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”For him, the spot for both of those things is the sun-drenched living room, where a worldly mix of mostly vintage furnishings—roomy 1960s club chairs, a Jansen brass cocktail table with a smoked-glass top, a ’70s sofa seemingly designed for slumping—is inviting as well as stylish. “It’s the epitome of serenity to me.”Something the couple agreed should be a focal point in the home is a handwoven photograph of Joshua Tree National Park by Fernando Bengoechea, Berkus’s former partner who died in the 2004 tsunami that struck Thailand. “So we put it in the center of our house, Poppy’s playroom.” Adds Berkus, “Everyone should be able to sit in a room with pieces that spark memories.
If you create the feeling that a home is a vessel for stories and memories, you have succeeded.”The designers consider their home a great gift.
It’s the beautiful stretch just above Washington Square Park, where the avenue begins and the surrounding prewar buildings are prized by those who seek elegance but also cherish the vitality, diversity, and cultural heritage of Greenwich Village.
When interior designers Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent set out to find a new home, lower Fifth was at the top of their list.“This neighborhood, particularly the blocks around West 11th and West 10th streets, has a unique magic,” says Berkus, who rose to fame as Oprah Winfrey’s home-design guru and has since hosted two TV shows (most recently, on NBC last year) while overseeing a busy interiors firm.
The couple also felt strongly about living in the Village, where Berkus owned a residence ( November 2012).
When he and Brent began dating a few years ago, Berkus was based in New York.
Brent and his burgeoning design business, meanwhile, were in Los Angeles.
“Where will I hold my daughter on Saturday mornings?
Where will my husband and I sit and reflect and recharge? Which is why I also put a Canary Island dragon tree in the room.”Berkus, for his part, is especially fond of the master bedroom, a study in neutrals, with a vintage low table and floor lamps adding softly shimmering brass accents.
Finding a three-bedroom in a prewar doorman building in this neighborhood, however, can require some luck.