So it turns out that as well as doing the odd bit of voice-over work, killing it on her TV show, having a clothing line and just being a generally awesome person, Ellen DeGeneres is a super talented interior designer…
The comedian had her own 26-acre horse ranch in Los Angeles that she shared with wife Portia but has now sold.
It’s pretty cool. It was built by William Powell in the 1920s as an estate, then it became a monastery, then a rehab centre, and then the horses moved in.
Ellen writes about it in her book Home, and said how she fell in love with it as soon as she saw it.
She wrote: “The whole place looked like it belonged on another planet.
“It was a professional horse facility, and the outbuildings that were occupied were really just basic offices.
“It was an incredible piece of property, with eight individual cabins, several barns, and of course, horse stables.
“I approached it like I was designing and decorating ten different homes, giving every cabin and space its own unique identity—had I not, I think it would have started to feel a bit like a hotel.
“But that was a unique challenge, too, because while I wasn’t fixated on making a whole ‘house’ that hangs together as one, I also wanted it all to feel like home. The only real theme that stuck was comfort. We lived in every cabin, as we decorated and restored them one by one.
“When we finished one, we’d move in and begin work on the next. The first cabin we lived in didn’t have a kitchen, a bathtub, or any other amenities to speak of. But it was fun. Number 8 was the biggest cabin. For no particular reason, we spent most of our nights in Number 5, which had a screened porch and a view of an epic rock (it really was epic).
“Eventually, I redid the Art Barn, which we used as a dining room for bigger parties. There was the Romantic Barn, where Portia and I celebrated our first wedding anniversary (I surprised her with some factory lights from the early 1900s that she had seen and loved), hence the name.
“The last thing I tackled was Portia’s Barn, which I learned should not be decorated at all. Barns are dirty. Nobody wants to dust sixteen ornately framed paintings every week.
“But there were so many cool sculptures and art pieces that I loved in those barns and cabins; I’ve since moved a lot of them to other houses and even to my office and dressing room at work. My staff isn’t allowed to touch anything, but they are free to admire from afar.
“While we lived on the ranch, we tried to make use of the entire property so we could enjoy the outdoors. We put in a tennis court and put up a badminton net. It was really fun, especially when I won.
“And if we didn’t have guests over we could always play doubles with the coyotes and skunks that roamed the property. They were a joy. That is one thing I really loved about the ranch—we were so close to Los Angeles but able to feel secluded in a natural wonderland.
“Portia and I would bring out big picnic blankets and just lay around, surrounded by wild flowers and huge oak trees.
“When we were there instead of in the city, this really felt like our home away from home. I have to say, the ranch has been one of my favourite projects to date.”
Who knew Ellen was such an interior guru?! We can’t get enough of this place…