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Jeremiah Brent‘s interest in art and home design began with furniture design. He parlayed his enthusiasm for art and fashion into décor by focusing on his technical skills, swiftly obtaining a reputation in the interior design business.
Jeremiah has restored a number of dwellings, restaurants, and public areas across the country since starting his design firm in 2011. His “no rules” approach to California’s Modern style is informed by the natural beauty of his home state as well as his travels across the world. Jeremiah designs homes that mirror his customers’ life, demonstrating that good interior design is, above all, a personal representation of one’s past, present, and future.
His work has been featured in magazines including Domino, Architectural Digest, and Harper’s Bazaar, displaying the depth, daring, and originality of his designs.
With a keen eye for design and craftsmanship, Jeremiah has established himself as a tastemaker and influencer, influencing others through a range of partnerships, television series, and branded collaborations. For two seasons on OWN, he hosted the Emmy Award-winning show Home Made Simple. For three seasons, he and his husband, fellow interior designer Nate Berkus, co-hosted the TLC network show “Nate & Jeremiah By Design.”
A number of design points were added to the home as a nod to its history and architecture. An antique French fireplace with vintage tile at the firebox adds a stately presence to the living room, just as an antique limestone fireplace does the same in the primary bedroom. Elsewhere, custom architectural moldings frame a fluted plaster vestibule, while an antique marble vessel was wall-mounted to Roman clay walls in a powder room.
Berkus and Brent’s biggest moves involved the transformation of the kitchen with new bronze cabinetry and floating shelves and the replacement of a reflecting pool on the subterranean level with a verdant Japanese garden. More subtle gestures throughout the home were calculated to lend intimacy and texture to specific rooms without overshadowing the integrity of the architecture. The designers cloaked the four walls of the dining room in suede curtains, for instance, and sheathed a powder room in a coat of paint resembling mottled Venetian plaster. They also converted the lower-level lounge into a seriously alluring grown-up playroom awash in black plaster, nero marquina marble, and bronze details. “That space is the yin to the yang of the rest of the house. It’s the perfect place for after-dinner hangout time,” says James, who is launching a namesake collection of breezy silk dresses and vacation wear next spring.
Though it hadn’t been touched much for two generations, it held a lot of emotion.” So says interior designer Jeremiah Brent, about an apartment in Manhattan that had been a Latin American family’s anchor for decades — home to its beloved matriarch; the site of memorable gatherings, convivial dinners, and celebrations of all kinds. Everybody knew that the Park Avenue property had to be renovated when it recently passed into another generation’s hands, but, the New York-based talent adds, the commission would prove a challenge for everyone involved, personally as well as professionally. “It couldn’t lose any of its spirit, but we had to bring in light and more contemporary elements,” he explains.
Seated in a pair of armchairs in front of a blazing fire in their new West Village townhouse, the married designers look content and perfectly at home—if a little sheepish. After all, it seems like just yesterday when they moved into what was supposed to be their dream home, a nearly 9,000-square-foot Spanish colonial in Los Angeles. Fans of their TLC show, Nate & Jeremiah by Design (and readers of AD’S JANUARY 2018 STORY), witnessed the couple gushing over the house’s sun-drenched rooms, wrought-iron balustrade, and 200-year-old oak tree in the backyard. The house, they proclaimed, was where they and their then-two-year-old daughter, Poppy, would “put down roots.”
Inside the house, Brent and Berkus stuck to a neutral palette and incorporated design details influenced by their trips to Portugal, Mexico, and Peru, where they got engaged in 2013. Down a hallway and a few stairs from the entrance is the great room with its 22-foot-high ceilings and the aforementioned stone fireplace, which the couple topped with a collection of antique terra-cotta bulls, Peruvian objects thought to ward off evil spirits. Much of the furniture here and throughout the home is from Berkus and Brent’s collaboration with the company Living Spaces, which they mixed with online finds from Etsy and eBay that are covered in performance fabrics.
Such was the case when designers Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent were commissioned to transform a stately but somewhat dour Tudor house built in 1925 in L.A.’s Hancock Park neighborhood. Their clients were Brian Robbins, president of the Nickelodeon network; his wife, stylist Tracy James; their young daughter, Stella; and Robbins’s sons from a previous marriage, Justin and Miles. “These are people who have flexed a lot of creative muscle over the years in entertainment and fashion. They asked us to make the house less heavy and ornate, and more appropriate for a modern family—something friendly and warm,” Berkus recalls. “They’re not the kind of clients who have seven butlers pouring wine.”
On first inspection, Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent felt that the house, clocking in at nearly 9,000 square feet, was much too grand for them and their toddler daughter, Poppy.
On first inspection, Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent felt that the house, clocking in at nearly 9,000 square feet, was It’s the beautiful stretch just above Washington Square Park, where the avenue begins and the surrounding prewar buildings are prized by those who seek elegance but also cherish the vitality, diversity, and cultural heritage of Greenwich Village. When interior designers Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent set out to find a new home, lower Fifth was at the top of their list.
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Design duo Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent teamed up to revamp hair colorist Rita Hazan’s New York City apartment. The result? An urbane, drama-filled home for a modern Manhattan woman.
Despite the frequent television appearances and occasional magazine feature on his sweet family, Jeremiah Brent remains first and foremost a designer. His passion for interiors is palpable. “I really believe in creating a space based on the moments you imagine living in that home,” says Brent, who is the host of OWN’s Home Made Simple and will star in TLC’s Married to Design with husband Nate Berkus. “Finding a way to reinterpret your home as an expression of how you live is really good design.”
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