• About 80 percent of the stuff I live with is old. I like letting things take on the character they’re meant to have by really being used. … when you own things that have the imperfections they deserve, that they’ve earned from a well-lived life, it frees you from feeling as though they’re untouchable.

    "Nate Berkus: Why You Should Break the Rules When Decorating Your Home". Interview with Lisa Kogan, February 8, 2011.