Ellen DeGeneres is letting readers into her homes past and present—seven of them—with her new book titled, simply, Home. That DeGeneres has personally decorated seven properties worthy of a coffee-table book is impressive, but consider that she has actually bought and renovated 15 homes in the past 25 years and the extent of her design prowess becomes abundantly clear. As she writes in her book: “I’m pretty efficient.”
The multi-hyphenate comedian and talk show host has emerged as a serious design authority of late: launching her lifestyle collection ED, hosting Ellen’s Design Challenge, as well as selling a line on QVC. “I think I wanted to be an interior designer when I was 13,” she says. Here, we have an exclusive preview of the horse ranch she renovated and lived in with her wife, Portia de Rossi.
“Portia and I bought a 26-acre horse ranch just north of Los Angeles. Why? Why not?! It had a pretty incredible past. It was built by William Powell in the ’20s as an estate—it then became a monastery, then a rehab center, and then the horses moved in (much to Portia’s delight). It was an incredible piece of property, with eight individual cabins, several barns, and, of course, horse stables. There were also these magnificent, giant boulders scattered about. The whole place looked like it belonged on another planet.