Podcast, Ep. 331: Right at Home with Bobby Berk

Author and TV Personality Bobby Berk

It’s a sexy AF show this week as the crew welcomes Bobby Berk, the design expert and Emmy-nominated TV host of Netflix’s Queer Eye. His first book, Right at Home: How Good Design Is Good for the Mind was just released, and we are loving it already.

Bobby talks to us about how feeling good in your space is crucial, and how to set yourself up for success. He also shares his one golden rule of design, the process behind writing his long-awaited book, and where to start if you’re looking for a home that feels like your own personal sanctuary.

"Right at Home" by Bobby Berk

“Right at Home” by Bobby Berk is available now for order!

What You’ll Hear This Episode:

  • How Bobby got into design at 5 years old without even realizing it.
  • The inspiration behind his new book Right at Home: How Good Design is Good for The Mind.
  • Tips for creating your sanctuary at home, no matter what your budget is.
  • Bobby’s book is a friendly guide that design is for everyone and that it’s all about embracing what you like.
  • Some of the practical exercises in the book that Bobby includes help readers figure out what makes them happy in their homes.
  • The importance of function and recognizing when and where things aren’t working so you can fix them.
  • How to make the kitchen your sous chef.
  • The importance of setting up a sleep station that helps you get a restorative and relaxing sleep.
  • Different lighting options depending on the mood you’re going for.
  • Hear why Bobby is “pro-faux” on plants! Although the real thing is always better.

Author and TV Personality Bobby Berk

Decorating Dilemma:

Hi Ladies (and guest),

Love the show!

I am having a decorating dilemma in my living room as we speak… I just purchased the beautiful Anika rug from Ballard Designs to bring some color into my very neutral living room. I have a grey west elm couch/coffee table and am not interested in replacing those larger pieces, BUT I am interested in finding drapery to tie in the colors of the rug, new throw pillows, and maybe some new artwork for the far right corner to replace the Woman with a Parasol. Any reccomendations?

I’ve attached some pictures of my space right now.

Thanks,

Melanie

Thanks for writing in, Melanie!

So, from your description of the room and the artwork, it’s clear that we have some elements to work with in terms of color coordination. The art above the sofa appears to have peacock teal and burgundy hues, while the lamp and rug seem to incorporate similar shades, indicating a preference for these colors. To create balance in a room with predominantly white walls and a light sofa, Bobby would recommend considering darker drapery panels. This can help ground the space and provide a visual contrast against the white.

Additionally, if you have the space and want to add more dimension to the room, consider adding sculptural objects or decor on the walls near the paintings. This would break up the monotony of rectangular shapes and add visual interest.

Regarding the coffee table, styling it with a stack of books, a small plant, or other decorative items could bring more personality to the room. However, this should be done with consideration for any kids in the household who might interact with these items.

In terms of pillows, coordinating them with the new rug’s color scheme (teal and similar shades) can tie the room together and create a cohesive look.

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Happy Decorating!

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Kelley Bostian

Kelley enjoys a light and livable home and is always searching for that perfect "finishing touch" antique piece. Here on How to Decorate, it's his goal to help you bring your own unique design vision to life.

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