Nate Berkus shares his tips for holiday decorating with kids

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Nate Berkus knows a thing or two about decking the halls.

And when it comes time to decorate his home for the holidays, the HGTV star’s philosophy is “the more meaningful, the merrier.”

“Being a dad in addition to being a designer has changed my perspective on the holidays in general, but definitely on holiday decorations,” Berkus — who shares daughter Poppy, 6, and son Oskar, 3, with husband Jeremiah Brent — told Page Six Style.

For instance, his favorite Christmas ornament isn’t a one-of-a-kind art piece, but rather a sentimental bauble featuring a framed photo of him and Oskar reaching for snacks at the exact same time.

“If I had to say one thing in our home that’s the most meaningful to me at holiday time, it’s the fact that both my three-year-old son and I love food and clearly we have no problem helping ourselves,” Berkus said.

And while no December decor is complete without plenty of festive lighting, it’s got to be kid-proof. The interior designer recently teamed up with Duracell to advocate for safe decorating practices, including taping battery packs shut, swapping out lithium coin batteries ones with a bitter coating and opting for flameless candles.

“When you look at things through the eyes of a child you realize how exciting it is all of a sudden to have the home lit up with flameless candles,” he said, adding that they also make for an excellent tablescape.

“Planning a dinner at home for somebody and having … their favorite foods made, setting the table beautifully, making that an event … It’s those things that people really remember the most,” he said.

But the interior designer’s definitely got some aspirational presents in mind for Brent this season.

“We’re both designers, obviously, so for us I think typically the best gifts are a rare piece of furniture or a decorative object or something that we’ve found at an auction or online, something with a little bit of history,” he shared.

“There’s a designer that Jeremiah loves — an Italian designer from the 1930s and 1940s — so I am searching all over right now for something that was made by that particular designer.”

For others on his list, Berkus is stocking up on something simpler: white bath towels.

“You know people don’t buy towels for themselves that often, so it’s a really practical, luxurious gift … [that] needn’t be super expensive,” he said, adding that he likes wrapping each set with a ribbon for a bit of festive flair.

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