Check out five decorating tips he shared for the holidays and beyond

By Mackenzie Schmidt
Updated October 20, 2016 10:04 AM

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! At least at Target.

Even if you’re not ready to see rows filled with Christmas lights and faux trees in Walgreens, you’re definitely ready to take a peek at Nate Berkus’ beautiful new pieces for Target, which he designed to be used at the holidays and long after. PEOPLE sat down with the designer, dad and all-around lifestyle guru, to talk decorating ideas, fatherhood and family. Here are five things we learned from Nate when he came to visit.

1. Your Art Wall Should Be 3D. “It’s a little bit more interesting when we have a wall of just framed photographs to add some things that have some more dimension to them,” says Berkus. His favorites are porcelain plates on a plate rack, a serving platter or a decorative hanging sculpture. It’s an idea that comes from old English country houses, but, the designer explains, “this is kind of the younger more modern way to address that.”

2. Don’t Splurge on Rugs! Berkus reveals floor coverings are one of the best places to save money when you’re decorating a room. “You can get a really handsome sisal or seagrass rug, or a handwoven wool rug, or a flat dhurrie, and you don’t have to spend a lot of money,” he says.

3. Instead, Save Your Pennies for a Sofa. “Upholstery,” Berkus says is the smartest place to splurge. “You really want to buy well-built upholstery that’s going to last for a long time.”

4. Don’t Just Fill Up a Room, Think About Heirlooms. Another, less obvious place to spend a little more is meaningful antique or vintage finds, like Berkus and his husband, Jeremiah Brent, did for a special piece for their daughter, Poppy. “We bought [a giltwood mirror] for our daughter when she was born, and our hope is that she’ll have it in her first apartment,” Berkus says.

5. Stay Away from Decorating Bandwagons. Berkus maintains that he’s never indulged in a regrettable design trend: “I’ve never really been about trend. For me, it’s always been an intensely personal process, decorating a room,” says the designer. Though he admits, “I’ve definitely made some questionable clothing decisions, but the house has pretty much been safe.”