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Though Jeremiah Brent and Nate Berkus have returned to HGTV for the second season of Rock the Block and recently launched their latest furniture collection with Living Spaces, Brent regularly works on his own separate projects like the brand showrooms of True Botanicals and The Optimist, as well as multiple residential homes in Los Angeles and New York.

The designer and TV star caught up with Domino’s editor-in-chief, Jessica Romm Perez, on this week’s episode of Design Time (out today on Spotify and Apple Podcasts) to talk about everything from Venetian plaster to having patience when decorating a new space. “The irony is Nate and I always laugh that we renovate our house quickly,” says Brent. “It never really feels done, though. Then it’ll be in a good place for, like, two years after we’ve lived there. We call it our two-year rule.”

During their conversation, Brent discussed some of his earliest inspirations, top trends of the moment, and the challenges of designing a home on television. Read on for a first look.

Trendsetting Color Pairing

I’m really obsessed with green and oxblood. I think it’s also an exciting time to play with different black and white stripes paired with some deeper colors like those. That’s where I’m at.

Material of the Moment

I love a deep brown teddy fabric. I just got two chairs in it that I’m obsessed with. It feels like you’re sitting on a bear.

Go-To Vintage Source

LiveAuctioneers is my go-to, but I also use 1stdibs. It’s just fun, because you can’t believe the things you can find. Also eBay France: You’d be shocked what you can discover there.

Fave Florals

Cherry blossoms or white roses. I don’t like a lot of color, even with flowers. Our daughter, on the other hand, anything that’s got color she likes. Before the pandemic, we went to Nate’s mother’s house, which is like a kaleidoscope. It looked like she’d seen color for the first time.

Hotel Hitmaker

I’m going to say a Ritz-Carlton in Barcelona, called the Hotel Arts. We went once, and it felt like you were on the Titanic—all original. It’s my favorite place I’d [like to return] to.

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Now Streaming

We just watched a TV show that I was so inspired by called Made in Italy. It’s about Milan in the 1970s, when the city was on the precipice of changing and becoming a real place for fashion. It’s fun and pretty and sparkly, and the furniture and the landscape are really cool. To see the pieces that are so iconic now being utilized in everyday ways is amazing.

Plant Pick

Black olive tree, all day long.

Photography by Cody Guilfoyle

Must-Have Design Object

We just bought this painting on LiveAuctioneers. It’s in the house right now, and I look at it every day. It makes me so happy and has become my favorite thing in our home.

Wind-Down Routine

After the kids go to bed, I always sit down with Nate and talk for 20 minutes. It’s become a really important part of my day—even though we spend every single moment together.

Photography by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images

Photography by Sascha Kilmer/Getty Images

Iconic Inspiration

The New York Public Library inspires me. We were married there. It was part serendipitous and part because we wanted our kids to have a place to go back to. There’s something about the library that sparks so much in me.

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