From Chip and Joanna Gaines to Home Town's Ben and Erin Napier, there are so many sweet relationships in the world of interior design. Jeremiah Brent and Nate Berkus are not only one of the most talented couples in the business, but they've managed to create a wonderful family life together amidst their many projects and TV shows. They have such incredible chemistry together, it's no wonder that they knew early on that they were meant to be.
Brent had been making a name for himself working as an interior designer for the Oprah Winfrey Show but left to work for fashion designer Rachel Zoe on her series The Rachel Zoe Project. Meanwhile, Berkus was a rising interior design star running his own firm and hosting The Nate Berkus Show. The couple met through mutual friends and apparently, Brent immediately knew they had something special.
"He said, 'We should go out antique shopping,' because I was in New York for the weekend and I thought, 'Great. Can't wait to go antique shopping,' [rolls eyes]," Brent told Oprah's Hillary Sawchuk. "So I came back from the beach, and we had this insanely beautiful afternoon that never ended. That was it. I literally never left."
And he didn't. Pretty soon, Brent moved into Berkus's home in NYC and started adding his own personal touch. Meanwhile, Berkus had wrapped his TV show and was spending more time focusing on building his design firm.
One year later, while the couple was on a trip to Machu Picchu in Peru, Brent was completely surprised by a proposal.
"Nate proposed to me on top of Machu Picchu inside of the ceremonial spot where they used to hold weddings," he explained on natejeremiahdesign.com.
"I was not expecting it. We'd had this whirlwind trip and it was really beautiful. We were with our friends...and I'm late for work and I turned around and he had the ring."
The following year, the couple tied the knot at the stunning Public Library in New York City and recited their own vows. They didn't waste time wanting to grow their family and less than a year later, they welcomed daughter Poppy Brent Berkus via surrogate. The story of how she got her name might be the sweetest thing of all time.
"I'd never met a Poppy or known a Poppy, but when Nate [Berkus] and I first started dating we were traveling somewhere and I had this crazy dream about us on a beach with this little girl with blonde wavy hair and her name was Poppy. I told him about it and fast forward four years later we find out we're having our daughter and I looked at him and he goes, "It must be Poppy," so that was always it," Brent told Hillary Sawchuk.
In 2017, the couple debuted their own TV show on TLC, Nate & Jeremiah by Design. When they decided to expand their family again with a son in 2018, Brent had a special suggestion for a name. Berkus had lost his previous partner, photographer Fernando Bengoechea, in the 2004 Sri Lanka tsunami. Berkus survived, though it took him years to get comfortable being near the water again. As a tribute to Bengoechea, Brent suggested naming their son Oskar, which was his middle name.
"We have always honored Fernando's memory in our relationship. He's a part of our love story," Brent told PEOPLE. "It's such an important chapter in Nate's life. So the idea that we can honor his memory in a beautiful way was exciting to us."
Though the couple moved back to Los Angeles, California for a time to be closer to Berkus's family, they decided that the diversity of New York was a better place to raise their children. They currently have a family beach home in Montauk as well as a stunning townhouse in Manhattan which Architectural Digest toured...to say it's stunning is an understatement. Although I'm a sucker for their L.A. home.
The couple still works together regularly and they make an amazing team. They've had a line of furniture at Living Spaces since 2018, competed on HGTV's Rock The Block together, and continue to operate their own separate design firms with locations in New York and Los Angeles. We can't wait to continue following along with this sweet family!
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