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Nate Berkus (born September 17, 1971) is an American interior designer and           
decorator. He runs an interior design firm in Chicago, Nate Berkus Associates,       
and has been a regular guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show, on which he offers           
design advice to viewers.                                                           
Berkus was born in Southern California, and grew up mainly in suburban               
Minneapolis. He graduated from Lake Forest College near Chicago in 1994.             
In December 2004 Berkus and his partner, photographer Fernando Bengoechea, were     
vacationing at a beach resort in Sri Lanka when the devastating 2004 Indian         
Ocean tsunami hit. While Berkus survived, Bengoechea is still missing and           
presumed dead.                                                                       
Berkus appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show on January 17, 2005, on one of the         
most-watched Oprah episodes of the year,[citation needed] to talk about his         
ordeal and the loss of Bengoechea.                                                   
In November 2005, Hyperion Books published Berkus's book Home Rules: Transform       
the Place You Live into a Place You'll Love (ISBN 1-4013-0137-1), a step-by-step     
guide to home design and decoration.                                                 
In 2005, Nate Berkus began selling his merchandise at Linens 'n Things stores       
throughout North America.