If there is one rule to design, it’s embracing impermanence. Just as in life change is inevitable, and being open to evolution at home is also critical. It’s not until you live in a space, until you move through each room, experience every nook, and appreciate every crevice, that you realize, perhaps the spaces you created based on moments you imagined there, are actually happening in opposite rooms.
This is what happened to interior designers, Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent a few weeks after moving into their Los Angeles home. Suddenly, the formal dining room with its grand oak millwork felt incongruent to the way they live: “We never had one dinner in there,” recalls Jeremiah. And so the pair went ahead and transformed the space into a rich and cozy library, and overhauled a transitional room nearby to be their dining room for entertaining guests. It’s as Athena writes in her book, Live Beautiful: “Sometimes, we need to live in a home for a bit to really understand the space’s true potential and what changes can be made to live our best life between its walls.”
This week, we continue the celebration of Live Beautiful’s one year anniversary with exclusive, unpublished pages. Read on for a special rapid fire interview and curated collage designed by Jeremiah and Nate for the book and indulge in their impeccably curated, well-traveled, and soulfully executed taste level.