Nate Berkus is in My Dining Room

Okay, so Nate is not actually in my dining room. (I wish!) He is here, however, in design spirit and that’s good enough for me. Let me explain. A few weeks ago I got an email from my friends at Target asking if I wanted to work on a mini-redesign in my house with Nate Berkus and his exclusive collection with Target. Well, after I made sure I wasn’t dreaming and had myself a little freak out, I responded yes and had a call scheduled with him two days later.

Nate Berkus in My Dining Room | Inspired by charm

The folks at Target asked me to pick a room in my house that needed a little refresh. Nate would review pictures and offer suggestions and products during the call. As I’ve mentioned here on IBC, my style has shifted over the past few months. It didn’t take long for me to notice that my dining room could benefit from a little refresh. Basically, I was thinking a few new amazing accessories from his collection would certainly do the trick.

Nate Berkus in My Dining Room | Inspired by charm

It was a Friday morning when Nate called. (And yes, I was completely nervous and probably made a fool of myself on the phone.) To my surprise, Nate had bigger plans for my dining room. His first suggestion was to paint. Honestly, that threw me a bit since I had no intention of painting my dining room. Plus, he wanted me to paint my dining room a dark gray, Dior Gray to be exact. He also had other suggestions for improvement, including moving a few pieces of furniture around and adding in some new accessories. He did, however, say that he loved my curtain panels, which totally made my day because I made them myself a few years ago. Point for Michael! And I have to say, even from the ten-minute call I had with him. he is as kind, genuine, and friendly as you would expect. When the call ended, I was both ridiculously excited and totally nervous. Did I really just talk to Nate Berkus?

Nate Berkus in My Dining Room | Inspired by charm

Anyway, I was honestly most anxious about the paint change. I have had and loved this dining room for so long. However, I put my trust in Nate and went for it! And I’m oh so happy that I did!

Nate Berkus in My Dining Room | Inspired by charm

As you can see, the color, furniture changes, and bold accessories have given me a whole new space. I’m totally in love.

Nate Berkus in My Dining Room | Inspired by charm

As much as I loved my bright yellow dining room, this change is so welcome. Paired with the white molding and touches of green and gold, the gray walls are totally chic. while still warm and inviting.

Nate Berkus in My Dining Room | Inspired by charm

To help me bring this new look together, Target provided many pieces from Nate’s new Spring 2014 collection. You guys know I’ve been a fan of Nate’s designs for some time and I’m especially loving this collection. Everything seems to have a modern twist with lots of graphic patterns, yet it still feels unique and collected. Plus, it’s so affordable. Part of Nate’s philosophy is that a home should be a reflection of the people who live there. So, I used the new pieces that I love and mixed them in with lots of things I already owned.

Nate Berkus in My Dining Room | Inspired by charm

I think I was most excited to get this gold table lamp. Partially because it’s freaking stunning, but I’ve also been looking for a way to include more light in this room since I moved in five years ago.

Nate Berkus in My Dining Room | Inspired by charm

I actually DIY’d the table it’s on. Nate originally suggested using his Hexagonal Side Table (which I love), but it didn’t fit with my radiator. So I designed my own table to match his. It fits perfectly and is super functional.

Nate Berkus in My Dining Room | Inspired by charm

Lots of other accessories add color, texture, and sparkle.

Nate Berkus in My Dining Room | Inspired by charm

It was such a fun challenge accessorizing this space, but I think I pretty good job!

Nate Berkus in My Dining Room | Inspired by charm

A few plants were also necessary for a new spring dining room. I’m loving this orchid I picked up from ProFlowers. It was the perfect finishing touch. I also moved one of my fiddle leaf figs to this space in a new seagrass basket. The pattern and texture on this piece make it a killer!

Nate Berkus in My Dining Room | Inspired by charm

Nate Berkus 2014 Spring Collection at Target:
Earthenware Vase // Decorative Seagrass Basket // Gold Table Lamp and Shade // Gold Star Burst Perforated Candle Holders // Turtle Box // Crater Tray // Stoneware Yellow Vase

Nate Berkus in My Dining Room | Inspired by charm

All-in-all, I’m loving the sophisticated space. I’m so thankful to Nate and Target for this amazing opportunity. It truly is a highlight of my blogging career! What do you think of my dining room’s new look?

