At Home with Nate Berkus in Milan

Although this article was originally printed in the August 2009 issue of Elle Decor, it's simple, elegant design shows exactly how Nate Berkus achieves the timeless design he is so well known for. The home of Nate Berkus and ex-partner Brian Atwood in Milan, Italy is styled and decorated to perfection featuring structured lamps, sculptures, leather furniture, timber floors, feature walls and floor to ceiling windows flooding the home with light. 

Image Credit: Simon Upton for Elle Decor US.

The living area was was renovated by architect Matteo Bermani and decorated by Nate Berkus.

The living area was was renovated by architect Matteo Bermani and decorated by Nate Berkus.

The plaster moldings in the hall are original to the building, and the ’70s mirror is in the style of Paul Evans.

The plaster moldings in the hall are original to the building, and the ’70s mirror is in the style of Paul Evans.

Martinique wallpaper is an iconic pattern from the Beverly Hills Hotel

Martinique wallpaper is an iconic pattern from the Beverly Hills Hotel

The paved slate tiles add a depth to the kitchen.

The paved slate tiles add a depth to the kitchen.


The circa-1970 desk and vintage swivel chair are the key pieces of the vintage inspired room. 

In the studio’s library, vintage posters and a Chris von Wangenheim photograph are propped on ebony bookcases, and the table is a 1970s Piero Pinto design.

In the studio’s library, vintage posters and a Chris von Wangenheim photograph are propped on ebony bookcases, and the table is a 1970s Piero Pinto design.

In the master bedroom, a Serge Mouille light fixture is suspended over a bed dressed in linens by Nate Berkus for HSN

In the master bedroom, a Serge Mouille light fixture is suspended over a bed dressed in linens by Nate Berkus for HSN

Atwood’s spring/summer 2009 designs for his own label are displayed on custom shelving and an ebony-and-horn table in the showroom; the zebra rug is vintage, and the fruitwood chairs are antique.

Atwood’s spring/summer 2009 designs for his own label are displayed on custom shelving and an ebony-and-horn table in the showroom; the zebra rug is vintage, and the fruitwood chairs are antique.

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The walls and floor in the bath are paved in slate tile.

The walls and floor in the bath are paved in slate tile.

The dressing room features a daybed by Poul Kjaerholm

The dressing room features a daybed by Poul Kjaerholm