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Nate Berkus may have begun his pop culture existence as The Oprah Winfrey Show's go-to interior decorator, but in the decade following his Harpo Studios debut, we've learned so much more about the man behind the quirky design aesthetic. In 2004, Berkus lost his partner Fernando Bengoechea in the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami while vacationing with him in Sri Lanka, and since that time he's opened up about the experience (including with Oprah herself), hosted his own talk show for two seasons, and now written two books, including the new release The Things That Matter. For Berkus, the loss of Bengoechea ended up directly influencing the core standards of his work and, specifically, what he wants surrounding him in his own home. 

Just ahead of his reunion with Oprah on her Sunday morning Own series Super Soul Sunday, we caught up with the 41-year-old designer to discuss the very personal nature of his book, »

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