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Nate Berkus continually keeps us on our toes (his recent Target collection is only proof of this). But, one thing we were really surprised to learn about the star designer? His struggle to quit smoking. 

After starting back in high school, Berkus smoked on and off again until just about four years ago. It was when he made the decision to start a family with husband Jeremiah Brent, he knew it was finally time to kick the cigs to the curb. Canning any habit tough, and Berkus realized he had to do more than mentally commit and actually implement a plan if he really wanted to see the goal through.

We chatted with the designer, who was transparent and honest with us about the struggles, refreshes, aids (Nicorette definitely came in handy!), and overall path he carved out for non-smoking success. 

If you want to learn the five steps Nate Berkus took to energize his home and stay nicotine-free, click ahead.