OPRAH WINFREY SURPRISES IYANLA VANZANT WITH EPIC HOME MAKEOVER IN OWN SPECIAL TO AIR SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 29
Interior Designer Nate Berkus Transforms Iyanla's House
in "Oprah Prime: Iyanla I'll Fix Your House"
Los Angeles - Oprah Winfrey gives spiritual life coach and television host Iyanla Vanzant the surprise of a lifetime - the gift of a spectacular, one-of-a-kind complete home makeover, led by friend and interior designer Nate Berkus. The big surprise and remarkable transformation is documented in the OWN special television event, "Oprah Prime: Iyanla I'll Fix Your House," airing on Saturday, November 29 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
On behalf of all the things Iyanla has done for others, including her work helping people overcome life's obstacles on OWN's "Iyanla: Fix My Life," Oprah wanted to do something special for Iyanla and hatched a plan with interior designer Nate Berkus to surprise her with a design overhaul for her new house.
"I never thought I would own a home again, ever. To find this house, to love it and to now have somebody to support me in making it my home is mind boggling... .thank you Ms. Oprah," said Iyanla Vanzant after hearing about Oprah's surprise.
After a series of struggles years earlier, including a divorce and the loss of her daughter, Iyanla lost her home and returned the keys to the bank. Rising above her misfortune and subsequently helping others to do the same, Iyanla found new success, including her award-winning OWN show. Realizing a dream she thought was lost forever, she recently purchased a new house in Maryland, but it needed work and a floor-to-ceiling overhaul to fix some pretty major design challenges.
From the black floors and ornate chandelier in the foyer to the cranberry walls in the dining room and the misplaced kitchen island, Nate and Iyanla assess the home's many design elements that need changing. Using Iyanla's "vision book" for inspiration, the two work together (not always seeing eye-to-eye) on a master design plan for a dream home reflective of Iyanla's life and personality.
Nate, his design team and a contractor work quickly to gut and redo all three floors of Iyanla's 7,000 square foot house, before the big reveal. Overcoming numerous challenges and some mishaps, the team turns Iyanla's vision into a reality - a vision that includes a craft room, soap room, library, "man cave" for her boyfriend and even a prayer/meditation room.
In an emotional unveiling, Oprah and Nate reveal to Iyanla the stunning final results of the epic makeover. With some help from her friends, Iyanla finally has the personal sanctuary she dreamed of and has been working for all these years.
"Oprah Prime: Iyanla I'll Fix Your House" is produced by Harpo Studios.
To view a promo for the television special, please click on the link below:
About Iyanla Vanzant
Iyanla Vanzant is the star of OWN's critically acclaimed and award-winning series "Iyanla: Fix My Life" and is one of the most popular teachers on "Oprah's Lifeclass." She is a mother, survivor, prominent spiritual life coach, empowerment orator, minister and New York Times best-selling author whose focus on faith, personal development and loving relationships has captivated and inspired audiences around the world. In addition, Iyanla is a regular contributor to O, The Oprah Magazine and was selected by Ebony Magazine for its 2013 "Power 100" list. A prolific author, she has published sixteen books including an astounding five New York Times best sellers. Her work has been translated into 23 languages and has sold millions of copies. Her most recent book FORGIVENESS: 21 Days to Forgive Everyone for Everything is on sale now. When not writing or appearing on television, Iyanla lectures and facilitates workshops nationally and internationally. She is currently a featured speaker on "Oprah's The Life You Want Weekend" national tour. With her no-nonsense approach and underlying message of "live better by loving yourself," Iyanla has ignited a universal spark of self-discovery.
About Nate Berkus
In 2002 Nate Berkus was invited to make over a small space for "The Oprah Winfrey Show," after which he became a featured design expert for the show. Following the debut of his branded line of home products, Nate's first book, Home Rules (Hyperion) was released in 2005 and went on to become a New York Times bestseller. "The Nate Berkus Show," a daily syndicated first run talk show hosted by Nate, launched in September 2010 and returned for a second season in the fall of 2011. His Chicago-based design firm, Nate Berkus Associates, which he founded in 1995, continues to design interiors across the country and around the world. In fall 2012, Berkus brought his branded line of home goods and office products to Target stores nationwide. In addition, he published his second book, The Things That Matter (Spiegel & Grau). Nate came back to TV in spring 2014 as host, judge and executive producer on a new primetime design competition show titled "American Dream Builders" on NBC.
About OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network
OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network is the first and only network named for, and inspired by, a single iconic leader. Oprah Winfrey's heart and creative instincts inform the brand - and the magnetism of the channel. Winfrey provides leadership in programming and attracts superstar talent to join her in primetime, building a global community of like-minded viewers and leading that community to connect on social media and beyond. OWN is a singular destination on cable. Depth with edge. Heart. Star power. Connection. And endless possibilities. OWN is a joint venture between Harpo, Inc. and Discovery Communications. The network debuted on January 1, 2011 and is available in 85 million homes. The venture also includes the award-winning digital platform Oprah.com. For more information, please visit www.oprah.com/own.