I love it when the tables are turned on people who interview others for a living. It’s so much fun to see inside their lives and hear what they have to say. That’s exactly what we get to see in the September 2014 issue of Better Homes & Gardens magazine. An interview with the gorgeous and talented TODAY Show anchor Natalie Morales!
The Better Homes & Garden Fourth Annual September Stylemakers issue hits newsstands tomorrow, August 19th and we get to see inside Natalie’s New Jersey brownstone. BHG partnered with OneKingsLane.com to give Natalie’s living room a makeover. They turned her neutral space into a modern and colorful space the whole family can enjoy.
Here are a few snippets from Natalie’s interview where she talks about her hero, her design personality and creating a space with two boys in the house.
How Natalie defines her personal decorating style: “Easy and comfortable. I like warm neutrals with pops of color.”
On her New Jersey home, and creating the ideal living space with two boys: “This house is an old, historic house – a brownstone in Hoboken, New Jersey. You kind of want to keep that sense of character, but at the same time, add a little bit more flair and pop. I have two boys that are very active. They like to play soccer in my living room! I need a place that kind of allows them to do that, but at the same time, I also want a place for myself that feels like a grown up living room.”
Natalie’s ultimate style hero: “I think people who get it right are people who are casual, but elegant at the same time. Audrey Hepburn, for me, was the end-all, be-all style icon…generations, decades later, we’re all still copying her sense of style.”
The person she considers her hero: “My mom. She grew up poor in Brazil, raised by her grandmother along with 13 other kids. She’s the most incredible and strong person, spiritually and emotionally, I know.”
How thrifting helped Natalie developed her own sense of style: “I think as a little kid, I got a certain sense of style by shopping thrift shops – cause that’s all my parents could really afford. I could put an outfit together with just about anything.”
On how she starts her (very early!) day: “By drinking lots of coffee and wishing I could go back to bed!”
Natalie on the best part of her job: “I love it when I get to talk to the stars – I got to interview Clint Eastwood the other day. But my favorite is when I get to meet people who have done incredible things, often in the worst possible circumstances.”
On her guilty pleasure: “I love to shop. But I always look for sales, and I never pay full price if I don’t have to. I like Gilt Groupe and The Outnet for clothing and One Kings Lane for home accessories.”
What she’s reading these days: “I have stacks by my bed. Right now, I’m finishing the last Divergent book. My husband and son are reading them, too. Next up is Unbroken. I want to read it before the movie opens.”
On what she does for fun: “When I’m off duty, my favorite thing to do is go for a run…or just relax and cook – I love being in the kitchen.”
Natalie’s best beauty tip: “If you have an hour, and I highly recommend just giving yourself an hour every couple of days, just get away and exercise. Even if it’s just 5 or 10 minutes of walking, you need that – your body needs it, you need it for your health, and ultimately you’re going to be a better person and a happier person around your family.”
On her favorite escape: “I love to go to the movies. I’m very happy to be sitting in a theatre by myself, crying my eyes out. My all-time favorites are Casablanca – so exotic and romantic – and Cinema Paradiso.”
See more from the interview at BHG.com and in the BHG September Style Makers issue on newsstands tomorrow!
Image credit: Better Homes and Gardens/David A. Land