Nate Berkus Cooks Up a Kitchen for Kids

Nate Berkus Cooks Up a Kitchen for Kids

Janel Laban
Oct 6, 2010

File under "feel good design stories". I recently went back to school — just for a morning, but it was fun to hear the bells between classes and experience the hustle and bustle of kids rushing to their lockers. Nettlehorst Elementary, part of the Chicago public school system, just got a room makeover — by none other than Nate Berkus and his team.

The school had an outdated basement level kitchen that is beloved by all for the good times and learning that happen there, but the functionality of the appliances and decor both needed a serious update to keep the long-standing cooking and nutrition classes going.

Enter a parent, Barri, who knows Nate. She took him on a tour of the school and a plan to get the kids a new kitchen was born. Fast forward two years, add in lots of work from an all volunteer crew of retailers, designers and craftspeople and voila! We are all at a ribbon cutting.

The (super excited!) 8th graders and guests were treated to a delicious breakfast make by Top Chef winner Stephanie Izard and Chef Lorin Adolf . We all got to check out the bright and happy space put together by Nate Berkus' team which was fully outfitted courtesy of Pottery Barn and Williams Sonoma. Not a bad way to start the day!

Nettlehorst Elementary School
Nate Berkus Associates
Pottery Barn
Williams Sonoma

Images: Luke Williams

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