Nate & Jeremiah Talk the New Season with The Property Brothers
Design duo Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent share details about the new season of Nate & Jeremiah By Design!
In honor of the season premiere of Nate & Jeremiah by Design, Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent sat down with the executive producers of the show, Drew and Jonathan Scott (aka HGTV's The Property Brothers), to discuss the exciting renovations and real-life stories we can expect on the new season. Be sure to tune in to the season premiere Saturday, April 13 at 9/8c and join the conversation by using #NandJbyDesign and liking Nate & Jeremiah By Design on Facebook.
Drew and Jonathan: Nate & Jeremiah By Design is more than just a home makeover show—you tell the stories of the families you help and how they ended up with their money pit. When you were casting for season three, what kinds of stories were you looking for?
Nate: The stories of the families and meeting them at pivotal, and often difficult, times of their lives is the main reason I love the show. Home is a powerful antidote for many challenges. Everyone needs, and deserves, a soft place to land.
Jeremiah: Our show is about love and its connective tissue regardless of race, sexuality, income, or circumstances. There are all different types of money pits, and at the end of the day we are all one bad decision away from a renovation running away from us. We didn’t want to just makeover homes, we wanted to create real change that would impact people’s lives while telling their stories.
Drew and Jonathan: Is there an overarching theme for season three?
Jeremiah: As with the first two seasons, we wanted to highlight the vulnerabilities and the humanity of everyone involved in the show. We wanted to show how big of a difference it can make to live somewhere where you feel safe and the importance of the energy you bring into a home. I think we lean heavily into the meaning of family—and family at all different chapters of life.
Drew and Jonathan: Are there any other differences viewers can expect to see in this season compared to the first two?
Nate: I think we are both a bit more vulnerable this season. We really connected with several of the homeowners and plan to stay in touch with them so we can watch and celebrate their families’ evolution.
Jeremiah: Apart from the new homeowners, our family has grown quite a bit since the first two seasons. Poppy is now four and a force to be reckoned with. And with the addition of baby Oskar, our family life has beautifully shifted into something very new for us all. Viewers will definitely get to see us learning the ropes all over again!
Drew and Jonathan: Between all the homeowners and you two, how many tears were shed by the end of the new season?
Nate: One hundred? One million?
Jeremiah: I can’t even imagine—I’m always left so dehydrated after filming. But I’m happy to say that they were all tears of joy! It brings us so much happiness to have the opportunity to change people’s lives through design. Our job is to dream a bigger dream for people than they even thought was possible and then walk them into their new reality. There will never be a way to properly articulate the magic of that experience.
Drew and Jonathan: Are you doing anything special—on-screen or off—to celebrate the new season?
Nate: We are gathering our family and friends and our dedicated crew and having margaritas.
Jeremiah: For every season premiere, I watch and live-tweet the first episode! It’s like a full-circle ceremony for me, complete with my version of popcorn: Sour Patch Kids. Season three will be really crazy, and I’m so excited to see how everyone will react.
Drew and Jonathan: What do you hope viewers take away from every episode of your show?
Nate: That design is a powerful way that we show love and take care of ourselves.
Jeremiah: The humanity of it all. I really believe that everyone deserves to live beautifully, and being able to work towards that with everyone on the show is a huge privilege for me. At the end of the day, we really tried our best to give the homeowners the home that they deserve.
Drew and Jonathan: Amid all the design talk, we admire your moments of banter and your one-liners! Does that come naturally to you when you’re on-camera?
Jeremiah: What you see on the show is how we are in real life! Nate and I work very well together but inevitably we will have our differences, especially when it comes to design. The show does a really good job of capturing how we are, on- or off-camera.
Drew and Jonathan: We love that you show your home life and how you’re just two normal working dads. Do you think Poppy or Oskar will show interest in becoming a designer when they are older?
Jeremiah: We’ll never know! Two days ago Poppy said she wanted to be a “Spiderman Princess Superhero” and this morning she said she wanted to be a scientist. We’ll support them 100% with whatever they choose to be when they’re older. Nate and I are committed to showing them both the importance of being kind and present, so aside from that, their journey is their own.
Nate: Poppy is already showing signs of early furniture rearranging. We will have to let you know about Ockie, who is still a bit of a (charming) blob.
Drew and Jonathan: Finally, we’ve been dying to ask you this: Would you ever consider a Brother vs. Brother–style show, where you compete against each other?
Jeremiah: Are you kidding?! Yes! It would be interesting (and so fun) to see us compete against each other. We have complementary skill sets in design so it’d be quite a match if we went head-to-head, but Nate is more practical and traditional while I tend to take on projects with emotion and energy and with designs that are often outside the box. Gulp! Who do you think would win?
Nate: Bring it on!
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