The design dynamo dishes on moving back to LA with his husband, Nate Berkus, and where he heads to get inspired locally.
You may recognize Jeremiah Brent as the upstart assistant who decorated Rachel Zoe’s home in season four of her hit Bravo TV series, The Rachel Zoe Project. Since his debut appearance in 2011, Brent has founded his own firm, Jeremiah Brent Design, hosted OWN’s Emmy Award-winning series Home Made Simple, and recently returned to Los Angeles with husband Nate Berkus and their daughter, Poppy, in tow. This fall, the family will make its debut on TLC’s new series Married to Design: Nate & Jeremiah. We caught up with Brent before his turn hosting Cointreau’s travel-inspired Collection de Voyages event at Big Daddy’s Antiques, where he shared expert tips for entertaining, interior design, and getting inspired in LA.
What are some of your go-to tips for better entertaining? JEREMIAH BRENT: Entertaining is truly the art of curating experiences. When I’m entertaining, I want people to feel embraced, comfortable, and as if they’re part of something exceptional. I’ve always been a believer that glassware shouldn’t match. Don’t be afraid to mix metals, colors, finishes, silhouettes, and heights. Be bold—mix it all!
Can you elaborate on your process for creating themed cocktails for events? JB: From the actual cocktails to the way you serve them, cocktails help bring your favorite destinations to your guests. When entertaining, I love to recreate cocktails I’ve enjoyed during my travels by incorporating fresh, regionally inspired ingredients and serving them in glassware I have collected [from] around the world.
One of my go-to cocktails right now is the Cointreau Rickey. It’s a quick recipe you can make at home. Add a flavorful herb or a fresh, exotic fruit or vegetable to transport your guests to another place around the world:
Cointreau Rickey Recipe
2 oz. Cointreau 1 oz. Fresh lime juice 3-4 oz. Club soda
Pour the Cointreau and fresh lime juice into a glass. Add ice, top with club soda, and stir. Garnish with an orange twist.
You also travel quite frequently. What unconventional pieces do you tend to seek out as souvenirs when you’re abroad? JB: I like to collect bold glasses, plates, textiles, antiques, and other souvenirs during my travels to incorporate into my entertaining at home. They’re a great way to serve cocktails and food and […] transport your guests to your favorite destinations.
Do you have any practical advice for people looking to revamp a space? JB: Pieces don’t need to be expensive to tell a story. Source décor elements from small shops, yard sales, and thrift stores—you never know where you’ll find your next treasure.