The wallpaper in Gayle King’s Manhattan apartment may look like any 17th Century French-inspired design. But take a closer look, and you’ll find something surprising.
On thursday’s episode of “The Nate Berkus Show,” Oprah Winfrey’s best friend invited cameras into her freshly decorated apartment, where the wallpaper in the galley kitchen depicts African-American life in rural and urban areas. Created by interior designer Sheila Bridges, the yellow print called “Harlem Toile de Jouy” shows satirical scenes of African-Americans playing basketball and listening to a boombox. “Yellow is my favorite color,” King said. “I don’t believe that you can be surrounded by yellow and be unhappy.” When Berkus asked, “What story does your home tell?” King remembered an advice the host once told her. “I forgot where we were…you, me, Oprah. Someplace we were talking, and you said ‘Your home should be a reflection of you.’ So, I can travel all around the world, all around the country and see homes that are bigger than mine, nicer than mine, but I never feel when I go back, ‘Oh I wished I lived there,’ because I think my home is a happy place.” It is reported that King’s New York City penthouse is worth $7.4 million. It includes three bedrooms, 3½ baths, a large living room/dining area and a 768-square-foot wraparound terrace. The talk show host and editor-at-large of O magazine also revealed a tip she “stole” from Winfrey. “She thinks that the ceilings of your house should never be cream or white, so every ceiling she said should be painted a different color,” King told the audience. “First, I thought it was weird, but now I like it.” At one point during her appearance on the show, King said the last taping of “The Oprah Winfrey Show” is going to be “harder on me than it is on her.” “If you called her right now and said ‘how many shows?’ she would say, ‘42 and…’ whatever it is,” she said about Winfrey. “But after 25 years, and 25 years at number one, and now launching OWN, she’s ready to go on to something, but every time I see a show I say ‘this is the last time we’ll ever see Favorite Things. This is the last time we’ll ever see Oprah’s Oscar Show,’ and she goes, ‘will you stop saying that! I’m in a good place.’”
Sally Field Opens Up About Her Life As An Empty Nester On “The Nate Berkus Show” Academy Award-winning actress Sally Field has opened up to interior designer Nate Berkus about her life as an empty nester. The “Brothers and Sisters” star also talked about why Jamie Lee Curtis won’t be able to help her with organizing her home. On Monday’s episode of “The Nate Berkus Show,” Field, 63, said that her home design style is very much like “Sybil at work,” referring to her Emmy Award-winning role in the 1976 made-for-television miniseries “Sybil.” She also opened up about her new role as an empty-nester after her kids left the house. She told Berkus, “Empty nesters, what happens is the kids go and you are the receptacle [of all the crap].” “‘Mother you didn’t throw my sports equipment away did you?’ I don’t want your sports equipment. I haven’t wanted it for years and years and years! I just don’t want it.” When Berkus suggested that she needs Jamie Lee Curtis to come over to her house because the other actress is a “terror with organization,” Field replied, “Well she doesn’t care about any of my stuff!” “Jamie Lee is down to wearing like one color, isn’t she? And she has one hair-do for the rest of her life. And I love her for it! I admire her for it! Every day I look at myself and say, I’ve got to change.” Field’s interview with Berkus will air on Monday’s episode.