This post was created as part of my collaboration with Target. As always, the thoughts and ideas are my own.

  1. Michael – it’s beautiful! It looks so effortless, like it has been compiled over time! In a good way! It’s really sharp!

    • Thank you so much Jason! That’s the perfect compliment. And, in a way, it was. :)

      xo Michael

  2. Michael, A new color for YOUR dining room. (It’s so different from the B&B dining room.) I’m definitely drooling!

  3. That smokey blue on the walls is so lovely and everything looks perfectly placed, without looking placed. The warm wood, crisp white trims and that little green chest all play together so well. The Nate touches make everything sparkle just right. You’ve got the touch!!

    • Well said Shannon! Thank you so much! It’s funny because the gray seems more blue in the pictures, but it really isn’t ALL that blue.

      xo Michael

  4. It turned out beautifully! I am really loving everything gray. Sounds like a fun experience for you. I have always thought Nate Berkus seemed like the sweetest guy. I think you AND Nate need to come and make over my entire house:)

  5. Very exciting! I love the Dior Gray and it might be the solution to one of my decor problems, if I can get more light into my room. Very stylish accessories – so well done, Michael. I also like trying to say fiddle leaf figs out loud after reading it . . . :)

  6. Hi Michael~

    I would have said “never!” with the rug, curtain, and wall color… NEVER! but
    it looks incredible! You rock! So does Nate~what a pair! Congrats!

    Your friend : ) Cynthia

  7. It looks amazeballs! I just painted my bedroom a really similar color and man does this give me some great ideas about accessorizing the space. Love Nate and love YOU! Thanks for sharing.

  8. Your new dining room is stunning!! I especially love the the gold starbursts on the wall. I am a huge fan of starbursts. :-) And that gold lamp is beautiful. Even the turtle is cute!

    • Thanks so much Tarmara. All of the gold accents and such a wonderful sparkle to the room.

      xo Michael

  9. That is just crazy that you got to talk to The Nate Berkus!! I would have to go lay down after that phone call! Congrats to you!! You’re room looks amazing and I love all the new accessories from Target and will be going shopping at Target soon! Love the Dior Gray wall color too!!
    Thanks for sharing with all of us your Nate experience!
    XO,
    Kathy

    • Tell me about it! It was so surreal. I’m so happy with the changes though. Some risks are worth taking.

      xo Michael

  10. Love the new look! That wall color is fabulous. I just painted my master bedroom a similar color and was worried about it at first, but it turned out gorgeous! And that little turtle shell trinket – I die. Love it all! Nate’s line at Target always has me drooling!

  11. Looks incredible! Love the paint and the wainscoting. Where did you find the tall brass candleholders on the table? Also obsessed with the black wishbone chairs. Cheers!

    • Thanks a million Gretchen! They are actually from Target too. I got them last Fall, I’m not sure if they still carry them or not.

      xo Michael

  12. You talked to Nate Berkus. On the phone. Shall I reach through the monitor and slap you just to make sure it’s reality?!?! I’m so happy for you- what a great opportunity. And I love that wall color with the pops of white and gold. I went dark in one room and I absolutely love it. So excited to see where your new style leads!

  13. I don’t normally feel very ga-ga about any celebrity but, I swear, I probably would have fainted if I was to speak to Nate. I have followed him ever since he first started showing up on Oprah. He just seems so genuinely lovely and I am so glad to hear he might really be like that. SO EXCITING! That gray looks absolutely STUNNING. With all the white trim and rich wood and that pop of green, oh my. If I had a room that got any light I would totally steal your room. Gorgeous!

  14. Michael, I really love the new dining room! However, I imagine Nate was rather giddy at having the chance to work with YOU! Believe it or not, I had never heard of him until I saw his name on your blog. I admit I am not a regular shopper at Target but have become more so since seeing your blog. You have amazing taste, and I enjoy following you on your blog, Pinterest, and Twitter!

    • Haha. That makes my day! You heard about me before you heard about Nate? Point for Michael. ;)

      And thank you so much for your super sweet compliments. They made my day.

      xo Michael

  15. Love this! You have done a great transformation! I too love Nate’s ideas! The grey is striking! I guess gold is back! Nice job! Thanks for being an inspiration to all of us!

