PIEDMONT -- The kid who loved moving furniture around and grew up to become a nationally syndicated show host, author and decorator will appear Oct. 27 at the elegant Piedmont Center for the Arts.

Nate Berkus, the darling of decorating, will talk about his new book, "Things That Matter," in conversation with local floral designer/author Ron Morgan. In the book, Berkus shares intimate stories of his life, and talks about the people and experiences that have shaped it. Photos of distinctive interiors of Berkus' home and 12 others in the book reflect each owner's style.

Kathleen Caldwell, owner of Great Good Books in Montclair, pulled the right strings to attract Berkus to Piedmont. She and Valerie Corvin, who does public relations for the arts center, wrote a proposal this spring to publishers Spiegel and Grau.

"We heard back in July," Caldwell said. "I am so excited. The center is such a great venue. We wanted to do something big."

The appearance of Pulitzer Prize-winner Anna Quindlen earlier this year helped bolster the chances for Nate's appearance, Caldwell said.

Growing up, Berkus developed a love of style and design from his decorater mother. After graduating college, he did an internship with Dominique Aurientis in Paris, then went on to form Nate Berkus Associates in 1995 at the age of 24.

He caught the eye of icon Oprah Winfrey in 2002, where he became a featured design expert on her show. His first book, "Home Rules," in 2005 went on to become a New York Times best seller.

His daily syndicated talk show, "The Nate Berkus Show," was launched in September, 2010 and returned for a second season in the fall of 2011. The energetic Berkus was also executive producer for the Oscar-winning film "The Help."

His firm continues to design interiors across the country and around the world. He brings his line of home goods and accessories to Target stores next month.

"I can't wait to meet him in our own back yard," Caldwell said. "This really puts our community on the map."

Center for the Arts founder Nancy Lehrkind, is delighted with the literary event.

"We're trying to branch out in all ways to fulfill all the arts," Lehrkind said.

The $45 ticket price includes a signed copy of Berkus' book. Tickets are not refundable, but if you are unable to attend, you may still pick up a signed copy of Berkus' book at Great Good Place for Books with proof of ticket purchase.

Checks for tickets should be made out to GGP, memo Nate Berkus, and mailed to Great Good Place for Books.

IF YOU GO
WHAT: Literary event with designer Nate Berkus
WHEN: 7 p.m. Oct. 27
WHERE: Piedmont Center for the Arts, 801 Magnolia Ave., Piedmont
TICKETS: $45; Great Good Place for Books, 6120 LaSalle Ave., Oakland, 510-339-8210