Queer Eye: Star Bobby Berk on His New Design Book

Star Bobby Berk on Why His New Design Book Is Centered on Mental Health and the Wellness and Decor Products He’s Buying Right Now

The Emmy-nominated Queer Eye host and interior designer has debuted Right at Home: How Good Design Is Good for the Mind, a book that guides readers in creating a wellness-focused space that suits their lifestyle.

“I wanted to do a book that would really help people figure out what makes them happy, not just in their design, but in some aspects of their life as well, and help them with sleep and grief and their kids and cooking. I really wanted it to encompass every single square inch of your home,” Berk tells The Hollywood Reporter.

Dealing with grief through design was advice Berk had to take for himself. “I’m going to try to tell you this without starting crying, but I lost my father a few weeks ago,” Berk reveals.

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“When I wrote this, I didn’t think it would pertain to me, but two weeks ago I went home and I brought a copy of my book with me for my mom to see, and that section was not really on my mind. None of it was, but I came down the morning from my room and my mom was sitting at the counter reading it and telling me how much it’s really helped her. I made me really happy to know that there are parts of this book that are really helping people emotionally and literally right at my home.”

Right At Home marks Berk’s first book. The designer, 42, also has his own namesake line of furniture, wallpaper and decor, as well as collections with A.R.T. Furniture and QVC.

Netflix star talks about how his new tome is more than just a book with pretty living room pictures, and some of his favorite essentials for wellness, staying cozy and more.

Right at Home is available at AmazonBarnes & NobleTarget and other booksellers.

Bobby Berk Right at Home

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Right at Home: How Good Design Is Good for the Mind $31.50on Amazon.com

Inspiration for the Book?

My original idea for years, I’ve been asked to do a design book, but I didn’t want to just do a design book of, “here’s how to put together a room,” or “here’s a bunch of pretty pictures of inspiration” because — and this is not a knock on any other design book, they’re all amazing and I love anything that cultivates design — but there are some books that make even me feel bad about my space.

I’m in this business, I know how those rooms are styled, and that’s really unachievable for anybody that actually lives in a space. But even still, I’m a designer and my space doesn’t look that perfect all the time. So I didn’t want to do that. I didn’t want to do a book that made somebody feel bad about their space. I wanted to do the very opposite. I wanted to really help people; I want to write a self-help design book that’s not just a design book. Yes, it’s in the design category, but I almost really think it should be in the mental wellness, self-help category because there’s so much in it that is more focused on your mental health, and it just happens to be design tips that will help your mental health.

So that was my whole inspiration and where I really wanted to go was I wanted to do a book that would help people. I wanted to do a book that would really help people figure out what makes them happy, not just in their design, but in some aspects of their life as well, and help them with sleep and grief and their kids and cooking. I really wanted it to encompass every single square inch of your home.

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