  16. Hey Michael! I love your ideas and visit your blog often! My husband and I are going to be building our home in the near future, and I will def. use you as an inspiration! Keep up the excellent work!!

  17. It is absolutely beautiful. Seriously, that grey is stunning. For the record, it would be just as exciting to have Michael Wurm Jr. giving me advice!

  18. Michael, the room looks amazing! I saw your posts right after getting off the phone with Nate and your reluctance on the color change. The update though, is incredible and the contrast of the dark walls with the white mouldings is beautiful. I also appreciate that you still have a lot of YOU in the room mixing in old elements with the new – like your cuckoo clock. I also admire, which is my design aesthetic too, the mix of design styles like your neoclassic chairs at the window with more modern chairs at the traditional style table. Great Space! Can you give Nate my number??? Pretty Please!
    xo
    Jenna

  19. LOVE the new dining room paint color and all of the new accessories are perfection! And being able to have a little chat with Nate Berkus – amazing. I don’t think I would have been able to get a word out of my mouth…

  20. I was a bit upset at the idea of painting your wonderfully cheerful dining room……but it looks AMAZING!!! I love the grey with the crisp white trim, green cabinet and warm wood dining table…..plus a few dashes of gold. Wonderful combination. The only thing that does bother me is the rug……I like the patter but not the brownish colour. I find it blends in too much with the table and floors and leave it feeling a little blah down there. But that’s just me. As long as you love it that is all that matters! Great job :)

  21. I am in LOVE with the wall color! It makes everything pop. Especially those killer curtains. I really like the turtle shell dish. I don’t know exactly why, there’s just something unique and different and very unexpected about it. Plus the texture and tones. One day, when I don’t have toddlers in the house, my house will be pretty like yours!

  22. How exciting! The room looks fantastic. I LOVE the dark gray walls with splashes of white — so fresh, polished and sophisticated. Just pinned for myself down the road! Congrats on such an awesome opportunity!

  23. So glad that he loved your curtain panels! I know that had to be a great feeling. Enjoy your room and thanks for sharing with us!

  24. The room looks great! I really love the walls and your dining chairs are gorgeous!

    I have been wanting to get a plant for my house and I’ve seen a lot of homes online with Fiddle Leafs and have heard they are pretty easy to care for. Do your cats bother them? I am nervous about that because I think they are poisonous to kitties. Thank you!

  25. I’m loving the color on the wall……I think it goes so well with the style you have migrated to. The white trim and accessories and the pops of green in the room really make the whole space come together. What an incredible experience to have Nate Berkus help you design a room in your house! (even more exciting is to have him compliment the curtains you made yourself!!!) It’s so fun to watch your style change and see how you are transforming your home……every room (or at least those that we see!) goes together so well and looks totally like they’ve had your touch!!!

  26. Amazing! I love the color makes everything pop in a bold but welcoming new way. You and Nate are fabulous designers. Thank you for sharing your talents with the world. I look forward to reading your posts. Thanks again!

  27. Nate and Michael make quite the team! Loving the color and the entire room all pulled together. It is stunning! And it seams to flow nicely with the style you have going on in your new living room. So many beautiful details!

  28. LOVE it! I think my search for a dining room color might be solved! My hubby painted our DR already, but it’s not *right*. Too blue. And my chandelier is very similar to yours :) I might have to hang some shelves like you have! :)

  29. Michael:

    Looks like it came right out of a magazine. LOVE it. Where did you get the gold starbursts on the wall or are they a DIY?

    • What a compliment! Thanks Suzanne. The starbursts are from the Nate Berkus Collection at Target. There is a link to them at the bottom of the post.

      xo Michael

  30. Just started reading your blog!!! Where have you been all my life??? Haha!
    Love everything I see, this dining room is FABulous!
    Thanks for the inspiration,
    Kate

  31. Wow! Talk about a ‘pinch me’ moment-how special!

    I absolutely love the dark gray- it’s so sophisticated and feels like such a cozy space to eat now. The gold touches= amazing!

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  34. Will you please tell me more about the window treatments? I love the whole look.
    Melissa

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