Inside this Chicago high-rise, an eclectically decked dining room evokes a contrasting tone against its urban surround. Velvet green dining chairs with sleek gold legs pair well with the rustic wooden table while an ornate chandelier inspires a more glamorous tone to the room. A vibrantly abstract piece of wall art provides a unifying element within the decorative accents of the space as the table, decked with an assortment of worldly vases and sculptures, effortlessly completes the look. Yep, the floor-to-ceiling windows are also a big help!
A neutral decor scheme can have its challenges, especially when it comes to establishing a visually defined interior. We took a peek inside Berkus’s own Manhattan hideaway (which he obviously designed) and barely even noticed the lack of color attributed to the decor. Instead, we could hardly take our eyes off of the intricate details of the modern interior filled with natural textures and cozy elements.
In the ivory-painted living room, a subtly patterned rug manages to steal the focus from the assortment of natural and metallic materials which the furnishings are composed of. The reclaimed wood console, silver tufted sofa, and patina-esque brass coffee table somehow seamlessly blend together, forming a relatively cohesive aesthetic.
Sleek subway tiles, brushed copper surfaces, and butcher’s block countertops transform the almost exclusively black scheme in Berkus’s mod Manhattan kitchen into a surprisingly light and airy space. We could just picture ourselves enjoying a morning coffee on the sleek, cushioned stools!
We are still not over the marble and brass trend, especially after seeing Berkus’ stunning double bath! Note the very chic matte black clawfoot tub in the corner and the contrast between the marble surround and rustic wood flooring. A thematically-appropriate print in a sepia finish completes the look.
See more of this Manhattan penthouse here.
photography: Douglas Friedman
published: Architectural Digest, October 2015
photography: Brittany Ambridge
published: Domino, Holiday 2013
Consider this an oldie but a goodie. Berkus and husband Jeremiah Brent, took on the challenge of elevating a typical black and white decor scheme (and completely succeeded at it, by the way) by incorporating a slew of metallic gold details and globally-inspired textiles into the mix. The cozy sheepskin throws not only soften the intensity of the streamlined decor scheme, they also contribute a dynamic layer to the space, complementing the Moroccan-inspired floor piece.
A matte black counter surround pairs perfectly with the stainless steel countertops of this mod kitchen, appropriately outfitted with glass floating shelves and sleek black lighting.
No whitewashed kitchen would be complete without at least a few eye-catching details that elevate the simplicity of the scheme. Sleek cabinet pulls and chic brass pendants merged surprisingly well with the stainless steel appliances of this marble-clad kitchen, establishing a unique and subtly eclectic scheme.
The subdued pattern play of this stylish powder room has us considering a remodel of our own. A wooden framed vanity instills a naturally soft component to the monochromatic details of the decor, further elevated by the sleek gold hardware.
photography: Brittany Ambridge
published: Domino, Summer 2014
File this one under dream bathroom. Situated in Los Angeles, this elegantly streamlined master bath brings together an array of decorative styles - ornate mirrors, imported marble floor tiles, and a set of French doors leading out into a dreamy exterior - with an effortlessly chic flair.
If there is anything that this Hollywood Hills home (designed by Berkus) taught us, it is that decorating with an exclusively all-black scheme is not as intimidating as one may think. Incorporating in neutrally-toned bedding and warm wood accents can help alleviate the otherwise confining effects of a colorless space.
Faceted table lamps instill a unique decorative element while the mirrored nightstands help reflect light throughout the room.
This throwback living room make come outfitted with an eclectic array of textures and shades but there is no arguing its timeless elegance. The layout of the room features an open floor plan, perfect for entertaining, along with plenty of seating solutions. From the marble fireplace to the iron-clad furnishings, the mod space is simply refined.
photography: Miki Duisterhof
published: Town & Country, March 2008
With luxury and masculine materials in mind, Berkus converted this Chicago bachelor-pad into a wow-worthy home filled with sleek furnishings and pure elegance. With the overarching theme of mirrored elements, Berkus was able to incorporate a diverse set of components, which led to a more dynamically defined aesthetic.
This mirrored cabinet not only reflects light throughout the room, it also helps achieve a sense of added space!
photography: Roger Davies
published: The Things That Matter, 2012