancy Golden from the HGTV and DIY networks, and his dad co-founded the National Sports Collectors Convention.

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7 He survived a tragedy.

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Berkus was vacationing in Sri Lanka with his then-boyfriend, Fernando Bengoechea, when the . While Berkus survived, his partner tragically did not. Berkus recently honored Bengoechea by giving his son .

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8 He's been married for four years.

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Berkus married Jeremiah Brent, who is also an interior designer and TV personality, at the New York Public Library in May 2014. Brent and Berkus made history as the first same-sex couple to marry there, . In a 2016 interview, Berkus credited Brent with being open and accepting of his relationship with Bengoechea. "I honor that story. Our daughter will know who he was; We have pictures of him in the home," Brent .

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9 The couple has two kids.

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The Brent-Berkus clan is now a party of four! Their daughter, Poppy Brent-Berkus, was born in March 2015 via a surrogate. , the couple welcomed a son, Oskar. "It is with so much love that we welcome Oskar Brent-Berkus to our family," Berkus wrote on . "We have waited for you, we already love you, and we as a family stand on the shoulders of so many people who have made it possible for families like ours to continue to grow."

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10 He's a New York Times Bestseller.

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While you probably know him best from his design shows, Burkes has also written two books: , released in 2005, and The Things That Matter, published in 2012. He's dabbled in film, too, executive producing the Oscar-winning movie The Help.

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11 His first show only ran for two seasons.

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The Nate Berkus Show filmed nearly , centering on entertainment, lifestyle, and design. The daily talk show ran from 2010 to 2013, when it was cancelled after its second season. In , Berkus says he felt overwhelmed by the daily program, and realized it was taking away time from his other passions. "It taught me that I really do need to stop and take the time before I make a major decision like that," he said.

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12 Oprah helped launch his career.

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Speaking of Queen O, she played a big role in Berkus' success. He first appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show in 2002, and was a regular guest thereafter. His show was co-produced by Oprah's production company, Harpo Productions, and they've remained close friends.

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13 You can get his style on the cheap.

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Berkus is all about accessibility, and his design partnerships prove it. He's developed a line with Target that includes bedding, bath, home decor and baby products, as well as a fabric line for .

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14 He’s bringing his expertise to the high seas.

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Berkus recently added a new line to his resume: He's the official travel ambassador for . As an ambassador, he's working with the line on their new class of ship, Celebrity Edge, which launches this fall. "I love the idea that we can travel beautifully, and that every moment of the experience — from start to finish — is exceptional. That’s what the Edge Class is all about," Berkus said in Celebrity's announcement.

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15 'Nate and Jeremiah By Design' is back!

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The second season of Nate and Jeremiah's TLC show premiered on April 7, and airs every Saturday. The follows the couple as they balance chaotic home renovations with raising their two kids.

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